There's a hokey saying "Life is what happens to you when you're making other plans." That actually is true. And the longer you live and the older you get, the more it happens. It was a shock (but not really a surprise) when I learned this month that my entire transcription department at work was being done away with. More than 30 of us are being fired and the work will be outsourced. If there is a glimmer of a bright side, the company they are outsourcing the work to is offering us jobs (although with a different pay structure). It is bit of stability while we explore other options. So, the past few weeks have been filled with massive paperwork, online learning, still working at the old job, while at the same time transitioning to the new job. I'm mentally tired.
It seems like years since I picked up a paint brush or any art tool of any kind. So, over the past couple of days, I just played in a journal, using whatever was on the desk, with no plan or thought, just putting things on paper. It felt great!