Monday, 30 April 2012

It Really Does Take Two - Give Yourself A Break

Note to self - stop having those conversations that never happen.  How often do you have yourself all riled up before you've even gotten out the door in the morning?  Too often?  so I'm putting this on my STOP DOING list.

STOP was one of the best words I relearned.  With one of my first counsellors I figured, with a little help, that just stopping the thoughts and those energy draining conversation was a major find.

I found some gorgeous STOP signs at Kind Over Matter last week - I really need to START using these.

Catherine @ The MacsX

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Not Quite the Usual Sunday BS - but getting there.

Working on rekindling my sparkle - and liking the progress so far.

So I'm a bit late in checking in today/this evening.   I've learnt a lot this week and been really
 productive so much so that it's taken me most of the day to recap.

I've learnt what it is I really do and where I want it to go, And I'm loving it.  So what is it?

I run my Virtual Creative Abundance Centre, 'The MacsX', showcasing, guiding and encouraging creativity and am on the cusp of launching my new Thursday night workshops based around my book 'Authentic Fit'.  I also produce my 'MacsX' range of Authentic Accessories on sale at my shop at Etsy.

I have been doing a lot of background work on my web site - Launch of my newly branded style will be on Tuesday 1st May.

I have gathered a whole host of topics for future blog posts.  I'm still reading Fire Starter Sessions and may continue to do so until Danielle LaPorte releases her next book.  It's a great delving book.  Same for Austin Kleon - and boy, have I been stealing like an artist all week, my Swipe File is really building.

And my final call out of the week goes to SARK - I really enjoyed the SARK in Your Pocket download and am still smiling at the thought of wearing my jammies to so many places (not in reality but in my ideal imagined world - no need for white coats just yet). - Thank you to SARK for bringing me the above quote.  I'm definitely channelling that uninfluenced mind.

Catherine @ The MacsX

Saturday, 28 April 2012

WAZAT??? The Early and Most Authentic Version of the Discovery Channel

I woke up this morning to the sun sneaking in through my window and the sound of a kiddie outside asking 'WAZAT?'  and then 'WAZAT?' and then 'WAZAT?'.  You get the picture sunny day and child discovering the wonders of the world.

I've been thinking a lot this week about how we discover things, how we discover what we like, how we like to feel and how we are then desensitised and deprogrammed to fit in with the acceptable behaviours and desires of some collective force of 'normal'.  I have spent the best and worst parts of the last several years fighting my way back from that desensitisation and deprogramming to dig out my authentic self.  And I am currently trying to figure out for the sake of my son's sanity and amazing authenticity how in whatshisname I can help him avoid this pain and futility.  And then there is the little voice at the back of your head that asks 'should you really be doing that?'  But my bullshit monitor is out and I recognise the 'shoulds' and 'should nots' in this world for where they truly belong - with someone else'. And so I guess I have some figuring out to do.  Did you think there was going to be some a-ha answer to my rocking question?  There may well be, and if you know it please let me know - and when I do some more figuring I'll get back to you.

In the meantime on with living in the moment - and the sunshine - and the wonder.

Catherine @ The MacsX

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Centred is the New Balanced

Danielle LaPorte is blowing my mind right now.  I'm currently reading The Firestarted Sessions, feeling like a student again, and basking in the abundance that this book is mine and I CAN highlight sections and write and draw in the margins.   Just firing on all cylinders.

So I'm not sure what's the bigger ah-ha thing.  Is it:

that 'Lifestyle Balance is a Myth'

'Instant gratification has been given a bad wrap'

'Being well rounded is over-rated'

or is it:

that little voice in my head has been right all along

why did I need validation from Danielle LaPorte for what I've always thought

after all as my other literary mentor of choice right now would put it

'Validation is for Parking'

from Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist

Catherine @ The MacsX


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Benefits of Benefit

 Benefit conjures up a lot of different images, ideas and ideals - more on this later

Today I'm revisiting the Benefit counter at Boots at the St Enoch Centre to check in with Rebecca who made my day a few weeks ago in helping me find the benefits of Benefit skin care and make up.  Rebecca made me feel that it was OK that I had no real idea about make up at the age of 47, that I was not alone and that there was hope for those big black circles under my eyes.  I am still grateful for that 4 weeks later and am looking forward to my creative excursion and more insight on Benefit as the day progresses.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Living the Life

I Have Opened that Window and am Living The Life I Want

All you have to do is discover what it is you want
And Realise the Choice is Yours

Catherine @ The MacsX


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