With Venus firmly planted in retrograde and Mercury hot on her heels, this is the perfect time to (re)start a creative habit. I’ve allowed external forces to lure me off of my chosen path and hold my creativity hostage for far too long. Fellow creative soul, Denise Jacobs, has inspired me to begin the “100 Days of Creative Self-Care” project.
What is it?
Exactly what the name implies.
When does it start?
Whenever I want to begin… and that’s today.
What do I have to do?
Whatever I choose that will reconnect me to my creative spirit, nurture my mental and physical health, and make me write fearlessly.
It is, in essence, a challenge. But I don’t want to call it that. I’ve come to learn that the word “challenge” is not a motivator for me. I’m not highly competitive so it has the opposite effect. Instead, I will call it a practice. That’s what it is, after all.
A creative practice… starting with 100 days… continuing for life. See my updates on Instagram and My Single Serving Life.
Guess what? My Single Serving Life story is featured on the Wanderful website!
Wanderful is an awesome community of women travelers with members all over the world. I am fairly new to the community (and to world travel in general) so to have my journey featured on their site is an amazing honor and a warm welcome. Special thanks to Astrid on the Wanderful team for the awesome interview! READ IT HERE!
At long last “The Journey” of My Single Serving Life (in other words, the blog) is finally LIVE!
No better day to launch than my 44th birthday, right? At long last, you will get to read my tales from Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well as my other adventures in travel, food, love, and life!
I’ve only got a few posts up so far, but you know there’s more where that came from.
This Journey will be more random than chronological but in either case, it will be enlightening as it entertains… as usual.
Tomorrow, I embark on my very first real adventure. No work. No family. Just me (and a small travel squad) I’m going to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for 6 days. In addition to putting a much-needed stamp in my barren passport, this trip marks the beginning of a mental, spiritual, and physical journey that I’ve been planning in my head for nearly 4 years… To have my own version of “Eat Pray Love” while being a minivan-driving-single-mom-on-a-budget. Thanks to Tawana Smith of Moms Guide to Travel, I’m finally on my way to making what I thought would always be a dream written in my journal a reality. In approximately 24 hours, I will be blissfully submerged in la “Pura Vida!”
Getting a Hold of Your Self(ie)
I am so pleased to be participating in the movement that is The Self Portrait Experience! Created and facilitated by my dear friend, Lucrecer Braxton, this project is a journey to (and through) self-expression, self-acceptance, and self-love by way of The Selfie.
Two years ago… nearly to the day… I heard a story on the news about the pros and cons of the selfie phenomenon and it got me to thinking about me and my-self(ie) and prompted me to write about it. Like to hear it (again)? Here it go…
I often take them…
but I don’t believe I fully embrace my self(ies).
I always hesitate before I post one… checking to see how long it’s been since I posted the last one… then I hesitate again…
I worry about my self(ies)
I wonder what they say…
Too many = genuine pride? Conceit?
A desperate cry for attention, perhaps?
Too few = too shy?
None at all = self-loathing?
I work hard on my self(ies)
The right angle… the right light… the right expression to properly convey the sentiment of the moment… the right smile… and, of course, the right touch of camera magic…
I should be proud of my self(ies)
After all, it is a creative reflection of me… not just a picture.
When pointing the lens toward you…
What do you have to say for your self(ies)?
The Self Portrait Experience is a public, but closed Facebook group. If you’d like to join and explore your self(ie) in new ways with a group of amazing and supportive people, click HERE!