For quite some time I have had the turtle as my animal totem to remind me that you only make progress when you stick out your neck, but a change has been taking place over the past couple of years and has now fully taken hold.
That’s right, I’m switching teams from the tortoise to the hare.
I have alway had a fondness for bunnies, had a few for pets, let them peruse our garden when I am feeling generous. They seem to show up for me during periods of change.
On my 50th birthday, Micki Wild posted one of her new rabbit paintings that I instantly connected with. It became my birthday present to me.
Then last year during one of the sessions of an Artist’s Way group run by the Creative Light Factory, we did an exercise where we scribbled/drew on paper with our eyes closed as we thought about our creative path. Afterwards, we looked at our papers and found images within the scribbles that spoke to us. Guess what I found:
As part of that exercise, I delved into the symbolism of rabbits. They are said to be guides to the fairy world as they show up at dusk and dawn, supposedly when those pathways are open. They can be so still as to not be seen and spring into explosive action at a moments notice. But my favorite phrase to turn up was that they represent the undeniable current of growth.
During the past months of quarantine, I have grown quieter, and listened more, and the bunnies came back. Whether they are harbingers of change or just a reminder that things will continue beyond all of this chaos, I don’t know. I do know they have been comforting to paint, and they feel right for right now.
I’m curious if any of you have had similar experiences – any symbols or signs that have been haunting and inspiring you this summer?
So, we didn’t quite make the Labor Day launch of the new site, but we are up and running now!
It has a been a busy summer, with lots of changes going on. Both my husband and I left our old IT company so things were a bit up in the air as we transitioned jobs. Belts got tightened as we worked through the rest of summer camps, interviewing, writing proposals, back to school, and 8 year old birthday parties. Oh, and did I mention said 8 year old has become obsessed with snapchat selfies?
Snapchat filters have taken over.
At this point, jobs have been secured, my husband is fully ensconced in his new position, and I am focusing on my art and Zentangle classes.
Hello Everyone! What? Its been how long since I posted?
This site has been pretty neglected over the past year, but a revamp is in the works. This past fall brought a lot of changes, leaving a big corporate job after 9 years to join my husband’s company full-time, adjusting to my daughter starting first grade, and co-leading her girl scout troop. It took a while to get our new routines down, but with things slowing down as the end of the school year approaches, I am working to get the blog/site back up and active again.
I am working on a small revamp of the site, with some specific pages rather than having everything lumped together. In the coming months you will see a writing page which may be a mix of writing thoughts and story snippets as well as an art page which focused more on the visual art projects I am tackling. Part of these changes had also been dependent on a computer repair job being completed (because sometime technology is not your friend), so they are not quite ready to launch yet.
Hopefully you’ll be joining me as my journey continues this year. The rest of 2015 should be a good one!
Oh, it has been a rough couple of months. February and march flew by with way, way, WAY too much going on, so this poor little bloggy got left in the lurch. But, Spring is finally here (although we did get more snow last night) and it is time to get the house in order. So, a quick little post to set the stage on what is coming…
B taking over the drawing tablet.
Going forward, I will be back with my Friday Favorite posts. April’s favorites will be focused on writing. Hopefully there will be some tidbits you enjoy and find interesting, even if you are not a writer.
Tuesday totals are just going to be posted once a month. First Tuesday of the month. Which means next week gets one on April first. April fool’s day! Should I go serious on that one, or have a bit of fun?
Garden updates will also be starting! We have 3 more raised beds to add to the plan this year and are getting the first of our cold weather crops in this weekend. I’ll be keeping you up to date on our progress there and May’s favorites will be garden related as well.
And then there will be the random writing and drawing posts, and whatever else may be catching my fancy. Let me know if there is anything you want to see more of.
It is that time of year when we all start thinking about resolutions for the new year, setting new goals for ourselves, thinking about making a fresh start this year. This type of reflection tends to hit especially hard for me as my birthday is just a few days away as well.
This year is not getting a long list of resolutions, though. Last year saw a lot of changes in direction and focus on living a better life by the whole family. This year, we just want to keep that momentum going and building on what we have.
Our key points to continue focusing on this year:
Eating less processed food
Getting more exercise as a family
Expand the garden (plan to add 2-3 more raised beds this spring)
Continue sharing creative expression
So, as you can see, nothing too strict or specific, so we don’t have the let down of broken resolutions. What is the point if they cause more discouragement than progress? I’ll be starting off my Tuesday totals again for this year, which help keep me going on my writing goals, and those are more specific because I need precise goals there to shoot for.
What about you? What are your plans for 2014?
Edit Note: After I posted this, I got the new weekly challenge from I am the Diva’s site. It is for a 2014 tangle so I linked back here. Check out all the other entries – lots of creativity and some beautiful designs.