A certain Ice Cube song ran through my head aaalll day yesterday. Given that I’m still heavy with regret that I consciously chose not to write about my personal day-to-day life whatsoever on my blog last year, I’m making amends immediately now. Yesterday ROCKED, and this year I am going to celebrate AND record days like this. Not to brag, not to bore. Just for me, because I so look forward to leafing back through my blog annals in the future and reading “that was the day I said YES to THAT!!” I can’t wait. In fact, I have a strong feeling about this upcoming year that it’s going to be full of sparkly moments of progress and possibility, and I’m going to capture it this time!
So here’s what made it an all-around pretty good day: Liam came into my room and crawled into bed early but instead of wanting to play, he actually wanted to go back to sleep and we cuddled, arms wrapped tight around his tininess and slept a few wonderful hours that way. I started work on my first writing assignment for Somerset Life. I put the smack down on one of my bucket list items: this will be the year I step outside of my comfort zone and wear noticeable red lipstick, like I have envied for ages on other women: Red lipstick purchased at lunch!
Michael and I got to the root of our three week fighting stint. Major life transitions (like Blending Families..) = Major Stress. But at least we got to the bottom of it and then spent some time laying in the sun in a park, playing with our new dog. It was a perfect 75 degrees outside, in January.
I went dancing and, as usual, had an absolute blast country dancing with complete gentlemen in cowboy hats who never tried to hit on me. And I wore red lipstick. And made fish faces…
All of that makes a pretty goooood day in my book, and I’d be mad grateful for a day like that once a week in my life, but I think the Universe wanted to teach me a little lesson and dropped in and made my day absolutely Amazing.
Here’s what happened:
Christine Mason Miller asked me to come work at the ridiculously beautiful looking and powerful sounding Matrilumina Retreat … which is in five weeks!!
Christine and I have been e-pen-pals for some time now. Interestingly, we rarely chat about art, and I don’t think we’ve ever chatted about business! But we’ve connected in many other ways and whatever admiration I already held for her as a writer and artist just grows as I get to know her as a person, woman, friend.
That she would ask me to come play a part in this experience is already sort of awe-inspiring for me. My actual email response reads as follows:
But what is just “tip your chin up and gaze sheepishly at the Universe” crazy about this story is this: Not a week before, I’d removed and trashed the small portion of my 2013 Vision Board (made October 2012) that said MATRILUMINA RETREAT. Along with that piece, I had also torn off and trashed the piece that read “Have my first Art Gallery show of my paintings.” The former was stripped for financial reasons. In my head I truly believed there was no possible way I could afford to go. And the latter was stripped because, plainly speaking, I am just annoyed at myself for continuing to dream of it and keep it on my Bucket List but not actually taking the tangible steps to achieve that dream. It just seemed easier to say, “Meh, I’ll just give away what I’ve got and forget the idea.”
Universe, you had a good chuckle at me that afternoon, didn’t you?
This is where I humbly bow before the Universe.
1. Never underestimate the power of your Vision Board
2. “Impossible” is really an insult. The source of abundance is inexhaustible. Let the ways in which it will come surprise, delight, and rock your socks off.
3. Trust and Believe and give logic a rest.
P.S. This is my 1,000th post on this blog!!!