Day 350: Twelve.TwentyOne.13

Reminders/Reflections. Because today, I need them.

1. A facebook post from a colleague:

“If it does not feed the fire
of your creativity, then leave it.
If people and things do not
inspire your heart to dream
then leave them.
If you are not crazily in love
and making a stupid fool of yourself
then step closer to the edge
of your heart and climb
where you’ve been forbidden to go.
debts, accusations, assaults by enemies
mean nothing,
go where the fire feeds you…”
-Jimmy Santiago Baca

2. Making a delicious mess in the kitchen with a best friend can be the exact remedy needed for mending recent heart wounds. (Not necessarily of the romance kind – although there is some of that to be sure. But mostly, the wounds are self-inflicted. A coming to terms with destructive decisions standing in the way of living a truly valuable life.)

Kitchen Mess  photo 4

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Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 338: Twelve.Nine.13

When the Goddard beauties convene, there is just no way to not be pulled into their magic. They feed me. And inspire me. And make my insides hurt from laughter. They offer a comfort that just doesn’t even make sense. The rest of the world just seems to stand still when our worlds collide. It’s becoming a semi-yearly tradition, and I am sososo thankful for this thing I didn’t even know how to articulate before these spontaneous encounters began. These life-changing women who are changing life out in the world.

Friend Meal

Friend Art

Friend Laughs

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 325: Eleven.TwentySix.13

A plan to have dinner with a friend and her family, many times rescheduled, turned instead into a collective feast amongst many friends. Hosted by our respective organizations, ReSourceArts and Contradiction Dance, we created an eventbrite and invited our facebook friends. For a donation of $5 apiece, our amazingly talented friend cooked the main course, and everyone else pitched in, potluck-style, to bring beverages, appetizers, sides, desserts…  The result was a completely casual and comforting celebration between friends, new and old.

As we move into this holiday season, it was a wonderful way to remember what we have to be so thankful for:

A chance to connect with REAL people in REAL life, savoring the delicious smells coming from the kitchen, tasting craft beers (one of which, we concurred tasted like Pine Sol), listening to good music that just makes you want to move, passing adorable babies from to one arm to another… For life, connected.

It’s these types of events I’m so happy to be creating these days.

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 236: Eight.TwentyNine.13

Food. Friends. Another day of extending the birthday celebrations. Nothing better. Especially when one of those friends is a trained chef. Delicious.

Now if only natural bug repellant would actually keep the little creeps away.

Birthday on the Patio

Birthday on the Patio

Birthday on the Patio

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 230: Eight.TwentyThree.13

My friend told me about Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. CUPCAKES. GENIUS. Art, for sure.

I not-so-subtly shared on facebook that they are all I want for my bday this year…

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 42: Two.Sixteen.13

Today was my moving party. Well, more accurately my going away party. I love entertaining – mostly the decor and ambiance side of things. I also did the cooking (it was all edible, hooray)! Event planning is a career track I could see myself enjoying. If I didn’t have this innate need to do something philanthropic that is. Although, I suppose the event and party planning I do through my non-profit career, as well as my own organization totally fits the bill for creating parties for good.

Moving Party

Moving Party

At this particular party, I set up a Kraft Korner – a ton of random crafting goods I have accumulated, that I didn’t want to pack and take with me. I was expecting a few friends to indulge me and decorate a candle holder or something. I had NO idea the ENTIRE crew would get into it and create some of the coolest pieces of re-purposed art around! (mobile, framed drawing and collage, bouquets of flowers…) Instead of getting rid of things, I now have even more to pack because they all left their amazing pieces for me, sigh!

Kraft Korner Delights!

Kraft Korner Delights!

Here’s to another day of creativity…

Day 20: One.TwentyFive.13

I love food. Well. Not all food. I’m a vegetarian for starters, and a picky one at that. The fact that I don’t love all veggies mystifies many of my non-veggie friends. Isn’t that a requirement of BEING a vegetarian after all? Apparently not. So let me rephrase: I love YUMMY vegetarian food.

I’m not much of a cook though. I mean sure I CAN cook. I just don’t do it very often. When it comes to design, I can take a look around a room and just somehow make things go together to form a pretty vignette. That skill didn’t carry over into the food realm, however. I can’t look in a fridge and come up with fanciful concoctions based on what’s available. I can’t improvise in the kitchen. I also have a dark past when it comes to kitchen utensils. (Case in point: I once cut off the tip of my thumb with a cheese slicer. To this day I don’t own a cheese slicer, nor do I ever plan to use one again.) Finally, as we learned in Day 17, I’m not big on patience. So when I’m hungry, I want to eat right then and there. But when I have a recipe in front of me, a sprinkle of in-short-supply patience, and a dash of ambition, I have been known to cook up some delicious dishes.

So while the below picture may not look like other people’s versions of creativity, let me assure you, it was my daily dose for sure. Also, cheese makes everything better. Everything. (Wine doesn’t hurt either.)

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Here’s to another day of creativity…