well, here we are! thanksgiving week. gratitude week.
i didn’t get much sleep last nite. and i was feeling edgy this morning. bordering on cranky.
yeah. there’s a good start to gratitude week, huh?
actually, i kinda think it is.
so i ran a buncha errands and drove around under the sky and thru the tree lined back streets.
and the day did just like it says above – it wrapped its beauty right around me.
i don’t think i’ve ever really understood before how much i need to have some kinda contact with the day, every single day. to see the sky and the trees and feel the air.
but it’s really sinking in how much i need that. and this morning i really really did. i’m kinda wondering if this is true for every single one of us. and we just forget.
so while it wasn’t a big long hike in the mountains, it was a beautiful drive back from the grocery store. i took the long, back way. at one point you can see the river in the distance. it’s beautiful. i soaked it in.
this is really a good time of year for thanksgiving, isn’t it? it feels so perfectly right. and when i stop, and i soak it in, i can’t help but feel grateful.
life isn’t perfect. never will be. some big hurts come up this time of year. as well as plenty of good stuff – if we let it.
the best way i know to open the door to that good stuff is gratitude.
not feelin’ it? maybe get out under that sky. soak it in. talk to a tree.
i wanted to do a special project this season to offer love. it’s these!
inexpensive originals with a quote that speaks to me, each made with intention and love.
okay, truthfully, that’s really all the stuff i make. i guess this is just a practice in intention for me. the thing i really need to practice is the photography! mmmm. sorry about that. i am off to work on that a bit.
it’s been a whirlwind here, so i’m just getting this up as best i can now. i really wanted to post one today. this quote seemed to resonate with a lot of people. and i thought it’d be awesome to offer it. it certainly resonates with my heart.
if you go over and don’t see it, that just means it sold. i will try to make them throughout the season and keep offering them.
what a perfect time of year for this reminder! come on over if you feel like it! you can click here to go right to the shop!
i usually get my outside holiday lights up today. yeah. today.
i know. it’s a little early. i generally light them for a little bit tonite, then leave them off til right after thanksgiving.
but tonite is a nite that i like to put a little light out into the darkness.
today marks the anniversary of the day that someone i loved took her own, very young life.
this is my way of honoring her just a little bit.
i like the image of shooting some light out there, in the darkness – for anyone needing reminding that there IS light even when it feels really really dark, for anyone who needs a boost of hope, for anyone who just needs a smile. and for her. always always for her.
this year tho, we got them up last nite! first time ever i actually was ahead of time. i did the main decorating with my husband and son, but then, after it was quiet, and just me left, i went around to my back yard, and put the last few strands up. for me – to see from my kitchen window.
it was dark. i was alone. and i was thinking of her as i quietly wrapped the lights around the tree branches.
it’s been a long time since we lost her. she’d be a grown woman now. time. tragedy. death. pain. support. caring. light.
it’s all in there, isn’t it?
and love. love that lives on.
light and love. not sure there’s really much of a difference. i know there won’t be when i turn the lights on tonite. i will totally be shooting love out into the world.
and just a reminder – in case you need to hear it – you matter. more than you could possibly realize. we all do.
so yeah, okay, i personally got a bit excited about christmas a wee bit early.
this weekend i put my christmas tree up! it is so cozy and peaceful.
which is why i did it. i wanted to sit with those peaceful lights during the evenings. and maybe i just needed a little extra peace and cheer.
it feels nice.
business-wise tho, it’s not too early at all to be thinking of the holidays! i have been gathering bone sighs and stocking up shops and doin’ all that think ahead stuff you gotta do when you offer art.
i will be grabbing some stuff here to ship out in the next couple days to a gallery that carries bone sighs. i’m thinking i’ll be grabbing the originals that haven’t sold on my etsy shop.
so i wanted to holler everywhere i could – if you were thinking of grabbin’ one of these, go for it, as they may be travelin’ elsewhere real soon.
and keep your eyes out in our etsy shop if you’re looking for originals, as that’s where i’ll be poppin’ them!
i was walking and thought about what i wanted to ask someone that i would meet instead of that standard ol’ question – ‘what do you do?’ what would be a question i’d rather hear the answer to?
well, turns out there were two –
what would your dream job be? and what would your dream life look like?
yeah. nice, huh? i like those.
so, without any real thought, i just asked myself those things. just because.
and BAM! guess what?! i mean…..just guess darn what?!
i’m living BOTH of my answers! woe. woe. WOE!
honest to pete! woe. my answers are the life i already have!
so, yeah, that kinda took my breath away. ‘specially right now, as i have been havin’ a hankering for more money. yes, i know. what can i say? just sometimes i wish i had a little more. and then that wishing for that tends to tumble me into self doubt and wondering what the heck i’m doing with my life.
well, wonder no more, girl! you’re living what you would choose! get over the finances, terri, cause you are so darn rich it’s crazy!
ha! that put my life back into beautiful perspective. wow.
and! i know those questions can help us see what it is, if anything, that we want to adjust in our lives.
so tossin’ them your way for the weekend. good stuff to ponder!
my partner’s been struggling with some health stuff which has been quite the challenge.
thankfully, thankfully, that struggle seems to be letting up. my fingers are crossed we keep moving upward.
but one way or another, it’s been quite the learning experience for me.
there were times i just didn’t know how to handle it all. finally, finally, i just turned to the only thing i could adjust – me.
i have been doin’ a lotta inner work as well as outer work. i have never exercised so much in my life.
today, as i got off the treadmill, i realized that all this exercising has saved me.
it really has.
and i remembered another time in my life that i had turned to the treadmill as if it were a life line – i was dealing with some dark dark stuff that sometimes just overwhelmed me. so much so that i would start to feel insane. whenever i got that ‘insane’ feeling coming on, i hopped on the treadmill and ran on it til the feeling left. sometimes i did this multiple times a day. just stopping everything and hopping up for a run.
it saved me then. and now, a beautiful combination of exercises is saving me again.
and as i do some of them, i go to my inner world. where i can laugh and do things like roll into the lap of god.
inner world. outer world. they need each other. and i need to be slipping in and out of both in the best way possible when things are really hard.
right now it’s thru exercise.
i wanted to put this out there for anyone else struggling. sometimes it’s the last place we go when times are hard. but my gosh, sometimes it really should be the first.
hopefully things will just keep looking up here. but one way or another, i don’t want to stop the exercising now. i see the difference it makes in my life. and i’m a believer. not doin’ it cause i ‘have’ to any more. doin’ it cause i want to.
i have no idea when that happened, but i love that it did.