What’s Ahead for 2018? (Ch-ch-ch-changes…)

Like many folks, I have my list of resolutions. Eat healthier. Exercise/move more. Create more art and crafts. Write. Get rid of things which no longer serve me—use it or lose it. Learn new skills such as how to use a sewing machine, video-editing software, additional energy medicine techniques. Meet up with friends/be more sociable. Do something that scares/excites me.

All of this is fine and dandy, but unless I make the time and follow through with some action, nothing’s going to change. So here’s the plan: Continue reading


Behold the Starbucks January Tumbler—the Holy Grail of Creativity

Starbucks January 2017 Tumbler

Starbucks January 2017 Tumbler

One of the Christmas gifts HB received was the Starbucks January tumbler, which can be used to get a free grande brewed hot coffee or hot tea through the month of January. It’s the perfect gift for him because he likes his coffee black, and like most people, he depends on coffee to get him going in the morning and sometimes as a pick-me-up in the afternoon. Since he works downtown, there’s a Starbucks on every other block, so using the tumbler is no big deal, right?

This year, however, he’ll be working in various locations, which means it’s more effort to keep track of his tumbler and to make sure he’s maximizing his usage. And so, he has passed the Starbucks tumbler to me. He knows that I don’t like wasting things (almost to the point of it being an OCD), and I’ve just figured out a plan. Continue reading

Calloo-callay. A breakthrough day!

What makes today a breakthrough day is that: 1) I have committed myself to some goals; 2) I have been able to take some steps toward them. Oh, happy day!

I transformed a mundane desk calendar/date book into a creative playground/mess book. Don’t get me wrong—it’s a “pretty” book. Nice hardcover with soft calf-skin leather, embossed with the bank’s logo (1.25” tall and 5” wide so you can’t miss it), and the pages are edged with silver. Inside pages are smooth and substantive without being cover weight—you can’t see the outline of my hand if I shine a light on it. Unfortunately, the lines are too dark and the format isn’t really conducive for a creative like myself who prefers blank or very lightly lined/grid pages.

So what’s the big deal?

When I was younger, I used to doodle all the time—with different media, colors, shapes, formats on all kinds of surfaces. I didn’t care if it was good or how it might be perceived/received. I was quite proud of and satisfied with myself and my creations.

And then something happened. Continue reading

Back to School and New Beginnings—Hooray!

I’m among the millions of moms out there cheering because the kids are back in school.

Back to school not only applies to the Princess, but it represents a fresh start for me. A chance to try new things, make some lifestyle changes, and learn something from my ever-growing list of things to learn.

Goal-setting is fine and dandy, but I need to hold myself accountable, hence the public announcement of my goals/intentions. I’m sure a number of folks will check in and gently remind me to keep on task. Key word—”gently.”

Here are some things I’ll be working on: Continue reading

2010 New Year Resolutions Test Run

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year. With all that’s happening this month, I know that it’ll go by quickly. As I’m trying to procrastinate as much as I can before the new year, I’m thinking about my 2010 New Year’s resolutions.

Resolution #1: Clean a little each day. Imperfectly is OK.
At our most recent Thanksgiving dinner, I was reminded by my uncle’s snarky wife that I don’t clean very well. (She was referring to the army of guests who were kind enough to wash and put away the dishes, cooking and eating utensils for me to express their gratitude for dinner—my SIL, the speed-demon dish washer, being at the helm at the sink as her daughter and her college friends were collecting, scraping, drying, and putting things away.) What Uncle’s snarky wife’s purpose was to announce that fact, I do not know. But I hope it helped her digest her food better. Continue reading