A Bittersweet Day

Inhale: 1, 2 Exhale: 1, 2, 3 It’s somewhere around 6:30 am. I’ve been out here for a while and I have a couple miles left to go. I never wear a watch, so time moves strangely. Really, it’s as though I’m out of the time stream entirely. All I can feel are my feet […]

This is My Work

I know I’ve already written about  the profound effect reading “Show Your Work” had on me. It’s geared mainly towards artistic types, and I was reading it from the perspective of a writer who takes photographs. I figured it was going to mainly inspire my creative writing, and maybe just spill over a little bit to this blog.

Then the weather was beautiful and I sat outside with my notebook.
Then the weather was beautiful and I sat outside with my notebook.

As you’ve already seen, my activity online has increased quite a bit in the past week or so. It was this past Friday when I had a pretty important realization: this blog is a part of my work. Duh. Some of my most important work is improving my own wellness, and this blog is the map I’m making as I go along. It’s the kind of obvious truth that just glides under my radar until the moment comes when it hits me in the face. Like some kind of inspiration pie.

I’ve realized that one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to have a creative outlet. It took some bouncing around from class to class, but my life is so much richer now. That creative energy infuses all parts of my life, I’m practically jumping out of bed every morning (no small feat, because sleep and I have not yet made our peace) ready to see what my day has in store. Today it’s rain and technical difficulties with my main computer, tomorrow could bring anything!

Find your creative outlet, something that brings you satisfaction and joy. Don’t forget to share your work.

New Inspiration

I joined Instagram with the sole intention of adding a little bit of extra motivation for me to do my daily walking in a fun way. The instant gratification of this new creative outlet has really inspired the other aspects of my life. I’m sure part of it is that I’ve taken to walking on the beach to get nicer shots than if I just walked through my neighborhood (look everyone, it’s a two-flat! Again!). I think it’s also that because I’ve chosen such a beautiful subject it is immensely satisfying to see how pretty my photos come out. This new outlet has enabled me to do a lot more writing than I was before; from writing a new business plan from scratch to the little verse I am about to post for you. I hope you enjoy, and find fun new ways to inspire yourselves!

A verse on mindful presence

Wind and waves crash

Against a shore made of sand and snow

Mind and body unite

With wonder at the spectacle

This moment holds the beginning and the end