The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Word for the year

I've been seeing a lot online about selecting a word for the year. I never had time to think about it.. Geez, I never even had time to read about it. I just seem to always be in the midst of some chaotic multi-tasking, multi jobs/projects sorta thing .... always time sensitive and never enough time. 

Why is that? No, it's not a time management problem. I'm actually quite good at budgeting my time. It's called realistic. And it's called unforeseen obstacles. It's just the other crazy things that get in the way...the unexpected...who can foresee computer crashes, computer hijacks, stolen credit cards and fraudulent charges, multiple week long power outages, health problems, twisted limbs, floods, deaths, ER visits... gosh, you get the idea. You can only budget so many extra hours or days into your timeline, but when it all hits at once, it becomes a holy crap moment. Sometimes that moment can last such a long time, and really wear a girl out.

For me, it's been a concentrated two year holy crap that seems to have finally calmed down. Thank goodness for good friends and a hubby that are generally around to help ease the tension when I most need it...and finding some really wonderful bloggy folks who really have no idea how much their blogs, contact and comments have had a huge positive impact on me. They've been a lifeline at times.

Life has had me stressed for so long now, that I almost don't know what normal or relaxation is. So you may already have an idea of what my word for the year 2013 might be. 

Just having it bombard my brain, trying to get me to get on board with everyone else has already created a sense of calm.

My word is 'peaceful'.

Dyeing fabric is peaceful. This photo reminds me that I need to do more. 

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Below are just a few blogs relating to selecting your 'word for the year'. 
If interested in learning more or jumping on board, check 'em out:

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