Autumn recently arrived according to the calendar. A few days later weather here cooled and it felt like Autumn. I was able to wear jeans and was starting to break out the blankets and long sleeves. And then this week happened.
Back to temperatures in the 90+ degree range. My mood was thrown into a place of unhappiness and discontent. This is unusual for me so naturally I wanted to know why I was so affected by that change in weather.
It turns out our brains use our circadian rhythms and the length of day to synchronize with the seasons. So basically the length of available daylight is still becoming shorter, but the temperature was in alignment with what we expect with shorter days. Our circadian rhythms are driven by exposure to light.
So my rhythm is responding to the change in daylight and I am expecting cooler temperatures to go with this. I will continue to get myself and my home ready for the cooler weather because I know soon it will come and stay.
I have read that we spend a third of ours lives in our bedrooms. Because of this it is suggested that we decorate our bedrooms in calming colors. The other choice would be warm and cozy colors.
Calming colors would include blues, greens and lavenders. While warm and cozy colors would be browns, reds, oranges and yellows. The featured image would work in both color groups.
What color category does your bedroom come under? Let me know in the survey below. One question and one click is all it takes.
A hint, a suggestion or just a touch of the things you love. Can it be enough to bring you pleasure?
I think it can. The featured photograph has just a hint of color. There is only a suggestion of the shape of the flower. Yet it is enough to set your mind on a joyous visual journey.
Sometimes all you need is to grate a little of that chocolate on top of your ice cream. That suggestion of flavor can explode in your mouth allowing you to enjoy it without over indulging. The suggestion of flavor is enough.
Perhaps all your home needs is just a small touch or suggestion of that crazy color you love that really doesn't go with your decor. But that little touch of the color might be all you need to enjoy it.
Yes, I do believe that sometimes a suggestion is enough to bring us pleasure.
Recently I have been taking stock of the things that I own and the power of my relationship to them in my life. Not too long ago I moved and downsized to basically one room that holds my things. So in reality I don't have a lot, but what I have has meaning.
I have never been one that hoards. I know people that do and the power of their possessions over their lives is almost destructive. If I haven't used something in a year it will get donated in hopes someone can and will use it. Most of my things are necessities. But I do have my indulgences and some items that hold meaning and memories.
Visual memories are important to me and are usually in the form of something I can use. Like the coffee mug from a vacation my oldest, and then only, child and I took to the Oregon coast. I still use it after 20 years. She still uses her mug too.
Art work might fall under the label of indulgence, but it borders on necessity for me. My art work helps to define who I am and the journey my life has taken. Whether I create the piece myself or purchase it, art speaks the story of why I needed that piece in my life. Some of my art work is functional in that I can wear it.
As I take stock I realize that my things do not control me. I am not a slave to the power of buying just to be buying something. That is when we become slaves to our possessions.
Where do you see yourself? Are you up to your neck in things that you don't really need? Do your things give you joy when you see them or use them?
Today I am sharing a photograph of one of my favorite things, a flower. It is a simple thing, but it has the power to make me feel good when I see it. It is worthy of being a possession for me. How does it make you feel?
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.