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This week has just flown by as I have been creating and crafting/arting away. Lol!  I said arting! Yeah, I know I am silly and that is okay.  Spending too much time being so serious has not exactly benefited me in the past so why carry it with me into the future?  That’s not to say that I do not have a serious side, believe me it is still there, but I am finding a balance.  I am learning what I need to let go of from my life and I am finding it to be a wonderfully profound experience.

I do not hide the fact that I find great inspiration from the beach. Last Sunday I was looking at the Yarnista blog post that was called “What will become of me?” It was a picture of some beautiful yarn that immediately reminded me of the shoreline in San Clemente.  I was so inspired that I left the following comment and I wanted to share it with all of you.

“I walk along the sandy shoreline and see your beauty filling my eyes and my heart. Taking off my shoes and socks my feet are covered in the embrace of your sparkly caresses. As I soak in your beauty not only through my eyes but with each step I take I am so hesitant to leave your companionship. I hear the roar of the waves as they momentarily alter out union, rushing in but unable to break our connection. I wander along feeling alternating kisses of warmth and cool upon my feet. What will become of you? I sit down with you and pull forth your loving colors, the colors of the shoreline, the colors of nature, the colors of the beach. You are not the colors of the sea, you are the colors of the earth as it meets the sea. My heart is open and embraces the beauty that resides within you. I work these colors into a beautiful shawl to wrap around my body as I envision the sandy shoreline hugging me in a lover’s embrace. A tear rolls down my cheek as we depart but I find my heart warms as I know I am embraced by your love.”

To see the photograph of the yarn that inspired this comment in me then click on the Yarnista link above.

Sometimes I forget that the beautiful beaches in San Clemente require maintenance.  Some of the walk ways to the beach fill up with beach sand and need to be shoveled out periodically.  Other areas need more heavy equipment to rearrange the sand.  Here is a prime example.

Time for my Craft or Bust update:

I am continuing to work on my 12×12 inch square.  Should be done within the next week and mailed by next Friday.

I am slowly making some progress on my Traveling Woman shawl for the TwitterKAL.

I took about 500 photographs that I need to sort through to upload to my Fine Art America Gallery.  Depending on time constraints it will take me a week or two to sort through them all and pick out the ones I like the best.

I finished my Art Card Exchange for Imbolc.  I have some pictures to share from that but not until it is received.  So later in this week I will post some pics and share more details about the process.

Well that is my update for now.  I am off to spend a little time with my family.  Have a great night.

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I am looking at the date showing on my computer and can hardly believe we are already a week into 2010.  I am still finding myself going to write 09 but I have been catching myself before I write the nine.  I discovered that it is easy to slip a 1 in front of the zero as long as I have not written in the 9 yet.  Last year I made my resolutions and am happy to say that I followed through on them to my satisfaction.  Towards the end of last year I began to contemplate the resolutions that I wanted to make for 2010. Then as the New Year came, an interesting thing happened….I no longer felt the desire to make a list of resolutions. Now this is not to say I am not making a few changes in my life but I am not as steadfast on establishing a set list. This year I have decided to make positive changes in my life as the opportunity unfolds before me.  I am not forcing the changes but being patient for them to evolve in a more natural way. So today I went for a leisurely walk down to the beach and it felt good, it felt right.  I listened to the birds and the waves.  I watched the “new mommies” working out in a group with their babies in strollers.  I watched the surfers waiting for waves and even catching a few too.  I watched the life in everything around me.  As I did this I could feel the life in me too.  It was peaceful.

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I looked through blurry, sleepy eyes at the time on my cell phone. 6:38 a.m. I woke up two minutes before my alarm was set to go off, somehow I do that quite often.

Sleepy eyes

Sleepy eyes

I gave myself all of ten minutes to wash my face, brush my teeth, throw on some clothes and scurry out the door. As I began walking, images of the morning world emerging trickled into my brain. The slight chill in the morning air saw to it that by the time I reached the end of the first block I was fully in my senses. The thought of Petia walking on the trail to meet me put a spring into my step and a smile on my face.
As we recognized each other from a distance we began to smile and I wondered why so much time had passed since I had seen her. We exchanged greetings and big hugs. Ah, the warmth of a loving soul is such a special thing. We began an amazing journey along the beach-front trail on both the physical and the spiritual level. We filled each other in on some of what had happened since we had last seen each other. As we are both artists we also relished in the images that surrounded us and how we saw different things we would like to capture through painting or photography. What a wonderful morning.
We parted ways and I looked at the time…I had just enough time to make it home to make breakfast for my husband before he left for work. As I began to prepare the food an inner quiet came over me. I realized that there are many people that don’t understand what happened to me last year. Most of what happened is a very personal journey that cannot be easily expressed in words. So I guess the best summation I can offer is to say that I began a tremendous and sometimes tumultuous journey of inner work. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be with my grandmother as she passed from this world. The experience is one that I will never forget and is a priceless part of my life.
New Direction

New Direction

My life has taken a new direction since that moment. The direction is still unfolding before my eyes like the most beautiful exotic flower I have ever seen or could possibly imagine. I am finally beginning to embrace this instead of fighting the process. Funny how when you embrace the change things seem to flow smoothly. Would I say I am a different person? That is complicated…in some ways yes, in some ways no. I am still me, but things are changing. Changing for the better.
So for those I have not seen in awhile, know that I am well. I hope you are well. I thank you for your patience as I have needed the distance to undergo this whole process. I also thank the new people I am meeting. I am grateful for all of you that are entering into my life. I feel so blessed. So with humble gratitude I thank all of you!

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