Photos from my Instagram the last few weeks.
These days, I feel less like writing about how to live and more like being outside and living. If you feel overwhelmed, under-inspired, tired, frustrated, or just plain “off”, I recommend that you shut down your computer/phone and go outside. As a result of unplugging most of the time (I pretty much only open my laptop every other day or so for about 30 minutes now, though I'm on my phone quite a bit more) I've been: keeping a sketchbook and adding to it every day, painting, creating things in the forest (a handmade branch easel, a branch teepee for my daughter), crocheting, decorating, nesting- and my creative soul is soo happy. If it weren't for the beautiful, enlightened souls who I love to connect with here, I'd be tempted to turn off the internet completely. :)
I've been keeping a list of things I'd love to share with you- last month, I sent it to my newsletter, but this month I'd like to make it a little less private so more people can enjoy.
- For some Goddess inspiration one day I opened Leonie's Creative Goddess ecourse and immersed myself in it's gorgeous, hand-drawn and painted pages. I was struck by this line, “Every artwork you create has a story to tell you, a lesson to impart. I have learned not to give away or sell my creations until I have heard its story and learned what I need to from it.”
- A dear, dear friend of mine, Sally Deems, launched this beautiful book into the world in the last few weeks. It's a beautiful poem about a little butterfly and all her garden friends, and the illustrations are lovely. I had the honor of helping format it for the Kindle version and the time I spent with those lovely pages was such a joy.
- Recently I found this poem by Mary Oliver which makes me feel less guilty for the hours I spent looking up at the trees, not “doing” anything.
- Mary Davis, a CSW reader, let me have a peek at this gorgeous app she created for the Apple store. It is such a joy to scroll through the beautiful photos and read the inspiring quotes, and with a tap any of them become your wallpaper. Her vision and determination to bring this beautiful project into the world is inspiring.
- Some “mama” books I've read and loved:
- Birthing From Within
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
- Natural Hospital Birth (this is a great book for all pregnant moms- even if you're not going natural, or going to the hospital- she goes through the stages of labor with accuracy and clarity that I haven't read anywhere else)
- Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder(I didn't expect to love this as much as I did, it's really good)
- Things for kids I love right now (kids of all ages)
May you have a bubble-blessed, sunshiny day!