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28 January 2009

more love everywhere


but let me tell you something that i am learning:
love is unconditional.
not a single condition or excuse should keep me from loving you.
not heavy winds or high waters.
not late nights or basketball games.
i am going to love you good, you'll see.
i will try to change you, certainly,
but i am going to love you for the you that you are
and
for the you that you're constantly becoming.
you can be certain of this.


{well hello, i've been focusing lots on love. this is the season of love. all of my work right now screams: love one another. loving pw & winter days spent outside. loving the family i was born into. we should all be so lucky to love so much. celebrating love this friday night with some heart piercing cards on exhibit at the Felfle / Tidwell Love Explosion. more info here. more love everywhere. what are you loving?}

24 January 2009

love x 1,000


{new cards in the etsy shop: valentine's day is right around the corner and love manifests itself in a multitude of ways. what loves are you loving???}
i love a saturday. i love walking/running in the park despite the temperature. i love a boy who shaves his face clean. i love a chin i've never seen before and dimples deeper than i knew possible. i love making valentine's day cards. i love a "stepmom" who is more like a best friend than a mom but more like a mother of wisdom and comfort and delight than anything. i love my short hair. i love a restaurant that does cuban food really well. {so does everyone else in the Lou} i love conversations with friends you haven't talked to in forever that go so smoothly it feels like you met them for coffee just this morning. i love a brother: specifically one who is 4 years older than me and has always lived 500+ miles away, but now, he's 0.5 miles down the road and awesome central. i love food full of nutrition. i love a night at northend when a friend is dj'ing. i love a week that was way too stressful and a heart that feeds on inspiration still. i love making cards: paper, scissors, glue, and a big dose of all the goodness i could ever need. i love how these days everyone is posting really old photos on facebook. (really?) i love the obama administration. i love pixar. i love a collaboration with victoria wall. i love apples to apples. i love a golden shirt & damn good jeans. i love satisfaction, delight, release, admiration, intuition, hope. i love this week, this land, this day. i love love. it is the best gift of all.

17 January 2009

making...

paul's birthday card {front}





















{inside}






















thank you card for bob & kit























happy home card for seadon & vera






















{more making going on here today. the above cards have all been given and sent. really trying to focus in now on making and selling in the etsy shop! it's a happy saturday, a happy life! hope you're feeling up making something out of the inspiration that's knocking on your door. besos}

16 January 2009

sweet sixteen!




{photograph taken by the
lovely & talented
victoria wall}















1. i find gold paperclips in piles of silver ones, everyday. that must say something about me. golden hands, perhaps?
2. a spirit of adventure is woven into my soul. i used to want to be an exchange student in high school, and i finally put that into action in college, and i cannot ever stop thinking about traveling, foreign cultures, horizons.
3. turquoise is my favorite color. it has been since i was a wee little nugget. not too bright, not too drab. not too boy, not too girl. just right!
4. i am trying to grow my own business. i really love making things with paper and glue. i think i could do it, too, with some balance and patience and big belief. i have amazing support, great ideas, and ambition. {my brother from another mother is named tenacity}
5. my hair gets less curly everyday, i swear, it does!
6. i talk in a very obnoxious british accent, frequently. mostly when i'm talking to myself. paul catches me occasionally and immediately gives me the stink eye.
7. i love notes. any kind of note. post it note. letter. good email. scrap paper. old bookmark. junk mail. gmail chats. (virtual post it notes) a note can change my entire perspective.
8. i check my igoogle homepage religiously. i follow a handful of blogs and make friends out of these people. they are my sources of inspiration and delight-daily! it sounds much weirder than it is; i'm extremely choosy when it comes to who gets a spot, and i prefer this method than the occasional check-in with the folks that make the cut. there are some living, breathing amazing people out there.
9. i send secret blessings to people on the TARC. i'm always really thankful when the bus comes, and it always seems i've got a lot more to be thankful for than i know. i sent a blessing to a man today whose arm was seriously maguivered in this cast. it was less like a cast than a contraption, but you could tell his arm needed it. i whisper love and confidence to little girls with braids and beads; strength to those who have a hard time moving; warmth; support; stability. we all need these things: blessings.
10. i want to learn how to listen: really, really well. i want to understand more. i want to participate in active listening. i want others to leave their time with me feeling heard.
11. my inspiration board has a photo of the six most amazing women i can think of on it.
12. i have tons of projects pending. one of my goals for this year is to become a person of ACTION. the first project was the kelly rae robert's photo frame. check. the second project is a service project on MLK Jr. day. (registered--its Monday) check. the third project... get it? i want more check's less empty boxes on the to-do list.
13. my sister and i are closer every year. i love her more, think more of her, get to know her more deeply. i really like my sister {you would too}. she's classic, thoughtful (so thoughtful!) successful, witty and easy to be around. i really like her.
14. i'm back on a health plan: been keeping a food journal, working out, meeting with a wellness coach, trying to plug me into optimal me. its amazing how making time in your own schedule for you can be so tough! i've had a great week though. i love other people's stories about health and wellness. if you're willing to share...
15. since paul, valentine's day is now my favorite holiday. love really is all we need, people.
16. i love a bath, in fact, i'm going to take one, right now.
_____*
so that's me.
tag!
you're it!
share your sweet sixteen.
play a little with words.
<3

14 January 2009

whispers

whispers about eugene:
-about two weeks ago, on paul's birthday, we were at westport wine and whiskey. i was waiting patiently as he searched the shelves. looking here & there, high & low, for his special birthday wine. i was just browsing around, minding my own business, being extra careful not to knock anything over with the satchel. i found this wine called plans, it had the weirdest label, it looked like an overused post it note, but i really liked it. i picked it up and turned it around, and guess where it was from: Eugene, OR.
-i called paypal the other night to discuss an issue i saw with my account, and i was expecting to get someone from half-way around the world on the other end of the line. i like those kind of calls, now; alicia helped me reframe customer service calls like this: "you're talking to someone in India, for free!" anyhow, imagine my surprise when I was expecting a foreign name to fill in this blank: "Thank you for calling PayPal, this is _____, how can I help you?" Instead his name was: Eugene.
-been trying to refocus my health efforts these past few weeks. after meeting with a wellness coach, taking fitness and health assessments, stretching my farthest and poking at my pudge a bit, i started keeping a food journal. today, i purchased a "formal" food journal from my wellness coach, and as i was browsing through it, i flipped to the final page. MemoryMinder is a company based out of, you got it, Eugene, OR.
whispers.
whispers.
whispers.
and my horoscope this week:
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): "Dear Rob: I have the golden eggs. They're
shiny and big and beautiful. That's the good news. The bad news is that
they're taking waaayyyyy too long to hatch. I've been giving them all the
love and care I can possibly spare -- keeping them warm, playing them
Mozart symphonies, thinking good thoughts toward them -- but they're
still just sitting there inert. Any suggestions to speed up the process? -
Impatient Virgo." Dear Impatient: From my understanding, the golden
eggs are valuable exactly as they are now. You really don't need them to
hatch yet.
whispers.
whispers.
whispers.

11 January 2009

five essentials (including you)

#1. love


#2. believe


#3. confidence


#4. acceptance/understanding/being known deeply (and therefore, loved)


#5. adventure




{when i wake up, when i'm waking up, my body and my life needs these essentials. people make them more wonderful, more pure, more full. sharing this journey with you makes it more of a journey than it ever could have been. thanks for being here alongside me to travel. i am so grateful* happy sunday morning.}

07 January 2009

tell your story, my friends (*give*away*, too!)

what are you trying to change about yourself? is the story of your days dissatisfying? do you mope around your house, uninspired, uninterested, under the cover of contentment? are you busy facebooking and not dealing with it? do you have stacks of sweaters that go unworn? food the enters your mouth that goes unnoticed (and therefore, never satisfies)? are you walking around, your feet killing you in those shoes, but still walking? are you meditating mid bicep curl at the gym? downward dogging it until fire is literally burning your calves?

are you there? do you realize how precious your life is? how life-changing one story can be? how the tale you are telling {yourself} can be simultaneously victorious or defeating? did you wake up this morning, overwhelmed or overjoyed? so there is a roof, and warmth and coffee and bread, but is there heart and soul and a spirit camp set up in your territory? have you called the divine into your day, claimed that this is the hour of salvation?



i was reading renita earlier today, she's talking about simplifying. she gets under my skin with stuff like this. and by under my skin i mean under it in a good way. she sloughs off all the old, scrubs and works it away. on her knees scrubbing and reaching way up high to get the cobwebs that keep hanging around. its as though she knows my gratitude was gone today. my courage left in the closet. my thankful thrown. and then tonight, after reading renita, i thought about it like this:

simplify. not overnight, but start. today.
act. not success, but do something. today.
achieve. not the end, but the process. today.
reach. not all the way, but part of it. today.


quit tramping around covered up with your pseudo-satisfaction. it doesn't all have to be alright today. you can just be in the process. you can be waxing and waning like the rest of us. day by day by day we build these lives we live. we trip and fall. we have skinned knees and bleeding hearts. we are, quite literally, working brick by brick to create these castles. take your time. take what you really need. you like cats? have a cat. you like marie antoinette. so do i. follow your heart. i mean, sure, stay in line and do what you have to do, but don't pretend like you're not something really special. you are. you can't hide that. you can't keep forgetting that you can fill in the blank. today is blank. fill it.

find a way to fill it. you are the water. today is the glass. fill it.
find a way. make a way. a way. "a way out of no way will be made for you."
those are the most precious eleven words anyone has ever said to me in my whole life (except those three words my mother said to me while i was in spain, "get over yourself." those are a close second). somedays it's a curse. somedays its a blessing.
but make your way. don't cower around under your raincoat or shove your feet in those shoes that hurt. shake yourself a little. wake up. do some pushups. this is your life.



tell your story. you want it to rain black licorice jellybeans?
you want to dance for the royal danish ballet?
you want to dig your hands in the soil of vineyards?
you want to paint? teach yoga? live abroad? be johnny cash?
you want people to send each other your handmade cards?
you want those things?

you got it.
tell your story, my friends.
wake up. say it aloud. on the bus. to a stranger.
dream about it at night.
pray for it.
call it into being.
nourish the seeds.
plant them first.
then water them.
tend to the garden of your heart.
let the divine set up camp and be with you.
walk in the strength of spirit, in the courage of your call.
listen to the stories you tell yourself.
they are powerful and life-changing.

{in case you're interested, i would love to hear your story. i am constantly trying to find ways to connect with readers. any ideas? i'm going to start with this: for those of you who feel like sharing, i want to open up a space (and perhaps tie a little carrot to a little string and dangle it before you). if* you will take a moment, share your story, a peek into your dreams/fears/being, here, on this blog, i will in turn send you something inspiring and affirming. just leave your story, comment, and email address, and i will contact you about where to send your inspired treasure! xoxox}

03 January 2009

stories and lovers


i have been meaning to post this for a while. it's a peak into a story about a sushipot card give to me by paul. above is the image in the front of the card...inside was the story of the king who await his queen. she is returning from adventures and far lands, he is eager to hold her and hear her tales. {this time last year we were just beginning to fall in love.i can't help but be thankful for growth and depth and greater daily syncronizing} wishing you fanciful stories and someone who longs for your return, longs to hear your version of the world's teachings, longs to hold you and comfort you and be there for you. through and through and through again.
&
big love to you, pw. yours is a generous task (that you are more than able to handle)

i finally got the chance to do this project i've been jonesing to do! kelly rae roberts' photo frame from a vintage book was a super fun holiday activity of mine! i think it turned out quite well. she added more tchotcke to hers, mine is simply the frame, the photo and a top from a bottle of Pierre Gimonnet's grower champagne. {paul's favorite} loving it!

02 January 2009

the soul and love


"The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors;
that which it loves, and also that which it fears."
— James Allen

01 January 2009

sharing the holiday snapshots!


{paul's birthday gifts-including the picnic basket which is just to the right of the packages. and yes, i tied those beautiful bows!!!}

{i was hallie's secret santa this year. talk about a gift! having her was such a gift to me; it's really fun to treat someone you are so deeply connect to with gifts. included in the pile are jen lemen's trust cards. i am totally thrilled with jen's ability to connect word:image:heart. that's something i think hallie does every single heart beating day, so i think she will be tucking those trust cards into her pocket.}

{christmas morning at paul's parents house. i have yet to take beautiful photo of the bracelet G&S gave me. really thoughtful and stunning. their house was so peaceful and so warm. the sunlight was pouring through their windows blessing us so.}

{paul's stocking! i made these with my friend Carol. his looks best full; it's made from an old cardigan we found at the nearly new shop and santa steffi filled it up with goodies!}

{and my stocking: which was much prettier not filled but filled it was much more fun! santa paul brought me lots of lovely goodies. he is a great gifter, so thoughtful and most importantly, on my christmas card he remarked: "Lets love each other more as each Christmas passes." yes, sir! I think that's a bright idea!}

{a pile of holiday cards ready to ship! more on what was inside later. in the process of sending the final few as we speak. christmas gets merrier the longer it lasts, did you know?}

{finally: friends! sweet friends with hearts that stretch far and wide. hearts of courage and lives full of spirit. we met on the streets of alexandria, virginia for our annual reunion. so special to share even a few hours with these ladies. we are all preparing for years that flow with blessing and spirit, call our courage to the front of our lives, and teach us to trust more and love greater.}