I'm posting from the library while Olivia's in dance class. It's been a very interesting library visit and a good one for people watching. You can just feel the Friday in the air, everyone is talking, cell phones are ringing, not a bit of the library silence I thought I was in for, but the thing that is going to stick in my mind is what the woman at the table next to me is doing. Picture a woman about my age (38). She has cute bobbed hair and polished nails, hunched over a laptop, writing furiously. Every five minutes or so, she stops, sits up tall and gives herself a quick pat on the back, and says in a whispered voice, "you KNOW it." There was even a "you go, girl, you're good and you know it." I am not making this up. Sometimes she pats both shoulders. She doesn't look mental either. Just a regular person who is pleased with herself, I guess. It makes me think that I should give myself a "you go, girl" more often, yanno? Maybe just silently, in my head, because I don’t care for a lot of attention, but still, I want to incorporate more of that into my life. Lesson heard, dear proud woman to my right, lesson heard.
But that wasn't what I was going to post about tonight. I was thinking more along the lines of honoring the creativity in the everyday and how I want to be more conscious of it all. It’s coming up in conversations with friends and I was thinking about how I want to share more of that sort of thing here on the blog. So often I don’t post unless there is something finished to show. I’m giving myself permission now to open things up a bit. I want to share not only the paintings but the other creative things in my life, like for example- the image of the bottle above. A friend gave that to me. Isn’t that color just gorgeous and what about the shape of the beans? I love it! Homemade vanilla extract. Last night we made oh-sooo creamy hot chocolate with it. *recipe here.* It’s simple to make vanilla extract though I have never taken the time to do it. My friend has inspired me. I love her presentation, how she chose that lovely bottle and how she made a label and tag, even sealed the cork with wax, and I have vowed never ever to purchase vanilla extract again. As a matter of fact, I want all of my kitchen spices and things to be this pretty.
I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking on how I want to spend my time, what is best for me and my family and I’ve had to say no to some things in my life recently, to things I would really and truly want to do if there was more time in a day. It hasn’t been easy and I’ve carried the heavy weight of that this week but prioritizing has been necessary to have time to learn about and be a participant in this wild business of art and still have time for cooking healthy meals and being present with family. I’m envisioning more time spent closer to home, time tending a small garden, having more time for contemplation as I scoop and lift handfuls of earth. I want to picnic more and hike more, paint the furniture and count the stars. And after each, maybe I should give myself a pat on the back and call out a “you go, girl.” Yep, I think I will.
And lastly, a link to an article I think you will like. It's all about being a creative badass. :)