I forget things, I forgot how to be happy at times. But when I think about having or rather seeing a fresh perspective about things in my life, I pivot in my same old mind, and I take some time to be grateful for what I have...at this moment. I can't push being thankful and I can't force being happy if I don't fully feel it. But when I think about having a fresh perspective, things are put in place in a way where I am very, very grateful for my life and my family, close friends, micro and macro system. Blessed be.
When I started painting, it was more for fun and a new thing to do. I had so much creative energy to give to this new hobby! And I did it with a friend, which helped a lot. I became confident pretty fast after watching YouTube videos for months and months. I felt I had some grasp over the medium I chose. Later, it became an outlet for my healing, a tool to channel my focus and emotions so they wouldn't manifest in anxiety or depression. However, I have never suffered from anxiety, but that is because I have a solid and grounding energy, like an oak tree. Stress does not fit my chart. But depression could and would, and it is a constant balancing game and hard work not to get into the dark cloud.
While painting and having fun, I discovered what makes me happy: being bold and expressive. And I found that the product of my happiness also made others happy. But of course, I think me posting artwork all the time could bother others, but I put that thought away asap, so it doesn't bother me.
I never painted from the need to sell work. My work would probably be much more mainstream if that were my goal. I am not mainstream and never will be.
Good morning! I have made some changes in the last month. I am determined to create more freedom in my life, where I don't have to be handcuffed to the computer. I love less computer time and more time to focus on my health.
I walk at least an hour daily, focusing on walking meditation. Walking meditation is something I have done since my two feet landed on Canadian soil. Well, honestly, I come from a walking family back home in Sweden. My mother loved being out in nature and taking long walks, so it has been a natural focal point in my daily routine. I feel lost without it and I need that connection with nature. This is part of my spiritual life; I am amazed by her beauty every day. Just look at it (I can hear that TikTok now, 'Look at it, just look at it), everything she is giving us to enjoy: the ocean, forests, mountains, flowers, trees, sky, food, herbs, landscape you name it. I never take her beauty for granted. That is how I am living in gratefulness; easy when you watch her and listen to her whispers.
I have to confess that I am not a writer. I am a reader-constantly having a book close by-listening to or reading it. But I guess reading and writing go hand in hand. I got writer recognition when I was in grade 4, which I will use all the time to defend my writing skills. All jokes aside, I love to write, but I sometimes dislike how I write. I find it hard to make the sentences flow. I want it to flow like beautiful poetry, but not to worry. I will not sit in perfection, and I will continue to write and create content that is fun to write about.
One of the things I used to love when I lived in another province was sitting and writing in cafes. I pretended to be a wallflower nobody noticed, where I could silently observe others, create stories for individuals or couples, and study human behaviour. I have always been fascinated by human behaviour and psychology. I have studied personal development and hypnotherapy, read unlimited self-awareness books, attended workshops and training, and read psychology and counselling therapies for 20 years. I have a bachelor's degree where I had to dissect my family history for four years. I say I went to therapy for four years; best education ever. However, my spirituality is my highest accomplishment. Without it, I would not be a very balanced human.
With all of that, I wanted to share my background-just because—nothing else. I am not trying to show off or anything-I want to be transparent about who I am because I will write about different things that have to do with living life to the fullest without regrets. Further, I am a complex being, with lots of layers and I am looking forward to start writing again!
My name is Annica Johansson and I am an Art Life Coach, Certified Sound Healer and Artist. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty. Welcome!