I have had such a simple, lovely, relaxing day today, watching films with the family, cooking some delicious vegan food and drawing. This is a portrait I did this afternoon of a civil war soldier (I have a bit of an obsession with history, and with sketching faces!) It has been so nice to have the time to do creative things that make me feel good. Sketching is definitely good for my soul, as is writing. I hope you are managing to get some soul time this season… What makes you feel at peace, inspired and contented?
I went on a weekend meditation retreat a little while ago and, without doubt, the most frequent comment I received from colleagues on Monday was: “Oh, it must have been so relaxing!” Well, yes. And no. Yes, because I was away from the traffic and noise of London, away from work, away from the constant pinging of technology and away from anybody I knew, just for a couple of nights. The retreat took place in the countryside so, of course, being able to walk in nature and enjoy the stillness, the peace and the fresh air was relaxing. But
If you’re like me, trying to gain control of your finances through strict budgeting, or if you’re embarking on a no-spend challenge to try to save some pennies this month, you may be in need of some ideas as to how to fill your weekend with things you can enjoy and look forward to. Being careful with your money doesn’t mean that you have to feel deprived, right? I tend to do really well on my budget during the week (the same with healthy eating) and then the weekend comes, and everything goes to pot! There is something about the structure of