Monday, October 12, 2009

If September was a month of new beginnings, good changes and hope, October seems to be the complete opposite. The beauty of cool, crisp Autumn mornings has given way to cold, dark and rainy days. This gets me every year, the beginning of a winter in England starts too early and will last for far too long. During the last week I've been fighting a cold and dragging myself to work, as well as trying to finish a couple of translations I volunteered to do, and so I feel tired, devoid of energy and ideas.  I haven't been writing, I haven't been reading, I haven't been art journaling, I haven't been taking photos.  I've just been doing a lot of nothing.

In an effort to get myself out of this funk quicker, I've of course turned to the blogosphere. The new Unravelling course starts tomorrow, and I'm really hoping it'll help me look around me and maybe take photos again. I did the first course Susannah taught at the beginning of the year and it was great, so I'm sure this one will be too.

The Fragrant Muse of course had the best oil for this situation and Cyndy has embarked on a decluttering journey that could be my inspiration. How about dreaming of other places?  I love absolutely everything about this post by Lana

SAS, who seem to be in a hole of her own, posted a quote by Rainer Maria Rilke that maybe exactly what I need: 
 Do not now look for the answers. 
They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. 
It is a question of experiencing everything. 
At present you need to live the question.  

Do you ever feel like this? What do you do? 


  1. I often feel like this and to tell the truth I'm not sure what I do to get over it. Try taking Vitamin C and seek some sun shine where you can find it. Don't stay in bed too much, but be sure to get enough sleep. Call someone you love.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  2. Autumn and winter tend to be melancholy times for me too, times when the lack of answers feels a little heavy. Hope you feel better.

  3. We are still in full gorgeous fall mode here in central Pennsylvania, but November hits me the way you have described. Bambi has the right idea. Sunshine (just 10 minutes a day can help), more sleep, cut back on sugar and refined flour, exercise and sniff happy oils like Orange, Basil, Bergamot! Now I'm off to check your link...

  4. Sorry to hear your still not feeling well. Hope you find the advice/activity that works for you, so you will be again your bubbling self.

  5. I know how you feel! In my case I also have to add panic of packing, my trip starts next week and I'm still not quite prepared for it.

    I love that quote from Rilke. I posted it on my blog (the full version) a few months ago and I keep going back to it and reread it.

  6. I know we've had sunshine B
    but why does it always feel so flipping cold ? :)

  7. I feel like this every winter. I usually just complain a lot. This year I'm going to try to keep up with exercising, which is tough because I prefer to run outside. I'm hoping if I keep it up it'll help me out of my mid-winter funk.

  8. Hi from Unravelling Further - when I'm in a funk I try to ride with it, accept it and patiently wait for it to lift. Giving into it a bit takes the sting out of it.

  9. I have read Rilke since I was 15th. So I understand that kind of melancoly in winter time. I think it is not bad. I think we need some days to lie and do nothing. To feel that grey of the weather. Then take it slowly and start enjoying those winter little details, like beautiful skies, lovely tea times, candles, snow and chilly mornings...
    Ya me he enrollado...eso también me pasa a menudo.
    Now get up and start...and if you need something new to get illusion with, call me and we will think about doing something.

  10. Mira, si te digo la verdad, cada día estoy más impresionada con tu blog.
    Es que sabes leer los pensamientos o algo?jajaja
    Justamente estoy enferma en estos momentos y ya me estoy hartando de vagar como alma en pena del sofá a la cama de la cama al sofá.Intento leer y no puedo, me duele la cabeza, no puedo tocar el piano y no aguanto verlo ahi delante sabiéndolo.

    Ahora que me ha bajado un poco la fiebre aprovecho para mirar esto un poco y por supuesto para leer tu blog y adorar un poquito más is cabe tu vida jajajaja

    Muchísimos besos desde la España que vive el otoño como si aún estuviesemos en Agosto.O lo que es lo mismo, a 12 de Octubre, gente bañándose en Benidorm ¡Y NO ERAN ALEMANES!

  11. Just when I'm feeling like the only one in a funk... thanks for owning up to yours! I've tried ignoring mine, lolling about in it, adding cookies and coffee, going to bed early, staying up late... I'm thinking there's something about patience...

    I'm excited for your Unravelling Further... I loved the first few weeks of unravelling, then dropped off because it was hard to do while traveling (or maybe just hard?). I'd like to give it another go...

    Enjoy-and thanks for the sunshine.

  12. so beautiful pictures! Bellas fotos!
    (came from Unravelling)

    I guess we have always the answers somehow, they have just to emerge from us and this happens better when we are calm. (I calm is the difficult part)


  13. i thought i was the only one going through a funk... i´ve even thought about taking a break from blogging so i could get back some of my mojo... when i find the secret i´ll tell you. sending you a big hug. p.s. somehow i have the feeling that you are already feeling better! besos!

  14. i understand this, all too well.
    i send you hugs, my dear friend.

  15. I understand... my medecine is to try to find spring and summer in everything... You already know that... look at your pictures of sky ! They are beautiful !

  16. I hope you feel better. Y como decimos en espannol: A mal tiempo, buena cara :-).

    Saludos desde Londres.

  17. I've been in a funk, too, B. And I've also had a dreadful cold that just won't let go. The 100 days of darkness are always difficult. Energy tends to go underground a bit.


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