Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Going with the Flow

Dear Friends, I've been a little quiet on the blog, but only because life has been so wonderfully busy.

Remember this post when I talked about the power of asking open-ended questions? I especially like "what if" questions as they open me up to the wonderful world of possibilities.
5 x 7 inch acrylic painting
Etsy Shop
Well, one of the questions I asked myself was: "What if I simply jumped into the flow of my life and allowed it to carry me?"  I thought instead of making plans for each day and kicking and screaming internally when they were derailed, I'd just experiment with going with the flow.
Wide Awake
5 x 7 inch acrylic painting
That combined with giving myself permission to just be who I am (remember this post?) and my life took off! It's been some experiment I have say!
5 x 7 inch acrylic painting
Etsy Shop
I was afraid that I'd just sort of lollygag through my days and not get much done - because how can you get anything done without a plan or a list?! What I found is exactly the opposite. It made me very focused on all the things that are me: art, family, home, cooking, reading, social networking, etc.
I love the way these flower open and wear their little "hat" for a while.
It's our single-clove garlic.
And because I don't spend so much time trying to swim against the current when it is taking me away from my plans, I have way more energy to spend on the things that I love to do.
Gorgeous gerbera daisies.
The result has been astounding. I've been incredible productive without having that as my goal.
Our fave summer food: hummus (recipe in this post)
I've had fun doing all of this, even updating my shops and doing other office work. I've even organized my desk, something I had put off for months.
Tiny little booties I knitted for a baby shower last weekend.
I felt like I was knitting with toothpicks... :)
I've sort of neglected my blog until today, but I'm ok with the ebb and flow of how things are catching my attention. It's all a part of going with the current of life.
6 x 8 inch acrylic painting
Etsy Shop
Our weather has been sublime, which is rare as we are heading into the southern summer, so we spent much time outdoors, watching the birds, petting the cats, laughing about squirrel acrobatics, and greeting the occasional raccoon at dusk.  Daniel put in a raised flowerbed for us in the backyard - gorgeous! I'll share photos soon.
Beginnings of a necklace. Aren't those colors luscious?!
I've been making lots more necklaces and bracelets and will have some photos soon. They look delicious to me! I've sold a few and more are heading to an art show this weekend.
A bracelet with a charm.
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I leave you with this photos of our busy, busy bluebird parents. They are a joy to watch as are all of the bird families crowding around our feeders these days. Most babies have hatched and many have left their nest already.
Breakfast is served at the bluebird house!
I hope your day is wonderful and filled with joy, sunshine and many happy surprises!

With lots of love and gratitude,