First thing this morning I came across this quote from Joan Didion: “We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.”
And so it made me laugh to discover that the KIOS blog-a-thon prompt for today was:
Share with us your first post. What inspired you to start, what have you’ve learned or how you’ve changed since then?
Here’s my first blog post from June 2008 in all its short and sweet intentionality.
I’ve kept written and visual journals for years, but this is my first foray into the world of blogging. It’s an exciting door to open.
I’m an intuitive artist with a deep interest in spirituality. I always seem to prefer the meandering path, so if you walk along with me I can’t promise exactly what I’ll be stopping to look at. But I’m happy to share my explorations and inspirations.
I like working with intent and that’s something I’ve been thinking about lots lately as I envision new possibilities for myself. Take this blog for instance – a perfect opportunity to set intention and measure the unfolding.
So it is my intent to step forward out from the shadows of shyness and share who I am openly with love and joy. It is my hope that this journey also serves those who happen to stop by – may we all find our hearts opening and our vision expanding. Bright blessings for all!
When I first began my business and simultaneously started my blog, I sent out a little booklet announcement.
I was going public for the first time with something that I had only shared with those closest to me – that I was an intuitive, that I could read the Akashic Records, connect to people’s guides, and also channel a wisdom Council. The quote I chose for the cover of my announcement was really true – it took me years and a circuitous journey to come to that point. And when I did there was no turning back. Because I had come into myself more fully than I had ever before.
My blogging was stuttery at first, and truthfully for a long time. And it kind of makes me smile with tender love at myself.
And as a segue from the me then to the current me, let’s shift things up a bit. I missed playing in Cynthia Lee’s Scattered Life Collective last month as I was ensconced in blogging my month-long Gratitude abecedarium. But let’s give it a whirl this week.
Current time: 11 a.m.
On the menu: black bean and corn burgers
Out the window: It’s 18 degrees out there. Quite a shift from earlier this week when it was near 60. Extreme changes like that always seem to make it feel even colder than one might expect – at least that’s my experience. I’m seeing people walking about bundled in scarves and mittens. And our mail carrier has changed out of his short pants. He’s loath to do it and so he hangs on to the very last possible minute. But there’s no denying it. The winter winds are blowing in.
Reading: Two new books arrived this week and I peeked through them, but I’m still working on my current batch. I need a snow day or two where I can curl up and read non-stop.
Listening: Love is No Big Truth – Kings of Convenience
Watching: The film Dirt, which is base on the book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth (isn’t that a great name?) by William Bryant Logan. You can watch the trailer here.
- Staying open and curious about time. I want to remember I am abundantly resourced and Time is my ally.
- Twinkle lights
- Amy Palko’s Goddess Word Reading. What a delight! I love Amy and this reading is inviting me to step into 2014 with a goddess at my side.
- The delight of being surrounded by the scent of roses when my guides are delivery a little love.
Around and about:
- I’m sure I’ve mentioned the art of Olga Ziemska before, but this week I’ve been delighting over these beautiful faux geodes made from clay and salt.
- Artist Libba Sandusky Davis created a series of paintings from visions she received, and then composer Keith Rowley listened to the voices of the paintings and composed music. It’s a lovely collaboration, and I encourage you to check it out.
- Remember the childhood books with split pages that meant you could turn one page and change a head image and turn a middle page to change a torso image and turn a lower page to get different feet – the whole purpose being to create an endless mishmash of delights? Now take that idea and consider the possibilities of what an artist might do with a journal, add the brilliant interpretation of this artist Susie and see what happens. I swear my Muses swoon over the idea of inspiring me to create my own version, and I can’t wait to oblige them.
- Elizbeth Bunsen’s blog is a new find for me, but I’ve been drinking it up like a parched traveler. Rocks. Textiles. Journals. Art. Sigh. Do check her out.
Thanks for hanging out with me and peeking into my world of yore and my more current one. Do you have an old memory to share, or an example of how you’ve changed? What’s be delighting you this week? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
What a treat to read your post. How did you come across the Joan Didion excerpt this morning?
Thanks Helen. I was flipping through an old aromatherapy journal of mine looking for a formula and it was written on a slip of paper I had tucked in there as a bookmark. I love those little cosmic winks.
I love that Joan Diadon quote … I need to remember it.
I haven’t participated in the KIOS challenge for a few days but will have to revisit my first every post … which was back in 2003? on another blog. I certainly am not who I am today that I was then.
I am so glad you are participating in the Collective … yes, i forgot to put in the linky code. oh well. It was an effort to just get the post done this morning. Still not well. Have to get better …. things to do!
ok black bean and corn burgers … do you have a recipe? I’d love to have it if so!
It’s balmy here tonight, barely has dropped from the seventy plus degrees it reached today. doesn’t feel like winter today … but by Sunday we will be back to the cold.
ok … that three part flipping journal?! Awesome!!! I was always enamored by those types of books. I have a Chuck Close children’s book like that now.
Blogging for ten years – that’s a great body of work. And I can’t imagine you’d be the same person. You are a poster woman for growth and integration and experimenting and questioning. That’ll never let you stay static. 😉 I woke up to frost on my windows today so I’m feeling back it the right season. I’m laughing at myself – it’s not even 2014 yet and I already have so many project ideas lined up (including a 3-part flipping journal) I need a 2000-month year just to get to them. May time be our abundant ally always! I’ll pop that recipe out to you.
Such a lovely first post. It sounds like you already knew yourself very well.
I enjoyed the quote very much. I love those little winks from the universe.
Thanks Ginny. I have to laugh at myself a lot – it always takes me a long time to know that I know stuff.
I’d agree with Ginny. I thought your first post sounded great. It did sound like you already had a strong sense of yourself.. I almost cringe sometimes when I read through some of my older journals and then I have to resist the temptation to edit and re-write. I enjoyed reading your blog and learning a little bit about you. My wife is also an intuitive although her talents go in a somewhat different direction than yours . Well met! – John
Thanks for visiting John. I smiled at your urge to edit commit. I’m just glad we get so many chances to start anew.
thank you for visiting and linking back – so nice to discover your blog – change?
constant and on-going although slower now…
looking forward to?
journey dancing after a holiday art fest and then settling back into walking, stitching the woolies and planning my trip to Australia to teach…
and of course easing into the holidays…
best to you,
How kind of you to stop by Elizabeth. And you plans sound deliciously wonderful. Have a lovely winter!
I loved reading your posts. I “surfed” around in some of your older pieces, too. What a pleasure to read them. I loved your Joan Didion quote. How true. And I also loved what you said in response to Ginny: “It always takes me a long time to know that I know stuff.”
This is exactly how I feel. I am just now beginning to realize that my creative side includes gifts and talents that are not the norm for just anyone out there. And taking credit for my work is still extremely difficult for me. Thanks for visiting my blog as well.
Thanks for the kind words Lynn. I’m grateful for this blog-a-thon and getting to meet new folks. If I were empress of the universe I’d wave a magic wand and relieve us all of that hard piece around owning our own wonderfulness and thereby the issue of gracefully taking credit wouldn’t be a problem any more.