Today Jamie and Shannon
Whether you've been blogging for 5
years or 5 days, share with us your first post. What inspired you to start,
what have you've learned or
how you've changed since then?
Here is my first post:
My first identity was as Bunny and John's
daughter. I am an orphan now. I lost my Mom last May; my father 36 years ago. My
mother's influence is still very strong. Hence the title - a homage to
I always said that when I grew up I wanted to be a teacher, writer
or an artist. I have written, I am a teacher, but I have only dabbled in art.
Well, at 57 - when will I be grown up and be an artist- if not now?
have been following The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women blog, hosted by
All the advice points to "Just do it. Create.".
So "do it" I
My first step was to create my "101 Things in 1001 Days" list. I want
to challenge myself to try new things and be creative.
My second step was to
start a media collage online course. More on that later.
My bravest step thus
far though, is the creation of this blog, to put myself on the line.
is to explore my adventures in art, education and life. .
Join me in my
Even back in March 2009, I knew I needed to do something more. Creating the blog, taking classes, creating, all helped me move past grief and discover what I truly needed.
I continue to take course, to create and to write and am enjoying the journey.
Today's prompt and image come from
my dear friend and sister wordsmith, Alana
Lawson, whose friendship, support and inspiration continues to be one of
the most precious things in my life.
“True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes
by.”— E.S. Bouton
There are so many “precious things” that are presented to us each day;
discoveries and treasures found in simple moments, memories we wish to store in
our hearts and keep with us forever.
What precious things have you gathered in 2013?
Which memories from this year do you wish to keep with you always?
Memories are special. We often take pictures to remember what we were experiencing or what we saw. We want to capture our children and family members so we have those moments always. As we look at those photos we remember the feelings and it is those that actually anchor the memories for us. Happiness, pride, sadness, even anger are relieved.
Memories I want to cherish from this year:
times with my husband, even just simple ones of walking and holding hands
seeing my children, playing "Scattegories"
opening a card and gift she made from a special student
receiving a ceramic plate from my class with all their names drawn on it
special words spoken by a friend at my retirement dinner
dinners with all the family gathered round
watching a play or movie
reading good books
All these add up to happiness and joy.