Friday, July 02, 2010

Because I Can

cartwheeling
Yesterday, I spent a lot of time thinking on this new approach I am taking to the month of July. And I was thinking on some of the projects I have going on. And I was thinking on how so much is out of my control. Which led to wondering what I can control right now. And that brought me right back to thinking on how I can work on my summer attitude. I may not be able to hurry up a process that I want to hasten and I may not be able to end the vicious cycle of heat and humidity, but there are other things I have power over. Right? There has to be.

I was emailing back and forth with a friend the other day while feeling rather low. She made every effort to distract me and help me find a new path to wander down mentally. One thing she asked was "... are you imagining other things?" Of my situation, I said this, "I feel like all my eggs are in this basket and what if nothing hatches? I am not imaging anything else." What an awful feeling to be overwhelmed with, isn't it? Me, not imagining? That was when I wrote the note to July and that is why I was doing cartwheels in the wet grass at 8am this morning. I need to reconnect with ME and find a way to breathe again. It all has me feeling like there is a lot of possibilities in the weeks to come. I am keeping my basket of eggs close by, but I am looking for other hidden eggs too and I'll add them to my collection. Something is bound to hatch sooner or later, right?

So, one pretty little egg that was revealed to me by that same wise friend was a challenge of sorts. Y'all know I have been taking Kelly Rae Roberts's Flying Lessons E-course. One of the things we talked about was building a since of community. I love this idea, and I crave it. It is probably why I spend more time on my computer than in my studio recently... I want to be connected to people. Kelly Rae takes part in something she calls Lovebomb. And right there is where the challenge comes in. I have been told I should start planning a super-fabulous something to connect with like minded people. The suggestion instantly had my mind going a mile a minute with wants. Really though, the idea is in its infancy. I am thinking a weekend in a cabin/house on one of the Finger Lakes here in NY is a good place to start. Who is with me?

16 comments:

willowluna said...

K-Yippie! And as I said, would love, love to help plan/organize. That makes Lindsay sequel with glee at the thought.

hello gorgeous said...

I'd LOVE to be with you but am thinking Cardiff to New York is a little bit far to travel! Pah!

BUT.....I will be with you in spirit and hopefully mine can be lifted by the fabulous shinanigins that unfold.....

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

p.s. LOVING the cartwheels, what better way to start the day, sure it put a smile on your face!

Christine said...

Memememememe!!!!

Love the cartwheel. LOVE it.

deehebard said...

Kerry..it sounds like lots of fun. I have read for many years about the retreat that Janice from Jewelry Artist Network started. I had always thought it would be great fun to have something like that closer to home.

I hope you continue to find ways to enjoy the summer!

Nicole Valentine-Rimmer said...

I crave and miss interaction with other artists. People just don't do that in my area.

RockerJewlz said...

rejuvenation in a cabin. great idea. too far for me, but love the idea.

Brandi said...

I love this:

"And I was thinking on how so much is out of my control. Which led to wondering what I can control right now. And that brought me right back to thinking on how I can work on my summer attitude. I may not be able to hurry up a process that I want to hasten and I may not be able to end the vicious cycle of heat and humidity, but there are other things I have power over."

Beautiful, beautiful sentiment, Kerry! I love that you're taking control of what you can.

Welcome said...

If it is a short ( less than 4 days )
I would love to be invited. Keep me in mind as you set the wheels in motion. I love the finger lakes area and it's not that far from Maryland.

Kerry said...

it is going to be short! friday to monday on keuka lake!! i am already scouting cottages, and found a gorgeous one that fits 10. send me emails peps if you are truly interested. i will make a list of yeses and send out an email with more details in a few days.

jacqueline said...

I love this very inspiring post! Your words are so beautiful! You challenge sound really wonderful and i only wish i stay close enough to join you!! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

sandi m said...

oh how I wish I were a few states closer, I'd be there in a new york minute!

doesn't mean I couldn't do something here in the midwest...

Alice said...

I crave being with other artists and/or business owners. But my area is short on that sort of community sense. NY is so far to go, especially for my little budget, so I would have to attend in spirit only.

What I would really like is to find like-minded women closer to me, and who are willing to put their time and effort into something like this in my area. The idea has been rolling around in my head for a while now.

Laura Blanck said...

Is that you on the photo???
Greeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaat!
I would love to do that!

Kerry said...

yep! that's me... i love my camera timer.

Ellen said...

Kerry, Your retreat idea sounds wonderful, but I am also too far away. Keep posting about it even for those of us who cannot physically be there.

TesoriTrovati said...

me! me! pick me! If I weren't so gosh-dang far away you know I would be there in a minute. I just got an email from someone from Chicago who was bemoaning the fact that the really great artists never make it to the midwest. They have retreats in Oregon, or southern California, or Houston or New York. Never to Chicago or Minneapolis or Milwaukee. Maybe that can be in your phase two plan to take over the world!
Enjoy the day!
Erin