Truffle the dog

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The very sweet and adorable Truffle is sadly waiting over the rainbow bridge (with my own Leroy Brown) but her owners now have this portrait as a memento of their years together. What a lovely and very thoughtful present form a mother to her daughter. Mums rock ♥

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what i learnt this week 2016 :: WEEK 24

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Medina, Bagdad, Istanbul, Colorado, Syria, Iraq, Belgium, Yemen, Paris… when will it end! Probably never 🙁

Sometimes it is hard to know if love will indeed concur all. People who are positive and full of love don’t go and violently force their positive views on others. However there is a HUGE amount of vocalisation of hatred in the world right now and with their hatred they are taking and maiming so many lives.

I’m not sure love is the answer any more. I don’t think that sitting back and passively loving everyone around us is having a strong enough effect on those broken and damaged people who want to kill anyone whose beliefs differ from their own.

It seems that the problem is only getting worse and I’m not sure what the answer is. I just know that no one seems to be able to stop it.

I don’t want to have to draw another dripping heart illustration but I know I will – and sooner rather than later. Our prayers and good thoughts don’t go far enough to effect change. Can anyone come up with a brilliant idea as to how we can fix this problem? I don’t want to feel as if the world is going to shit… and it’s getting harder and harder not to let that state of mind creep in. I’m keeping it at the front door but it’s knocking louder and louder.

Love is isn’t enough – but it doesn’t mean I’ll stop putting it out there.

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what i learnt this week :: WEEK 17

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It’s funny the things you can learn about yourself by loving someone else.

I take the role of aunty very seriously. I have read studies that confirm the importance of an alternative strong female role model in a young girl’s life and I want to pull my weight in positively influencing this little woman in the making.

I heard the way I spoke to her, propping her up, telling her how great she is (which is true) and doing my bit to contribute to her good self-esteem. When I went back to my own projects and tasks and I heard the way I spoke to myself and there was a huge disparity. I was a bully to myself. I was outright mean. Actually I’m kind of embarrassed to think of the way I have spoken to myself for so many years.

A change of script was in order, so I decided to start speaking to myself the same way I spoke to my beautiful niece and something wonderful happened… I forgave myself for not succeeding as much as I’d like, I started drawing without fear or self-ridicule and I had an enormous amount of peace (the bully had been kicked out). Everybody deals with their inner critic in different ways but this one really worked for me. I’d like to say my inner critic is dead and buried but I don’t think it ever can be killed off entirely. However just like diet, as long as you’re really good 90% of the time and keep the junk to 10% it will all work out in the end.

A friend of mine makes these Inner Critic dolls… you might find them useful 🙂

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