Neglecting…

My blog, my camera, my journals (including my art journal), my family... Which is to say, I've been neglecting just about everything that adds meaning to my life. Sitting in my office the other day after a particularly contentious "discussion" with my boss, I asked myself "what am I doing here?" My mind immediately whispered to me, "Neglecting your soul" And there it is - in the year of listening to my soul... So yes, it's been a bad week - and that's okay - we all have them now and then. And while I've been foolishly optimistic with my "there's a light at the end of the tunnel" mantra, I feel confident that there is, indeed, a light at the end of the tunnel - because, well, I say so. I am listening to my soul. Getting away - food for the soul Life is good, though - truly. As I sit here gazing at the mist on the mountain, writing this post and sorting through photos, I am grateful for all I have. Greg and I managed to get away for a few days, meeting two of his brothers and wives in Las Vegas. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the desert? As in, zen. Hiking in Red Rock Canyon heightened my appreciation. And then - Death Valley - WOW! This particular spot is called Badwater Basin, and at 282 feet below sea level, it is lowest point in North America. Cool - right? (or maybe it's just me) I had so much fun with this adventurous crew! My sister-in-law and partner-in-crime when it comes to exploring all that must be explored - even when it means dragging our husbands behind us. Breathe... An afternoon boating on Lake Mead - and a pretty-darn-cool-view of Hoover Dam. Appreciating life... And then - back to minimizing Minimizing has been on hold for a short time, but nope - I haven't given up. Greg has even joined in the fun; we are in full tilt minimization mode. Really - our home isn't terribly cluttered - so where has all this stuff been hiding? And yet, I think Greg is now on a first-name-basis with the kind folks at our local Goodwill. I feel lighter with each and every box that leaves my home. We're getting there. Ummmm - photo challenge for the month of March? Oh yeah - stillness... to be postponed until I am able to find a little stillness in my life. Or - maybe I should choose a different prompt - like maybe - chaos. And with that - I'll leave you with one of the benefits of my bad week. Feeling the need for a smile, I got the heck off the subway and walked through the Boston Public Garden on my way to work. Make Way for Ducklings never fails to…

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Keeping it simple

It's been a busy couple of weeks - and so, in the spirit of keeping on - today I am keeping it simple. It started off with work deadlines, which went right into our annual "ski fest" and all the pandemonium that comes with 13 adults, one active toddler, and 2 dogs spending a weekend together. A quick trip to NYC to attend a workshop and then a little weekend babysitting. For my February photo challenge, I chose "motion" - knowing that I would be spending a few days with this little cutie made it an easy choice. Halfway through the month, I'm still learning and will keep it for another post. (photo credit for the above photo goes to Greg - I just love this shot) Auntie Maggie was excited to come help with babysitting - and thinking I might capture a cozy a bedtime story scene, this little attention hound demanded to be the star of the show. Babysitting Ella was a joy - although I think that her animated conversation with mommy and daddy on this television remote went something like, "when are you coming to get me?" My art journal has not been completely neglected. While there continues to be a major disconnect between what I envision and what actually lands on my page - ummm yeah, well, it's all about the process. I was all set to start 2019 with the word "explore", but a simple writing exercise led me to the word "soul" - so, yes, I am going with that. And with that - I am elated to have today off. Chessie and I will be taking it easy (and doing laundry - lots of laundry...). No ponderings for today - which, as I am sure you all know, does not mean I am not pondering... I hope you have a wonderful day! Do you choose a word to guide you through the year?  

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