sometimes you just stumble upon something. a singular something. an image on the internet speaking beauty and speaking directly to you. those click click clicking moments online where you find something you weren’t even looking for. and, what you were looking for you no longer need.
i stumbled upon this image of a pretty haired woman painting the most beautiful moon scene. i was taken with the colors. the black onyx like night and many a moons in many a colors. colors that calm and collide. one melting right into the next. so i started down the clicking trail.
first to the vsco grid that i poured over, and learned belonged to stella maria baer.
the southwest scenes. the greys mixed with clay colored every-things, under a pink patterned sky. a soul sigh. i’ve been drawn to the colors of the southwest since i was eleven. and, again when i was twenty and every year after that i spent time in tucson, making it feel like second home of mine. it’s funny how colors and patterns and places and feels stick with you and reappear over the years.
i click clicked again, until i ended at art. stella maria baer is an artist and her work is stunning. i don’t know if i could decide which moon i’d want to make my own. one moon or many?
but, that desert moon (above), is full of meaning. layer up on layer of it. i’d love to one day sleep under a moon like that.
for more inspiration you can follow stella on instagram. she is my new favorite follow for sure.
do you have any recent favorite follows? share in the comments!
i look for books, and books find me.
i look in bookstores, because a bookstore is not just one place, it is many. within the walls are pages, and within the pages; places, people and practices that you can peek into and possibly take with you. you can take your escape. you can start your excavate. i find this possibility promising. i also look online, when the looking is late at night. one click leading to another until the final one that is the promise of a package in your post. and, then there are others who do the looking for me. friends that recommend. and, a mom who still seems to know what is needed to grow. a grandmother and a father who’s shelves i never pass by. instead, i study. i study the shelves crowded with years upon years of wisdom through written word, calling out to me. just the titles alone are telling. they tell of growth, of past pain, of purpose, of personality and of life living.
i’ve listed all the books (that i can remember) that i read last year:
i’m one of those who has been writing goals and lists and dreams and things since i was in my teens. it’s possible i was taught by omission. without knowing what i was reading, almost daily, i saw my dad’s written goals, lists and dreams – always highlighted in yellow and underlined in red. they were hanging out on desks and nightstands and tucked away in books. written on notecards, legal pads, dog eared book pages and most assuredly memorized in his mind. he never really taught me his method, but i somehow memorized it. and, after all, some things are just inherent.
in my early twenties i worked for, leadership guru, john c. maxwell and really learned the art of writing down goals. i’ve been working this method ever since. writing goals, dreams, and intentions for specific areas of my life (family, physical, spiritual, etc.) and being specific about resources for my growth by listing books, teachings, conferences i’d like to attend and so forth. this way has worked well for me. although, i don’t always keep my list in front of me, i’m always amazed at how things seem to happen. this year i actually did pretty terrible at crossing things off my list. but, the things that matter most,
hello, again, lovelies.
it’s high time i blogged again. while i wish the last month was all about resting, relaxing and taking a digital break, it was more like a super busy one where i knew i couldn’t manage it all and something had to give – and that, for me, was blogging.
we road tripped (14 hours w/ 4 kids) to visit family in atlanta and then the mr. lovely and i caught a plane to colorado for a few days. after returning i had a 2 day photo shoot for original women and, yesterday, a photo shoot (a peek here) with style me pretty living (which i had been working on for the past month – little updates and such). and, there you have it. it sounds compact typed out, but all encompassing is more like it.
through all of this, i’ve been thinking about time. the time in each day. how we break it up, what we spend it on, and better ways to manage it. i’ve noticed where i waste and where i want more of it. i’ve been asking people about their, habits, their hours and their “how do you get it all dones.”
the conclusion i’m coming to is that it’s different for everyone (also, doing it all doesn’t exist). yes, there are common habits that thread through the lives of all successful people. they are patterns you have to pick up on. however, how they implement them may vary. then, there are the the factors to the fractions of our hours and days. this ignorant saying that dances around the interwebs that says “you have the same amount of hours in a day as beyonce,” is really just that, ignorant. yes, beyonce may have the same amount of hours in a day, but she has all the help she could want at her disposal. but, really who wants to compare at all…because who knows the load that beyonce carries? maybe she has all the help in the world, but feels emotional lack of some sorts. you’ll always come up short, when you compare (short on self worth, short on success and even short on hours).
while comparing is a waste of time, observing others is time well spent. listening and learning from others about their habits is how you fill your hands with tools to try in your hours.
summer is not proving to be as restful as i had hoped. anyone else? kids sleeping in a bit and sneaking in some time to read, study and have some quiet time in the morning is glorious, but after that it is straight up crazytown. and, it seems our schedule feels that way too. it’s interesting because i’m learning a lot about rest from a spiritual persecutive, but it seems like things are getting busier in the everyday kind of way. i’m really trying to process it all. i suppose i’m trying to come to a conclusion or three or two. yet, i’m learning that conclusions don’t always equal change. so maybe i shouldn’t be entirely focued on them, anyways.
what i am trying to focus on is living in moments. if you follow me on instagram you may have seen my post on living in the moments. i’m tyring to focus my eyes and open my heart to the beauty that is only in this particular time – never to be repeated the same way twice. if we plan to live in our moments than it is not a conclusion or even a decision to do so, it is a practice. when we live outside of the moment, we are just trading today’s strength (needed for today) for tomorrow’s possible problems and eventualities.
i’m practicing. because, probably like many of you, i’m a crazy multi tasker who can’t turn her brain off. i practice. i fail. i practice again. that is why i’m calling it practicing. not even a try.
i’m taking a few weeks off to practice this practice of living in the moments. we have two trips coming up and i want to enjoy them, fully. and, i have 3 pretty big projects in july that require a lot of attention to detail. i’ll pop in and post when i can and i’m certain i’ll have so many things i’ll want to share because usually when i’m not looking for inspiration, that is when i find it – always.
but, lets stay in touch and keep our conversations going on instagram, twitter and pinterest!
i want to leave you with these links, because wouldn’t you know that as i’ve been mulling on this moment by moment way, there were quite a few posts, jus in the last week, that found me…and i think they are still finding others – like some of you….. i think you’ll enjoy them, find yourself in them, and think yourself through them. if you are trying to juggle it all, multi-task everything, trying hard to focus, carrying a heavy load today and worrying about tomorrow, then these will do you good.
01 / erin’s letter to her daughter on balance and “that kind of moms.”
02 / anne’s wise words on how to focus in an age of distraction.
03 / the everygirl on embracing rest in a culture of busy.
04 / clementine daily’s practical pointers on how to stop multitasking (and why we should).
05 / lean in, recline, or just stand tall and forget about who cares how many hours beyonce has in a day (ha).
go forth and rest lovelies. give yourself permission to take a break. to not do it all…and enjoy what it is your are doing…moment by moment.