I'm not going to lie - March started off a little rough for me personally. There were goodbyes, there's been sadness, moments of self-doubt and insecurity. But these lows have also led me to lots of moments of self-reflection.
During this time I realized that the start of a new month and especially a new season (SPRING!) is an opportunity for renewal, a fresh start and positive change. I want to use this time to grow personally, to work on things to better myself and to focus more on things that matter to me.
This creative space here has been my happy little project for over a year now. It's something I look forward to working on every day and something I take very personally, which is why when things are down or I'm uninspired, I tend to abandon it. When instead, I should be turning to it.
There are SO many ideas and thoughts swirling through my head at all times which can overwhelm me, but through my reflection there has been one word that keeps popping up, and that word is FOCUS. I need to focus on one or two things instead of trying to do a million things at once. I need to stay focused and not allow myself to get easily distracted. This is not only true for me in my personal life but also within Sunday's Arrow.
So you'll be noticing a few small changes around here - a refresh to the webpage & the branding, more thoughtful curation in my posts, more focus and the launch of a few new series. Starting with this one - A Color Story.
I want to use this new monthly series to get a little deeper, a little more personal. We all struggle and things aren't always as perfect or glamorous in real life as they may seem in blog posts or on social media. (we all need to take off the rose colored glasses sometimes). So I want to use A Color Story as a time to reflect and evoke inspiration, even if the mood isn't always happy or upbeat.
We don't realize how much color can affect and represent our mood. (check out some color meanings here!) I recently went to Pinterest which is my go-to for collecting and gathering inspiration and I noticed a big color trend on my boards - the color blue. It was no surprise to me since this has always been my comfort color, and given my mood this month, it made perfect sense.
We all look for inspiration and happiness in many different places and for me I gravitate towards certain colors, places or objects during difficult times. The color blue makes me feel happy and calm so most recently the ocean, the sky, my blue turquoise necklace, travel photographs are all the things I look at to give me a sense of peace.
Do you have a resounding color that seems to pop up when things aren't going so well for you? Is it a comfort color, a bright color? Do you find yourself wearing all grey or black?
Next time you're going through something, good or not so good, take notice of what colors you're attracted to and make you feel good. Start wearing more of that color, paint a room you've been meaning to redesign that color, buy a new piece of artwork with that color, create an inspiration board and hang it by your desk. I'm a firm believer that the colors around you can affect your mood, behavior and stress-levels.
For me, these moody blues have got me feeling happy and inspired again.
**Check out my Pinterest board for more of the blues...