Six years since I last visited and about 14 years since I first went to Thailand, I went back to fall in love all over again in July 2017. I visited Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, two of my favourite places in Thailand and in Asia.
I wanted to try something completely NEW and asked for some suggestions from my instagram followers… a few people said CROSS STITCH! So with some apprehension I ordered some starting bits from Hobbycraft and started my cross stitch journey for August!
Step 1: Buy a cross stitch kit and try my luck at an owl (I bloody love owls, don’t you?)
Step 1a: Realise you’re a badass at cross stitch and become quickly addicted.
Step 2: Teach yourself how to cross stitch the alphabet….
Step 3: Cross stitch important messages to your nearest and dearest…
Stay tuned for some more!
Drawing from @jooleeloren
I took time off my #12×17 project in July as I quit the job I had for 5 years to jump into the unknown and try to figure out the next chapter in my life.
As I said last month, this project was designed for me to discover how to cultivate better mental and physical wellbeing. I was lucky enough to be in the position to not feel completely paralysed with fear if I quit my job to take more time for #12×17 as well as discover a new chapter for my life. When we’re comfortable we don’t like change, but #12×17 taught me to mix things up a bit.
So I jumped on a plane to Thailand, walked around the streets of Chiang Mai drank coffee, ate mangos and looked at art, and then went down to Koh Samui to do yoga on the beach; the epitome of inner peace…. riiiight?
At the halfway point what did I think of the project, was it going the way I wanted it to? I had no idea when I started the project that I would be in July, unemployed and taking a completely new direction in my life. But I couldn’t be happier! If I take anything away from this project it would be the impact getting into a regular routine with yoga (and some other fitness) has had on my life. I’m more balanced, have more energy and also more proud of my physical and mental fitness. Aside from yoga, being able to divide up my time more efficiently has helped me realise when is a good time to STEP AWAY FROM NETFLIX and get out and DO something, with my hands, with my mind, with my body!
The #12×17 project was originally designed for me to pursue a new project each month to contribute to cultivating better wellbeing for the present and the long term.
I’ve tried new things on some months, but what’s been fun is rediscovering old talents and hobbies and more importantly making more time for these things. That means (slightly) better time management, less Netflix and less time glued to your phone (can’t say that I’ve been that successful in that respect).
I have learnt that there are only so many months and years you can say you’re good at writing/drawing/dancing etc, without practice. Getting back into giving time for the things that you’re good at is hard, but the results can be rewarding. Which reminds me… I better go practice that piano.
I got some of my pals and some cool illustators involved and asked them to draw me! Or at least their interpretation of me..
Angel went for a pretty straightforward pen drawing of us but Tash decided to do her interpretation of us as geometric doggos on a bubble wrap medium!
The fantastic illustator Joey Yu drew me and Angel at the Riposte Magazine All Dayer which was a DELIGHT.
Finally, the brilliant Jason Polan was gracious enough to draw his interpretation of me after working on an event together. This is me as a burger-head doing yoga, surrounded by bananas and playing a triangle. What a champ!
Time to draw… I hate the saying “choose your tribe” but it seems pretty apt for our big decision when it came to the 2017 General Election. But your local community is your tribe as well, so whoever you decided to vote for, voting is still important. Staying informed and finding out what your local MPs are doing, at election time and throughout their period serving the community. For June I decided to draw my way through the month, trying my best to relate those daily drawings to what’s going on; in my tribe, in my life, the local community and the world right now.