August Moon – Time and Priorities

Today is the tenth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.

Today Kat gives us the following:

How will you make time work for you?

Yesterday, we considered how we might honour our multiple selves whilst still ensuring we were clothed and fed.

This is where I need to make a confession. There’s no way known I could have done the things that have made my heart sing over the past five years had I been working full time.

Well, of course, that’s not completely true: had I wanted to, I would have found a way.

Maybe it can be as simple as ensuring you have your own needs met before you give of yourself to others. Changing work hours, negotiating part time hours – even if only for a limited time – could be a good start.

But I ask this because I genuinely don’t know: how do you go to work and give as much as is adequate but ensure that you have enough left for you?

Therein lies the rub, yes? I wish I had an easy answer for this because I am not at all sure how to make it happen.

This time last year…almost exactly this time last year, in fact…I was struggling with the fact that I knew the axe was about to fall at my job. I didn’t particularly mind so much because for a year, I had known that it wasn’t the place for me. I made some wonderful friends there, but I couldn’t get the support I needed to do what I felt like really needed to be done, and I didn’t know how to ask for the help I wanted without seeming like I was whining. It really felt like a no-win situation, and after a particularly awful corporate meeting which resulted in a Performance Improvement Plan which was designed for my ultimate failure because my boss made the decision to keep me out of the loop, I kept hearing Danielle LaPorte in my head:

Stop giving 100% to what you don’t really want….when you decide to go after a new dream, you need to give less to your current reality and more to your desired reality.

It was really, really, really hard to do that. It was hard to let go and know that I was really sabotaging myself in that position…and then I realized that I couldn’t sabotage myself because I wasn’t meant to succeed. That realization made it easier to take my foot off the gas and step back – do some things that I would have never done in the past. At the same time, though, it still didn’t feel good. I was raised to do the best job you can do.

Before I had gotten to that point with that job, I had to come to some other hard realizations – that 12-14 hour days weren’t worth it, and that in order to protect my health, my marriage, and my sanity, I had to create healthier boundaries for myself and my work. I did that by asking for and receiving a later start time. Going into work between 9:00 – 10:00 allowed me the freedom to still get up at 5:00 in the morning but go for an hour walk along the beach and then spend an hour writing and get ready for work leisurely. I also promised myself that I wasn’t staying past 8:00 at night. A 10 hour work day was long enough. Plus I didn’t get paid to do more than that. (Harsh but true. My position in the company paid significantly less than industry standards, and I literally couldn’t work any harder)

Boundaries. Once I started setting boundaries for the job, things shifted. Both for me professionally and personally. I quit taking responsibility for things that weren’t mine, and I started focusing on what I could control.

I think that remains a good position to take. As I create boundaries for my work, time frees up so I can do the things that speak to my soul. I’ve done this job for awhile now. I’m familiar with how it needs to be done and how long it takes. I’m not interested in giving more than that. Which is not to say that I occasionally I don’t. I’m that kind of girl. But I protect myself and my time from the work creep (I’m not so good at the fun creep) I’ve learned to say, “I don’t think I can” even if I still feel the need to make an excuse (maybe even a little white lie) for why I can’t.

Like I said, I’m good at keeping my work from impacting the rest of my life. For the most part. But a lot of the time I’m more than happy to let my life impact my soul. Which is not a bad thing. I do not for a moment regret that time. Those moments are precious, and time spent behind a screen or by myself on the porch with a pen and journal, cannot replace them. I’m not quite sure how to go about solving that problem.

Suggestions?

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Tuesday Thanksgiving

Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.

This week, the following things are making the list:

  • My Sweet Husband’s incredible heart. I’m not sure that I know a finer man. Truly. I get a little teary some times thinking about what I did to deserve someone so good because I know that I am catty and snaggly and grouchy but he is something else entirely. If you need something, SH is the person you want in your corner because that big heart of his will give you everything it has, freely and without reservation.
  • A vehicle that not only runs but runs well. It has some issues (like the headliner that I’d really love to be glued back into place), but it gets me from point A to point B, and I don’t worry about it. I worry about lots of things, but my 22-almost 23-year old Jeep isn’t one of them.
  • Support. These times aren’t the easiest for me. My soul is in a lot of turmoil trying to decide what comes next and it feels like in addition to my family, I’ve got this whole tribe of people who are pulling for me and believing in whatever it is that I can think of to make my life fuller and richer. I am grateful for that gift.
  • August Moon. Even though the prompts are hard and the work isn’t easy, it’s what I need at this point in my life, and I’m grateful to Kat McNally for putting together this.
  • Opportunity. As I’m making my way, feeling my way, trying to figure out what it is that I am supposed to be doing with the rest of this time that I have to be a productive member of society, it feels like the Universe is pointing me in the way that I’m supposed to go by providing me with the opportunities that will take me where I need to go.
  • Completed projects. It feels good to cross something off the list.
  • Routine. I am a creature of habit, and I find great comfort in the regularity of my routine.
  • Cooler temperatures. I know that starting this afternoon it’s going to get hotter, which will make tomorrow’s efforts for C25K ridiculous, but for right now, I’m enjoying the fact that there was a nip in the air this morning.
  • A quiet day at work. It is perhaps because we suspended a huge quantity yesterday but today is calm and quiet, and I’m just fine with that.

For what are you thankful this week? What blessings are you counting? Let me know in the comments!

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August Moon – All of Me

Today is the ninth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.

Today Kat gives us the following:

What about your multiple selves?

There’s no elegant way of saying this: it often comes down to money.

Unless you are a trust fund baby or have a wealthy, indulgent spouse you are likely going to need to contribute in some way to your board and lodgings. And this is what tends to be the bottom line for most of us: I have this dream but how is it going to put food on my table, especially in the short term?

I don’t have the answer for this, obviously. But there are a couple of things I have observed.

Regardless of whether we’re talking about an overtly “creative” pursuit, it seems to me that putting pressure on your dream life to earn you money can somehow rob it of all its joy. This can become crippling and get in the way of the actual doing i.e. the refining of your craft, the prioritising of your actual goal.

It can also result in feeling like a total failure if it doesn’t come to fruition in the time frame required.

Today I invite you spell out the range of things you are and would like to be.

Which of these would be the likeliest candidate to generate income, in the short term? If none of them, how could these be combined with some other form of “day job”?

How could you a cultivate a life that reflects all that you truly are?

This is the dilemma, isn’t it? It is what keeps me away from my Sweet Husband during the week, away from this home we’ve built that is lovely & comfortable, to a job that I don’t particularly like but that pays better than anything else I can find. It is easy to say that if you do what you love, then the money follows, but I don’t know anyone for whom that is true. All of the people I know work to support their lives and enjoy every single moment they are away from work. Which is not to say that they don’t enjoy their jobs; many of them do. It’s just not what fulfills them.

I’m not entirely sure that expecting our work to fulfill us is the best way to approach our work. That’s an awful lot of pressure to place on something. I’ve always thought that “satisfied” (as in you were doing good work that made you feel satisfied was a more appropriate lens with which to view our careers…& in a perfect world, fulfillment would reside there.

Anyway.

The things I am:

  • a teacher
  • a student
  • a writer
  • a photographer
  • a reader
  • a crafter
  • a mentor
  • a staff developer

The things I would like to be:

  • a much better writer with a wider reach
  • a much better photographer with a much wider reach
  • a guide
  • a resource
  • a relaxer
  • a teacher of the things that I want to teach

Unfortunately, right now, about the only thing that I can see clearly that will provide for me is that teaching thing which I no longer really want to do. And that’s OK. I’m not at a point where I’m causing harm, and I’ve decided that because of the setting where I work, I can do things a little differently. I can focus on the things that I want to – namely how to do you get to be a better person? how do you set goals that you can achieve? how do you make a good decision? what is a good decision? – and I can wrap it up in my “content” and no one really knows the difference. (I don’t think I’d mind this gig if I could be home every night) I’m good with that. And I’ve got awhile before I have to make a leap.

I’m using that time to begin the work of positioning myself in such a way that I can combine some writing and photography work to support myself. I have a photo shoot coming up this weekend that will help me build a portfolio. I need to send some emails about lining up some editing work. I need to do some work on the photo editing class that I signed up for. It’s all a process, and I’ve come to the realization that it’s not going to be one thing – it’s going to be many things. I’m fine with that understanding. I’m fine with knowing that I’m going to have to pull multiple things together in order to make this work.

It’s all good.

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August Moon – Manifesting

Today is the eighth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.

Today Kat gives us the following:

Put out the call!

I’ve often thought of myself that it takes a village to raise this idiot. Seriously, the fact that you are reading this post today is credit to the following: two psychotherapists, an IT whiz, a graphic designer, naturopath, physiotherapist, oracle cards, accountability buddy, friends to blab to, my sister to blab even more to, books, e-courses, personal trainer, more books than I care to admit to, life coach, creative coach, tarot reader.

I say this to get you thinking: who could help you in manifesting your dream life?

Maybe you don’t know that person right now. I still think you should put out the call.

If the universe was prepared to send someone to help, who would you ask for?

Some times I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, much less what kind of help I need. As the juggling act gets more frantic and the pace of the days speed up with more and more to do, I have less and less time to think. It gets overwhelming.

But if I’m asking for guidance from the Universe, someone to provide me with support and space, I’d ask for someone who is incredibly patient. Even though I write and read and teach both of those subjects, I am not an auditory or visual learner. I need someone who gets that I’ve got to do it, and as I do it, I’ll be writing it down, trying to further cement it in my head.

And that person would hopefully teach me about how to best marry words and images so they evoke a response, one that keeps people interested and hopeful and coming back to see what they’ll find next. Someone to help me capture the wonder of this world that I live in because it is, despite its challenges, a pretty incredible place to be. I feel like I have the pieces of the puzzle with the frame put together – I need help filling it in.

Along the way, perhaps they’d be teaching me a bit about myself too…maybe a little bit of that patience will rub off because I tend to get very frustrated with me.

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Weekend Unwind

Nothing this weekend went quite the way that I had it planned out in my head. That doesn’t mean that it was a bad weekend; it just means that as someone who needs a Plan and tends to live by the Plan, I don’t deal very well when the Plan gets changed.

Like Friday night when my Sweet Husband decided to stay at the bar watching preseason football rather than coming home. It wasn’t that we had plans. It was that I hadn’t seen him all week, making the decision to stay in Hattiesburg this week, and he was going to be tied up all weekend with fantasy football stuff. I knew he was going to have a few drinks with his coworkers after he got off, but I figured he’d be home shortly after I was. I knew he wanted me to join him for a little while, but I was tired. Working at alternative school combined with my sleep habits will take it out of you. He stayed to watch football and let me rest; I woke up and was irritated he wasn’t home because I missed him and was going to miss him more.

And for some reason I had an extremely difficult time on Saturday getting going. I didn’t get my morning pages done until after noon…even though I was awake and up by about 9:00 (which is late for me). My plan for the weekend while SH was away was to get the cover for my daybed finished and to finish the Saints lighthouse I started 6 weeks ago for SH. My procrastination issue, though, meant that I didn’t even get started on the daybed sewing until about 4:00, which is when I had intended to be done.

I’m not the most talented seamstress. I’m pretty good at straight lines but give me anything more than that, and it’s going to get dicey. When I’m sewing a big project, I usually have the Sner to give me a hand. I’m kind of proud of the fact that I got this project done without intervention. Sner and I had talked about how to do it – a year ago. And again when she was here in June. So that’s what I went off of. I worked through how to do the piping, how to put the sides together and then how to put the ends on. I figured out (on my own!) what I did wrong with the piping and how to fix it the next time around (or on the pillows that I’m planning to make). It only took me about 5 hours to get the stupid thing finished. But it’s done, and I’m incredibly proud of it! I need to devise a different way to fasten the end because the velcro that I put on there isn’t working, and I’m not entirely sure how to make my machine’s button hole setting work. I think I know the answer to this, but it’s a pain. So. There’s that.

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The finished daybed cover

Even though it will be very dark when I get up to do my morning pages in the morning, I am so totally tempted to be sitting out there…or perhaps reclining or lounging…to do my writing and have my coffee.

And today, the day that I meant to get caught up, we had an impromptu trip to Hattiesburg. A friend of SH’s found himself and his wife stranded down here on the Coast. We’re pretty sure that what is wrong with their vehicle is that they need a new starter, but I am by no means a mechanic. For a lot of reasons that I am well acquainted with, they were stuck here. Because SH is just the best guy in the world, he said, no worries – we’ll tow you home. So that’s what we did. There was a hilarious moment in the casino parking garage where we had finally gotten the car strapped up and ready (blocking one lane of traffic, which is what attracted security), and security wouldn’t let us leave until they made sure that our friends actually owned the car.

I’m always happy to help people out – particularly when I know that there have been many times in my life that I could have been in the same situation.

It did however, shoot the plans for today. Which is OK, too.

So it is 10:00 at night, and I still have a few things that I have to get done before I can crawl into bed. It’ll be an early wake-up for me but it won’t be much earlier than what I’m already used to.

As for my intentions for the coming week, I didn’t get a chance to write this morning and really think about them, but off the top of my head, I’m looking at the following:

  • Complete week 1 of C25K
  • Have my school work done by Friday
  • Write every day
  • Work through half of the Lightroom course I signed up for
  • Be open to the situations that present themselves to me

If I had the benefit of my leisurely morning write, I’m sure there would be more to add to the list, but for now I’ll take what I have.

How was your weekend? And what are you looking forward to this week?

 

 

 

August Moon – Roadblocks or Detours

Today is the seventh day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.

Today, Kat gives us the following:

What tends to trip you up?


What is your kryptonite? Ask yourself in the most compassionate of ways.

Do you have lots of great ideas but have trouble choosing which one to focus on? Do you do so much research that you get overwhelmed when it comes to making a decision? Do you love generating ideas but aren’t so excited about seeing them through to the micro details?

If you’re anything like me, maybe you are easily discouraged. Perhaps you question your authority to write or say or make certain things. Or you might find yourself comparing your offerings negatively to the appearance of other people’s (especially in your instagram feed!).

What if these things were not detractions or blocks, just neutral facts about your preferred approach? What if it were just a matter of finding resources or people whose skills and interests complemented yours, so that the things you have listed would no longer hold you back?

Who might be able to work with you to help you work this to your advantage?

I think my biggest threat to success, the thing that keeps me from moving forward, is not having enough faith in my ability to do it.

When you look at my life – the projects I have started and not completed, the things in working on but haven’t put all of my effort into – it could look like there is a bit of flightiness or too many choices or not enough follow-through. And there might be a little something to that bit the bigger issue is that I am not all together sure that I can do it.

Because I lack that faith in myself, I sabotage those efforts. I don’t give myself enough time to write or take photos or whatever. When I then don’t experience success, I can blame it on the fact that I didn’t have time or I didn’t really try rather than I might not have been good enough.

At some point, though, this self-sabotage gets old. I’m rapidly getting to the point where I am tired of failure or rather what feels like failure. I am tired of looking around and thinking, “That could be me” or “I can do that.”

When I started my doctoral program, the professor teaching our research intro class asked us to look around at our classmates – by the time we were done, only half of us would be left and the half of us left would only be there because we put in the work. Not because we were smarter. And he said, “Look at all the people out there with PhDs. There are a lot of idiots who completed a doctoral program. You’re smarter than most of them. The difference is that they’ve done the work. Do the work.”

I also hear my Sweet Husband’s voice saying, “Baby, if you want to write, then write. Give it your all and do it. We’ll figure out how to make it work.”

I’ve got a ton of people who believe in me, and as I start to see 40 creeping over the hill, I am realizing that the only way through this, the only way to get to where I want to be is to believe in me too.

 

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Weekly Retreats – A Link Round-Up

I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am.

This week, the following things are making the list:

  • Be PromptedBesottment by Paper Relics. I am not at all sure that I need another challenge in which to participate, and if I do participate, it certainly won’t be as fantastic as what Hope Wallace Kearney creates. Art journaling intimidates me because my brain just doesn’t work that way, but I think I could handle some photos and some words. So. I’m keeping this in my back pocket to think about.
  • Remembering How to Play – Jamie Ridler Studios. I think that these days particularly when I’m struggling with where I want to go and what I want to do, this is an important message for me to hear.  Maybe if I get back to playing with some of the things that I love to do, the decisions get easier.
  • How to Consult with a Mystic – Alexandra Franzen. As someone who enjoys the occasional reading and who pulls a daily card, I found this tips interesting and maybe even a little helpful.
  • Settling and the Happiness Paradox – Rose B. for A Practical Wedding. There are some great thoughts in here, and some of them echo what my thoughts have been. One of the things that I resolved early in my singledom was to not be too picky. I created my list of 5 and that’s what I looked for. I’m fortunate that my Sweet Husband is all I didn’t know that I was looking for and more, but I almost missed him – even with my list of 5. He wasn’t what I was looking for, but I’m glad that he was patient enough to wait for me to come around. Happiness is what you make of it, I think. And I think we’re doing pretty OK.
  • Spend More Time with People Who Lift You Up – Be More With Less. God. Yes.
  • My Favorite Tricks for Photographing Babies – Elise Blaha Cripe for enJOY it. As I make plans and begin thinking about making moves as well as lining up folks to help me make moves, this is good for me to read, remember and keep in the back of my mind.

And finally – I know this is an old video, but I’ve been using it this week with my students. We are spending this first part of the year setting SMART goals and we will shortly begin creating vision boards for those goals. I teach rough children – children the system has given up on and children who have sometimes given up on themselves. They have high absenteeism and when they are in school, they are challenging and terribly frustrating. If I can teach them anything this year (and I hope I can teach them a lot), but if I can teach them anything, I hope it is that they have the power to change their circumstances. Yes, the deck is stacked against them, but they can *decide* what kind of life they want, and they can decide who they are going to be. They don’t have to remain the kid who has spent their entire academic career at alternative school. Or even if they are the kid who has spent his entire academic career at alternative school, that doesn’t mean he can’t be something more. I think this video encapsulates those sentiments well (and they like Will Smith so it works).

Those were my best-of this week. What did you come across that you really enjoyed? Let me know!

August Moon – On Fire

Yesterday was the sixth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.

Kat gave us the following:

What are the signs that you are on fire?

Think about the last time you felt really turned on by something. Sink into the feelings and capture them as accurately as you can.

What is the catalyst for this feeling? What is it that you love about feeling this way?

My first thought is, I don’t know what this feels like. All of the choices in my life have been what I have been supposed to do – not necessarily what I want to do. That, of course, isn’t the truth of the matter.

There are things that light me up and get me going. I have not spent a lot of time working with my own desires – the things that make me happy. There are long twisted reasons for that, but I am a recovering perfectionist. I do the things I am supposed to, when I am supposed to, the way I am supposed to. I tend to be a rule follower to the nth degree, and I am a total people pleaser. I put others desires ahead of my own.

There are moments, though. I have loved photography since I was a little girl, and I have a very clear memory of asking for a camera for my 10th birthday. (I got a pink and purple Le Clic 110 camera) AndI’ve been writing since I was wee. Those are the things that make me happiest. I don’t know that I am particularly good at either of those things, but I like to play around with them.

One of the things that makes me happiest is grabbing my camera and wandering around. During my time in the National Writing Project, I was introduced to the idea of Writing Marathons – where you go into a city and you wander from place to place in groups of 4-6, spending 20-30 minutes writing and then 20-30 minutes sharing, eating, drinking before you move on to your next destination. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that as part of a group, but I have done it on my own numerous times. I particularly like New Orleans for that. These days I take my camera with me and spend time shooting as well as writing. As to what that makes me feel like – in tune, connected, vibrant, observant.

Interesting because connected is another of my Core Desired Feelings.

There are times when I get really excited about what I’m doing – like this afternoon as I was finally getting the cover put together for the daybed on the front porch. But that kind of excitement makes me extremely nervous. Like – I’m going to fuck this up; don’t let me fuck this up; I’m not going to fuck this up! Being able to do something that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pull off – that’s a big turn-on. (See that piping? Bane of my existence, but it sure does look sharp. Check Instagram tomorrow for a shot of the finished – minus the throw pillows that still need to be done – daybed)

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Cover for the daybed Sweet Husband made me over a year ago

There have been a few times when my work has set me on fire – it has usually happened when I’ve been doing professional development for teachers. I started down the path of an adult education degree because I’d gotten hooked up with the NWP and found a tremendous amount of power in helping teachers improve their practice.  In my own little classroom, I could affect maybe 200 students a year, but if I worked with teachers, helping them implement best practices in their own classes, then I could be making a difference in the lives of so many other children. I was good at professional development. I focused on making what I was offering practical and immediately applicable. When I was doing it, I felt purposeful and helpful, passionate and creative.  There are times when I think the best of all possibilities would be fore me to be able to do professional development again on a full-time basis, but I also know that isn’t really an option now. I don’t have those connections anymore, and to be honest – I don’t particularly want to deal much with the hoops that school districts have anymore. I just don’t.

I think these experiences work because they are all connected to my Core Desired Feelings. I’m working towards having those CDFs directing my life and the choices that I make.

What about you? What lights you up and gets you excited?

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Photo Friday – New Orleans

It’s been a minute since I’ve edited photos, which means Photo Friday has been more of a thought than a reality. I’ve taken a few, but I haven’t gotten around to getting them off my camera into Lightroom. I have got to get into the habit of getting it done on the weekends, so I can actually upload them. I could use Lightroom on my work computer, but I really want to keep all of my photos and all of the work in one place. Then I can go from there. So. One of my goals is to get better at doing that.

In the meantime, about a month ago (!), we went to New Orleans with Sweet Husband’s mom and her childhood best friend. There are more photos from that trip, but right now I just wanted to share the following four.

Photo Friday - Sweet Husband in New Orleans

My darling Sweet Husband at our place in New Orleans

Photo Friday - Bourbon Cowboy

The Bourbon Cowboy – on Bourbon Street

Photo Friday - Oyster Bar Desire

The Oyster Bar Desire – the Royal Sonesta New Orleans

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Jean LaFitte’s Old Absinthe House in New Orleans

August Moon – Perfect Work

Today is the fifth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.

Today, Kat gives us the following:

What would your perfect work day be like?


The work itself does not need to be clear. Your work could be your craft, your hobby, the way you tend to your family or home, whatever.

Just get quiet and ruminate for a while. Think up the most delicious, delightful scenario… one that’s so good you may be ready to believe that it’s not possible.

Observe as much as you can.

I knew that this prompt felt familiar. I knew that I had thought these thoughts. And it felt like I’d pictured this many times, in fact. That’s because I had!

In that piece, I thought about my days and in the end came to this conclusion -

I don’t think it’s too much: meaningful, engaging work, augmented by creative pursuits that are supported by my love and friends.

Man! That feels true and right still.

When I take a look at the actually outline of what I wanted that day to look like, it still feels true and right. Probably because those are things that have made their way to my Mondo Beyondo lists. I keep seeing that day. It’s what keeps coming into my head and my heart. I cannot wait to get to a point where it is actually a possibility – if even just a few hours of it. It makes this work and sacrifice worth it in the end.

Tell us about your perfect day. What does that gorgeous thing look like?

August Moon 2014 - Kat McNally