a heart on a wall in Genova. taken during an amazing photography course with Camera Journeys
You need to create.
Do it for all the ones who came before and couldn't because their lives were tied up in keeping children warm and fed .
Do it for the times your heart bled with pain from being misunderstood and powerless.
Do it as a prayer, or as an answer to your own prayers.
Do it because by doing it you can never be a small person. Creating expands you.
Do it because you'll get feedback, and feedback will make you better.
Do it so you see how hard it is. You'll never judge anyone again.
Do it so that those who've judged you can see how wrong they are.
Do it so the ones who love you unconditionally can see how right they are.
Do it because in doing it there's honor and justice and just the process of doing it makes the world a better, more wholesome, more healing place.
Do it because if you don't, it will never get done no matter how many times people tell you there's nothing new in this world.
Do it because people will see who you really are. Your truth shines through in your art more than it does in anything else.
Do it because you might inspire another. You might mentor a broken heart with words, soothe a broken spirit with painting, give a broken life a reason to try once more. You have the power to do that.
Do it because putting yourself on the line and letting the chips fall speaks volumes to your character as a human being on this planet.
Do it because doing it makes you vulnerable and whole and accepting of the efforts and foibles of others.
Do it to make yourself happy.
Do it because creating is energy, and energy begets energy and energy is the Eternal Spirit.
Do it because by not doing it, you are not honoring your true purpose.
Do it because, well, just do it and find out your own reasons to add to this list.
What I'm creating:
I got my Etsy shop up and running. (I hate that things cost so much to ship to the USA.)
I'm grateful as can be to Lori at Tiny Buddha for allowing me to guest post on her beautiful blog... and I welcome all the new readers that have come here as a result, have bought my ebook Your Truth (now at a reduced price of 2.99!!), and have commented.
I'm loving Tammy Strobel's wonderful audio blog about my book, True Vines, and Karol Gajda's new app project - it's all about gratitude and love.
I also feel very grateful for all the amazing reviews I have gotten on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads about True Vines. Watching this book take flight is amazing. I'm planning my postponed trip to the states to indie bookstores - I'll be heading out at the end of February, and hope to meet some of you in person.
I'm working hard on my Mentoring program for 2013. I've received many requests for coaching and mentor services for the upcoming year and I'll be sending out information in January.
We're preparing for visitors during the holiday season and looking forward to long evenings chatting, eating and drinking wine in front of the woodburning stove.
I'm awaiting the winter solstice of 2012 with a full and grateful heart. Thank you, my friends. Your love has helped make the year a very special one for me.