For most of the winter, spring, and early summer, I have done slightly less art and slightly more Japanese learning, but mostly I have focused on my health. Daily physical therapy exercises and weekly trips to doctors really gets in the way of a "normal" productive schedule. But I gladly accept this challenge! And I exercise every day and cook lots of veggie-packed meals to help keep me mobile and functional.
Like everything else in my life, this has been another period of learning and adjusting. But it has all been going uphill. And I mean both that life is an "uphill battle", and that things are always improving!
I had a really great trip back home in April. I got to see lots of friends and family, and I had some very important, emotionally healing conversations with my mother, and with my mother-in-law. I love these ladies, and I don't know what I would do without them.
I was surprised to come back from Texas with a deeper sense of calm and purpose. I find it easier to schedule my days and balance my health, art, and language learning. I got an app that is saving me time every week in meal planning, and sometimes I save time by studying while I cook by reading Cookpad and watching YouTube recipes in Japanese.
With some small adjustments, and a break from my language classes, I have been able to reclaim several hours a week for my art. In the past two months, I have created 20+ new fabric designs, several small watercolor paintings, and lots of new vinyl stickers. Awesome things are afoot!
I just wanted to let you all know that I'm doing okay, and I'm in a really happy place. May it continue onward and upward.
I leave you with a little video I made about getting back into the art habit.