There is a project I've been trying so desperately to begin for some time now, and couldn't seem to find a proper window of time to sink into the quiet creativity it requires. I was afraid I might have to walk away from the opportunity, that my life simply wouldn't allow it at this time. Then I had the idea to just ask our Director at school for one day off a week... could that work for them? I was honest about the project I was hoping to embark on. She understood, so did the head teacher in our classroom. They made the necessary arrangements for the classroom and I now have one full day per week to pursue something so deeply meaningful. I am totally unaware of where it will take me, and am making sure the end result is not where the weight of my focus lies. The work and the process are the true gifts of this journey.
My day off started this past week, and I stayed right at this bright little table by the window at our local cafe. It began to get a little loud around lunch time for my easily distracted mind, so I packed up and headed up the hill to our home for a few more hours of work before Emily needed to be picked up from school. It went pretty well, but I did feel the pull to do other things such as picking up, laundry, tidy up those few dishes in the kitchen. I know myself well, and the most effective way for me to accomplish all that I hope to is to take this show on the road, I am easily distracted at home. If the cafe is too loud at times, I will head over to the University library (which is just around the corner), and this project will be born into the world at some point, in some form.
Two books arrived yesterday in the mail, I LOVE when book orders arrive on a Saturday. The timing is perfect and I'm looking forward to sinking in further today with these two titles; Taking Flight: Tips and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, and 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women. One of my goals for this year is to carve out more time for exploring my creative self. For me, it's critical to the overall balance of body, mind and spirit that this part of my being is honored, and more importantly, given it's rightful place in my daily routine. In making this commitment, some others priorities needed to shift.
I have decided to close my two shops for a period of time. I am not sure if they will re-open before the summer, and I'm so sorry I didn't have enough cash budget pouches listed for all of you, they will come again I am sure. Both shops will re-open, in time. For now, I see a very full five months ahead of me as we sell, pack-up and move our home two states away... there is my day job keeping me busy... my family that loves to be well fed and cared for... the project I mentioned above that I am fully committed to this late winter into spring... my own yoga practice and very clean-eating path that I'm learning so much about myself from (though I have not shared it here yet...). All of this and huge, deeply soul fulfilling periods of time for nurturing and expanding my creative self. I hope to share much of my process and artistic results as they arrive, but I am not so sure any of it will manifest into a shop update of sorts for some time.
Anyway, this is such a lazy Sunday morning rambling kind of post. Lastly, I changed some things around on the blog design-wise... I might play with it a little more. This space felt due for a change. Now I think I'll go make some oatmeal with banana, mango and coconut... thank you for checking in with me as you do.