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This week's Inspiration Avenue challenge set by the wonderful Hettienne is "Butterflies" and the Creative Everyday theme for January is "New". These two themes so perfectly fit together and compliment my personal experience that I felt inspired to create and blog (at last!! I know its been so long I've nearly forgotten how to blog ;-)).
I created the background with a variety of inks on wet watercolour paper. Next I added butterflies taken from my favourite Tuscan Rose collage sheet. Then added words that I'd written on hand made papers. The wording reflects how I'm constantly having to adjust, reassess & renew in order to live with unpredictable health. At the moment these words reflect the stage I'm at and echo the symbolism of butterflies.
To read some interesting philosophical thoughts on Butterfly symbolism and meanings visit 'Whats-Your-Sign'.
After last year's difficulties I'm reminded to take everything day by day and moment by moment. My energy is still very low and so as I'm gently easing myself back into my creative and online activity. I've accepted that I need to cut back and am trying to follow my heart as to where I spend my limited energy. One thing that hit me at the start of this year was the urge to go back to spending more time writing fiction. I've dusted off the manuscripts of three books and am feeling inspired to work on my dream of having a book published. I realise I do want to share the stories I've written and so have made a start on edits & rewrites of my YA fantasy novel.
A caterpillar embraces the changes it must make to become a butterfly. I guess they have little choice :-). However, we humans can struggle with times of change and the unpredictability of life. It is sometimes difficult to adapt and go with the fluctuations.
- What new challenges & changes has the New Year brought for you?