Sunday, December 31, 2006

Slowing Down, Getting More Done, And Living With Intention

Here it is New Year's Eve again and I'm still trying to improve upon last year's resolutions. Time has never been on my side. I have seldom noticed it to be a particular ally. It dances around me, and slithers underneath me, while I wonder where it went, and what happened, and, why, no matter what I do, I never seem to have enough of it. My improbable dream is to slow time down, but to get more done.
And so, I have made a mission statement. Or maybe it is a mantra. Anyway, here is my new life theme. Live With Intention. Knowing me, you might think that means that I intend to do something-at some point in time. Maybe sooner, maybe later. But, no, it means that I will live with intent. I will begin to realize that the future is what we have today, not somewhere in the distant horizon.
Here is what Living With Intention means to me:
That I enjoy my life as it is, but always want to learn more. I want to remember that it is never too late, and that nothing ends until it is over.
That I remember to make some space for the new to enter. I am learning to let some things go. Weeding out, paring down, and simplifying are so hard for some of us.
That I bring kindness to others. There are so many things we can do that are truly significant. Once a week, I will send a card to someone I know. Or do something nice for someone for absolutely no reason.
That I leave a creative legacy. I need to know that something I've sewed, or painted, or written will be here after I'm gone.
That my outside reflects my inside. I just know I must be more fascinating than I look!!! Sometimes, I think it must all be about the accessorizing.
That I take care of my health. It's true that our health is the most important thing we possess. I keep trying to remember that when I am tempted. And I am always tempted.
That I find time each day for creative and spiritual moments. It still comes down to time, doesn't it?
That I do not neglect the riches that I already have. Be grateful. Always.
Happy New Year everyone.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Oh No! A Christmas Letter

I am finally getting some real comments. I've certainly been slow to start on this blog thing, but I think it's going to be fun. I'm getting excited about our art doll swap starting in January. Right now I am just busy getting Christmas put together in our new (old) house. It's so hard getting everything to fit in a different setting. A friend told me she just starts over after moving, but I'm much too sentimental to do that!
I'm posting my Christmas letter, just to substantiate that I have been doing something!!!

Two thousand and six--I guess it is time
To send another Christmas rhyme
no weddings, no babies, no vacations this year.
The grandkids are growing, all six are so dear
The oldest is seven; the youngest is one.
We enjoy all the children and have lots of fun
But we do have some news and I think you'll agree
That change is a good thing. At least it can be.
While Santa was loading up his sleigh,
We packed up, too, and moved away.
An auction, a sale, a dumpster or two--
After 28 years we filled up quite a few.
At first I was sad and wanted to stay.
And I'm sure that our old house felt the same way.
But our memories came with us, and things are just fine.
Come visit, or call us, or drop us a line.
Our new house is cozy. It's snug and it's small
We downsized this year, but we still have it all.
Some things have changed and others have not
Some things have been lost, and others forgot.
And though no one knows what the future will bring
Friendship and Family make all our hearts sing.
We continue to wish you Christmas cheer
And Peace on Earth and a grand New Year!!!
Okay, even I know it's pretty hokey, but it was fun, and it is finished and mailed.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Getting Busy With the Blog

I'm very excited to have become a Glitter Power Sister, but I can see that I need to start blogging on a regular basis. Sometimes I wonder if I just don't think as much as other people--I go a long time without writing anything. But that will be changing now. I'll be adding more very soon. Including links

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Who is the Victorian Gypsy?

Hello fellow gypsies and travelers. This is who I think I am. Why Victorian Gypsy, you ask? Because I have a love and knowledge for the Victorian time period, after years of study, and I am a gypsy soul at heart. Part of me yearns to be wild and free, while another part wants to follow all the rules and be as proper as I can be. A conundrum, don't you think?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Getting Back to Blogging

I have been spending some time reading other people's blogs, and realize that one can write about just about anything and someone will read it, won't they? With this new year already speeding by, I guess I should start to take this seriously. This is the year that I want to have more of a presence on the web, so I plan to utilize available opportunities.
As The Victorian Gypsy, I've presented one workshop this year, and am planning more. I will also be teaching some classes in March and April, so look for samples here soon.
Nothing too exciting in this post. I guess that I am not used to writing about my life yet!!!