it has been a looooong journey to get to finally creating a website. first i thought, no problem i have blogged for 8 years now on various platforms, i have some tech skills - i got this. but wordpress had other plans and quickly it became clear i needed help.
j jumped in and did what he could and we still were struggling trying to figure out, what we thought, should be a simple task. so i recalled my friend, beth, mentioned a wonderful web-designer and i shot him an email.
let me just say, brent IS wonderful! (thanks again, brent!) he had a bit of a mess to help me navigate before he could even get in there and work his magic. he is quick, patient, kind, reasonable, and does great work! he helped me to build exactly what i was going for. and i will definitely contact him in the future for any further designing needs. should you need web work, i would highly recommend krueger web design.
nothing is changing here other than i have a collective site to house my creative life and work...and one i am really happy with.
i love that being a bit more aware of self-care doesn't have to be costly. i find this rosewater at the market here and it is only a couple euro. i use it in the evening before a moisturizer. i keep it in a little spray bottle and just spritz away all over my face. sometimes, i just spray it around the room, because i love the scent.
and in the summer, this baby goes in the fridge and we all use it when it's hot and we need a refreshing little lift.
“I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower... I think that she has tamed me...”
i am grateful for the ways life can show up and present itself to you...like when you are greeted at your mailbox with a box of beautiful handmade treasures that speak straight to your heart. to my sweet friend, kim, your gorgeous handmade journal, your painting, box of goodies, thoughtfulness, and your gesture of friendship brightened my day a thousand ways yesterday. with much gratitude...
swirling...that's about the word for my world at the moment. there's a lot of uncertainty swirling about us and where it will take us is just about anyone's guess. it reminds me a lot of watching seeds being blown from a dandelion and trying to pinpoint where one will land.
amid the swirl, i am focusing on simply, the present. i close my eyes while out to memorize the sounds, gaze longer at the sea to take in her hues, walk slowly down our streets to absorb all the beautiful detail, and make plans to spend more time with those we have grown to cherish here. and all the while, hold it so carefully in my heart.
it's funny, as this painting began before we were even swept up into this swirl, but perhaps it has been there all along, moving like an undercurrent. she appeared on the surface, a surface that is built upon layer and layer of poem. whether she realizes it or not, she is grounded by grace, which sits silently upon her shoulder. so light in fact, she sometimes forgets it is there. much like the moon hung in the evening sky when life presents so vividly below that you forget to glance up, yet it is there - a constant presence above you. around her cascade the stars, each one holding a precious wish - perhaps one she has made for herself or for another. beyond this, spirals the film reel of her memories. it is the story that surrounds and at times suspends her thoughts.
i am a bit of a recovering planner addict. the funny thing is, i would try different ones over the years and ditch them a month or so in because i just could not make it work for me. my creative brain needs some structure but not so much that it feels like i am boxed into a specific system.
a year ago i came across a planner and fell for her story. i loved how she followed her heart to pursue a degree in art, taught it for a spell, and then decided she needed to follow her passions.
i tried her planner last year and it seems a perfect fit. structure enough to loosely keep track of life with the fluidity to sketch, list, note, doodle, and dream. i even collage a vision board page each month to set an intention and fill the page with images and words of positivity.
i picked up one for 2015 but saw she was running a kickstarter campaign and wanted to support her, so i donated and received another - one of her newer compact size (5.5"x8.5"). in the spirit of new beginnings and a fresh brand new year, i thought i'd offer a giveaway and gift this compact passion planner out to one of you.
if you are interested, take a spin of her site to checkout the layout and if it speaks to you, simply leave a comment below (or on the facebook comments) and tell me one way you align to your vision for the year to keep leading you. i will select a winner sunday january 25, and announce them here on monday. fire away!
(full disclosure, i am in no way affiliated with passion planner. i simply use it, love it and wanted to share that with you!)
i came across this quote today, "all life instructs"~ralph waldo emerson. it rang true for a million little reasons - and in perfect harmony with what my 5 yr old little teacher illuminated for me.
today was gray and rainy for most of the day. i don't like it when it's like this as it casts this dreary glaze across everything, muting the saturation of the day to a dull, bland hue. mixed with this hue is a lot of uncertainty that we are wading through right now, so the weather, when its like this, feels like it adds to that weight.
but then there was my littlest pirate who lit up like a star when he realized this was the perfect day for his brand new rain boots that santa left for him. they are his treasure and he has been wanting to wear them to school. and so he did...and it was glorious.
he showed all his teachers, beaming up at them awaiting their response at his most special foot wear. but today was more threat than rain...until we drove home this afternoon and the clouds spit briefly at our window. and wouldn't you know, there was the most perfect puddle collected nearby. so those rain boots jumped up and down to the music of giggles and delight. and i laughed along with him at this beautiful lesson.
over the last year, i have tried to make room for better self-care. for me, this means taking small and simple steps. i thought i might share here and there on my blog some of the more successful ways in which i have done this, in case they may also speak to you.
organic apple cider vinegar (avc) is one change. after "splurging" on a big bottle of organic apple cider vinegar with 'the mother', i mixed up a couple teaspoons with purified water and a few drops of lavender essential oil. and use it as a toner on my face.
the scent is not too strong with the lavender in there and i find the blend to work well on my skin. acv does a nice job at balancing out my sensitive skin without drying it out or irritating it. sweet and simple.