I love the sky late in the day. Here, I caught the sun lighting up the trees on the river bridge behind the studio. Often the clouds melt into pink cotton candy. And then there’s the teal blue water reflecting off the setting sun at Turks and Caicos.
It’s my favorite time of the day, especially when I’m alone or deep in thought. Annie Dillard says, “Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”
I read this today online– and it has me thinking…
“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.’ Spirit says, ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.’” – Marianne Williamson
I never want to stop learning. Yup, that’s what I learned.
When my hands were full of ink and my new press was giving me a fit, I had few moments of angst. But I wanted to figure it out. I’m not sure I was a learner when I was younger, but the adult me loves to problem solve.
I also learned:
- how to make a tasty beef brisket and sour cream potatoes
- I really do have anxiety issues (plane, relationships, food)
- how to balance writing rejections with the joy of acceptances
- I want to keep my hair short
- some things never change (dislike of cold, love of sugar, need to be near the beach)
- I can still overdo social media (it’s a great place to hide sometimes)
- how to let go of expectations (most of the time)
- not to listen to the voice in my head (most of the time)
- how much I enjoy being creative, even reading about creativity!
Let’s see what 2015 has in store……
One of my letterpress teachers created this poster, which I bought and hung above my press.
The words inspire me. I’m not a designer. I have no background in art. And, yet, for most of my life I’ve been drawn to type and white space. I’ve been trying to figure out where to go with my writing studio and my presses. What I am beginning to realize is I don’t need to “go” anywhere. So each day I do what moves me. One day I create a card. Another, an inspirational poster. Or I write. Or I meet my writing group. For me, the greatest gift in this journey is learning not to care what anyone thinks, but to create a life that matters to me.
I should have named my shop, “Even if nobody cares.”