This past week has been tiring and draining and exhilarating and stressful and...simply...in the midst of living. Lately I have been overwhelmed from too many to do lists, late nights and early mornings and do dodo which all kinda' caught up with me. So...I have been tending to mySELF over here. Doing all the things that make me feel loved and healed and cared for. Long walks with Tara, movie nights with Tim...sipping tea and reading. Also in my studio making art and trying out new things. This is actually the cover of a journal I am working on ...heart(FULL) of stories. I find that combining words with images with truth = soul medicine. I am processing pain + broken dreams + and some of my life disappointments. And alongside these wounds live so many gifts that have emerged. Gifts that are tender and precious that have been birthed by my very pain.
And Tara started "school" (part-time) and has adjusted wonderfully. According to her teacher she is poised and confident and curious about everything. And of course I am so so proud of her...this beautiful shining star of a girl of mine...but another part of me has kind of fallen all to pieces. She's growing up waaaay too fast and time is just slipping through my fingers. What I wouldn't give to hold that tiny little baby in my arms ...yet also happy that I get some time in my studio now. All these conflicting pieces are the normal ebb and flow of life....and I am trying to go with it as best I can.
And I have some wonderful news to share as well!! I'm published in the current Cloth, Paper Scissors magazine. Actually...I won an essay contest where I share my unlikely (and painful) journey to the creative life and it's all right here on these pages!!! So very excited and thrilled to pieces!!! Just a few short years ago I never would have dreamed this possible and am ever so grateful for this opportunity. Thank you to everyone at Interweave publishing!!!