Before the Sunday rush

Enjoying the quiet of the Sunday morning before the morning rush at Sarah’s Sisters Sustainable Cafe.

It’s peaceful listening to the sound of running water, a few birds and a little noise in the cafe kitchen. And no other conversations.

A harmonious environment to begin edits on my story Sceptic (out soon!).

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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Catching up

The other day I caught up with my sister from interstate. Of course it was over coffee! I did mention that we should get a picture together, but conversation took over.

So this is the only photo of the outing, two cups of coffee! But of course the conversation is where is needs to be, in my heart. It’s easy to get caught up in photos to mark the catch up, but sometimes it’s more important to follow the flow of the words being spoken and share life instead of pausing forgetting the flow all for the sake of a snapshot.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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Starting Again

The tangle of yarn in the photo is the result of un-doing my current crocheting project. Sometimes, even with a plan or instructions to follow things don’t always turn out right.

There’s nothing wrong with unpicking, unraveling or deleting words in your creative project. It’s part of the process, but it’s just not seen in the final product. Which is why I’m putting up this photo. It’s a reminder of the true creative process. The bits that have gone wrong and need to be fixed. Things that don’t need to be feared or to weigh me down or stop further progress.

This isn’t quite the back to the drawing board sort situation, but there’s a big pile of yarn waiting to be crocheted again. This will take a good few hours in the afternoon to catch up to where I was. It’s all worth it, especially as I think if the final product. And that’s part of the key when having to re-do part of the creative project. Not to think of what’s lost, but what will be gained and the finished project.

Going backwards is sometimes just part of the creative process of going forward!

Lilliana Rose

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Lost and Found

I just had a minor panic as I couldn’t find my two favourite pens! And I’d just sat down to write at a cafe!

Don’t Panic!

After a few deep breaths, and taking out my trusty cheap BIC pen I decided to look in a different section of my bag. There they were!

Phew!

Lucky! One of these pens were a gift, and another a special treat to myself, so I was annoyed they were lost. While I can write with any pen, there’s more meaning when I write with these because of the story behind getting them. And this can help with the creative flow. Or at least with my frame of mind when I sit to write, which in turns influence the creative flow.

And the flow was good this morning! In which I’m grateful for 💖

Lilliana Rose

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Summer Solstice

From dear friend Anna Hood from Guiding Light Psychics has written about the summer solstice.

Another perspective of celebration at this time of year. I’m feeling very thankful, and looking to cooking up a storm with my family tomorrow and sharing quality time with them.

From Anna:

Summer Solstice blessings everyone!

While traditionally celebrated on December 21st, astrologically, in Australia 2017, December 22nd (tomorrow) is the longest day of the year. The Sun is then at its highest and brightest, and this marks Summer Solstice or Litha.

While it is Yule or Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere (on which the Christian festival of Christmas is based), here in the Southern hemisphere, it is our harvest festival.

Summer Solstice is a time of abundance: of enjoying and connecting with nature, and certainly of celebrating and receiving the Earth’s bounty. So the practice of feasting and gift giving as we do at Christmas in Australia is not out of step with the season!

This is a time to be thankful, and to enjoy and to share abundance with all. Feast and be merry, give and receive freely.

Blessings to all!

Love Letter to Myself

I’ve made it back to the local markets for some letter writing to myself and some food shopping for Christmas 🎄I’m feeling organised for Christmas, but I’m sure there’s something I’ve forgotten to do! Fortunately I have a few days to remember before Christmas.

Writing love letters isn’t easy, and it’s not something I’ve done much in my life, especially to myself. But it was a fun exercise to do and challenging. It was an effort to sit and write what I love about me, without letting my logical mind edit before the words were written. It was slow going. The words didn’t flow at times. But I persisted and wrote a love letter to myself. At the end of the letter, I felt more in tune with myself, more at peace, and I’m sure this is something I could do more often.

I look forward to reading my the letter in a year’s time! And to see if I’ve developed more wats to love myself.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

www.lillianarose.com

Review and Renew

My gorgeous friend Rebecca from A Blissful Existence is offering a guided review of 2017 and renew for 2018 with a series of reflective questions and mandalas to colour.

She is generously offering this in a free PDF or if you want a little more detail there’s a more comprehensive version to purchase.

Click here to check out her Review and Renew.

I’ve downloaded and printed mine and can’t wait to work through and release the year that was in all its glory and dilemmas and dramas, to help clear the way for the new year.

What I really like about what she’s presented here are the mandalas to colour. I write a lot, so I really like the chance to approach my personal reflection differently, with colour and meditation. It’s a nice change for me and helps to bring in new insights.

This time of year is when I do deep reflection about my life and the direction I’m taking. This year I’ll be doing it a bit differently with the help of mandalas from Rebecca 💖

Do you have any particular ritual you like to use to reflect on the year that was and herald in the new year?

Lilliana Rose 🌹

www.lillianarose.com

I am Grateful for…

Despite the busy lead up to Christmas I find myself with time to reflect about my life.

Continuing the theme of letter writing, today I wrote about what I’m grateful for this year. While I have a more detailed post coming up on this topic, this letter was different to what I’ve done before. I’ve written it to be read in a year’s time, it was short and not full of detail. It’s a record of my life, a moment in time of my life and something I can keep and even reflect back on in future years.

Plus, I got to use my brand new pen I was recently given. Inspiration plus!

A simple ritual, writing down all I’m grateful for, and despite lots going not to plan in my life this year, I have so much to be grateful for. The extra good part of writing this letter was by the end of it I felt full of joy and positivity. And that’s the sign of a good ritual, and why the simple task of writing down what you’re grateful for is so beneficial 💖

Lilliana Rose 🌹

www.lillianarose.com

In a year from now…

First day of holidays and it’s time for self reflection and thoughts of the future.

It’s hard to think what my life will be like in a year’s time, but I do know that it will be very different from now. I look forward to sealing the letter and opening it in a year’s time. I wonder how much will have come true? And if I care if it hasn’t? Will something better have happened in my life?

I’ve also taken the time to write a letter to myself about the highlights of this year so far. There have been a lot. It will be a joy and perfect reminder to also open this letter in a year’s time to remind me how much I’ve traveled, to show how far I’ve journeyed, and that I have grown even though at times it might not feel like it.

Time for some dreaming as I write.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

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Ruminating Time

Well it’s been a decade or so since I’ve had to use a laundrette (not counting when travelling!). I’ve been collecting coins, brought along my computer and using the short 25 minuets to be on social media.

A good time to ruminate? I’m not sure it’s long enough! All I remember from the past is spending at least an hour waiting for the wash cycle to complete. And reading lots.

Plus today is going to be a scorcher (way too hot) and it’s already a bit unpleasant in here. At least puppies blankets will be cleaned and ready for use once more. The cycle continues! Pun intended!

I just saw the sign saying don’t add detergent as it’s included in the wash…😬 I can ruminate now how signs are often ignored! 😉 and that I need to slow done and read them instead of guessing what to do! Is an unexpected sign 😉

So in a short 25 minutes I can ponder about signs, and cycles. And then be satisfied the puppies blankets are clean. Not bad for 25 minutes 😉 and all done in a laundrette not a cafe! A little unexpected, but I’ll go with it. And now my wash cycle is finished and it’s time I find a cafe.

Lilliana Rose 🌹

http://www.lillianarose.com