Thursday, 21 November 2013

Perseverance, Routines and a Cup of Coffee

{I've ordered you a coffee, why not stay a while?}

This is one of those weeks when I wish I could invite all you blogging friends around for coffee.  We'd sink into big, comfy couches and chat about our lives, our goals, and our dreams. 

Life has been pretty routine around here.  Each morning I sit down in my studio and work on illustrations for a picture book that will come out next year (yay!).  Then I eat a small lunch, usually left-overs from yesterday's dinner.  After a short break, I go back to work in my studio. By late afternoon I'm ready for a coffee or hot-chocolate, and some quiet time with a book or your wonderful blogs.

Is there any individual moment of these routine days worth recording? The days are a little like the leafless trees of winter.  There are all sorts of colours and variations of texture if you look closely, but the outlines and structure are pretty simple.

I think it's these routine days that build our dreams. It's the perseverance to keep working; to keep showing up at the drawing board; to not give up; and when things go wrong, to start all over again.

Routines are wonderful, because then showing up isn't a choice, it's a habit. It's not something you have to decide on every morning when you wake up, it's just something you do.

Gradually, after days and days, all those dreams will start to become a reality.  It's like dropping pebbles one by one into a lake.  At first it feels hopeless because the pebbles sink below the water and seem to disappear; but they don't. Each time you drop a pebble into the water, small ripples expand over the surface, touching everyone you know. Your small routines, your daily pebbles, are part of the essential fabric of this world.

Eventually, if you keep dropping pebbles every day, the underwater pile will grow large enough to form an island on which you can stand firmly.  Then, you can plant your flag and say, "This, finally, is what I've been working towards for so long."

What are we building with our daily routines, dropping pebbles one by one into the lake?  Maybe a career, a blog, a marriage, a family, a healthy body.... ?

I would love to know what you're working towards! 

And, if you want a little diversion, here's an aria from J.S. Bach's "Coffee Cantata" where the soprano rhapsodies about her overwhelming love for coffee.  It's beautiful.

If you've enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends.  I love meeting new people! 

This post is linking up with Alissa's "Coffee Date Posts."

Oh, and I want to remind you again that if you want prints by Christmas you need to order by 29 November!  Make sure to pop by my shop, and pick your favourites! 


  1. your artwork is beautiful!
    i'd love to sit with you over a cup of coffee (or two) and chat about life and everything else :)
    it's nice to meet you too

  2. I love routine! it's so reassuring!
    I'm going to find a job, that's my future goal! (I hope!) Keep your fingers crossed for me!
    Have a very nice day and week!

  3. I love how you put this, "dropping pebbles into a lake". Right now, I'm working towards building a career, and my blog. Thanks for this bit of inspiration today! :)

    Undeniably, me

  4. This was so well said. This is the lesson I've been learning the past few years - that the little things I do every day are building something, so it's worth trying to make the little things worthwhile.

    I shared how much I enjoy your work on my blog today - your art is very inspiring!

  5. Word, sister! I completely agree with making routines into habits - I need to definitely do this in a few aspects of my life (ie, sticking with a gym schedule and a sleep schedule). Right now I am working towards picking the right masters program, and saving for a few trips. Nothing much else!

  6. Oh that foamy creamy coffee there! Or is it hot chocolate? Either way, yummy!

  7. Beautiful post and illustration:) And...can I have a cup of chocolate? Totally agree with you:) And about what I'm working on it's a new children's book so also my days are quite the same:)

  8. Love this encouragement to carry on with the mundane " winter tree" tasks.

  9. Wow, that's my kind of art work!! Love it. :) Also, about perseverance... I am contemplating about a lot of things. I am inspired by the metaphor you used, the pebbles that make an island where you can stand firmly in the future. Something I can think about during my alone time for sure. Your words are beautiful. :)


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