WIP Wednesday

With the end of the year approaching, I’ve been working literally every day, with some days being very, very long so alas, I haven’t had much time for my creative projects, and I’m now practically itching to spend more time on them… roll on Christmas holidays!

Here’s where I’m at for now:

Music

I’ve started a new song, a very fast one, but is a favourite of mine: Lamb of God’s “Pathetic”. Actually I’ve been doing pretty well I think! (although played at half the regular speed). There are a lot of bends throughout so its been good practice.

My voice has been sounding much better, I’ve been staying relatively hydrated which I think has helped A LOT, and created a new playlist to sing a long with in the car as I was getting bored of the short one that I had, which has also helped with motivation. This next week I think I’ll put a bit more focus on breathing in the right places and that’s been tripping me up a bit.

As for songwriting, I actually haven’t gotten to any in the last week, although I feel like I have a good few songs building up inside of me I just need to get them down on paper.

Sewing

I started pinning up my dress to get ready to sew and very quickly realised I’d messed up a measurement somewhere so this is on my radar to go back over the measurements and start sewing this weekend! Some of my ebay haul (studs and the like) have started arriving, although there are still a good few to come.

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Millions of new designs have been coming to me, although I haven’t managed to get them on to paper yet, so there is also quite a bit of sketching to do this weekend! Something that I haven’t had much practice doing, so maybe I’ll be the only one that understands what the real image looks like in my head, but hey, that’s all that matters for now right? 🙂

 

Yoga & Meditation

I’ve been getting short spurts of stretching in largely so no major improvements observed with yoga. I did manage to get a longer session in yesterday morning in though, trying out a new flow that focused on my tight hamstrings, and it was absolute bliss! Just what I needed.

Reading

My fiction reading of the moment is a book lent to me called “The Clan of the Cave Bear” by Jean M. Auel which has been pretty good so far. The book has definitely seen some life! I take it as a good sign for the story to come.

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For my non-fiction, I’ve just downloaded an Kelly Cutrone’s audiobook “Normal Gets You Nowhere”, and I’m REALLY REALLY excited by what I’ve heard so far, OMFG YES KELLY, YES!

I’m curious to know what everyone else is working on? Any books I should be adding to my reading list?

Have a fantastic, productive, crazy day!

 

Laveena

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WIP Wednesday

It’s probably appropriate to kick off my first WIP Wednesday with a bit of a spiel. The projects I intend to write about here are small scale, but I hope that one day they will feed into my bigger goals of becoming the best version of myself and contributing to the world in a positive way.

Although these projects may seem like small potatoes to some, we all have to start somewhere, and this is my start (or at least, somewhere near the start!).

These are some of the things I am working on, and how I am progressing…

Music

I started learning a new song last night, Maroon 5’s “She will be loved”. I haven’t been able to get the extra guitar practice in lately, and I’ve been just itching for a decent sized session, and last night I finally got it. I’ve noticed in the last couple weeks that my fingers hurt much, much less than they did which can only be a good thing.

My voice however is sounding about 50%, largely I think because I’ve let myself get too dehydrated with the raging heat we’ve been having. Something I have to keep reminding myself about! Anyone got any tips for not forgetting to drink?!

I haven’t written any lyrics that I’ve loved in a while, and probably I need to try a few new exercises and see what I come up with.

Sewing

I have my fabric marked up and am just about ready to roll with my latest dress experiment. I have also ordered a bunch of different spikes and things to give it the edge that I’m after, but I’m still waiting on most of it to arrive. I might have to start some new wee projects in the meantime to keep me ticking…

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Yoga & Meditation

I am definitely getting more flexible, but I was incredibly tight to begin with (particularly in my legs), so there is still a long way to go! I’ve also been thinking I want to add more meditation time to the end of my sessions where I have spare time. I’m hoping this will help me stay more centred and focus my attention! Time will tell..

Reading

I recently finished Bethenny Frankel’s audiobook “A Place of Yes” which I learned so much from, and will go back and re-listen to at some stage. I’m also meant to be chipping away at a course on animal care provided through my volunteer job, but have been having issues accessing the online modules which has been frustrating!

All good now though, just yesterday I managed to get it sorted with an IT guru, just in time to smash it all out and submit it before the 15th December… Never fear though, the deep end and I are well acquainted.

As well as learning for my personal development, I like to get lost in a bit of fiction, particularly when I need to get to sleep but my brain is racing, and have just finished the Shadowhunters series by Cassandra Clare, and am about to pick up a much older novel lent to me by a colleague.

I’m curious to know what everyone else is working on? Any books I should be adding to my reading list?

Have a fantastic day as always!

 

Laveena

 

 

Day 27: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

I started my day with a rip snorter sacral chakra flow… Good God. Stretching out an area that really needs it is bliss! I also tried out a couple yoga poses that I hadn’t tried before, and I think it will take a few more goes to get them perfected but that’s ok! Onward and upward!

Im really digging the chakra flows that Banana Blondie puts out of late. Something about her voice and calm manner, even during challenging poses, helps to create a space and frame of mind that I like to practice my yoga in.

I finished up my night with a particularly inspiring night at work which left me rearing to get back to music practice! I’m feeling sooo inspired now, bring it on!

I hope you’re smashing your goals today!
Laveena

Day 15: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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I started out my day very tired again, but of course got up anyway.

I have been having twinges in one of my knees (probably due to trying to push my body into increased flexibility faster than it wants to during my morning yoga) and so decided to rest it yesterday and get some extra study done instead… a chore for some, but not for me!

By the end of the day my anxiety was kicking back into gear again and it was time for another early night. Although this time not so much triggered by how much there is to do, (I am rearing to go for that!), but more so that there is only so much of it that can be done in one day, and it will take some time.

I am impatient to achieve my goals! It is both my blessing and my curse.

I hope you’re smashing your goals today!

 

Laveena

 

Day 5: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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I can hardly believe I’m only 5 days in on this challenge! I feel like I have learned, and gained, soo much from it already!

Yesterday morning I found myself in the middle of my second EVER yoga high at the end of my practice. I felt like I could have sat and meditated the rest of the day if I had the time, but settled for an extra couple of minutes to just breathe.

Was it the result of increased confidence from more committed and consistent practice? coincidence? or just the result of a really good Crown Chakra flow? Who knows… but time will tell!

Note: If this is the first blog in this series that you are reading, you should read my introduction on my Day 1 post so you know what I’m raving on about!

I hope you’re smashing your goals today!

 

Laveena

Day 2: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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Aside from new some wrist pain I currently seem to be experiencing during my morning yoga practice, Day 2 went SIGNIFICANTLY better than Day 1.

Note: If this is the first blog in this series that you are reading, you should read my introduction on my Day 1 post so you know what I’m raving on about!

I smashed out bare bones for lyrics for 3 songs in the 15 minute slot I give myself during the week, achieved all my morning tasks (eagerly snapping up my coffee stop reward on the way to work), and was UBER productive when I got there.

I felt light all day, and although I would usually practically chain-drink coffee at my desk, come lunchtime, I was very aware that I hadn’t made myself one yet (not that it lasted all day, but still a noticeable and unexpected difference!). I don’t know whether it was my elevated mood due to my songwriting block lifting, or Danelle’s words ringing in my ears, but either way I’ll take it! 88 days to go!

I hope your smashing your goals today! Why not try the 90 day commitment challenge yourself?

 

Laveena