Hello July!

It is hard to believe that half of 2016 has already gone and we are entering July. To tell the truth I’ve never really been a fan of this seemingly endless month of heat waves but this is the first time in my entire life that I actually work in an office during these 31 days, and strangely enough, I look at the experience with anticipation (at least I won’t boil in my own room but have an air-conditioned work space).

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According to Edith Holden “This month was originally the fifth of the year, and was called by the Romans Quinctilis, the latin name of Julius was given in honour of Julius Caesar, who was born in this month.”

In Nature notes of an Edwardian Lady she also mentions some British phrases related to July which I absolutely enjoy:

“St. Swithin’s Day (July 15th) if it do rain, for forty days it will rain”
(Funnily enough, we also have a Hungarian saint who brings 40 days of rain, but his day is 8th of June)

“St. Swithin’s Day if it be fair, for forty days ’twill rain nae’ mair”

“A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon, a swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.”

“In July shear your rye.”

I hope you guys will enjoy this month’s downloadable calendar of pommegranades and olives, as – to me -these represent the tropical climate we live in, here in Central-Europe.

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3 excuses that stop us creating and how to overcome them

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Creating is joy, whether we doodle while on the phone or happen to be Leonardo. We all know this, but for some reason we prefer to hide behind excuses not to take the pencil in our hand. I’ve decided to demolish the greatest ones of these excuses.

1. “I am not good enough”

The world will love to put this banner on you, that you are not talented enough, but of course this is rubbish. I mean, you don’t need to be talented to grab a brush and paint a bubble, do you? Creating – regardless of talent – is joy. So forget about talent for a mome, and just draw lines, paint bubbles, the point is making a “mark” on the paper. Or the canvas. Or whatever medium you choose. The point is to use your hands and enjoy being offline for a sec.

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3 ways of creative meditation

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When I was little, a perfect weekend looked like this: my granny read out some story while I was drawing something. Of course at that time I didn’t call it that, but it was a form of meditation. Today I still go on doing this, as I feel the very same calmness bending over the paper as I did when I was a child. You don’t have to be particularly talented or creative to try these techniques – the hardest is probably taking the time and going offline. However, these two are essential for the more traditional ways of meditation too, so if you enjoy meditation, why not experiment with these creative ways?

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