Heavy grey clouds are creeping in and hanging out this morning. One hundred percent chance of rain today and a high of sixty degrees. Which in January will feel like the tropics but now it is hot tea, wool socks and sweaters. I barely wrote anything yesterday even though it was Saturday, one of my only days I can fit in hours of writing. I finally broke down and deep cleaned the house. It needed it as layer of grimy dust coated ever surface from the windows being open all summer. I admit I choose to write and create then I do to have a clean house. I just don’t have the time to do both really well. As I get older a super clean house matters less and less. I think taking a break helped because I woke up this morning with images and words bouncing around in my head.
This week’s Inspiration to Open Your Heart doesn’t have a theme expect these are links to posts that caught my attention and awe this week. These posts hit a core and are a reflection of my tastes and interests. I love passing along information I find helpful in a hope it will help others.
The Best Days of My Life by Hugh Howey- A powerful post regarding why we create and how to not to get caught up in the in the notion we need to be commercially successful to be valid. My favorite line “You’re never going to be a farmer.” Read this, I doubt you will be disappointed.
12 Storytelling Podcasts that You Need to be Listening to – I am an audio learner so I adore podcasts as they allow me to absorb so much more than reading. I am always on the hunt for new podcasts to add to my iPod. I already subscribe to many of these on this list but many are new to me. Happy listening.
Attention Emotional Amoebas Find Your Edges by Sas Petherick- I can say hands down I was taught to be an emotional amoeba and it has taken a lot of diligent effort to learn ways to relate with others. I say taught because I used to blame myself for my repeated lack of personal boundaries but once I figured out “hey this is not me I was taught to put everyone else first” it became easier to start taking care of myself. Oh, yes and it was not easy and not without a lot of pain and anxiety.
A Field Guide to Procrastinators– I like to think everyone procrastinates at some point. I may be wrong but it makes me feel better to think I am not alone. I giggled with joy and recognition when I read this page. I admit I indulge in almost all of these methods, except maybe the gamer. I will leave gaming to my twenty year old son. I on the other hand indulge in the “sidetracker” a lot lately. Maybe it is all of the great ideas I have? What type of procrastinator are you?
Nigerian Bottle Cap Sculptor Taps Museum Staff’s Inner Artists– Wow, I am stunned by these beautiful sculptures. I am always intrigued by large installation pieces utilizing thousands of smaller pieces. Looking at these you would never know they are thousands of bottle caps. Art work that sparks the creative process for others and gives them hope and confidence to me is work well done and what art is about. The older I get the more I am attracted to work that engages and creates community.
May your coming week be filled with moments to take a break and find delight.~ Kira