hello goodbye

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
july detail

Hello to August and Goodbye to July! As I have been nattering on about for oh, thirty one days or so, July is my birthday month. As such it serves as a kind of personal new year for me. A good time to measure what's working, what's not, and think about what I want to do.

More Fun, Less Fear: first item of business -- getting this reverse tattooed on my forehead so I can read it every time I go by a mirror! Okay, maybe not. I think it's still a good reminder, though.

Say YES: yes is still go. It's not always easy and I talk myself out of stuff all the time, but I really do try to keep it in mind.

read more books: I've been reading too much online! I'm also in the mood to read more poetry.

be grateful: I am so lucky in big things (family, friends, health) and also in little things like the volunteer sweet peas that are growing by the front door! I think it's probably wise to take a little time every now and then and celebrate what's good and right instead of obsessing about what's wrong or missing.

travel: I'm in the mood to go somewhere. I don't know where, but somewhere.

be creative: more paper projects! The picture at the top of this post is a detail from a project I was working on today. I also have sewing projects and writing projects that have been roundly ignored by me for months that probably deserve a little attention.

resume: argh. I don't mind the working but hate the looking. Apparently a piece of paper with the words "because I am MADE OF AWESOME" is not sufficient OR appropriate. hmph. Maybe I'll save that for grad school applications. (kidding!)

Meteors: I think August is meteor month. The perseids are at their peak during the middle, which is on the weekend! I should be able to get somewhere to see them. (although it looks like the moon may be an issue)

believe it or not, all of these are in keeping with my larger goal of returning to school, which I miraculously haven't talked myself out of yet! (I've had a couple of close calls, but nothing irreversible.) Well, now that I've purged the contents of my brain in public (ah! the internet!) I am going to go to bed. Hooray for August!
7 comments on "hello goodbye"
  1. I must say that I love all of your thoughts...gratitude is hard but it does show a deeper appreciation, I think, of the world we inhabit. We could always look for the negative because it is so easy...I think meteors scare me a little bit, but that aside, I should just wish right on peace to all people...

  2. Jen! I want to go on a trip with you somewhere! But this year I have -3 vacation days left :-(
    Next year maybe! We would have fun!

  3. bbd -- I think you should be grateful for meteors! hunks of space rocks that are hurtling AROUND the earth instead of sailing for our heads. That's good, right? hee.

    leslita -- where should we go? Gresham? Finland? So many options... (next year, maybe!)

  4. I like your illustration so much--is that one of the layered thingys you were working on a while back, in the garden room?
    So, you are taking stock. Totting up. Be gentle.

  5. Thanks, Patty! It is the one I was working on... I'm not sure I'm done, but I'm done with it for now.

    As for being gentle... I'm trying. I want to be both realistic and optimistic. Is this even possible? I hope so!

  6. I keep thinking San Francisco! That's kind of somewhere between Finland and Gresham on the excitement scale, isn't it?

  7. I love San Francisco! I mean, it's no Gresham.. but I think it would be fun!


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