Entries Tagged as 'the good stuff'

Anything Could Happen

posted on: Monday, June 22, 2015

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As I write this, it’s Sunday night. 9:04 PM. Our two dogs are currently lying flat on the hardwood floors trying to collect as much of the air conditioned-soaked wood into their skin as possible. Ahhh, summer walks. It’s the first day of summer so I can officially call them “summer walks” now, even though the last month has been so crazy hot that Spring is but a distant memory at this point. During the winter months, my girls could walk all day. The dry, cold air is much less likely to suck the life out of them so fast. We waited until the sun was hiding behind the trees and the sting of that blasted heat was gone. They’ve been cooped up so much thanks to this triple-digit weather, so we decided to take them out as late as we could stretch it. Nola doesn’t do so well under the fluff of fur coat she wears. Penny Lane, our black lab mix, would spend all day in the sun if she could. I believe she is part cat. It’s a working theory.

Anyway.

Another great, yet ordinary weekend has passed by and we are settling in to begin a new week. Though this week will hopefully answer some lingering questions for us. I must stay cryptic for now, but it’s the first time in a while that I’m actually anticipating Monday’s arrival.

It’s a lazy, hazy Sunday evening and we are settling into it, into the new week and into the possibilities that lie ahead of us. Anything could happen.

Fighting for Creativity

posted on: Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Lately, I’ve been allowing myself to create more. I have so often suppressed my desire to make things, create things, because it didn’t feel productive. It makes me cringe to say it now, but at the time, it felt like a waste. My friend Katie Lee once told me that making time to create is productive and I should plan on doing it daily. It wasn’t easy to do, and it took a while, but I’m finally letting myself do just that. I’m trying to leave space for my creativity to emerge, to grow, to develop in a new way. I’m not always happy with the end result, but I’m stretching those muscles I haven’t used so much. I’m sore in the right places and learning what it is to create all over again. I’ve been earnestly seeking the imagination I left back with my elementary school days. I wish I could go back to that Katy and ask her to teach me how to tap into my imagination, the way she so easily did back then. I’d also give her a hug, because being the chubby kid in school is really, really hard.

I really love this quote by Ira Glass that someone reminded me of on Instagram...

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” -Ira Glass

Thank you, Ira. Thank you for putting it into words more perfectly than I ever could have. I will keep fighting.

 

Image Credit: Photography by Alex Mcdonell/Lettering by Noel Shiveley

It’s Friday Which Means Yay

posted on: Friday, January 23, 2015

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So, rumor has it that Mercury is in retrograde and while I don’t follow too closely to the astrological side of things, it’s apparently not good? Or good? Or something? I don’t know. I really don’t know. But! If Mercury being in retrograde had any say in how my week went, it can stick around for a little while longer. Best week of the year! So far! I had a really productive week and got some really clear vision on goals and where I see myself down the road. I started to find it early last year but life got busy. I mean, we started a business for goodness sakes and I lost sight of what I really wanted for myself for a bit of time, but I’m back in focus and it feels really good. I’m hoping to ride this wave of motivation and excitement for a while. I wish I could bottle it up and open it anytime I want to, but alas it ebbs and flows. I do feel big things coming and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds.

I can also eat cheese and drink wine again this weekend, so let’s throw a party! Oh and hey! Did you hear I started a Tumblr? I did! Hooray and happy weekend!

Before I go, can I blame this Mercury Retrograde business on that horrible excuse for a top knot? No? Well, crap.

2015: Adventure

posted on: Friday, January 2, 2015

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Last year, my word was good. I know, good? Why not GREAT? I really just wanted a good year, and it was a good year. 2013 had beat us up a little and I just wanted a good, ordinary year where we could recover. I definitely added more good into my life, which helped push out the bad. I’m still working on that, but it was good practice. I had plenty of practice saying “no” to things to make room for the good. It wasn’t easy, it was a very hard year, but it had its beautiful moments as well. As most years go, you know.

This year, my word is adventure. It first hit me when we were in Italy. It was a tried and true adventure. I had a moment when we were on the first train on our way to the Rome train station where we would be taking another train to Salerno, when I realized how absolutely uncomfortable I was. We had been traveling for 24 hours, we were dirty and exhausted and still had hours to go before we could rest (and take showers) and we had to stand for about forty-five minutes in a packed train. It had me thinking, how many of us romanticize adventure? We all do it, right?

Adventure is not glamorous or comfortable. It takes us OUT of our comfort zone most of the time. I mean, it’s supposed to, right? It doesn’t mean that it’s not supposed to be fun or exciting, it is, but it’s also uncomfortable. It puts you around people who may not speak your language, it takes you driving into the country in Italy and having to communicate to people who only speak Italian that you’re lost and Google doesn’t know where to send you (that was fun), it’s moving to new cities and moving away from family and friends and starting over again. It’s starting a business, it’s daring to dream of a life off the beaten path. It’s beautiful and it’s stretching, but that’s where growth happens and that’s where the work begins. You can’t have one without the other, is what I learned last year. I wouldn’t have it any other way. That trip to Italy wasn’t comfortable much of the time, but it was one of the best weeks of my life.

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Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I had an amazing first day of 2015, but I went to bed feeling stressed and uncomfortable (and so it begins!) because of big dreams and seemingly large obstacles. I found myself praying, praying for peace amidst the anxiety and praying for adventure. It was strange. I felt so uncomfortable already and it was only the first day of the year, but I kept praying for that because I know it has to happen this year. I kept praying God would take me on more beautiful adventures that would push me out of my comfort zone and form me into who I am meant to be, that I would realize my strength and capabilities, that I would gain confidence and boldness. I prayed that my faith would grow. That’s my biggest desire of them all.

I think the closer we get to God and the more we pray, the more He starts to form our prayers. Those prayers were so uncomfortable to pray. I actually prayed through the anxiety and, in a way, asked for more. I would LOVE a comfortable year, because I love being comfortable, I’ll be the first to admit that, but I also have big dreams that would be impossible to attain in my own cozy and warm comfort zone. I would rather go for my biggest dreams than be comfortable, is what I’m daring to say. I also prayed that this year would be the best one yet and I think that’s completely possible as well. I can see it happening already.

And so, I want to challenge you to do the same this year. Let this be the year that you allow yourself to dream big and step out of your comfort zone. Take risks, be bold, be brave. That’s really where the magic happens. It’s where the best things in life reside.

I’m so excited to see what happens this year. As long as I put it into His hands and don’t try to control the ever-loving crap out of things, it’s going to be amazing. Let it be a wonderful, beautiful, fun, exciting adventure that takes me out of my comfort zone. Let it be a pivotal chapter in my life. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.

 

Here’s to 2015, the year of:

  • Adventure
  • Travel
  • Bravery
  • Courage
  • Boldness
  • Confidence
  • Being Expectant
  • Finally believing in myself