For Your Inspiration Friday



To the mind that is still, the whole Universe surrenders.

Lao Tzu


The foundation of every state is the education of its youth,

Diogenes Laertius


Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.

Christopher Hitchens


The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.

Captain Jack Sparrow


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu


Start With One Thing …

We watch American Ninja Warrior and Spartan Race (via Hulu). I can’t remember which show it was that showed someone explaining how they began training for the course.

The gentleman said (and I apologize for not remembering who said it, on what show, or when) that he started with one push-up and one pull-up a day…

You start with one whatever a day—and you build from there.

It was one of those life-altering moments.

Wait, I thought. I can do this? I can start here, now, and do this, one moment at a time…and I can accomplish whatever it is I set my mind to?


It percolated for a few days…although for those few days every day I would do something. I started with stretching. A little bit of stretching. I stop, take a few belly breaths, stretch some part of my body. It’s not the same stretch every day. Sometimes I stop and take three deep breaths. Sometimes I take more…sometimes less.

Just take a moment. What do you want to do?

It doesn’t have to be run a marathon, or run an obstacle course. What if you want to write a collection of poems? A novel? Knit a sweater? Crochet an afghan?

What could you do if you did something every day?

I am still working on my Grain shawl that I started last December—and I will work on this at random, usually when my partner is driving. It takes roughly twenty minutes to complete one row. I haven’t timed it in a while and I am betting it is more like twenty-five minutes now…but just think about it…one row … guesstimate thirty minutes a day…I might finish that thing before, say, this coming December (which is my goal, honestly).

Knit one row a day.

Take one deep breath per day.

Do one stretch per day.

Take five minutes to smear paint.

Take five minutes to write.

Take five minutes to sketch.

Or just one minute.

Start small, teeny tiny, then as you grow more strength, more confidence, you add more.

Maybe in a week, I will knit two rows per day.

By the end of that week, I’ll be taking one deep breath every waking hour.

By the end of the week, I’ll move into doing two stretches per day.

And so on, and so forth.

What will you do?

Where will you start?

So, Hello…


I wrote about how things were going to start picking up around here…and then … basically … you get crickets from me.

Well, I forgot that I needed to write things and actually POST them to the blog here…

But…there have been a ton of things going on behind the scenes here.

We are pondering the coming Halloween season…what will who do when on Sisters (and that’s just in our house…not even the entire Sisters group…)…what will we do here on this blog…how will we do it.

We always start planning the Wednesday prompts in July…and I am diving deep to decide what I want to do in the coming year…funnily enough, I have two years worth of different prompts sitting and waiting to be typed up…and I have an idea for something that I want to do…and I am torn between what to do first or how to turn them around…

I have the two free classes firing in my brain; I have a new paid course developing; I have a collaboration with my youngest that is going to turn into a different modality coming up; I have classes with my youngest moving forward; I have the old courses to finish off; I have a fiber-based course in the works; I have an old course to re-work and update.

I am even thinking forward to next year, thinking about monthly features, weekly features, that sort of thing…things that in JULY I should not even bother about for the coming year, but it’s here; it’s showing up; it wants to be heard—so I am listening….

I have lists. I have lists and I have more lists. I have plans…and plans within plans. At least I am taking notes about so many things that keep coming up…

I have stuff…

And…to top that off…I am still recuperating from being sick…so I have all this energy and all this stuff I want to do, but as I get into doing something, I get tired and I have to take breaks, I have to sit down, I have to take time out.

But…I am not stopping…it just may take a while for me to get everything together.

I hit me today that Lammas is coming…so my goal is to be set up and ready to really move forward by Lammas…

So, fingers crossed.

For Your Inspiration Friday


Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten?

Sigmund Freud


Every word has consequences. Every silence, too.

Jean-Paul Sartre


Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.



Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius


True change is within. Leave the outside as it is.

Dalai Lama

It’s Monday!

Oh, happy days…over this past week…the antibiotics have not exactly been the miraculous cure I needed, but they sure did jump start things.  They, coupled with a few herbal tinctures, lots of apple cider vinegar and as much sleep as I could get, cleared up the worst of it.  I feel like a human being again…so thank you for your prayers, your energy, your love and your support.  I deeply appreciate it.

And…during this past week, another amazing thing happened…my hardware issues have been fixed, well, mostly.  I have a new computer, a new set-up and I am raring to get back to work….although I am using my old monitor because I opted for a desktop over a laptop….and my monitor is about nine years old and did not come with a camera–so we are looking for a webcam…and … we are still having printer issues…because…it’s a printer and it has issues…but my loving man is definitely working on that…if all else fails, I am at the ready with a baseball bat.

So, look forward to a lot more new things coming your way from me…I am so excited…the past few weeks have given me a lot of time to think…and this past week, I have actually written some things down, so I can actually bring them to fruition.  I have two new free courses in the works.  I will have the old courses turned into email courses by the end of summer.  I have a brand new project bubbling beneath the surface.

Things are good.

It feels so amazing to simply be able to sit down at a computer and actually make something happen other than just being able to check email and type up a few things.  Ahhh….progress…and the energy to keep up with it.  Thank you.

Until tomorrow…