Dear Creative Spirit

Dear Creative Spirit,

Thank you for the gift of creativity.
For the ability to read and write
May I learn to trust Write,
to gain confidence that my words matter.

Thank you for placing these gifts in my hands.
Let the faith you show in me
give me belief in my own ability

Thank you for my precious imagination,
A world without is incomprehensible.
Let it run free and wild.

Give me strength to let loose the reins,
to overcome my many fears and worries
that bind and shackle me.

I see my spirit floating freely
As creativity is unleashed

I imagine these moments of epiphany
I will find you, I will find infinity.

I know there is nothing I cannot do
Thank you for letting me know.

May my words help others, be a support;
May they find enjoyment, humour and
the spirits of their own
lifted within my words.
Giving hope.

My heart is full of joy and excitement
at the thought of my creative capabilities.

©Annika Perry

‘Dear Creative Spirit’ is one of the first exercises set by Julia Cameron in her ‘The Artist’s Way’ and after my initial hesitation of what to write, I found myself inspired as I addressed my own Creative Spirit.

I came across a rough draft of this recently and since have edited it to this final version here – I hope it gives others the ability to trust in their gift. Lack of confidence in one’s capabilities is often the hindrance to even start writing and sharing one’s work.

Clearing out is a task I throw myself at with glee! For some this is a chore, understandably so, whilst for myself, the opportunity to revisit past items, letters, papers is an act of time travel!

Amongst the haul, I unearthed a calendar beneath a desk, papers were strewn on top, dust neatly and evenly covering the surface. I cleaned down the pretty cover and flipped through the images.

The artist is Erkers Marie Persson and for many years she painted for the Swedish Calendar. In her paintings, she tries to capture the wonder of bygone eras when generations mixed easily with each other. The pictures included in my post are taken from this delightful calendar which our company gave away to customers! Thankfully, I retained one as well!

Over Easter, I will be enjoying a ‘home-holiday’ and taking a mini-blogging break, popping in now and then. I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday time!

“A childhood without books — that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.” Astrid Lindgren

163 thoughts on “Dear Creative Spirit

  1. I am praying this prayer with you: “May my words help others, be a support; May they find enjoyment, humour and the spirits of their own lifted within my words. Giving hope.” Yes, those are my prayers, too {{{Annika!}}}

    1. Bless you! ❤️ Jan, thank you for joining me in my prayer … words, which many take for granted, hold such power and energy within them … it is up to us how we use this precious gift! Xx

  2. A post filled with inspiration & beauty!

    Firstly, I hope you are having a restorative mini-break from blogging. May you return recharged and energised!

    Next things: I love Julia Cameron! I worked through her “The Artist’s Way” as a young adult, and more recently, started some with “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” – a reminder that perhaps it is time to go back to it.

    Thank you for sharing your epistolary poem – my favourite lines: “I imagine these moments of epiphany, I will find you, I will find infinity.” Lovely.

    1. Bless! 😀 Ju-Lyn, it means a lot that you found so much within my poem, I love that you describe it as epistolary, and the lines you quote are my favourite too – the very heart of writing for me!

      I’ve never heard of “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” and it’s great Julia Cameron continues to encourage people to find their creative spirit and overcome any doubts or reluctance. I look forward to making some artist dates in person this year – last year it was all via online and reading!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and wishes for my mini-break and I hope you had a beautiful and peaceful Easter. xx

      1. Thank you for your heart-warming response, Annika. I appreciate so much your taking the time to respond in the midst of your break.

        “It’s never too late” aims at folks who are older who have been out of creative practice, and who need a gentle nudge back in. I bought a copy for my aunt & my dad, and they both loved it as well.

  3. What a beautiful and creative post this is, Annika. I am working on a post scheduled for Friday which is an interview of Natalie the Explorer. I had a brainstorm to include supportive comments like yours in the post with a link to your blog as well – assuming you don’t mind! If you do, you can let me know. Here is the lovely quote I used in her post.

    “Natalie, a beautiful reflective post of the last year! It’s lovely that the weather has brightened for you and you can go out to enjoy some of it. The goose social distancing sigh is sweet and a welcome change from the usual ones! Here we are still in deep lockdown apart from schools going back this week … see how that goes. Exciting news for me today is my first vaccine (owing to health conditions), second one in three months time. It does feel more hopeful. The biggest change I’ve noticed is the fantastically improved air quality, wildlife flourishing and deer in main roads is now a common (and dangerous) sight! Here’s to a good spring and summer full of travels and seeing family! Xx ”

    Thanks! 🙂 Marsha

    1. Marsha, bless! 😀 What an inspired idea to include some comments in your interview and I’m honoured you want to share mine! Yes, that’s fine and thank you. I look forward to reading the post on Friday – Natalie is one extraordinary lady and her adventures in life are fantastic. Wishing you a lovely rest of the week! Xx

      1. Thank you Annika. I felt downright brilliant. But as I was reading through her blog and reading all the wonderful comments, I think she has something really special. People really have a place to open up, and she becomes the opener. As her community reads each other’s blogs, they really have deep insight to what the other member’s lives are like.

    1. Jennifer, it feels amazing to help inspire others in their creative art! It is strange but for many years I didn’t realise that confidence is so important for creative beings! Yeah! I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem and pictures … the beautiful artwork just lifts one’s spirits! Wishing you a lovely rest of the week! Xx 🌺❤️

    1. Exactly, Andrea! 😀 I become quite annoyed with myself and the energy expended to doubt myself all these years instead of embracing the gift. I’m glad if my poem is a positive reminder for others! BTW, I hope the beaches are not too badly littered this holiday weekend. Reading your comment I think I’m leaving my trip to the seaside for school days!

  4. Mike

    You poem is amazing Annika. What more can I say? Love the pictures too, they are so Swedish and remind me of a holiday there a few years ago.


    1. Aww … thank you so much, Mike! I hope the poem can inspire you with your own poetry and stop all doubts! Yes, the pictures although of a bygone era are very much reminiscent of Sweden of today – the love of nature and outdoors is just as strong! How lovely that you’ve been to the country! 😀

    1. Khaya, bless you for thinking to print and frame my poem! 😀 It hadn’t even occurred to me but I’ve already printed a copy and when possible will get it framed. I’ve found a spot for it in my new studio. So glad you enjoyed both the poem and the art – the latter can seem simplistic but I too find it exquisite! I hope you’re having a lovely Easter, Khaya! xx

  5. Dear Annika,
    Your poem is so beautiful and inspiring to us all. It’s so easy to invite self-doubt in, but it often takes up too much real estate in our brains, causing us to pause or to even quit. Self-confidence is the boost needed to try and try again until we reach that point of accomplishment. Thank you for this wonderful post! Happy Easter and have a wonderful break. xo

    1. Dear Lauren, you are so right that self-doubt takes up ‘too much real estate in our brains’ and the swirling fears cause a brain fug in which creativity is drowned out! Of all the exercises in the book, this was my personal hardest, having to address the creative spirit, face it directly – no room to escape notice. It was the wake-up call she hopes to evoke – wonderfully so!

      Hope you’re having a peaceful and enjoyable Easter, my friend! xx

    1. Thank you, Robbie! 😀 I wanted a harmonious whole of poem and pictures and luckily came across these whilst sorting out! Hope you’re having a wonderful Easter – I imagine your baking creations are fabulous! xx

  6. Dear Annika,
    we read Cameron’s books as well. It seems that everybody read Cameron many years ago.
    We like your text and these pictures. Their happy naivety reminds us of Carl Larsson. For us, that’s so typical Swedish.
    All the best. Happy Easter 🐣🐣
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Hej to you all! 😀

      Klausbernd, I am becoming aware that I read her book many years later than others – to me it was new and a revelation! Some things fall to us just when needed most and I started this during the first lockdown last March and it (along with walks & learning Portuguese) helped me through those three months!

      It means a lot that you enjoyed the text and yes, the paintings are reminiscent of Carl Larsson – although his work is still my personal favourite. I wrote a series of three posts on his famous book and artwork and was amazed to learn the pivotal role his wife played in his work and interior design.

      You can see my post here

      ETT HEM

      Hoping you’re all having a lovely and enjoyable Easter! 😀

      ps. I saw an article about seals the other day and hope that all visitors in Cley and the surrounding area are giving seals and their cubs lots of space!

      1. Dear Annika,
        we had reproductions of Carl Larrson’s pictures in the house we lived at Växjö. I already loved his pictures as a child and I still do.
        This year the seals with their cubs had enough space. We fence off their area every year but unfortunately there are always people (mostly photographers) just crossing the fence. But this year we were only allowed to go not further than 5 miles (about 8.5 km) from our home because of lockdown during the grey seal season. So only the locals could go there and they are nature compatible.
        Thanks for the link. We didn’t know Bert Håge Häverö. He is so Swedish, we love it.
        With lots of love ❤ ❤
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Wow to your poem Annika… It should be a mantra… to inspire all to acknowledge and give thanks for their gifts what ever gifts they are..
    Loved your story on the paintings too ,
    Enjoy your home- family- break my friend and I am sure the gift of words will continually flow from your mind to paper Annika…
    Have a beautiful Easter Break
    Much love your way…. You are so talented…. ( as is your Son )…..
    May we all keep Gratitude close to our hearts…
    Love and Blessings my friend ❤

    1. Dear Sue, warmest thanks for your beautiful comment and heartfelt wishes! ❤️ I feel honoured you see my poem as a mantra – upon the suggestion of another blogger, I am going to frame this and put it up on my wall! Humans must be unique in our quickly we are to judge ourselves and blinkered to our own gifts. We seem to need a reminder about them and yes, to give thanks, I am indeed grateful for them and for so much in my life.

      I hope you are having a peaceful and enjoyable Easter – it doesn’t quite feel real this year but the break with the family is wonderful! Love & hugs xx 🌺❤️🌻

      1. Worthy of a mantra to sit upon your wall dear Annika…. and yes…. We sometimes need reminders of both our gifts and our blessings..
        In love and Gratitude… enjoy your holiday with family Annika.. ❤

  8. Behind the Story

    Julia Cameron is an inspiration to many of us. I’m glad she inspired you to write this lovely prayer. And I’m glad you did some clearing out so you could share those sweet paintings by Erkers Marie Persson with us.

    1. Nicki, I’m almost embarrassed that I came two decades later than most to Julia Cameron’s pivotal book. There again, maybe it was just the right time for me!😀 The poem was the toughest exercise as it forced me to address my own attitude to creativity and to stop shirking my responsibility to myself! Yeah! I love those clearing out moments and the small treasures that are discovered along the way!

    1. Georgina, heartfelt thanks for your kind words! ❤️ I had to release a barrier within me to write the poem, at first so self-conscious and feeling nearly a bit silly as I addressed my Creative Spirit. Once unleashed it wrote itself … and so much to say! Hope you’re having a lovely and relaxing Easter! xx

    1. Debra, thank you and I’m glad the poem resonates with you! By exploring my emotions towards my creativity I’ve learnt to treasure it even more, to appreciate the gift. Enjoy the peace of your Easter … and here is to creativity in all its forms! xx

  9. Beautiful expression Annika…
    Yes creativity is a true blessing …everyone has it but not many explore ….blessed are the ones who recognise and display creativity ..
    Stay blessed 🙏😇

    1. Wise words indeed, Jas! 😀 I also believe that creativity is within us all but that fear, for whatever reason, stops people even starting to tap into this incredible gift. Yes, it is a blessing and I’ve been lucky to discover my love of writing as a young child even if only worked seriously with it these past few years. Many thanks for your thoughtful reflections. 🙏

  10. I feel your creative spirit in these words, Annika. I also feel the courage it takes to unleash these feelings. Difficult to put into words, yet I feel the creative spirit speaking through you. Possibly a separate entity, yet very much a part of you.

    I love your phrase “I hope it gives others the ability to trust in their gift.” This is one of the reasons your gift with words resonate with many. When I feel my confidence waning (often) I will reread these words and gain strength to continue my creativity in whatever form it appears.

    The photos are exquisite and like you say, a form of time travel and a bygone era. Happy Easter to you and your loved ones, Annika.❤️ Thank you for helping make my Easter special.🌻❤️

    1. Erika, it is eerie reading your comment and how you know me so well! I hadn’t written that it took courage to write this piece, but it did and was an exercise I kept putting off until I couldn’t any more since it really formed the core of all the work! I was frightened to unleash the emotions within me, worried that they might be inadequate and scupper all creativity. Rather it became one of those magical moments when once started the poem almost wrote itself, and didn’t become the prose I thought I was writing at the start. Your ‘a separate entity, yet very much a part of you’ sums up exactly how the creative spirit feels within me … probably a phrase that will resonate with many.😀

      Wow! It is wonderfu to know that my poem can give you boost and belief in your own writing when it is waning (though you should never doubt your ability, you’re a natural writer!). 😀I have gained so much confidence and knowledge here on WP – a precious gift of sharing in a like-minded community.

      Yeah! I thought you would love the paintings and they are definitely a form of time travel as it depicts scenes of Sweden from olden times but I also realised the love of nature, the outdoors remain the same.

      I hope you’re having a wonderful Easter, my dear friend! hugs xx ❤️

      1. You shared a great deal of your essence and raw emotions in this post, Annika. Sharing your courage gave all of us permission to unleash our creativity. Easier said than done. I am great at dishing it out and see the good in others, yet far more critical of myself. Likely a common feeling for most of us. I have tucked your post away in a special file to reread before I write. Thank you! A quiet Easter around here. We met one of our daughters outside for a couple of hours while they were camping. Not seeing our other daughter and family right now. The usual….waiting for vaccines and numbers increasing….not a good mix. Trying to keep our spirits up and count our blessings. You are part of the ‘good’ Annika. Thank you! xx❤️

    1. Cheryl, it means a lot that you enjoyed all the elements of the post … I want to achieve a sense of cohesion. It feels amazing that a poem that was written as an encouragement for myself can help others too. Wishing you a very special Easter! xx

  11. I don’t know if there is anything a creative spirit finds more valuable than the freedom and inspiration to be creative, Annika. Julia Cameron does a great job of encouraging such thoughts. I was sitting on a remote beach in Baja on the gulf side in 1999 when I first read Cameron, doing the exercises as I went.
    Love your poem. It’s beautifully done. –Curt

    1. Curt, what a perfect and isolated location for reading Julia Cameron’s book, and a place that allowed totaly freedom from the stresses of the modern world and peace for inspiration! I realise I came very late to her books, yet somehow it was just at the right time during the surreal first lockdown last Spring. Aww … it means a lot that you like the poem! 😀 Happy Easter to you and Peggy – hope you have a chance to see (safely) some of your family!

      1. I still have my notes from back then, Annika. It’s when I started my journal, which I still maintain.
        We didn’t have family around for Easter but Peggy’s sister and her husband are arriving tomorrow for a week, now we are all vaccinated. Thanks. –Curt

        1. Hooray … precious moments of togetherness again, all in small steps. 😀 Have a most wonderful time. My second vaccine is mid June so by July I look forward to seeing my brother and his family! Can’t wait! Take care xx

  12. There’s a lovely innocence to these paintings, isn’t there? Bygone times. 🙂 🙂 I don’t doubt that you’ve found your creative spirit, Annika. Wishing you a joy-filled Easter! Oh, yes- and chocolate!

    1. Bless! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Jo and the book really did give me that much needed boost in confidence about my creative self! I agree, there is innocence in the paintings, idylically so yet it captures the love of outdoors nowadays! Oh, always chocolate although I’ve been told by my husband Easter Eggs must wait until Easter Sunday! Can I be that patient?! Wishing you a peaceful and enjoyable Easter, Jo! xx

  13. This is a poem for all of us writers to use and perhaps to chant every morning! It is glorious and helpful and it is so much YOU. Happy cleaning and organizing and happy Easter! These paintings give me such a warm and comfy feeling. Just like my blogging friendship with you. 💙

    1. Awww … Pam, your words are a blanket of love and kindness! Thank you SO much! ❤️ I’m loving the idea of my poem becoming a morning chant … perhaps with a twirl or two! 😀 Us creative beings are profoundly adept at doubting ourselves, we need a constant reminder about our abilities! Oh, the paintings are quintessentially idyllic representation of the perfect family life from the past … yet not so different from the way Sweden can be nowadays! Wonderfully so! Wishing you a very Happy Easter, Pam! hugs xx

    1. Jan, thank you so much for your lovely comment! 😀 Once I started the letter it flowed as if already written within me – a magical sensation! This calendar was definitely a surprise, from the mid 90s and I’d totally forgotten it! Have a wonderful Easter! Xx

  14. A wonderful reflection that inspires us all to celebrate the creative spirit of our community. Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking was my hero. Pippi was the bravest girl I knew and she taught me to be brave, too. “You understand Teacher, don’t you, that when you have a mother who’s an angel and a father who is a cannibal king, and when you have sailed on the ocean all your whole life, then you don’t know just how to behave in school with all the apples and ibexes.”

    1. Yeah! Another fan of Pippi! 😀 A great quote and I loved her and the stories so much and remember them from very young in Sweden. Of course, there was sensible Annika who was a bit too staid and calm for me liking! I wrote a post once about Pippi and my LP of the story and if you are interested you can read it here. From my early years of blogging.

      Here’s to being brave and letting creativity flow unhindered, sharing its goodness with those around us! Happy Easter, Rebecca! Xx

    1. Rosaliene, I used to worry that I would run out of books to read when young and there was a real sense of panic at the thought! Definitely unimaginable! Wishing you a lovely Easter too.

    1. Jacquie, thank you! 😀❤️You are so right and I should have thought of this earlier. I used to frame some of my favourite calendar images but haven’t done that for years … a fun task over the holidays! I bet I’ll end up staring at them daydreaming that I’m in Sweden! 😀 Happy Easter!

  15. Your gratitude is flowing like a stream Annika. I am glad your Creative Spirit is responding so well. She must be enjoying her new abode! Self- confidence is the first gift that we can give to our muse. Enjoy your break dear friend.

    1. Balroop, your poetic comment means a lot to me and I’m touched how you see my gratitude as a stream, flowing freely! There is definitely a new energy within me and my writing … see where it leads! It took until I was an adult to realise how important self-confidence is to forging ahead with one’s craft … taken a while but think I’ve got there! Hope you have a chance for a holiday break, even if at home. Xx

    1. Bless! 😀❤️ Thank you, Mary Jo and I will definitely enjoy some more time in my new studio and got a few non computer things to work on! Also days out with the family… hooray! It’s been a long five months. Hugs xx

    1. Thank you and I think they are so too … a blogger came up with the inspired idea to put some up in my new studio which I think will be perfect! Have a lovely Easter with your family, Betsy! Xx

  16. Love the letter to your creative spirit. I have most of Julia Cameron’s books and did the 12 week workshop on the Artist’s Way years ago. Have you read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic!! It was an easy read and wonderfully fun on Creativity. I’m a good copier but seriously lack imagination. We were the kids with no books in the house until I was much older and could get them for myself. It was like starving for food for the soul. My children had them, lots of them.

    1. Marlene, how I feel for young you without books in the home and that you felt you were ‘starving for food for the soul’. It must be just so. I feel blessed to have been surrounded with them all my life and Saturday mornings my mother and I would walk to the local library where I would get out the permitted six books! Yeah! I love how your children had LOTS of books – and what a gift you gave them!

      Wow! I had no idea Julia Cameron had written so many books. Which other one would you recommend? Did you find the 12 week workshop of the The Artist’s Way helpful? At the beginning I was almost rebellious, thinking this was going a bit too far but I was quickly converted and it filled the three month lockdown perfectly and creatively!

      Oh, I love all of Elizabeth Gilbert’s books and Big Magic was the first one I read. Wonderfully inspirational!

      Wishing you a peaceful and harmonious Easter, my friend! xx

  17. I loved working through Cameron’s book, Annika, and thorough enjoyed your poem to your creative spirit. I’ll also be taking a blog break to do some necessary spring renewal (my nice way of saying that my house needs serious cleaning. Lol). Have a lovely break, my friend. ❤

    1. Diana, it’s to meet another fan of Julia Cameron’s book and I felt quite lost when I finished and must admit the motivation for the morning pages have lapsed since! Haha … Spring Renewal, eh?! 😀😀 I have visions of all the curtains, furniture being thrown into the woods for a thorough airing and then Walk Disney style help from all the woodland animals and plants who come magically alive!

      1. That sounds wonderful, Annika. Disney characters are more than welcome when it comes to housekeeping. I didn’t keep up the Artist’s Way daily pages either, but I still do occasional artist excursions to collect experiences. Happy Spring, my friend.

    1. Bette, warmest thanks for your lovely comment! I initially thought I’d written a long prose until I finished and realised it was a poem! Oh, the art is idyllic and I see she has a art shop where she makes ceramic pieces etc as well. Who knows, maybe I will get to visit one day!

      Wishing you and your family a blessed and peaceful Easter, my dear friend! Xx ❤️

    1. Thank you so much, Brad, that means a lot! I think we all need reminding to cherish our creative abilities, it is so easy for doubt to slip in! Julia Cameron knows this all too well and throughout the book we are reminded to return to this piece of writing, reading and absorbing its contents.

    1. Kamal, thank you for your lovely comment and it means a lot that you enjoyed the poem. How right you are that the pictures abound with love and happiness – so idyllic the emotions radiate from them to the viewer! Have a lovely weekend/holiday!

  18. Wonderful post. Happy Easter Interlude. I love the quote from Astrid Lindgren
    “A childhood without books — that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.” Astrid Lindgren

    1. Pat, I couldn’t help but share this gem of a quote by Astrid Lindgren – it sums up my childhood exactly and luckily my adulthood too! If I don’t have a good book on the go I feel lost, no enchanted place to enter when I have a break and time to read! So glad you enjoyed the post and wishing you a very Happy Easter!

  19. I read and did The Artist’s Way years ago. So long ago that I barely remember the content, but do remember that she gave me the courage to start writing my blog. Your line “Let the faith you show in me give me belief in my own ability” sums up my takeaway from the book. Enjoy your blogging break

    1. Ally, it is lovely to come across other’s who have found The Artist’s Way helpful and I realise I came late to it! 😀 It gave me a real impetus to look at my writing and more how I view my own abilities and yes, I agree that my sentence does sum up the book perfectly! Yeah! I’m glad it gave you the confidence to start your blog – it is a huge undertaking and leap of faith!

  20. Your post is the perfect way to start a new month, Annika. The cadence reminds me of church services when I was growing up. Expressing gratitude for our own gifts is something we should do more often. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. Liz, I originally planned to publish this at the end of March but felt, as you say, it was the perfect way to start the new month. Light, positivity and creativity leading the way! 😀 Liz, it is interesting how you say my poem reminds you of the cadence of church services – I take that as a compliment. I have not nor do go to church much so these cadences of service are not known to me. I know I did struggle to begin as I thought it might be forced … in the end I tuned out the doubts and let my pen do the writing. Yes, in between all our busyness we often forget to give time to express our gratitude for our gifts! It is actually a humbling and surprisingly revealing about oneself.

    1. Anne, your comment means a lot to me, thank you! 🙏 As always I was slightly nervous of sharing such a personal piece but felt the message spoke to many of us! Wishing you and your family a lovely Easter! Xx

      1. I’m so glad you shared your personal piece with us, because as you said, it spoke to many. I think bloggers share many thoughts and feelings. I hope you have a wonderful Easter, too. xx

  21. I really enjoyed your encouraging poem to your creative spirit. It is difficult to imagine a world without imagination, indeed, without creativity.
    I’m pleased you kept the calendar because, as you say, the images are beautiful.
    And I just love that quote by Astrid Lindgren – so, so true.
    Have a wonderful Easter. Enjoy your blogging break.

    1. Norah, so wonderful that you enjoyed all the elements of my post! 😀 Blimey, just the thought of a world without imagination has me in shivers! Unthinkable! Creativity releases so much positive energy into the world! As for the quote, she was a genius and a kindred spirit with all children! Words I’ve saved in my quote file and it seemed to fit perfectly here. Hope you have a chance to take a break as well and wishing you a lovely and peaceful Easter! Xx

      1. Thank you, Annika. I don’t know much about Astrid Lindgren. I should look her up. I love Pippi Longstocking, and I know there’s a book award named in her (A.L.) honour, but I don’t know much about her. It is a wonderful quote. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jill, now you mention these images as jigsaw puzzles I see you are right! They would be perfect! 😀 Maybe just 500 piece ones! They are very picturesque and present idyllic scenes! It means a lot that you enjoyed the poem and its message! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter, Jill! Xx ❤️

    1. Awww … thank you so much and I’m smiling at your ‘Oozing positivity and gratitude’ – just the emotions I wanted to convey and oozing used to be one of my favourite words! 😀

    1. Charley, thank you so much – I shied away from this for quite a while, self-conscious of writing anything but once I started I realised I had so much to say! Wishing you a lovely Easter too … hope you have a chance to totally wind-down! xx

    1. Margaret, thank you so much for your lovely comment and I am glad you enjoyed the sentiments within it. I truly mean them! 😀

      It will be special to take a few days break, away from the every day routine and enjoy our new found freedom to travel a bit further afield for the day! Hope you have a good Easter too. xx

  22. Annika, thank you for lifting this morning to another level, one where we should
    dwell more often. A place of gratitude and beauty.

    You really had me me feel joy and seriousness as I read your poem of prayer and gratitude. To the spirit of creativity. It is wonderful, strong and inspiring. It shows
    the poetic side of you clearly too. Thank you for this poem and may your trust in Creativity stay with you always.

    The pictures you found I know well and it is great that you honour the artist. So much joy in her work. The quote from Astrid Lindgren is also so bright and true.

    Enjoy your Easter break with the family and make sure Creativity has a space among you. ♥️📖


    1. Miriam, wow!😀 Thank you so much for your amazing comment which warms my heart and touches my soul! It is wonderful to know that my post lifted you to another level and yes, we should give ourselves permission and time to ‘dwell more often’!

      I’m glad my poem resonates with you and all your work shines in thanks to the creative spirit. I am honoured that you feel I have a poetic side; oddly enough I thought I was writing a prose piece until realised it had become a poem! Just carried away with the words (once I got past my self-conscious being!) Luckily I trust my creativity more than ever and that is a huge blessing!

      Yeah! Erskers’ paintings are quite well known and featured not only on these calendars for many years but sell well across the country along with her other artwork. Living the creative life!

      Wishing you a wonderful Easter, Miriam, may it be filled with peace, harmony and always creativity! hugs xx ❤️

  23. Thank you for this wonderful poem. It is perfect and the paintings are precious. I love finding things like this when I am clearing out stuff. Have a good break. Sending hugs. xo

    1. Darlene, these ‘finds’ feel like real treasure troves and makes any clearing up take hours! 😃 I later found the artist owns a work shop in Sweden where she also sells other handicrafts she makes from different materials – that will make for another interesting outing one day!

      Happy First of April and hope you have a lovely Easter! hugs xx

      BTW. I was approved for your ‘Amanda in Malta’!

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