Head & Heart – August 2015

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing these Head & Heart posts for over a year now – my first one was in May 2014! Reading back through what I was doing this time last year is interesting – things are somehow the same but different. Feel free to join in with the monthly reviews if you’d like to!

“A monthly capture of my feelings and doings, in the raw.”

GRATEFUL

Feeling pretty good! This time last year (in fact for most of Spring last year), I was feeling pretty miserable health-wise. My ongoing back pain issues had spiked massively to the point where I was spending weeks not able to move without pain, let alone exercise. I’ve tried a lot of things since then which have collectively made a massive difference, to the point where I haven’t had any extreme back pain so far this year. I’m so grateful to the people who helped me get to this point, and put up with me at my lower points.

THINKING

Ethical clothing. After reading To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? I’ve been trying to figure out how I can put what I’ve learned into practice. It’s easier said than done – just finding underwear which is ethically produced and sustainable still has me weighing up options. I do want to discover more and write about it here, but I feel it’s too soon to be making recommendations. Erin over at Reading My Tea Leaves has been writing some great posts on growing a minimalist wardrobe in an ethical and sustainable way (in the US), definitely worth a read.

EXCITED

Weddings! I have TWO weddings coming up in September, including one where I’m the matron (ew) of honour. Between the events themselves and all the surrounding ones, it’s going to be a busy and exciting month.

DOING

Not eating ice-cream or chocolate. I’m really bad at resisting the treats always floating around at work, so I’ve banded together with our other designer to see how long we can go without them. So far we’ve lasted a week and a half, which to me is much more significant than it sounds!

Calligraphy practice. I’m also trying to get back into regular calligraphy practice, especially as I feel quite unhappy with my current work. You can see my progress over on Instagram, @teresa_watts. Still working on actually writing blog posts about calligraphy on teresawatts.com.

MAKING

(Misshapen) bowls. I am loving my pottery class, even if all my bowls have ended up somewhat wonky. I feel like I’m slowly getting better, so hopefully I’ll have one or two decent ones by the end of the course, in two more weeks. I can see why half my class are returning students, who have fallen in love with wheel work and don’t want to commit to setting up their own pottery studio. I have a feeling I might be joining them next term!

Peanut butter. So good! I don’t intend to go back to commercial peanut butter anytime soon. Check it out if you’re a nut butter fan.

READING

World War Z by Max Brooks. Yep, a little bit different to the creativity/minimalism articles and non-fiction books, but I do have a soft spot for zombies and dystopian fiction. Whilst I did enjoy the movie version (the one with Brad Pitt and scary fast zombies), the book is such a different take on the genre that it really stands out from more brainless (haha) offerings. I like that it shows perspectives from around the world, as opposed to American suburbia. A great read!

“Who knows what we could have accomplished if we had only chucked the politics and come together as human bloody beings.”

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