The past week or so I have been actively doodling. Filling pages with samples and getting to know my pens and papers. Reading and googling and getting ideas. Even filling a small journal with coloured pages using inktense blocks. Should have bought the inktense pencils too. The colours are fantastic.
Apart from school classes a lifetime ago, I am self-taught. Often thinking that I really should take some classes to learn proper techniques and expand my knowledge. Perhaps I still will. There is an art shop that runs classes nearby.
But doodling I enjoy because its relatively simple with minimal equipment and can be done on the go. I may yet expand one of my rooms and use it as an art room. Except that carpet is a problem. What I have decided however is to doodle daily. I’m not putting pressure on myself to complete a page a day, but certainly to do some doodling.
It is relaxing and fun. And surprising when I let my mind flow. Some days I start easily, others I find myself wondering what I want to do. But then I google and read and widen my knowledge. I have even started a doodle diary. A small portable book I can recount the day in simple words and doodles rather than writing a journal entry. It’s certainly different.
But for now it’s time to get ready for work. I’m finally back at head office. Less than half an hours drive, especially as I short cut through the tunnel. Wonderful new sights. Ok, predominantly industrial, but certainly something different to photograph, at least when the rain eases. Back into project work. Updating a manual for our services on our model of care. The things I enjoy doing, and can do so easily and without stress.
Having spent the past few months acting as a Practice Manager it brought home the reality that I am still fragile in some areas. Too close to not coping well. Managing people takes its toll. And is not something I want to return to. So much easier working alongside a manager to guide and enable them, and develop tools to help them implement change. And now I’m back to doing what I do best, and enjoy most. Stess free and relaxed. Working with a great team of like-minded high-achievers whose goal is to bring about change in the health status of our people.
Doodling certainly helps ease stress and relax me. One would think I had time at work to doodle. I don’t. I’m too busy and focussed on my work now. The day flies and I return home invigorated rather than tired. Its a fantastic feeling to do what I enjoy doing.