Operation Dreamspace: Update #2

 

Music

No clear wins on the music front, have decided to get back to some songwriting also in the next week, and even start (very crudely) recording some of these, in order to play them back, listen objectively, and generally flex these muscles!

Design

I found myself with some free scribble time this weekend, and was inspired to try a bit of a mash up with some ideas people had given me to throw in my ‘ideas jar’ (will write about this at some stage!). Anyway I ended up scribbling some crude ideas for Bioshock: The Ballet, LOL! I didn’t even have a rubber on me, so any mistakes I just had to roll with… with mixed results, but it was a fun wee exercise!

I actually don’t know much about the Bioshock videogame series, so I spent a fair bit of this time trying to research the storyline and characters to get a feel for the concepts that should be considered and included. It didn’t leave me too much time to actually draw but feel free to laugh along with me with a couple of my concepts below!:

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If you aren’t a gamer, and would like some background on what Bioshock is all about, I’ll try and break it down in a way that (might) not offend the dedicated Bioshock fans… A plane crashes in the ocean, and a passenger by the name of Jack manages survive, finding himself in the underwater city of Rapture. The discovery that a substance called ADAM can modify DNA and help people gain superhuman abilities had led to all sorts of mischief (as you can expect), and Jack ends up taking on all sorts of evil, with many little story lines and twists weaving in between. If you’re interested in the game, you can check it out here!

For my digital design time, I didn’t end up creating much that was new, but instead spent a bit of time tweaking current designs after a new round of samples appeared at my door and I decided I liked the style better, and had to change all my designs to adapt! I’m soo happy with my leggings, my GOD they’re so soft and comfortable! I can hardly believe this brand is all mine! All new versions are going to be released by the end of the night, with a bit of a celebratory sale! so feel free to take full advantage 😉 Check them out at www.grimponie.com

Yoga

This week’s pose to work on (read: move towards achieving) was my middle split.

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Image retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/27004404673 (I could only WISH to claim this as my attempt!)

My flexibility has frankly been atrocious my entire life, and the flexibility I have gained so far may seem like what any normal person should have but trust me… I had to work for it…

FANTASTICALLY, noticed some change in my flexibility! It seems like some weeks .there’s a whole lot of streching, but no acknowledgable progress, and then one day, BAM, progress! I never used to be able to straighten my legs while in “happy baby”, or touch the ground when stretching one leg at a time out sideways, but both were achieved this week!

Although I feel like the time of day also helped, because it was a Sunday and I had been running around doing life admin beforehand, warming my muscles up more than what they would usually get before a practice session, but hey, I’ll take it.

Is there anything more better than feeling a muscle you’ve been working on stretching out for WEEKS, finally give up and allow you to find surrender in a yoga pose? It’s just soo delicious!

Anyway, I digress (as usual). No middle split yet achieved, but it is still a work on progress. This next week, my pose to focus on will be Pigeon Pose! Let’d do it 🙂

I hope you’ve made some progress towards your dream this week!? I’d love to hear about it! What do you dream about? How are you going to get it?

 

Laveena

 

 

Operation Dreamspace: Update #1

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This is probably going to be a very long operation… better get cracking then!

Honestly most of the work is going to be in getting somewhat good at the things I want to actually DO in my Dreamspace studio for yoga, design and music! And of course consistency is key when it comes to getting better at something, so I have committed to at LEAST the following daily (as a minimum!)

Music

  1. 15 minutes guitar practice,
  2. 15 minutes bass practice,
  3. 30 minutes vocals or show rehearsal while I’m getting ready for this

Design

  1. Sketch out at least one concept wearable art design,
  2. Create one new digital design for Grim Ponie (even if I end up hating it), or learn one new digital design trick

Yoga

  1. Practice daily to increase flexibility
  2. Each week will pick a new pose to tackle ,or circle back to a pose I’ve struggled with, and will spend a good chunk of each daily practice to focus on alignment of, or preparation for this pose

Honestly I find I manage to squeeze in more than the minimum most days, but achieving the minimum is great for confidence, especially when it’s been a busy day at the day job to pay the bills in the meantime!

I’d love to hear of any ideas that helped you master your own craft quickly?!

Share the knowledge!

 

Laveena

WIP Wednesday

Woo holidays! Not that I’m slacking off…! Man oh man I wish I could afford to learn and create all day every day, but I’m just not at that level (yet)… motivation…

Music

I haven’t really been focusing on learning new songs, but rather on just gaining speed and confidence, so I’ve largely been focusing on various scales and trying to play the current songs I know at the speed they’re meant to be played, and I am gaining confidence every day so that’s a good sign!

I’ve gone back to basics with singing as well, focusing on breathing, etc. and really trying to make it all second nature so that I have a solid foundation to build on. As well as trying to memorize lyrics for new songs I didn’t quite know off by heart. It’s much easier to focus on your technique if you don’t have to think about the words too!

Sewing

I haven’t been sewing as such… more like destroying! In other words, I’ve been experimenting with shredding and weaving some old shirts of mine that I never wear anymore. The holidays has of course been an ideal time to clear out my drawers of anything I don’t wear, and try out some upcycling ideas, so that will probably keep me busy for a wee while.

I quite like the results for this one, and I think it will probably become a yoga top, which is a bit funkier than a crop top and tights! I’ve left the front plain (bar the studs that were already around the armholes), and created a bit of fun in the back.

 

Yoga & Meditation

It has been bliss being able to practice while it is light. It makes such a difference to the feel of the practice! And having as much time as I want afterward to meditate? Luxury! Now this is why I have worked hard all year… If working even harder next year will get me closer to a place where I can do this every day? Then that is definitely some incentive to dig deep and grind…

French

I’ve only just started trying to teach myself French (via an app as per yesterday’s post!). It is such a beautiful language though, so I’m looking forward to being able to crack out some lines, or even (and a more likely scenario), wander around the house creating and talking myself through my process in french as I start to get a little frustrated with what I’m doing and start to lose the plot as it gets later…).

 

 

Have a fantastic, productive, crazy day!

 

Laveena

WIP Wednesday

It’s probably appropriate to kick off my first WIP Wednesday with a bit of a spiel. The projects I intend to write about here are small scale, but I hope that one day they will feed into my bigger goals of becoming the best version of myself and contributing to the world in a positive way.

Although these projects may seem like small potatoes to some, we all have to start somewhere, and this is my start (or at least, somewhere near the start!).

These are some of the things I am working on, and how I am progressing…

Music

I started learning a new song last night, Maroon 5’s “She will be loved”. I haven’t been able to get the extra guitar practice in lately, and I’ve been just itching for a decent sized session, and last night I finally got it. I’ve noticed in the last couple weeks that my fingers hurt much, much less than they did which can only be a good thing.

My voice however is sounding about 50%, largely I think because I’ve let myself get too dehydrated with the raging heat we’ve been having. Something I have to keep reminding myself about! Anyone got any tips for not forgetting to drink?!

I haven’t written any lyrics that I’ve loved in a while, and probably I need to try a few new exercises and see what I come up with.

Sewing

I have my fabric marked up and am just about ready to roll with my latest dress experiment. I have also ordered a bunch of different spikes and things to give it the edge that I’m after, but I’m still waiting on most of it to arrive. I might have to start some new wee projects in the meantime to keep me ticking…

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Yoga & Meditation

I am definitely getting more flexible, but I was incredibly tight to begin with (particularly in my legs), so there is still a long way to go! I’ve also been thinking I want to add more meditation time to the end of my sessions where I have spare time. I’m hoping this will help me stay more centred and focus my attention! Time will tell..

Reading

I recently finished Bethenny Frankel’s audiobook “A Place of Yes” which I learned so much from, and will go back and re-listen to at some stage. I’m also meant to be chipping away at a course on animal care provided through my volunteer job, but have been having issues accessing the online modules which has been frustrating!

All good now though, just yesterday I managed to get it sorted with an IT guru, just in time to smash it all out and submit it before the 15th December… Never fear though, the deep end and I are well acquainted.

As well as learning for my personal development, I like to get lost in a bit of fiction, particularly when I need to get to sleep but my brain is racing, and have just finished the Shadowhunters series by Cassandra Clare, and am about to pick up a much older novel lent to me by a colleague.

I’m curious to know what everyone else is working on? Any books I should be adding to my reading list?

Have a fantastic day as always!

 

Laveena

 

 

Day 79: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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After a motivating discussion on goals and struggles with a friend I got home from work on Day 79 ready to roar into guitar practice and tackle some dress design. By the time my partner got home from a friends house to hit the hay, there was fabric everywhere through the house and I was muttering to myself about measurements and completely lost in my own world.

It was a successful and productive night though, managing to overcome an amateur sewing problem I was struggling with, and applying for a couple more weekend jobs to fill the incoming gap in my extra income, with my current weekend gig slowing down for the year. Got to keep that pipeline full!

Stay positive! Stay productive!

 

Laveena

Day 59: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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Yesterday I found myself with a spare couple of hours since my partner wasn’t feeling well, so I decided to put it to good use and spend some extra time on music, and basically fell down the progressive metal rabbit hole. There’s soo much to learn, soo many greats to learn it from, and soo little time!

The more I learn about music, and the better I get, the more time I want to spend on it… got to figure out how to get more time! Just another thing to master from the greats!

I hope you’re killing it today!

 

Laveena

 

Day 51: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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Day 51 was another pressure cooker day, with my regular guitar lesson after work, so I had to get everything done and get home in time for a super quick warm up practice beforehand.

Not a bad way to end a stressful day though, with music… in fact, I’m going to try and squeeze extra music practice in to my afternoons from now on. Gotta squeeze every drop out of my day to get to where I want to be!

I hope you’re smashing your goals today!

 

Laveena