I left my blogging notebook in Skye earlier this week and it was just returned to me, so here’s a blog I started while I was there! S/O to Ashleigh for inviting me on her holiday w/ her kiddos and the rest of Clan Gilles/Brown/Graham (and Alex!) for showing ya girl a fantastic time and for inviting me to a new piece of the universe. I really had amazing weekend!
One of the reoccurring themes for Ekama in the crazy YAV-year is that I need to chill out and MAKE time and spaces for myself to let loose and have a little fun. Not that I hate fun. Fun is awesome. I am an awesome, fun person (the title of my blog is a quote taken from Lewis, who didn’t know I was crashing his holiday but said “I like it when Ekama comes to Skye, she makes it more fun!” *cries*) and I think as humans we defiantly get caught up in the whirlwind of obligations and life and taking time out often feels like running away from life.
One of the last things we did at YAV DISorientation in Stony Point was talk about self-care. There were various stations (mandala drawing, a labyrinth (BLOG ON MY LOVE OF LABYRITHS COMING SOON OMG), Taize, and probably a couple I can’t remember currently) of which we had to do a couple. So I thought I’d blog about some of the shit I like to do for fun…
- Take naps – Irene, the Clerk of session in Milton, and basically my mom while I’m here, got me a t-shirt for Christmas that said “Nap Queen.” I can often be found napping in her flat. Or anywhere else tbh cuz napping is just a really important thing that become less socially acceptable post-infancy and fam, that’s gotta end…
- Cook – cooking is one of the things in the universe that I am truly confident in. Being in a kitchen and creating something delicious is just so stress-free for me (and cooking people delicious food is also a great way to make friends!). Also I really like eating so that’s a thing.
- Journal – manifesting thoughts and feels into words
- Alone-time – extroverts like me cherish our alone time. Being constantly on the ball with other people in various capacities is so draining. Sometimes I just walk home from the bustop a long way, go pick something up to get out of the flat, or walk to the westside to get donuts by myself!
- Join a choir
- Catch up on the news – as stress-inducing as the news is, I think that catching up with those who we share the world with is really important. Awareness is the catalyst for change. Watching news etc. is just one of those habits I’ve picked up off
- Visit churches – I’m a big, fat, church nerd. I’m in the home of Presbyterianism. I literally can’t not…
- Play with makeup – simple living means not having extra funds to splash about on glittery eyeshadow. In addition to makeup shopping to be very time-consuming *internal rant about limited access to makeup shades tailored for WOC* So I may have brought my entire makeup collection with me to Scotland
- Do my hair – I have patience for many things, maintaining an afro is not one of them. So every couple months I carve out about 9 hours of time and sit down to braid my hair. Glasgow, is quite a diverse city and the universe placed the YAV-flat about half a mile away from a hair store with which for me to purchase purple hair J
- Random adventures
I’m not sure I’ve been inspired enough to make a playlist this week so here’s one of my favorite songs, by one of my favorite artists. This song (even more so this record) came out at a really horrible, not-so-great time for Ekama. It was one of those musical, shining lights at the beginning of a really cloudy tunnel. Also, Frank and Tyler make really great music together…