The ground. That is the depressing finish to this sentence. I went on a long (for me) run this morning as we are actually having a beautiful spring here in the high desert. Normally spring is non-existent. We just go from snow to mud to broiling hot without a whole lot of nice days in … Continue reading What I look at when I run . . .
1) My blog - I finally updated the "about me" page and changed the name of my blog. This is the third name, but that's okay. It needs to grow with me. It's now titled, "Speaking of Words, Quilts, and Life." In reviewing the collection of posts I've made, most of my posts somehow address creativity in … Continue reading I’m still a WIP
This summer I attended the Willamette Writers’ Conference. Many of the writers and presenters there kept saying, “keep your day job.” There’s even a pretty good blog that I occasionally read called http://www.writerwithadayjob.com that offers tips and motivation to keep going in the face of a busy life. She also has a companion book that … Continue reading Keep Your Day Job AND Write . . . How?
Last week I pulled out a bunch of fabric to start a new quilt. It’s not that I don’t have enough current projects to work on, (there are at least eight). It’s that I like starting projects. There’s so much potential at the beginning of a project, whether it’s a new quilt or a new … Continue reading Fear of Finishing
“A small stone is a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.” This is defined on the website http://www.writingourwayhome.ning.com which hosts a free mindful writing challenge called The River for the month of January. The idea is for writers to live mindfully and note at least one moment a day. One … Continue reading Small Stones #1
In listing my accomplishments from 2011, I also discovered some important lessons I’ve learned. While my list of accomplishments made me feel pretty good, it is the lessons those things taught me that I need to remember to carry forward as I live 2012 with intention. Lesson #1 – Creativity feeds creativity. Whenever I got … Continue reading Lessons Learned from 2011 to Help Build 2012
In 2010, I spent the last day, December 31, 2010, journaling and creating a mandala that I posted in my writing area. I've spent this entire year, looking at it everyday. I’d never actually set goals for the year in such a concrete and specific manner, and as I’ve spent time during the last two weeks of … Continue reading Reflections on 2011