Friday 13th April 2012

by chel

new hibiscus (so excited!!)

 

“Quit putting yourself in a little box by trying to live consistently with your past and explaining every little action you take. BE YOU. Fully. In this moment. Independent of what others may or may not ‘expect’ from you.”
-Brian Johnson

“I think we’re all born with a set of preferred activities and talents,
but more than that, with an inexplicable inner knowledge of
the things we are meant to do and be,
the changes we are meant to make in the world.”
-Martha Beck

For al intents and purposes, it’s summer here in Southwest Florida. The temperature is in the 80′s, the snowbirds are starting to pack up and leave for the season (the population of our little island drops something like 80% during the months of May through November), springs breaks are coming to and end and things are definitely quieting down.

Gracie’s back to school and my Soul Class class is over (well, we’ve been promised more in the fall, and I will be the first to sign up). To be honest, I’m not even sure where to begin stepping back into routine. Today I had the evening free and I wound up sitting outside, catching up on a few things and then reading and thinking for a while. It was actually good for me, but I want to get back to a regular creative practice.

I wanted to thank you for reading my posts, especially these past few weeks. I know this is meant to be a creative blog, but ever since I started keeping a journal online, WAYYYY back in 1997 (holy smokes!) when I first started graduate school, it’s always delved into the personal and emotional side of my life. Heck, it even turned into an adoption blog while we were waiting for Grace to come home.

I think there will always be personal discovery mixed in with whatever I do- it’s part of my creative process. It’s part of who I really am.

But creativity is *just* as important to me, so I’m hoping to share more and more of my creative stuff because I have a renewed dedication to it after these last few weeks. I’ll go into this more eventually, but one thing I realized is that art, communication, and discovery is a passion and no matter where it ends up, no matter if it’s “successful” or not, it’s what I’m meant to be doing.

So I will do it, with a new sense of “this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life, and it’s a meaningful pursuit.”

And, I will also continue to garden because that is definitely a passion. Gardening has REALLY made me look at life in a completely different way. It’s sort of like it’s forced to me slow down and really pay attention to tiny shifts in everything. Waiting for a seed to sprout and poke through the soil has taught me much patience, and also the value of small things.

Anyway, I have a post over at Sprout about some new plants (including the alien-looking hibiscus above- that bloom is the size of a small dinner plate!!) and how I’m branching out (no pun intended) to the front yard. I really want to get a hummingbird/butterfly garden going in the front of the house, and I’m starting to really consider what needs to happen to make that work. More about that in the coming weeks…

Thank you, always, for being here, and being a receiver (I was going to say “receptacle”, but that is also another word for “trash can”, so…. receiver it is!) of my thoughts and ideas and discoveries and all that. I really appreciate having someone to “talk” to about these things, about *anything*, really. It’s so comforting to know I can write something and someone, somewhere is receiving it. It’s an important part to life, I think, having your emotions and ideas and questions and everything else have a soft place to “land”.

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
- CS Lewis [Not sure I 100% agree with the "unnecessary" part, but you get the idea <3 ]

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  1. Tracy says:

    It is always a joy to be here and commune and grow along with you, Chel. I learn so much from knowing you. And I appreciate how we all go through life, all the bends in the roads and can share them together. Love that you will be sharing more creativity here–can’t wait to see more! During the past 1-2 years I’ve been really coming into my own and loving the me I am and what I have to offer. I can take a life time, but it’s worth it. ;o) Happy Days, my friend (HUGS))

  2. Misti says:

    I’m still trying to get my head and emotions kind of aligned so I have some focus…I’m beginning my word for this year is going to be more difficult and more of a monster than I anticipated.

    Happy to be the receptacle! ;)

  3. linda says:

    Happy to be a receiver :) It’s funny how the weather is the opposite here – a cold front that makes it not seem so Springy – although I suppose rain is Springish? Anyway, it makes me want to hibernate!

    I’m definitely finding myself… always wondering how to get back to routine – life is always in an upheaval it seems…

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I'm Chel (pronounced "shell", short for "Michele").

I'm a 30-something painter, writer, gardener, art historian, long-distance swimmer, crochet addict, movie watcher, animal lover, and avid reader.

Random facts: I grew up in New York (Long Island, to be specific), went to college and grad school in Atlanta, and now I live in Southwest Florida. I'm incredibly shy but I can be very chatty. I've been a vegetarian for 25 years. I swim five miles every day. I have an eight year old daughter and a 40-something year old husband. I'd rather eat kalamata olives than most anything, and I'm an AVID tea drinker. I exist with the steady background noise of meows (three cats), chirps and whistles (three parrots), and silence (an elderly gecko).

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