19 September 2012

the inspiration to start again, or "I {heart} blogging"



I haven't been blogging for ages, but lately it has started to tug at my heart and my typing fingers again. A lot of my inspiration has come from Pinterest and the Alt classes and blog

In Pinterest I get that visual bump that makes me want to create and connect. As I look through my pins, I gain clarity on who I am and what I really want from my life, my home, my relationships and myself. As a very visual person, this has been a revelation; it makes me aware of the disconnect between the life I have been struggling through and the one that I really want to live. It makes me want more; not more stuff, but rather more love, more peace, more simplicity, more fun, more happiness.

The classes coordinated by the Alt Summit crew have been the other side of the coin; not the visualization, but the how-to-make-it-happen.  I have taken classes from amazing bloggers that I admire and others that I hadn't followed, but have done some amazing work.  They are always candid, honest, approachable and knowledgable.  It also has reminded me of how much I already know and how much I have pushed down this desire to blog, for fear of failure.  Time to rally!

Finally, the fabulous folks at Alt Summit recently started a blog and it has been packed full of killer, how-to-be-a-blogging-rockstar sort of material that gets my blood pumping. Seriously. My recent favorites include Easy Steps to a Great Bio, Dos and Don'ts of Writing a Guest Post, and the ah-mazing infographic A Creative Life, based on a presentation at AltNY.  For blogging inspiration and business advice check out the new Alt blog.  It will rock your socks!

So, here is to a new beginning?!?  Maybe, perhaps...I hope so.

02 February 2011

fields of gold

We lie in fields of gold 2
Photo by fwvo

I have become a pandora radio junkie as of late.  I keep finding new-to-me music that just makes me happy.  One of the artists that keeps making me stop and sing along is Eva Cassidy.  While she did some original music, it is her covers of well-know songs that continue to blow me away.  This cover of Fields of Gold, tops that list...



I listened to it four times, just writing this post, and it takes my breath away every time.

For those of you interested, here is my station that is the current favorite...

Do you use pandora?  I would love to hear what you are listening to.

31 January 2011

Art of Nancy Jean

I grew up in a very rural place surrounded by farm kids doing 4-H and such.  I thought I wanted to get as far away from that as possible. But then...

"while pursuing a course of action apparently wholeheartedly, I had changed behind my own back"  ~Anne Truitt in Daybook

Now I want a farm of my own, with goats, chickens, a milk cow, maybe even some sheep.  And a big old white farm house, something like one of these...


And since we're dreaming, a spot on a lake that feels like these, wouldn't be too bad either...



20 January 2011

addicted to love redux

One of my favorite local radio stations has a segment that I can't get enough of, the Five O'Clock Shadow.  They play one original, followed by a cover and it is seriously one of my happy places.  It's almost always a fresh, how did I miss this, sort of piece.  This was the cover in one recent show and I love, love, love it....

19 January 2011

intention: courage


"I have not ceased to be fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown, and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you'll die if you venture too far." ~ Erica Jong

"Courageous risks are life giving, they help you grow, make you brave and better then you think you are." ~ Joan L. Curcio

I want to learn to embrace risk and change this year, instead of resisting it, fighting it.  I want to grow in the ways that are only possible through stepping out of my comfort zone and into the unknown. Let the fear wash over me and then march right through... 

I am taking the month of January to be mindful in thinking about this new year.  Finding thoughts and ideas that capture what I want to hold on to in the year to come.  I have traded out the word "resolutions" and replaced it with "intentions". It feels kinder, less condemning of the past choices and living, more proactive and optimistic.  I will be sharing these thoughts and intentions throughout the month. Read about my other intentions: 
* grace * happiness

14 January 2011

intention: grace


"Make it your habit not to be critical about small things." ~ Edward Everett Hale


This past year has been soured by little grace for my husband and for myself, little patience for this life that we have and little time for love and acceptance.  For the new year, my intention is to be softer on myself and especially on him. To trust his good intentions and to accept our flaws and grow together into a much happier, healthier couple.  I want to cherish more, critique less; enjoy more, fix less; more present and content in our life.


I am taking the month of January to be mindful in thinking about this new year.  Finding thoughts and ideas that capture what I want to hold on to in the year to come.  I have traded out the word "resolutions" and replaced it with "intentions". It feels kinder, less condemning of the past choices and living, more proactive and optimistic.  I will be sharing these thoughts and intentions throughout the month.

13 January 2011

intention: happiness

 
 
I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health. ~ Voltaire

I am responsible for my own happiness.  It needs to become something that is a consistent force in my life, not dependent on the emotions of my beautiful two year old, or the choices of my hardworking husband, the fulfillment of my job, or even the realization of creative projects.  I want to exude genuine happiness this year.

I am taking the month of January to be mindful in thinking about this new year.  Finding thoughts and ideas that capture what I want to hold on to in the year to come.  I have traded out the word "resolutions" and replaced it with "intentions". It feels kinder, less condemning of the past choices and living, more proactive and optimistic.  I will be sharing these thoughts and intentions throughout the month.