Remember the post I began, oh… about one hundred days ago or so? I suppose you might have also noticed that I stopped posting about my 100 days.
I hope and pray you do not think I have been remiss, No, I did not lose my way along the journey- it just honestly became too personal to report on a daily basis. I feel that in a very real way my one hundred days became sort of a spiritual retreat. I was able to clearly recognize things that would happen, things said, gifts bestowed as readily as I was able to see them. It was incredible.
There were simple gifts- a beautiful leaf falling from the tall trees in the park next to my home. A smile from a stranger, a kindness unexpected
There were more profound gifts- too numerous to detail for you.
There were quiet gifts- there were gifts that I honestly only noticed because I was looking for them .
These 111 days have been days of wonder, of learning, of courage
These 111 days have changed my world, my thoughts, inspired my dreams and breathed fresh air into my lungs.
These 111 days- are of wonder.
I have learned that the wonder is there if you pay attention. So are the miracles, the bountiful hope, the passion- everything good. It’s there.
Will you take a chance? Will you celebrate the next 100 days of your life?
Be still and listen…..
In peace, Susan
As promised there will be a surprise or two to celebrate my first year at the Hungerford!
Offer #1 – Buy one get one free Photo pendants. Purchased pendant must be of equal or lesser value.
This offer is good for Second Saturday (10/11/2014) only from 10 am until 3PM.
Offer #2- come in and pay for your workshop. What happens if you do?! You will receive 10% off your workshop fee! (sorry, no discount on materials fees) This applies to any workshop currently offered, Creative evening out or private workshops scheduled. This is for workshops paid in full on Second Saturday (10/11/2014) only from 10 am until 3PM. Need a class list? Email me! Susan@Createart4good.org
Thank you for your love and support- Wait til you see what happens next!
Celebrating with love!
Create Art 4 Good celebrates one year at the historic Hungerford building today.
Last night was the opening of “A Soul’s Harvest”
This featured my own work. I decided to share the work I have been creating inside these incredible walls. Inspired by the spirit of my fellow artists, and reflecting deeply on my own journey. This exhibit is the whisper of my soul.
What an incredible welcome I received.
The gallery was alive with bountiful love and support. Friends and loved ones some long loved and some new and dear honored me by sharing the evening.
this was INDEED a celebration.
I can promise you, the best is yet to be.
I look forward to the next year on this incredible journey.
In gratitude, all glowy and smiles
These 82 days have been some of the most amazing of my life.
I feel like someone has woken me up from a coma.
They say when you are in a coma you may recognize much of what is going on around you
but I am betting you don’t actually attach to it much.
The past 82 days have taught me to be still and listen
they have taught me to SEE to full picture not just my limited view point
they have taught me that miracles happen
EVERY SINGLE DAY
They have taught me that paying attention to the beauty
the gifts around me
make the big mountains not so hard to climb.
They have taught me that determination
and perseverance are the key to the joys I want in my life.
These 82 days have been a gift
EACH and every one.
Do not misunderstand.
There have been amazing joyful days
and there have been days of heart ache
EACH has been a gft.
Each to be appreciated.
These 82 days have changed my life
fueled my passion
and renewed my soul.
I invite YOU to take your own journey.
The revelations will be astounding
Just pay attention-
we miss so much when we are in that coma
As I mourn the loss of my father, I find that this journey takes many unexpected turns. It’s truly not a linear path.
Just when I attach to the idea that this is a difficult time, and I am not only permitted, but perhaps even encouraged to embrace the difficult moments and work through them, another surprise catches me off guard.
Today, while taking a trip along a similar path that I have taken countless family trips with my family, I found myself reminiscing about those very trips. I smiled quietly at the traditions begun and carefully kept. I became teary-eyed at not being able to call my father to report on the progress of the trip.
The journey was not just one of about 326 miles, it was also one of inhaling the moments treasured and not forgotten, loss felt deeply and love for a man that filled my world with joy.
I miss my father more than I know how to express, but I am grateful to have had such an amazing man to call daddy.
it’s 8:13 am and I already feel like I have “learned”
I feel as though my entire world is much clearer now
it is all entirely because of this journey
We move too quickly in life
It is not JUST about slowing down
to smell the roses
It is about all the life we miss
when we rush
and tick off the next task on our giant to do list
Today is another busy day for me
I have decided to not allow it to stress me
To really enjoy what I am doing, experiencing
I WANT to have a good day
I don’t need to complain about what doesn’t go perfectly
I am appreciating the moments
whatever that might be.
I wish you the same
Appreciating every moment.
I found today that the needs of my heart spoke louder than the needs of my environment
Let me explain
It was a “to do” day
There was a GIANT ist on my docket from very early in the morning
This would likely include no studio time.
I tried to get the computer “stuff” done early
which wasn’t difficult, or maybe it was-
(my computer crashed RIGHT in the middle of my work!)
I did not let this get to me (TOO much)
I loved on with the list-
I couldn’t move quickly enough
It Occurred to me
that indeed I had an entire grocery list of things to do
I NEEDED some creative time too.
My time with a paint brush is also time with my spirit
I feel at times I pray best when I am painting.
I took a step back,
found some watercolors
and played a bit.
It was like taking a HUGE deep breath
I was centered
I was whole,
the “to do” list didn’t seem nearly as scary.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself just a wee bit
it makes all the difference in the world.
wishing you BIG deep breaths!
Sometimes faith is not enough.
Sometimes we poke God, the universe, whomever
just to make sure we are being heard
Today was a mind blowing wonderment
and the NEON sign was clear
and I am listening.
Fifty four days of awareness
Keeping in mind there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for
ALWAYS lessons to be learned.
Sometimes these lessons are like neon signs
sometimes it takes a bit. I have to listen, closer
Some times I DO glorify the art of “busy”
Sometimes life is to stop
maybe even PLAY
and today that is what I did.
So blessed to be called, “Nana”
When I am inspired, I feel powerful
I feel like I can take on the world
and SHOULD take on the world.
Then reality seeps in…
(read the word DOUBT for reality)
and there you have it
another inspiration squandered.
this was a real struggle
I felt SO inspired just about 24 hours ago
then over thinking crept in
another perfectly good inspiration left by the side of the road
this time however,
my “support team”
everyone else had another idea
I believe because I am actually paying attention
I received confirmation after confirmation
to STOP the doubts
and go with the inspiration
LISTEN to your heart-
follow your dreams-
Today is about working
believing the unbelievable
seeing success in the dust
taking risks because I NEED to
and not looking back
Sometimes it is a decision,
not a “feeling”
today- this is my decision