As we approach the last days of summer many of us find ourselves drawn to the back-to-school ads, whether we have students returning to the classroom or not. Now is a great time to stock up on pens, pencils, notebooks, glue sticks, even crayons and other art supplies. Assemble a stash of fresh pens and sharpened pencils ready and waiting for you when the whim to create beckons. I’m excited to peruse the aisles overflowing with abundance in search of just the right size notebook for a future embellished journal project, or a new pen in an exquisite shade of purple. What’s your favorite school supply?
Do you view life as one adventure after another? Simultaneous, sporadic, sequential, random, and intermittent adventures. Little adventures like discovering a new book or a coffee bar. Big adventures such as deciding to go back to school to finish your degree. Family adventures where we share a fabulous vacation. Additionally (and my personal favorite), individual adventures that could be a simple outing for a cup of tea, or a sensational life-affirming experience involving only YOU! August is American Adventures Month. A new movie is coming out this week of one woman’s year of individual adventures in Italy, India, and Bali. Of course, I’m referring to Elizabeth Gilbert’s beautiful book “Eat, Pray, Love.” That definitely qualifies as an adventure in grand proportions. At some point in the future, I can see myself embarking on such a journey. Right now, I’m content to share the experiences between the covers of Gilbert’s book. I am, however, enthusiastically pursuing creativity connections as my everyday adventures. Julia Cameron in “The Artists Way” refers to them as artist dates. Sarah Ban Breathnach in “Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” describes them as creative excursions. No matter what the title, the activity must be a solo expedition to explore a new venue, revisit a favorite haunt, or indulging in a pleasant interlude. These adventures can be anything from simple things like a walk on the beach/lake, visiting a beautiful garden, attending a matinee, all the way to signing up for a class, deciding to go on a weekend retreat, or even travelling to some exotic location. Perhaps it is a quick 15-minute break where I push myself away from the computer. Maybe it’s a weekend away where I take myself out of my familiar surroundings and retreat from the world. Or, my, creativity connection is a longer reprieve from my routine where I’m challenging myself on a solo sojourn. Each time, I come back to my life refreshed and ready to tackle life’s challenges.
Are you an Adventurer? Engage in the small ways and build to bigger ways you can nurture yourself. You’ll be amazed what you discover.
Visiting a vintage clothing store gives you the chance to try on more than just garments, but to imagine who you could be in those clothes. The great thing about fashion today is that you are in charge of deciding what’s the perfect fit for you and creating a fabulous look for YOU. It’s your choice according to your body type, style, color preference, occupation, and activity. The fashion magazines always carry glamorous back-to-school spreads this time of year featuring the latest hemline and neckline in hues, which sound good enough to eat like eggplant and cotton candy. I love looking at the layouts imaging myself in the different styles and various scenarios: elegant and sophisticated, or whimsical and playful. What’s your story and style?
Did you know August is National Inventors Month? Did you know you are an inventor? When you tap into your creativity by doing things your way, you are inventing your own life! As unique individuals, each one of us holds the patent on our own destiny. While some become household names and are synonymous with classic chic such as Coco Chanel, the rest of the world must be content in the knowledge that “I’m the one, the only and original ME!” Why not take a few minutes today to write and reflect on what 2010 has shaped up so far, and what direction you’d like it to pursue. I’m in awe of all the wonderful things that have happened to me and can’t wait to see what the future holds. What about you?
August is Happiness Happens Month – are you alert to little shifts you make to embrace the happiness in your life? I’m extremely happy that I received a “peachy keen” report from my surgeon as I near the 9th anniversary of my first breast cancer surgery. I’m happy and grateful! that I live where I have access to fresh food, clean drinking water and great health care. I’m happy when the phone rings and instead of a telemarketer I hear my Honey (husband) or my Sweetie Pie (daughter) on the phone. I’m happy to be looking forward to discover what another day will bring and writing about it. What about you?