Thursday, 5 November 2015

43,632 signs

Do you ever find yourself hesitating to make a big life decision (we’re talking monumental here, truly life-changing), waiting for that one sign that brings a much needed “aha” moment? You know the one, with fireworks and a choir singing and the greatest mental clarity at the same time that the voices in your head are saying “yes, do it!”? No, I didn’t think so. That never happens, though don’t many of us hold out hope that we’ll have such a moment of clarity?

What about thinking of family members that have passed sending messages from above? Have you listened hard enough to hear them? Would they really send that message you’re thinking of?

Just one more sign…despite the daily “aha” moments we’ve already had. No, that’s not quite enough, I need to sit on the fence just a little bit longer. If I could just have one more undeniable sign….. If dad could look down and make the cat nod his head to tell me that I should go ahead….. "Why won’t someone just tell me what to do with my life, I’d do it for them!", you lament.

The stripped-down, back-to-basics truth is that we all have to make our own decisions. We can get all the advice in the world, but ultimately it comes down to each one us making that all important call on what to do. 

So what are you hung up on today? 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

I wanna be a cave woman

Sometimes it seems like life would be simpler if we went back to the cave-dwelling days. Do you know what I mean? Sure, they had real concerns like where the next meal was coming from and whether that mastodon* was going to plow them down, but at the same time there were far fewer concerns to bog down the brain. Don’t believe me? Consider this.

Cave women did not have to worry about:
  1. Commuter traffic;
  2. Cellulite, wrinkles and general droopiness of various parts;
  3. Facing the mirror each morning;
  4. The inevitable splash on the backside after pooping in a toilet;
  5. Pumping her own gas in -30C with gale force winds;
  6. Dusting and vacuuming;
  7. Wonky wheels on a grocery cart; 
  8. After school activities ( school. Hence no "after school"); 
  9. climbing the corporate ladder;
  10. keeping up with fashion trends, or attempting to do so;
  11. and so much more. I know you can think of a few, yes?

So here's to cave women....maybe I'll come back as one next time around. ;) 

*No, I don’t specifically know if the time mastodons spent on earth correlated with the time of cave people. I don’t have time for that level of research. But they did live in North America and became extinct due to pressure from human hunting. 


I have consistently been running into (not literally, obviously) articles, songs, videos, podcasts, books and more that seem to have the same message: live your life to the fullest, make sure you are passionate about what you're doing and not letting the precious days of this short time on earth slip away. 

All that culminates in me taking a good, long look at where I am in life. I have a big birthday coming in 2016, one that gives one pause. What am I doing? How am I living? What do I want to do with my remaining years (please, make them decades)? So on top of everything else on my plate these days, I've been asking myself the difficult questions and being honest with myself (ouch!). 

Is this an excuse? Dang right it is! Nothing creative has been able to make its way into my life. I'm holding out hope that it will change soon. 

In the mean time, my "room to create" has been overrun by a certain 9-year-old that's bound and determined to develop the best possible diorama of Aztec life. Given that the project is due in a few days, I hope to re-gain entry and order in my room soon. 

Have you seen the work of Max Wanger? Or how about Yacmii


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

It just goes to show....

Apologies for my absence. Life, she's been a wee bit busy, shall we say. And it ain't over yet. Not life, thankfully, but also not the busyness. 

So I thought I'd just zoom in here to share a few neat things for you to enjoy. 

Love this artist and her media, Lindsay Madden. Go through her Galleries and see her work. Brilliant, that's all I can say. 

Feeling Stitchy: a site for anyone that loves surface embroidery. An interesting array of work is featured. Definitely a fun place to poke around. 

Million Little Stitches: another blog full of stitching. 

And if you happen to not yet know Monika Kinner-Whalen of My Sweet Prairie, then feed your eyes and soul with her work. Also, don't forget to read her blog. 

That's it for me for today.