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.
eBay Store
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,



  1. Liebe Silke,

    herzliche und sonnige Grüße

  2. "Going with the flow" is always easier than trying to resist going up stream. One does have to follow some sort of schedule - especially if you work, but not every second or minute of the day. That leaves you open to fun and anything special that's passing your way!!
    Love those baby booties!!

  3. i.e.: ride the horse in the direction she's going


  4. The poppy painting is fabulous! Good job I've just had my dinner, otherwise your hummus picture would have made me dribble :-)

    It makes me glad to know that you are so happy with how letting go of the upstream struggle feels so much better!

  5. What a lovely variety of creative and enjoyable things you are filling your days with!

  6. Well done. That sounds so easy to do but I know it must have been difficult at first, resisting the desire to plan and list and not forget the important things in life. And yet it has turned out that you have not only found out what is important but actually achieved some of it. Quite inspiring.

  7. I love seeing what you are becoming, you continue to amaze me. Your paintings are wonderful as is your attitude.