Monday, April 27, 2009
I have so much gratitude for those who put into words the things that I feel but can't describe, and for those who share their gifts which are to be shared, as they are gifts from God.
Elizabeth Gilbert is amazing. Every woman should read Eat, Pray, Love. I was moved during my entire reading of that book, and was so excited to find her in a conference sharing bits from her life as a writer and a creative spirit. The things she says shook me, and I feel more than ever that my mind associates with the very sort of people that she talks about. It's nice to hear someone say that the complex and often unneccesary mental exaustion that I put myself through as I wade through life in my mind, is the very essence of me. The trick is to find how to invite this part of myself in and embrace the journey.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday was my Dad's Birthday. He sounded pretty disheveled about the whole turning 64 thing, which must have been the reason that five minutes into the conversation I realized he thought he was talking to Tammy, when he started talking about me! Pretty funny. But hey, there is lots of more life to live and still so many possibilities, Dad! Here is to a great 64th! Love you!
Saturday was also my friend, Jen's Birthday. All of my girlfriends and their significant others got together to celebrate her big day. Good food, good fun, good memories. I should also mention that it was Nate's and my first full evening away from the babies and so nice. But we missed them so much, too! Pictures to come...
One more thing. I just came across this video on the blog Sharing the Caring and it is SO funny. She sent this instructional dance video out for family/extended family members to learn so they could perform it at her sister's 21st birthday. What a GREAT idea! We missed Dad's birthday, so we'll have to do this for someone else. :)
Don't forget to mute my playlist!
Oh, gosh. There's more! Check out the actual family dance. SO great! She writes some funny comments on the whole planning/practicing ordeal with the family. Check it out here.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I'm not exactly sure where this title came from! Silly, I'd say, but it is pretty ironic that there is irony within it, especially when I just wrote a poetry lesson on irony! It's late. It's really late! But since I have been failing to live up to my 37 day challenge, which is to complete 37 great things in 37 days--(I've done 5 in what, 9?) I am stretching the limits here. Or are there limits?? Another ironic point--there are no limits in living a great life intentionally, right?...
Anyway, Day 5 is to not procrastinating! I successfully completed my poetry lesson on Irony which is due on Saturday, tonight! I am relieved and proud to say that Friday night will be intentionally wonderful! ;) You'll find out all about that next.
Here is a peek into my lesson. Can YOU hear the irony??
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s. –Anaïs Nin
... I suddenly woke up to the fact that if I accepted anybody’s definition of what there was in the world, I would be limited. –Shirley Brice Heath
Painting by Gustav Klimpt
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This challenge is much harder than I anticipated, and is especially hard when you have two little kids and a full-time school load! But hey, enough excuses. The challenge is just that--a challenge to start doing something important and enjoyable everyday. I am sad to say that Day 2 didn't consist of anything out of the ordinary routine, except a few exciting moments spent gathering a list of what I want to do over the next 35 days. Except I've only come up with 14! I better get thinking...and doing!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Taken at the end of January before his departure to Oklahoma for training
Monday, April 13, 2009
Check back to see what has unfolding during my 37 Days...! I challenge you to do the same!
Saturday I remembered where I come from. It's a terrible realization to encounter--the moment when it dawns on you that you've been away from yourself for a time and all that drives you creatively and inspirationally has been thirsting for a visit. How it happens, I am not sure, but it sneaks up on me everytime. But when it's realized that I haven't been feeding my soul I get so excited that I want to shout from the rooftops! Hooray! I know the answer! I must get back to studying the creative life, and there is no other way around it! The creative life is a good life.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Boy, do I love my books! I have a personal relationship with my books. I look to my favorites when I encounter different obstacles or want to refresh on certain moments when I was struck with truth. Truth for my life. Everyone's truth and perceptions vary, so I am sure that what strikes me may seem far-off or crazy to some, or ring true for others. What I do know, is that there is such power in writing. It's packed full of emotion and explanation. Best of all, we can learn from each other in this way if we listen.
And now a few excerpts from Rilke:
"Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now."
"So you must not be frightened,... if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall."