What’s Up, Buttercup?

Hello friends! Just checking in. I’ve been running like a cat trying to catch his tail, and knocking down everything in its path in the process. Work is a beast, but mostly because I’m trying to raise the bar for myself, while still trying to have a freaking life. Not an easy task.

In the ever more lunatic crazy-making world, I have done my best not to become unhinged. I have been hanging out with my friends, learning, listening, and nurturing my creative heart.

For one, in the last couple months, I have listened to Joyous Body, In the House of the Riddle Mother, Mother Night, and I’m beginning The Power of the Crone…all Audio books by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Several months ago I listened to The Creative Fire, also by Estés. It made me weep. I have read “Women Who Run With the Wolves” several times, as well.

Everything Estés does and writes is magical. Rarely do others’ writings inspire me to create so strongly (perhaps Angela Carter. Her stories rip my imagination apart…mind blown) Estés’ work has enriched my life, both mundanely and spiritually, beyond measure. I am thankful to the young therapist (not mine), who furst pulled me by the hand and said, “You have to read this book!” (WWRWtW) In my opinion, every woman over 30 should read it. Every creative human being could benefit from listening to her stories.

Anyway, This month so far, I have created several pieces of art, and I am feeling more inspired daily. I wish I could just stay home and make art all the time, but I’m a modern woman, and I work like almost everyone else. Of course, if I didn’t work, how could I afford art supplies?

That’s only one part. The rest of my life is filled with other little interesting things, like “losing” my car because it is a gray car parked in a line of nine nearly identical gray cars. Or a fistful of brightly colored flowers handed to me by a five year old. Or laughing my ass off weekly with the guys in my Spanish class. Or conversations with the amazing people I work with. I thank the Source without Source for everything I have, and the fact that I have abundance of all sorts to share with others.

Now back to work, so I can earn those art supplies.

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