Thursday, April 17, 2014

Home. . .April Moon Day 3

I'm playing along with Kat over at I Saw You Dancing 
and her April Moon reflective writing challenge.
I can't promise I will write everyday 
but I do promise to post at the very least a photo, 
 art, or some thing each day during the next 2 weeks.

Today's one word prompt is HOME.


The word home transforms me back
to where I grew up
and a part of me becomes 8 again.

A small town in the Midwest.

A home of values,
community service, 
love,
hard work,
church on Sundays,
family card playing on Saturday night,
dinner at the kitchen table together,
bicycle riding around town,
the footbridge,
beautiful front yard gardens,
next to an old pick-up truck,
my Mom creating art,
my Dad's hands fixing everything,
my little brother tagging along,
laughter,
straight talk,
and a community that is a one big family.


Love begins at home, 
and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action.
- Mother Teresa

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Juicy. . .April Moon Day 2

I'm playing along with Kat over at I Saw You Dancing 
and her April Moon reflective writing challenge.
I can't promise I will write everyday 
but I do promise to post at the very least a photo, 
 art, or some thing each day during the next 2 weeks.

Today's one word prompt is JUICY.


The photo above was taken during the first few days 
after we arrived in California.
I grew up in the Midwest.
I didn't see my first ocean beach until I was in college.
So, to put my toes in the ocean,
see dolphins swim past the beach,
surf,
collect heart shaped rocks and sea glass 
is all so juicy.

I mean, OMG, I am enjoying
every juicy minute of it.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Courage. . .April Moon Day 1

I'm playing along with Kat over at I Saw You Dancing 
and her April Moon reflective writing challenge.
I can't promise I will write everyday 
but I do promise to post at the very least a photo, 
 art, or some thing each day during the next 2 weeks.

The prompt for today is COURAGE.

This seems to be what my life
 has been screaming the past few months.

Have you missed me?
I've missed you.

Sorry to disappear for months.
My life has changed dramatically.
6 months ago the CEO of my day job asked me to move.
I made it happen (with a whole lotta help) in 6 weeks.
I didn't just move down the street or to the next town.

I moved to the other side of the country.
I jumped coasts.

1 boyfriend, 2 cats, everything we own, 
2 flights, 1 moving company, 
10 days with no furniture/stuff, 
3.5 months without a car, 
and we all survived.
Good bye NYC. Hello Santa Barbara, California.


Even the cats love our second floor apartment. 
We call it our Treehouse.


It took courage to jump,
to leave a city that I had fallen in love with,
that I had spent 13 years of my life in,
to leave friends that are now family,
to embrace change.

By the way, I'm in love.
I love my new life.
Now to get back into my creative life, too.

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
- e.e. cummings

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Self Portraits...

I've been playing with Catherine Just, again, and her In Plain Sight class.

This round a few self portraits. 
How appropriate that this year's new word is selfie! 
(which by the way blogger tells me is spelled wrong)

I recently visited Santa Barbara and fell in love.

Me, the first night, as I walked on the beach at sunset.


Toward the end of stay at the beach in Carpinteria playing.


Here's wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, October 21, 2013

I'm taking MY life back...

It is my belief that messages from the universe speak to me and remind me of something that is inside of me. When I first see them, I often don't even know what is really being advertised. Instead, the message conjures emotions or thoughts relating to something that is going on within me; in my heart, in my mind, in my soul. I see them on billboards, in magazines, store windows, church plaques...everywhere.

I secretly call them soul whispers.

The messages are all around us

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Some days the universe sends us subtle messages other days, like today for me, it needs to slap you up aside the head. Thank you, sometimes the chaos is outside of our control. It is how we react that keeps us sane. #soulwhispers

Sometimes the universe send you messages that are subtle...

Well, not today.

Sometimes the universe realizes that you need to be
slapped up aside the head with a frying pan.

Wow, where have I been?

I've been swallowed by the corporate monster.
I've allowed it to seep into every part of my life.
I've allowed it to push me down,
to make me tired/exhausted...
which has made me disappear.

To all my blog world friends I'm sorry I haven't been around much,
to all my friends that I see in real life (well haven't seen lately)
I am sorry that I have disappeared.
It has just felt like too much to balance my world.

I've shut down.
Stayed closed off.

I admit, I gave "them" the keys.

I have allowed someone else to drive my life
while I sat back in zombie mode, 
stressed out beyond recognition
and thus I disappeared.

I'm here to today to let everyone know 
that I'm taking back the keys.
Even if only for small moments at a time
I'm going to drive.

It is my life and not theirs. 
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