Tuesday, November 29, 2016

create adventures...

I saw this quote is on a t-shirt. It reminds me of 'artist dates' part of Julia Cameron's prescription from her famous book, The Artist's Way (I may have mentioned her before). An artist dates is a weekly solo outing to explore, inspire yourself and fill the inner well.

It reminds me to get out of the house on days where I have free time and no plans. Maybe I will document a simple Artist Date in the near future.

I also see it as a reminder to accept opportunities that come my way = potential new adventure. After joining the International Women's Club, an opportunity appeared for 'editor of the newsletter'. My initial reaction was  that it sounded fun, creative, and an opportunity to learn a new skill. So I inquired. Now I am in the process of learning how it's put together and learning what is involved in this volunteer position.

This is from the small book, 'Meditations from The Artist's Way' by Julia Cameron:
"As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them - to restock the trout pond, so to speak. I call this process filling the well. In filling the well, think magic. Think delight. Think fun. Do not think duty. Do not do what you should do - spiritual sit-ups like reading a dull but recommended critical text. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

don't change

19 years ago this day... Michael Hutchence left this world.
Here is my annual memorial tribute with my favorite INXS song:

Monday, November 21, 2016

From the Gut

Trying to move forward.

Today at the English Library I borrowed a book I knew of but never read by Chris Guillebeau, "The $100 Start Up - Reinventing the way you make a living, Do what you love, and Create a new future".
It's time to motivate, and I am hoping for some ideas and possibilities to find/create a new livelihood.

A house I passed on my walk to Slow Food
Tumeric-Ginger Kombucha

I  walked up to the Slow Food Market on Saturday and bought some Kombucha from the couple who sell fermented foods. I am curious if I notice any improvements. Kombucha is a fermented beverage with sweetened tea and is supposed to have good health properties, including probiotics, for a healthy gut. Our gut is responsible for the majority of health and overall well-being! This is an informative article by Kris Carr, Wellness Expert - http://kriscarr.com/blog/how-to-improve-your-gut-health/

I have regular email conversation with my super-health-conscious friend in Quebec. She studies a lot on health and nutrition makes adjustments to her diet as needed. We both agree, as much as possible - "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”- Hippocrates

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

N o v e m b e r

Slightly cooler days
Epic ballgame for the Cubs World Series win!
Nanowrimo month
Clocks move back
Daylight lessens toward winter

We cast our votes from abroad
hoping for the best
on U.S. Presidential election day.

Remembering to stop
breathe deeply
and consciously.

So thankful for
and grace.