so many different things on my mind today. so i guess i'll go with that! unlike one of my favorite bloggers who does her posts in a very concise, organized manner. no idea why i can't do that.
thoughts: i love being the age i am. i feel better than i've ever felt. i know more than i've ever known. i have experienced enough heartache to be grateful for not only the big things, but the small. i have amazing children in my life, who i adore...but don't have the daily responsiblity for. i have my parents and appreciate them more than ever. i have a man who fits perfectly with me. i am passionate about my work and life. i recognize the importance of faith and how without it, i am not at peace.
it's not that i think age makes one superior. i just love the perspective that age undeniably gives. here's a quote that i read recently:
"at this stage, my happiness at home is more quiet. i have raised my family. they have their own exciting lives to live. i now have more free time to contemplate, to read, to study and question deep philosophical, universal issues." alexandra stoddard
she goes on to write about how it's not necessarily a more happy time, just a different time. i loved when my kids were young and at home. but embracing this new season of life is a good thing too. i'm glad that our kids are living independent vibrant lives. i don't want to hang on to the past!
creativity: i've spent more time in my studio again this winter. i love snuggling into my little world upstairs and getting creative. my studio is one of my favorite places to spend time. here are a few recent layouts featuring melissa frances:
i love the fresh twist collection! so pretty.
another thing i'm super excited about, is 2 upcoming classes that my talented friend vicki and i are planning at the loft! i just adore her, so the idea of a day of classes and a luncheon with her sounds divine! i'll be teaching a mini-book class and she'll be doing an altered shadow box. and here's the kicker-it's going to be really affordable! yay! we have a date for the classes too-it's saturday march 28. more details on friday!
t.v. : yes, i am shallow enough to include t.v. with my philosophical thoughts and my creativity. i really like danny gokey and alexis (girl with the pink hair) on idol. they really stood out last night! tom and i are also watching survivor. we just get such a kick out of it. we always end up having inside jokes as we watch. it's literally the only show we watch together! i'm looking forward to a new season of dancing too! i'm sad that boston legal is done. and i'm also sad that our local channel 6 isn't available in my studio anymore. no more law and order. i did rent the first season of gilmore girls this week. so i can watch as i work. i just adore that show. i guess with my little ramshackle tv in my studio, i'll be watching a lot of dvds. either that, or we'll be buying a new t.v. our spending dollars rarely go for technology...and if they do, it's for computer stuff. no ipods, no fancy tvs. we do have tivo and a nice(albeit simple) system for music listening, which includes outdoor speakers. i guess technology just isn't our priority when it comes to spending money. we're pretty content with our simple stuff.
organization: i had to laugh when martha sent an email with her organizational tip today: organizing the basement. more motivation for me. i'm about 1/10 of the way through.
photography: i am so anxious to get back into full out shoots. this week has just started to get back into a fuller schedule as far as photoshoots go. i've kept busy all winter with design work and orders. so i can't complain! God has been so good! i always get nervous about making it through the slower winter months...but this year has been much better! i even tried to relax and enjoy the slowdown and recognize that i would soon be busy, busy again. yesterday i did a shoot of harper for the march healthwise cover. although i can't show the specific images we did for the cover, here are a couple we shot after clearing the props-
she is so easy to photograph! i just engage her in conversation and she's in. we had the best time!
i'm going to go out to the hospital within the hour to join my dad, as my mom has a routine procedure done. mom is doing great! after today, they plan to gear up to head south for a few weeks. thanks for your continued prayers for her.
God bless you!