Friday, June 27, 2008

Not Much to Say...

After reading this and this earlier this week, I retreated to my dining room where I cleaned up our arts and crafts table a little first. Then I organized a little. Then I sorted through magazines. Then I started cutting and pasting and writing responses to what I had cut and pasted.

After far too long a lay-off, I returned to the joyful practice of making collages. I love gluing words and images into my journal. I love the bulk and heft of the journal pages after they have been covered with the goodies I discover in the magazines I subscribe to: Oprah, National Geographic Traveler, and The Week. Plus Skirt, the local freebie, always has fabulous articles and artwork, ads and poems that bring a smile to my face and beauty to my dream-keeping, life-containing, soul-nourishing daybook.

So, nope, I don't have much to say this week.
I've been too busy getting glue on my fingers.

I wish us all a happy weekend and leave you with
a nugget that Oprah wrote that resonated with me.

"These days I am often surrounded by other people.
I have to interact constantly, so when I get to spend
time with just me, I delight in every moment.
Alone time is when I recharge and go back to my
center, distancing myself from the voices of the
world so I can hear my own with clarity.
It's when I consciously count my blessings, take a deep breath,
and try to absorb the wonder and glory of all my experiences...
Now I know for sure that if you don't replenish your well,
it runs dry."

This week, I have set apart some alone time to replenish my well of creativity; thank you Jen and Andrea for reminding me to give myself permission and space to let the paint and glue and markers and ink fly.

The following is a photo of a collage I made last year. I think I posted this photo once before, but here it appears again. I still smile everytime I look at this image.

Notice all the goodies behind my journal: many of my blogging and writing buddies will notice their logos and banners and words there. Thanks for your constant inspiration.

One more thing: I want to express my profound thanks to you for reading my blog. I know that many of you do not comment on what you read here and, although I would love to hear from each of you, I prefer your silence to your absence. To those of you who do write to me, I appreciate your feedback and commentary more than you can imagine. To those of you who have had difficulty posting comments for one reason or another, I humbly apologize. As convenient and helpful as internet technology can be, it can also be finicky and unreliable. I am far more impressed with the fact that the internet has allowed me to find, initiate, and maintain meaningful relationships online than I am disheartened by the fact that occasionally our words get off on the wrong exit of the information superhighway.


lisa said...

Hooray for you! *So* wish I could be there with you to create together at your dining room table :-) Glad you're making room for and honoring yourself these days.

jmgb said...

it is 'we' who should be thanking you! for writing boldness, for venturing into the spaces of yourself unknown and unawakened, for letting us watch, read, comment, and pray with you!

Smell Goods Lady said...

You are welcome. I thank you for taking the time to stop by to check in on my little world.