The Last Few Days of the Holidays

25-31 December 2016

The holidays quickly just passed us by like the wind. After what feels like a quick visit to the province, the sun rose and set on its usual pace and the next thing we knew, 2016 is over. Prior that, I planned several tasks. But it feels like I am lagging behind. Funny, these weeks should be time for me to relax. But I worry about not accomplishing anything on this free time.

Still empty areas in Makansutra Hawkers, Megamall, PH

My sister and I sorted activities for the brief 2-week holiday. From the visit to the province to grocery shopping, we already laid out what we planned to do to maximize the break – both work and leisure activities. My sister managed to follow her schedule.  I, on the other hand, seem to have trouble keeping up with mine.

Christmas decor on the pillars of the hawker-inspired food center

I wanted to do so much, but still needed to have time to rest my mind. Despite having a checklist of tasks I wish to accomplish saved in a datebook app on my mobile phone, my brain protested and demanded to take things slow. I started on a watercolor piece the day after we got back here in Manila. But I eventually threw it away because I wasn’t satisfied with how it looked. I sketched digital outline but ended up staring at it more than actually drawing to finish the work. I added new blog items but they remained piled in the drafts list. Much that I want to force myself to finish the tasks faster, I decided take time to relax and enjoy.

So, for the last week of 2016, I watched movies and enjoyed food from a restaurant that my sister and I have always wanted to try out. I still painted quick sketches for that week.

While I still dread the list of things to finish, I know I can get back to them. I must learn to listen to what my mind and body tells me. There is a time to work. There must also be time to just relax.

The sketches are made using Zig Transparent Watercolors and Unipin Fine Line pens (0.05,0.1, 0.3, and 0.5) on watercolor paper.


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