Sketching

San Francisco adventures

This is a sketch I’ve made inside the dark car in the vista point (if I am correct
with the name..). It is just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Oh, yes.. We actually didn’t want to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, but we took somehow the wrong lane and.. We were there.
We had no ticket for crossing the bridge! As much as we knew – we had to pay somehow over internet to buy a pass to go back to SF.
It was late. It was dark.
But we managed to enjoy the view, spot stars, make couple of photos, especially of cute raccoon family hunting for food leftovers in the trash can.

And eventually we bought the pass to return to SF.. No regrets about the d-tour from my side 🙂

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Weekly progress update on 12 habits a year. Habit #1.

Hey there!
First of all thank you for stopping by!

This is an update on 12 habits a year project I am doing in 2015. The month January is for being grateful daily. Read more about the project here and about January here.

So far so good!
I’ve managed to be grateful every day of December and January up to now. Mostly these were some smaller things like a nice walk, a good talk, sports, but there were some bigger things, too 🙂
I am writing down some things in my planner to keep track, but for me this is not so important, most important is to notice the moments, actions, people that are part of my life.

And I have to admit it’s not always simple.. I’ve noticed that it’s incredibly hard to feel grateful when I am having hard times.. I ended up forcing myself to see the positive, but it’s oh so difficult.. Luckily most of the time it works just fine! Phew..

There’s one funny thing that I started to notice on my way to work.. There are always 2 traffic lights that were mostly always red for me so I had to wait. Once it happened that it stayed green a little longer and I was in a mode of being grateful and said “thank you” (weird, right?), then the second traffic light also stayed green longer than usual. I know that might sound totally weird haha 😀 But sometimes when I’d say thank you, traffic lights are getting green so much faster or staying green longer!
I believe it’s the whole concept of being grateful! The world and people around are just getting nicer to you 🙂

I’ve painted this small sketch to document this hilarious (or ridiculous) thing about traffic lights to remember.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

-O

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January | Habit 1

For January I’ve picked a habit that I started in December and so badly want to continue.

I want to be grateful for small or big things every single day.

As simple as that.

Back in November I received a gorgeous stamp from lovely bckueser and stamped a planner that I bought in San Francisco with it. I didn’t think I will be that motivated to fill it. Currently December is filled and now January is starting to get busy, too!

 

Be grateful!

-O

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12 habits a year

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I didn’t arrive into 2015, you guys 🙂

My mind is still figuring out what I want to do this year, creating long lists of things I would like to do. But now I came up with a good development program for myself that I am happy to announce here to be accountable for it.

It is about staying healthy in body and mind, about being creative and about being disciplined.

The story goes back couple of months when I saw and admired girls Andrea and Caylee for being able to make good habits in their lives. I am a person who is obviously lacking some discipline, didn’t you notice? 😉

Next thing I saw it was Elise’s calendar: you commit to doing one thing (e.g. get up at 6 AM) and you cross out days when you do it. This calendar is supposed to motivate and help to keep going. For a moment I started thinking what would be this one thing that I would like to do every single day of the year? Or, what would I like to make my habit?

I was not able to come up with a single answer. There are simply so many aspects in my life where I would like to work on, but it makes no sense to have several such calendars in parallel, I don’t think it would work.

And at that very moment my thoughts went back to the idea that it takes 21 day to create a habit (some scientists say it actually takes 66 days) and then I came to the conclusion that I want to pick 12 routines/habits/actions that I will be doing one by one each month in 2015.

I don’t like to call them habits actually, I am fine if I won’t keep on doing them later on every day, but I might still have them in my life in one way or another.

So, have a list of 12+ potential habits or routines that cover health, mind and creative part of my life, like:

  • doing yoga every day
  • being thankful
  • meditate
  • have one mindful meal a day
  • make a sketch a day
  • etc

They are not in a final order, but I know what I pick this month and I will pick something later for February, too. I know that forcing myself never really works, so I have to figure out how I can do it best, whatever will work for me.

Cheers to 2015! Bring it on!
-O

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Sketching

Bookbinding experience

When I was packing my luggage for San Francisco I was thinking which sketchbooks to take with me.. And I wasn’t 100% happy with any of the ones that I own.
Some are too heavy, some have too large format and some simply do not have good paper for watercolors.
That’s how I came to the idea of actually daring and trying out bookbinding – creating a sketchbook in a format that I want with the paper that I like.
As simple as that. If there’s nothing you like – make it yourself 🙂

Funny enough I found my sewing and scrapbooking tools being very useful for bookbinding, too!

And so I bought A1 sheets of good watercolor paper (Fabriano, 300g), watched at least 10 YouTube videos about bookbinding (in the end I combined various techniques), cut paper in the size I needed, took a needle and a thread and stitched the folded sheets together into a small book.
That was basically it. I’ve made a very simple cover from leather and the sketchbook was ready!

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This is a sketch I’ve made inside the dark car in the vista point (if I am correct
with the name..). It is just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I could not really see well what colors I was mixing in my palette, fun fun!

And there’s the whole story about this small d-tour over the Golden Gate Bridge that is totally worth sharing! But next time.

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Have a beautiful weekend you guys!
-O

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Oh, hey there!

I am beyond thrilled! My dear Caylee featured me in her blog (I am a fan of hers, ye ken), this is an honor for me!
Thank you so much Caylee, especially for your beautiful words! I got goose skin and my eyes might have been a bit more wet than usual.

And hello to you, my new friend! Happy to see you here 🙂
I wish the blog stats could show your name, not just adding +1 visitor to the stats..

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I truly had lots of fun drawing this little creations and trying to answer Caylee’s questions about me 🙂

And I just have to re-blog Caylee’s post since I would like to keep in on my blog, too.

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