Welcome to my writing blog, where I'll write about....whatever pleases me. But really, you'll find my poetry, quotes, snippets of stories, and recounts of things I've learned about writing and would like to share (because I like sharing, and information sharing can be quite invaluable). So, come on in, sit back, browse around, and let your mind wander through poetry and other musings of this writer. :)
Friday, November 16, 2012
I got my first tattoo when I was 35. Some people look at me strangely when they see I have tattoos (after all, it's not a typical thing for a tax accountant to do...), and think I'm going through a mid-life crisis. However, every one of my tattoos took a lot of time to design and come to life (the first one took 7 years to materialize). They are with me forever, and have deep meaning. They are beautiful pieces of art, and just one of my forms of self expression.
I have five very POWERFUL words tattooed on my body. They are not superficial words; they are not just for fashion or fad. They are my PASSION:
LIVE - Live LIFE! Time is limited. Our days are numbered. We could leave this earth tomorrow. So, don't let time pass you by; don't let LIFE pass you by. LIVE with intention every day. LIVE your passions.
LOVE - Love YOURSELF, first and foremost, TRULY and UNCONDITIONALLY. Only when you love yourself will your love pour out and shine on the rest of the world. Only then will you truly be able to love others.
LAUGH - Laughter is AMAZING therapy. It's the best way to relieve stress and raise your positive vibration levels. It can lift your spirits and give you energy. A long time a go, a friend and I made a promise to make each other laugh - and we do, almost every day. Laughter releases tension, and gives me strength and energy to work through my own challenges. So LAUGH as much and as often as you can.
DREAM - Dream BIG DREAMS for yourself. There are no limits to what you can dream AND achieve except for the ones you place on yourself. DREAMING gives you something to BELIEVE in.
BELIEVE -Believe in YOURSELF, in your DREAMS, in your LOVE, in your FRIENDS, in your UNIVERSE. BELIEVING is powerful - believing give us HOPE, COURAGE and the WILL to take action to realize DREAMS. Just BELIEVE!!!
LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, DREAM, BELIEVE - five SMALL but oh, so POWERFUL words.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I was one of two speakers to say a few words before Suzanne got on stage. Her media manager introduced me, reading an earlier post from my blog - "Writing to Please" (posted Oct 25/12), where I say that writing does not leave me vulnerable - it's therapy, it liberates me. This is exactly why Suzanne wrote her book - as therapy, as a way to heal herself.
She had asked me last week to share a few words about how she inspired me, and how vulnerability affected my life. It's quite difficult to condense hours and hours of conversation and sharing into a few short minutes on stage. While in Mexico, one question she asked me (which was a common question at the Conference): what was my life purpose? I couldn't answer, I didn't know...and it upset me greatly. Then, when I got home, and reflected a bit, and read back through some poems and journals, I realized that I had just forgotten my life's purpose (or at least, what I think it is at this time...but it will evolve, as I learn more, as I receive more): to live each day with love and joy; to make people smile; to inspire others. I shared with the crowd, Metamorphosis. It felt great and liberating to share :)
We each have a purpose in this life; we each have great gifts to give this world. We only have to look within ourselves to find the answers as to what our gifts are, what our purpose is....and sometimes, we need a little help in doing that - someone to ask the right questions, the right way. We all have a story to tell - I believe that in telling our story (stories), we help others by allowing them to identify with us, that they too may be inspired, and find strength and liberation in their own vulnerability.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
|View of the Parish Church in the centre of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico|
|Delivering my poems in San Miguel|
I had hoped to continue to be involved with Sibella (or even it's sister magazine, Sibyl Magazine) past the Oct/Nov 2012 issue, but until recently had not seen any such notice. So, imagine my surprise and thrill when I received an email on Oct 26th, welcoming me aboard for the 2013 publication cycle of Sibella. I was filled with gratitude. It raised the excitement level of spending some time with some of these sacred souled women in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico last week, and oh, how amazing they all are. The week was filled with love, compassion, empathy, tears, joy and laughter. I am inspired by each one of them. At the 1st Annual National Day of Spirituality and Wellness, I had the opportunity to listen to seven insightful and passionate women, and then share a few words myself, and share a few poems. How I introduced them and read them tied nicely into my experience of the seven previous speakers.