My Life Pie

A group of writer friends and I are working through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. It’s an interesting book and a worthwhile study for me. I do like how she sees creativity as a spiritual path. 

In this week’s homework, Ms. Cameron has us draw a life pie. It works like this-draw a circle and divide into six ‘pieces of pie.’ Label the pieces spirituality, exercise, play, friends, work, and romance/adventure. Then place a dot in each piece. In areas where I feel fulfilled the dot is closest to the outer edge of the piece. In areas where I feel less fulfilled the dot is closer to the center. Then connect the dots. 

I’ve known for a while (a long while) my areas of life are significantly out of balance. But this exercise was pretty eye opening. Needless to say, I’ve got A LOT of work to do. 

Here’s my pie:

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What does your pie look like? Have you ever done this exercise before? Has your pie changed recently? 

Wrap Rings and Chainmaille

Creativity is a weird thing. A very weird thing. It doesn’t care if you’re happy, sad, sick, well, hungry, or full. 

I came home from work Friday struggling with a serious head cold. Mixed myself a vitamin C-zinc drink, took some nighttime cold medicine and went to bed. 

Saturday I felt a little better, but still yucky. But the need to create was stronger than my head cold. So a wrap ring, and the start of a chainmaille necklace with a stamped pendant later, the muse sated, I took some more nighttime medicine and went to bed. 

What did you do this weekend? 

Book Report Friday

Have you ever read a book that was truly disturbing, but you couldn’t not read it? Yeah, it’s a strange question.

I’m reading The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum (Dallas Mayr). It’s a seminal work in horror fiction, but I’ve never read it. Mayr passed away on January 24 after a long battle with cancer. Those in the horror fiction community have talked about his influence on where horror literature is today. All of those writers have pointed back to his 1989 novel The Girl Next Door. 

So I started reading it. 

I’m a little over halfway through and not sure I can continue. It is the single most disturbing story I’ve ever read. And it’s all because of the way Mayr tells the story. The POV character makes the reader feel at once complicit and victimized. As disturbing as the story is, and I’m telling you it’s like the most difficult episode of Criminal Minds amplified times a billion, I can’t not read it. Mayr’s storytelling is brilliant. 

Have you ever read anything that you couldn’t read, but you couldn’t not read it? 

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Beloved

I love Jordan Feliz’s song Beloved. So much so that I’ve made a couple of pieces of jewelry with ‘beloved’ on them. But the one I made this weekend is my favorite so far. 

I combined three of my favorite metal working techniques along with two of my favorite metals. First, stamped the word BELOVED on the aluminum blank. Then I riveted the copper heart onto the piece. Then I made the bracelet chain using the Byzantine chainmaille weave using copper and stainless steel (my two fave metals). 

Love how it turned out. 

What did you do this weekend? 

Weekend Plans

Lots of plans this weekend. But one thing I really need to do is create some jewelry. I’ve neglected my jewelry making of late, and I’ve got the itch. Tonight I’ll start by cleaning off my workspace and organizing a little. Tomorrow I may make some earrings or start a bracelet to match this steampunk inspired necklace.

What are your weekend plans? Anything fun? What is your favorite creative outlet? 

2018: My Year of FAITH

This is the third consecutive year I’ve chosen a theme word for the year. For 2016, my word was BRIGHT. Last year my word was PRESENT.

This year is my year of FAITH. I intend to explore faith in several facets, faith in God, faith in myself, faith in my dreams and goals. I intend to let go and have faith in the journey.

But I also expand that to associate an area of focus with each letter making up the word FAITH.

  1. F–Forgiveness and Friendship

Forgiveness-I struggle to forgive a specific person who hurt me deeply a few years ago. Her betrayal was real, but I have to learn to let go and forgive her. It’s hard. But I need to do it.

Friendship-I have some people who are friends, but not super close friends. Don’t misunderstand me, my husband is truly my best friend. But, sometimes I miss having a best girlfriend. Actually often. I intend to be a better friend. I intend to invite friends farther into my life, to become closer.

A–Assurance

I long to know God is in control. That all things work together for good. I know it in my head, but I long to know it in my heart. I intend to spend much time in prayer about this.

I–Integrity

I intend to live in unquestionable integrity in every area of my life.

T–Time

I intend to spend time on things that are important to me and set aside things that are not. I also intend to manage my time better.

H–Hope

I choose to live in hope, hope for the future, hope for my dreams, hope in my knowledge of God, hope in the journey He’s leading me on.

 

So, 2018, my year of FAITH. My year of getting back to basics, of refocusing, of becoming my authentic self. 

 

Do you have a theme word or phrase for 2018? What is your focus for this crisp, new year? 

 

 

Resurrection

I’m back!! I have no idea where this will go. But I’m planning my editorial calendar for 2018. I’m not sure if I’ll post much between now and January 1. But I do have a plan.

So, stay tuned.

And, I really have not given up on my writing goals. They have been adjusted, however.

More on that later.

If you’re still here, thanks. You deserve a prize.