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Ending and Beginning

What? We cannot be on the cusp of 2018 already! This year has evaporated. And yes, I say this every year about this time. There are days that seem to last forever and there are those that are gone in a flash. Together they weave the magical tapestry that is my life. I’m wrapping up 2017 and celebrating my 49th year on the planet by reflecting. What a year it’s been. Launching my daughter to college. Teaching yoga at a local studio. Strengthening my drawing skills. Learning to paint with acrylics. Creating and presenting a yoga & art workshop. Launching a small online class. Watching one son find success in a new sport. Giving myself permission and time, to examine my own thoughts. Remembering I too, am a priority. Watching my other son begin to understand his path. Seeing my husband be genuinely appreciated by his employer. Knowing those who have handled loss with grace and grit. Understanding that it all has value. Feeling abundant gratitude.

What will 2018 have for me, for you? How will my creative spirit show up? What does it need? How will my humanity show up? What do I need to give myself permission to do? As a wife, mom, teacher, business owner, woman, human, what is on the horizon? What adventure awaits? I am ready and willing to find out. Are you?

Blessings & Peace as you closeout the year and usher in the new.


A Recovering Perfectionist

I get it. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to get started and grow from there. That’s a hard one for me. I want to know the ending and I want to do it all “right.” It wasn’t always this way.

As a child I barreled full speed ahead wanting to learn as much as possible, as quickly as I could with no fear. The joy was in trying new things and being present. Not a care in the world. Somewhere along the journey to being a grown-up, I became overly concerned with the outcome. I wanted it all to be “perfect.”

That attachment to the outcome limited my choices. Caution became the voice in my ear saying, “I don’t know if you can do this well. Let’s pass on this one.” Hmmm, think I missed out on some fun? I do. I’m sure there were opportunities to really make a mess of it but have so much fun doing it that I wouldn’t have cared. Most of the time, I didn’t go down those paths.

It’s all good. My past actions and choices put me where I am now, letting go of my attachment to the outcome and focusing on my process. It is time to take a leap, knowing it could go either way. Care to join me?

This space,  the online home for Creatively Onward is a work in progress. It is a place to synthesize the experiences of my life as a graphic designer, artist, yoga teacher, wife, mother, daughter, sister, woman, friend and colleague into a thriving, engaging, inspired, creative community who collectively envision a life with more art, joy, well-being and fulfillment. You are invited to join me for however long this space meets your needs.

This site will evolve as I do. New items will be popping up in the next few weeks and months, including an eCourse or two. It may be a potpourri until I find the true voice of Creatively Onward but that is part of the fun! Here’s to the start.

How about a little something to ponder. As Julia Cameron asks in The Artist’s Way, “What would you do if you didn’t have to do it perfectly?”