Favorite posts from 2010

Buddha watching

I know of many bloggers who among their own posts pick favorites that have been either well received or fun to write. I haven’t done this before but as I was looking through blog posts from 2010 yesterday to write about my 2010 achievements I happened upon three that I think are great, so if you haven’t read them yet, please do now and let me know what you think.

My favorite blog posts of 2010

  • The therapy of Magazine cutting
    Are you aware of the therapeutic value of cutting out magazine images? Saving images to a personal imagery archive of clippings (to be used in future diary pages, collages or art journaling) is very calming and always cheers me up.
  • Being introverted and creative goes together
    Learning about the word and personality trait ?introvert? has been a important discovery in my life. It helps me understand myself. What introverted means to me personally is mostly that I as an introvert need time alone to restore my energy. That?s it.
  • Creative women on the movie screen
    I would like to call them Empowering Women Films for women of Today. They are the movies where we meet Strong Women, movies where Creativity and Girl Power intermingle into something that I want to see more of on the big screen.

Striving to be mindful

Today I also wanted to share a photo from my computer folders, taken late summer 2010 by me. A while back at Shutter Sisters (my favorite photo blog) asked readers to choose a favorite shot of our selves.

    Find a picture taken of yourself that best captures you. Either who you are or who you strive to be.
    Tracey Clarke writes: I have found that when you allow your truest self to be seen, really and truly seen, you are set free.

I didn’t think I would find such a photo, but I did. I didn’t remember this self portrait straight away, but when I found it I remembered the prompt immediately. This is who I strive to be:

A gift to myself
Mindfulness, I choose you! No, not just in the dojo but in everyday life.

5 Responses

  1. Thanks for the link to your previous post on being an introvert, I must have missed it. Interesting reading, I am super territorial – I can’t stand anyone touching my notes!!! :)

  2. Hanna that photo is absolutely WONDERFUL! I love it.
    I agree 1000% about magazine cutting.

    fellow creative introvert

  3. Trekky, glad you found the post on being introverted helpful. I think it is a great thing to be introverted and I embrace it even though others might think it is a bit strange sometimes… :-)

    Libby, yes magazine cutting is the best. I need a new pile soon to “digest” or “gnaw through”, hehe. Take care!

  4. Hanna this self portrait is fantastic! And it is very different than the image I have of you in my mind. (A very “busy” person, always creating & writing). And here is the other side of you, the introvert…the stillness! This is why self portraits are so fascinating…

  5. Just wanted to add another bit to the therapeutic aspects of cutting up magazines…it may not be a popular view, but I think it is equally important. Cutting/tearing is an aggressive act and getting to act on something aggressively can be really important. We are so limited by what is socially appropriate and are required to contain the aggressive/angry/hostile feelings we all naturally have. Cutting a magazine is a healthy way of expressing those energies. It is the act of destruction that is so often a part of creation. We often fear these aggressive energies, but this is a way to embrace them and see their value in a full and complete life.

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