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What I learned from my break | plus a new freebie & an ocean bundle

Hello my dear journaling friend,
You may have read about my break in my previous e-mail. A lot has happened since then. The main thing being that I've realised that this is going to take a lot longer than I anticipated. I have pushed myself for years and my body & soul require a good long period of self care and healing. So my YouTube will be silent for a while longer πŸ˜”. 

Baby steps and confidence

What I have learned is that I need to take baby steps - and yes, I knew that before, this is the kind of lesson I needed to re-learn, maybe you can relate to that. The good thing is that this past week I could feel a real improvement in my state of mind, and an improvement of my energy which is a really good feeling. It gives me the reassurance that I will get through this. Because I will, that is for sure.

Longing for the sea

Thinking about what I need to feel better, my mind went straight to the sea. Throughout my life the sea has always been a place where I can feel peace, where I feel my body recharge, the salty sea wind takes care of all the cobwebs in my mind . And since I really wanted to create some new digis it was a small step to this bundle:

The bundle makes me feel very grateful and happy. πŸ˜Š Grateful because this was the first time in many weeks  that I could sit down and create something new, that turned out beautiful too. Happy, because now I can go and create a few gorgeous sea themed collages πŸ˜„ 

I did create two more bundles

Somewhere in the start of March I did manage to create these lovely mini cards. They were created from items I had sitting on my computer for a good year. I changed things up a little bit, so they got fresh and springlike. They are free so go and grab them today. They do well in an Easter themed page too I think πŸ˜Š


The other bundle is one that I at first only created for myself. I tried to achieve a mixed media feel with photos of flowers and rusty textures. Why did I make them only for me? Well, that is another thing I realise now. I really need to feel no pressure when I create. Whether it is a journal page, a collage, or a digital design, no pressure or I will not succeed in creating. The feeling of having to make something that 'other people' will like... it makes me freeze up. Which is a sure sign of overwhelm in case you're wondering πŸ˜Š

Anyway. These papers were created in that complete freedom which gave me a result I really loved. When I subsequently showed them to a dear friend Maud she immediately was thrilled by them. She had a lot of ideas to use them... so... I decided to put them in the shop πŸ˜„ Curious what she created with these? Then go and watch her YouTube video it's great inspiration.

Well, that is all I have to share with you this time. If you want to stay in touch, Instagram is the place where I love to hang out. Sending you warm hugs,

Love πŸ₯° Maureen 

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