The artist way and spring cleaning

Been thinking today – doing a bit of spring cleaning. Downsizing to upgrade. I have been working my way through “the artists way” and it’s companion journal. I am woking via the paper version but I see that there are now videos on her site to go along with them. I have today taken every trinket and bit of clothing out of my bedroom – I am determined only to keep those things that I like and use.

If I have the time and inclination, this might continue through the rest of my belongings. I feel like I am freeing space in my mind to think and breath. I always felt that if my area were messy, I couldn’t focus on writing or working well. While I was writing the latest article, I was feeling distracted at the outset – as if I couldn’t just sit down and write. As if I couldn’t share the perspective that I wanted to about how training in the maritime industry is being approached currently and exploring what could be better methods.

I was reading and collecting so much information I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated – and the clutter in my room and space was not helping me to focus. Normally if I am not at Sea, while I am in the U.S., I work at the desk in our guest room or from our dining room table. In Belgium, I normally work on a small writing desk in the living room by the window. I feel like if I haven’t prepared myself and the space around me, I have a harder time being mentally present.

I am working today on getting our Illustrated book on the lights and shapes ready to be published as a bound book, which is exciting – though it is taking time to progress. But I am happy to have cleared some space for myself today.

I highly suggest the artists way – it is changing my perspective – making me grow. I believe that it is always important to work on yourself and towards you goals every day. Because if you won’t make the time now – it will never be done.


All the best,



Article by Jaquie

Co-Founder of Coeval, Inc. a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Maritime Operations and Technology. An eMBA Candidate at and a USCG Approved Instructor for various topics. She has worked primarily on Liquefied Natural Gas Vessels completing, conventional loads and discharges, Ship to Ship transfers, commissionings, and Regasification through APL Systems and HP Manifolds. She has also worked aboard, Pure-Car Carriers, Product Tankers, General Cargo, and Bulk Grain Vessels. She currently holds an Unlimited Master Mariners Licence issued by the United States Coast Guard. With the following endorsements: Certified Person in Charge (PIC) for the transfer of Dangerous Liquids and Liquefied Gas, Certified Person in Charge of Medical Care aboard ship, Lifeboatman-Fast Rescue Boats, GMDSS, Vessel Security Officer, Crowd Control and Crisis Management, Qualified Member of the Engineering Department and Jr. Engineer.