Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I am linking up with Louise Gale and her Creative Color Challenge today.
She challenged us with 4 colors and asked that we use letters in our piece. I chose to play with a new stencil that I recently purchased and my pan pastels.
I think that I might add more tangle patterns to the piece then send it off to my Mom.
Make sure that you hop over and visit the other artists who played along this month.
Friday, July 27, 2012
|capturing my commute home (c) Lori Moon|
|when it rains wear flowers (c) Lori Moon|
|I always 'need' a cup of coffee (c) Lori Moon|
|playing with my reflection (c) Lori Moon|
Monday, July 23, 2012
I took this picture about 5 weeks ago and at the time the message that came to my mind was...look out, here I come, stand clear and get out of my way. Forward momentum! (The picture that was in my head me as a warrior carrying my sword above my head rushing into battle.)
Well, that isn't how my last 5 weeks ago have gone.
They have, in fact, been the exact opposite. I have Fibromyalgia, diagnosed 16 years ago (wow, I hadn't done the math lately) after years of not knowing what was wrong. Learning to live with Fibro, instead of against it, has been my choice.
I say this because I could have chosen to become of victim and lived my life a certain way because I have it. But, I didn't, I chose to live with it - to pay attention to my body, to create self-care routines that help instead of hinder. I'll admit that some days are easier than others and stress plays a big part of me being able to cope with the pain.
Many things have been stressful the past couple of months and stress is a trigger to make my Fibro pain worse. My reaction was to stand clear. In some ways, I unconsciously chose to back away, a defense mechanism to stand clear. In other ways, I chose to stand clear. The bottom line is that I needed to back up, slow down.
Well, I went too far...
I withdrew, I became mechanical and put on my blinders. I focused on having to function (go to the day job, blog post on certain days, go to physical therapy, remember to eat, sleep...I need so much sleep). All of this has made me sad, intensely super sad, a deep sad that I haven't felt in almost a decade. I've had moments of joy, good times with friends, giggles with children but poor Superman has seen my sadness. He's held me, helped me, been patient and supportive - I love him to death.
By the way, I'm writing this to share where I've been. It is part of my journey. It is who I am. I believe that out of the darkness comes light and I'm done standing clear. I need to move past this. So, slowly I am turning toward the light.
Happily, my body has started to feel better during the past week, I've gotten a lot of sleep, I took myself on artist's dates both Saturday and Sunday with my camera and took some pictures in Shakespeare Garden in Central Park. I've also been reading Renee Burke's SumMEr of Me series and it has reminded me that I need to embrace where I am and take care of myself.
I believe that I have turned the corner. I have put on a different pair of glasses to let a little more light in so that I can see the world around me a little bit better.
Now I know I am back on track, I have my sword slightly raised and will work on raising it higher as I move forward into my world. Stand clear because I am making my way into battle for the life that I want.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Also, do me a favor and visit Renee Burke's blog Happily Ever After where I am guest posting today in celebration of her sumMEr of ME series.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
1. This week was filled with friends and joy. The fabulous and always inspiring Pauline Leger sent me an original piece of art as a sweet surprise. The painting makes my soul smile. Thank you my dear friend.
2. I had a great conversation with my niece this week. You remember what it was like to be 18 and how busy you were. I honestly didn't expect her to answer when I called while walking home. I figured I would get her voicemail but, happily, she answered and had a few minutes to tell me about her 2 summer jobs and the classes that she registered to take this Fall as she starts college. She is an amazing soul - love her!
3. Superman and I took a road trip and escaped the city the past weekend. We were hosted by the fabulous Deborah Velásquez and we had such a great time hanging out, discussing a secret project that is in the works, seeing her studio (oh, what I wouldn't do for that space), and visiting with her beautiful family. Thank you, my friend.
4. My new kitten, yes, kitten, she is much younger than originally thought as she has grown in the past month. Little Java is also in the terrible 2's of kittenhood - biting, crazy energy and sometimes just down right mean. But, a little glimmer of hope this week, she has started to groom Tucker and occasionally sleeps next to him without biting him - so there is hope that she will grow into the spoiled loving cat that I want her to be. :)
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Lately, I've been noticing hearts again in my every day. Without consciously looking, I notice them.
The one above was captured in the subway station on my way home from a long day. Now normally, I am in zombie mode at the end of long day simply rushing from work, to the subway and home. Why or how I was actually conscious enough to notice this heart - I will never know.
As I paged through my Instagram photos that I've uploaded to flickr I kept going back to this one this morning. Even though there are no words it holds a lot of meaning for me this morning.
See, I've been reading your comments. Yes, I know I am a little slow to take in all of your kind words that you've left me for me during the past week. And, yes, I know I haven't commented or visited back - but I will. This past week has been a little personally difficult. You know the kind of week where you wish you could get a do over - well that was my past week. All of your comments this morning melted my heart, touched me and brightened my day before it even really got started. I believe that this is why this photo spoke to me this morning.
The shared message today is to capture the love in everything you do. The smile you receive from the stranger as you walk down the street, the thank you the store clerk says as you check-out, the good morning you get greeted with, the simple everyday kindness that we all take for granted...capture the love and hold it in your heart.
Thank you, each of you, for reading, for staying connected, for sending me love via your comments - your words hold such power and love. They have touched my heart. Thank you for sharing!