The Messiness of Spring and Starting Things in General

Parker Palmer had it right, “…there is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck.” Just yesterday morning, half of the focus of my morning run was avoiding the broken branches and muddy puddles created by the previous day’s storms. It was a mixture of mud and new buds on trees. I remember my spring in Boston when I would step into what I thought was a pile of snow in March. Instead, my foot disappeared into a slush of melting snow mixed with mud- yeck! The season of … Read More

How 15 Minutes of Creativity Can Change Your Day

So many days I want to create, but feel I don’t have the time. Left unmet, the desire turned into discouragement as I looked day after day at my art desk with it’s blank watercolor paper taped down to the painting board.  Finally, I decided just to start a painting. I didn’t actually paint, I sketched out what I wanted to paint. Then, the next morning, I started to paint. I didn’t finish and I kept at it the next morning.  Then I took a course called “Boot Girls” with Christy Tomlinson. She paints fairly fast and in that course … Read More

Journaling a Recap of the Year Even if You Haven’t Kept a Journal

Wow, it’s the end of the year! Do you get caught up looking at what you didn’t do? Or at all the possibilities ahead? Personally, I do a little of both. It’s easy to get caught up in the here and now, as Dr. Covey put it, the “urgent” needs of day to day living. But living life attending to only the urgent needs doesn’t help me move ahead to the most important work and art of my life- the part that really resonates with my heart and soul and is my best gift to share with others and the … Read More