27 March 2019

TAKING STOCK | MARCH 2019



As we are nearly edging into April (how?!) I thought I would round up March for you with a light-hearted look at what has been happening over the last few weeks; I do love writing these posts so much after all. Let me know in the comments what your best March bits have been.

Let's go!

m a k i n g :: so many paintings and, along with them, realising that I really (really) need to increase my prices! I have been offering commissions for a while now and, as it was quite a new thing to me I didn't feel too comfortable with pricing them. As I have had time to find my style and also gain more experience with the paintings (meaning they have far more details on them too, which equals more hours spent working), I have had a huge realisation that I am not charging enough, not anywhere near enough, and need to have a serious look at that asap.

c o o k i n g :: batches of things! You name it, I have been cooking it (actually, that is BS, because there hasn't been a great deal of variations at all!). I have cooked two different types of curry, a black bean chilli, mince (ready for use in a shepherds pie or something similar) and some lentil burgers! The freezer is satisfyingly stocked up!

d r i n k i n g :: the usual; tea and water, with the occasional glass of Alpro chocolate milk thrown in for added rock n roll-ness! Woo-hoo!

r e a d i n g :: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, which I am almost finished. I have a stack of books ready to read, although I am not sure what will be next in line, maybe one of the two Brene Brown books I have on my table!

w a n t i n g :: the sunshine to stick around! As I type this post it is a beautiful day out; the sun is shining, the sky has just a couple of fluffy clouds and the birds are having a whale of a time gathering twigs and things for their nests in the garden. It is my all time favourite time of the year.

p l a y i n g :: Lots of Oasis and random Spotify playlists. I am really enjoying the Oasis live album 'Familiar to Millions' at the moment, I think I'm having a bit of a period of general 90's throwbacks, the music sounds so much better than what's on offer today!

d e c i d i n g :: on what my priorities are for Leaf Lane Studio; I am going through a period of getting my life in order and starting to see things clearer. I think that now I'm a year and a bit into being a business owner, I am able to look at things in a new light and be honest with myself about what is worth my time and what isn't.



w i s h i n g :: for two things, either that I didn't need a nap at 2pm everyday or, if I must be a dozy Doris, that I could hit a pause button on the clock so that I didn't loose the time for working! I literally hit a wall in the afternoons and just need to stop! The problem is that I seem to turn my alarm off without realising too, so what starts off as a half an hour nap, ends up being a two hour sleep and results in me waking up in a panic, dazed and confused. Send help.

e n j o y i n g :: seeing my strength creep up in the gym. It really has seen some big increases over the past couple of months and I am really enjoying being strong! That said, after taking a few days off this week, I am going to hit more high reps and cardio so will probably lose some of what I have gained, but still, I know I am capable of so much more now, and I am super happy with myself!

w a t c h i n g :: quite a few things on Netflix whilst painting. I only really venture into new things whilst I have big chunks of time like that or I will never get to watch the whole thing. I have watched Dirty John (my God that guy was freaky) and After Life, the new Ricky Gervais series, which is absolutely incredible.  

l i k i n g :: delving into Jen Carrington's new business journal prompts book 'Homecoming', which I bought last week. I am taking my time to go through the questions and really bring myself back into alignment with how I want things to be. You should check it out if you are a blogger or creative business owner, because I honestly think you will love it.

w o n d e r i n g :: when I may see some live music again... it has been about eight years since I have seen anything and I miss it, a lot! I need to keep my eyes peeled for next years Eden Sessions, because I always forget and then miss the chance!

l o v i n g :: watching the weekly studio vlogs from Katnipp Illustration on YouTube; I mention her a lot but that is because she is so positive all the time and such a joy to watch!

h o p i n g :: to get an enamel pin designed and made within the next couple of months to sell on behalf of a mental health charity. I have two designs on the go right now and will be working on them over the next few weeks and will get them up on Instagram for you guys to let me know the one you like best! Make sure you are following my From Lucy with Love and Leaf Lane Studio accounts so you don't miss the poll; I'd love your feedback!

m a r v e l l i n g :: over the full moon we had this month, it was so gorgeous and super big in the sky; I love the energy around that time too (except for how it makes Gizmo go totally bonkers; does anyone else notice their pets behaviour change around a full moon?).

n e e d i n g :: all the usual things: more sleep, a hair cut and colour and clothes without holes!

s m e l l i n g :: freshly cut grass! The true sign of the better weather returning is when you get a little hint of freshly mowed grass in the air, I love it so much! 

w e a r i n g :: gym kit... jammies... strange combinations of clothes as usual. Fashionable I am not!

f o l l o w i n g :: my intuition a lot more in every day life (or trying to!). If something feels good, then it is the right thing for me, if not then it needs to change or go altogether. Simples!

k n o w i n g :: that Cornwall is my home and nothing will take me away from it now. We have been here for just over two years and I can honestly say that my life is here now; all of me is within this beautiful place that makes me so full of joy to live here every single day of the week. I have always felt like, on a more spiritual level, I belong in Cornwall, right from the very first visit years and years ago, but now it is home and I feel settled living here, with amazing friends and stunning views around every corner. It would take one hell of a thing to make me up-sticks now.

t h i n k i n g :: about moving this blog to a new platform. I have been pondering this for a while as, currently I am still on 'Blogger', and having now experienced 'Squarespace', which is what I use for my business, I know how much more I can do on a different platform. My only reason for delaying is that if I am going to do it, I need to do it properly, thinking about branding and the future of the blog properly before I do! I am finding my voice a lot more with blogging but also I would like to become better at bringing more Cornwall based things here too; show more adventures and places to visit. I am in the middle of a big old life shuffle, with ideas and creativity coming out all over the shop, so I am mindful of just thinking before doing my usual 'bull in a china shop' approach!

There we have it... March round up, done! Onward to a new month we go!

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  1. Congrats on having the realisation about pricing! It's always hard to value ourselves and our work. Also, I binged Dirty John - so weird and freaky! I've heard so many people talking about After Life too. I love seeing little bits of strength build up. I've noticed it with my pole dancing too - parts of moves I couldn't do a month ago I've now got closer to achieving because I'm slowly getting stronger. It's so motivating! Here's to a lovely April xx

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