It has taken me a long time to realise how empowering it is to learn to work with life than against it. When you co-create, you don’t resist, give up or accept defeat. Instead, you take personal responsibility and work with + around what is 🌼

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I thought this piece turned out pretty alright considering that I’ve got one hand in a sling and didn’t use any measuring tools.

I could only manage making the outer circle with a compass — trying to deal with measuring tools when your arms and back are killing you can be a huge challenge (#pastmemories).

I’m going as free-hand as possible till then which is fine as it gives me more practice and takes away unnecessary physical stress at the moment. I’d love to give this another shot once I start to feel better. 🌞🌙

“She was like the moon — part of her was always hidden away.” – Dia Reeves


I enjoy making my mandalas as free-hand as possible. Unless I’m making it for someone or teaching a class, I don’t quite bother with guidelines too much. Once you get a hang of it, you intuitively know what to do next. Each one of us knows it and we get better with practice (honestly, I don’t think practice needs to make perfect. If practice makes better, that’s perfect in its own way). There’s barely any “planning” required if really just go with the flow. The best part about making mistakes (if that’s what you want to call them in the first place) while creating patterns is realising that you have the ability to fix them without having to go back. Without erasing or undoing. You adapt, you figure out ways to enhance what you have and work with it.