Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wishcasting Wednesday

This week's question:  What do you wish to take a break from?

I had to think about this one for awhile and go read several other people's answers for inspiration.  Initially, I kept thinking of things that it isn't really possible to take a break from -- I can't move to a hotel to take a break from the clutter we are sorting our way through; there is a list of responsibilities that aren't going anywhere; and if anyone knows how to take a break from being exhausted, please clue me in!

Soooo....I wish to take a break from my negative thoughts.  I've been reading some law of attraction type stuff lately and have realized how gloomy/doomy my mental chatter is.  I'd love to take a break from listening to that.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pics, pics, pics!

Here are a few of the probably 1000+ pictures from our trips to Eureka Springs.  Some are from our first trip 3 years ago, and others are from the trip a couple of weeks ago.

Gargoyles!  These are the two that uploaded well.  Not sure what happened with the others -- they look fine in my photogallery, but uploaded here they are all pixelly.  :(

This is the crescent outside the Crescent Hotel, the haunted hotel we stayed at for our anniversary trip.  I used a photo editor to blur out the background a bit to emphasize the crescent.

This handsome guy stands guard outside one of the shops downtown.

These are two of my favorites of the window pics we took.  The first is one of the hotel windows.  The other is one of the windows in the church that is on the grounds.

And this is Jasper, one of the hotel kitties.  He and his brother Casper are very sweet and have the run of the place.  They came in through the kitty door that was installed for a previous (dearly departed) hotel kitty and decided to stay.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Create a Home that Supports My Soul (related goals)

I thought that restarting my 43 Things list might be a good way to update progress on my Sunday List of Dreams.  My first step was to take one of the big goals (create a home that supports my soul) and look through the rest of the list for other goals that are related.  Here they are!

*Dust off decorating notebook.
*Get some decent furniture.
*Stencil the walls to look like a crumbling castle.
*Get the red and black dishes.
*Have either a windchime or some other wonderful dangling thing in each corner of each room.
*Turn one room into a creative space.
*Create a sanctuary within my home.
*Do a full cleansing/blessing of the house.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wishes and Dreams

First, Wishcasting Wednesday.

This week's question from Jamie Ridler Studios -- What do you wish to pay attention to?

Prompted in part by one of Andrea Schroeder's recent posts on ABCcreativity in which she asked the Creative Dreamers to think about creating space for our dreams and in part by a feng shui book I just bought, my husband and I have embarked on a journey toward living clutter free. We've started in the storage room just off our carport.  We're spending an hour a day right after we get home from work sorting through the things we've stored there, deciding what to keep, what to donate, what can be recycled, and what really has to be tossed.

This brings me to my answer to the Wishcasting Wednesday question -- I wish to pay close attention to my energetic response to items.  If looking at an object makes my energy sink, it needs to go!  Even if I think I should keep it because it was a gift, or it belonged to Whoever, or it was expensive, or whatever other reason, IT NEEDS TO GO.  If it brings a smile to my face and a light feeling to my heart, I'll consider keeping it.  Many things I've given one last fond hug and put into the donation box.  I asked Drew to photograph a disintegrating paper mache puppet I made as a small child.  As soon as I pulled it out of the box, I started laughing.  As a tiny girl, I made a Dracula puppet.  No doubt my poor mother was horrified.  I regard this puppet as excellent evidence that Gothish tendencies are coded into my DNA.

So, that's my wish this week (and through this entire project really) -- I wish to pay more attention to my physical response to items than to the chatter about it happening in my head.

And now for a bit of a Dream update.

"Create a home that supports my soul" is in progress.  Decluttering is the first step.

20th anniversary trip -- TAKEN!  It was wonderful.  And in the process, I also checked off "go back to Eureka" and "take more gargoyle pictures"  -- 3 in one!

I've gotten started on the goal of making some of my own beauty/skin care products by making a bottle of fingernail oil.  Now if I could just get into the habit of using it a few times a day...

"Kick Mountain Dew" -- DONE!  Plus this one was in support of the goal to work on the lifestyle changes needed to give my thyroid a boost.

Pretty reusable shopping bags -- found! Now I just need to get consistent about remembering to take them into the store with me.

Not a bad start, eh?