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Beauty lives all around us.
So my love month is over and that usually means that I need to create a new vision board in my entryway.
But truth was, I felt more sad to take down February’s board than excited for March’s vision. So I’m going to leave it up. It’s my home and I can make up the rules right? Ha! It makes me think of all those people who leave up the Christmas tree all year because they are too sad to take it down. Oh the plights of the soft of heart!
So the love, well honey, it’s here to stay!
Fess up 🙂 Who still else has V-day decorations up? Once they come down what do you replace them with?
I have been pondering Mary Oliver’s instructions for living a life.
Instructions for living a life: pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.
— Mary Oliver
So when a friend posted this on Facebook, I took notice.
I am particularly drawn to:
– If you don’t like something, change it
– Open your heart to new things
– All emotions are beautiful
– Appreciate every bite
– Wear your passion
I believe that I have been given a life in abundance- Not just a life that can be wasted away in front of the TV but a life that was made for living and doing and being and creating and sharing. I live a passionate life- a life that I can choose. I have chosen my path to trod. My path is towards a beautiful tomorrow.
When you’ve exhausted all possibilities, remember this—you haven’t.
*Robert H. Schuller*
I love dandelions. I’ve explained why before– to me they represent wishes- and wishes are really just secret scary dreams. The dreams that we are too afraid to admit. The ones we acknowledge only over birthday candles or shooting stars. The ones that someone might make fun of us for or tease us about. You know the dream you’ve been carrying.
By the time we reach adulthood and marriage, and we get sensible jobs and start doing the responsible thing, we have starved that dream. Maybe we tried once or twice. Perhaps we tried many times and this dream just didn’t come to be… and we gave up.
I had given up the dream of being an artist… having tried twice and failed…but I was recently inspired to try again.
Let’s chat friends. What dreams have you pretty much given up on… that maybe might just spring back into being if you just tried?
This post was started as a calm encouraging light in the dark world that creatives face. Artists are too often enchanted by the sexiness of darkness- the ease of negativity that seems to fuel the anger that ‘creates’. But this, my friends, is a sad dark path to travel.
The powers of creativity are much stronger in the lightness of loveliness than in the depths of darkness. Darkness loses power when faced with light. Positivity is more difficult to embrace and yet stronger than the ties of Darkness.
Sometimes, the sex appeal of darkness is very seductive. Sometimes I can barely pry myself away. Sometimes the comfort of gloom is much too enchanting. And I justify it as benefit to my art…
But is it really benefiting anything? In the same way piranha’s feast on prey, that darkness consumes the best ideas-the purest forms of delight and leaves nothing but the carcasses for viewing. Is this the art we want to create?
I do not want to leave a legacy of death and decay in my wake.
Plan’s the man. I love a good plan around these parts- and boy, do I need a good one right about now.
This year is packed with many many commitments, some for work, some for university, some for personal and spiritual growth and others for the wellbeing of my little family and homestead. I’m excited for the growth this year will bring- but just a little terrified at the steps we are taking.
If I could boil my plan down to three simple words (thanks to Chris Brogan) they would have to be:
Love. Enjoy. Streamline.
First and foremost, this new year will be able being with those I love and care about. With so few hours in the day, I believe it is important to invest in those around you right now. Not on Saturday, not after the laundry, but right now. Sometimes that looks like a sister date. Sometimes it sounds like a phone call. But always, it focuses on love and blessings.
Saying ‘Yes’ to things instead of hunkering on the sofa to ‘relax’. Enjoy purposeful relaxation. Enjoy crafting and making beautiful things. Enjoy making mistakes. Enjoy trying something new and scary. Enjoy daily exercise.
Say yes to life and enjoy more beauty in everyday than in dreamland.
The consequences are fairly high. 🙂 That’s right. I went there.
When it comes down to it- there are a lot of things that happen to run a healthy household- even without children. And there are many things that we do that A. don’t benefit us or B. don’t bless those around us. Those things have got to go! Out with the clutter, in with the homemade bread. Out with the takeout and fast food, in with a clean kitchen ready for gourmet cooking (mac and cheese anyone?). I’ve got a plan to use less chemicals and more hot water. It is all about habits. Time to create some good ones.
I know, I know. These are not goals. They are not going to help me lose 10 pounds or give me a boost in my career. They will, however, give me the direction forward.
And going forward is so much better than staying put (and letting flies lie on my eye).
What words do you envision for life in 2011?
Hands up to anyone else who is terrified of 2011…Don’t leave me hanging here-
God knows and loves me enough to have given me a strange and unlikely coping mechanism in times of turmoil and distress- like taking odd photos of my darling pup (featured beautifully above).
This is the year I turn 23. The year, according to the life-plan of my 18-year-old self, that I was going to have my things in order.
My things are, of course, not in order and this leaves me feeling terrified. And a bit silly for being so terrified.
I’ve got a date with my planner to, well you know, make a plan. How did you break through the initial panic change (and duplicate digits) bring?