Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Finding My Voice

It has been quite a while since this blog has seen any action.  It has been patiently waiting for me to return.  Looking back through the existing posts I see snippets of me peeking through the projects that I was interested in at that time.  As is typical for me, my interest peaked and then waned off to nothing.  It's a regular cycle for me - I think I get it from my mom...  Something new and shiny, lots of fun for a time, then less fun or interesting, then off to something new and shiny.

It strikes me as amusing to see this trait in myself.  I prefer routine, knowing what's coming and being prepared for it.  My furniture rarely if ever moves (unless it's time to vacuum the dog fur from beneath);  I've had the same career for twenty years - the exact same career - and despite not being enamored by the work, I have found the routine / ritual of it comforting.  Until recently. 

I began taking Tara Mohr's "Playing Big" leadership program in May.  Working through the course, and with my small breakout group I am starting to find my voice.  I am learning how to share my voice with others.

One thing that has remained constant for as far back as I can remember, is my love of words and writing to express myself. 
  • The early elementary days of drawing a picture and writing a story to go along with it.  The tale was endless.  Words spilled onto page after page. 
  • The notes I would leave on my parent's pillows, like a chocolate at a fancy hotel, when I could not find a way to express my thoughts with my voice.
  • The journals we were required to keep in our 5th (or was it 6th) grade English class.
  • The journals I have scattered throughout my home in various stages of use.
  • The few dozen fiction stories that are also in various stages of creation. 

My hope for the future of this blog is that it will be my companion as I continue to find my voice, and my conduit for sharing some of that voice with the world.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

30 Days of Lists...

Hello again!  It's nearly autumn - my favorite season of the year.  With the days cooling and growing shorter I'm re-energized.

This past week I decided to join a month long journaling challenge called 30 days of lists.  And I finished my little book to keep my lists just in the nick of time.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Anticipating Idaho...


Around here it is common for vacations to be planned eight to twelve months in advance.  Sometimes I wonder if this reduces our ability to be spontaneous; but it provides ample time to build up the excitement. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Snail Mail Project - Week 1

March 14 - 20

It's the first week after declaring my intent, and I just barely managed to sneak out one card under the wire.  Whew! 
{Note:  I've decided to wait a full week to post my progress, just in case the recipient reads my blog.  Don't want to spoil the surprise!}

Living just over an hour away from Joel's brother, sister-in-law and their 3 boys, you'd think we'd see more of each other, but somehow our schedules rarely ever mesh.  Beth is just starting out as an entrepreneur, so on top of all the time spent at the boys' activities, she's got a full plate of her own to juggle.  I decided to start my snail mail project with a note to let her know how much I admire her courage and passion for what she's doing.

One week down, thirty nine to go!
~ Kathy

Friday, March 22, 2013

Project Life - The Villages Part 1

Here's my first installment of actual Project Life pages, and already I'm off the original plan...  {smile}

The plan was a double page spread per month, BUT we ended 2012 and started 2013 in Florida with our parents.  I wanted to include the time with family in the album as well.  Without further ado, here are some of the pages for our time with my parents at their new home in The Villages, Florida.  Note:  I took the pictures of the pages before I did any journaling... 

Addicted to GOLF - with mom's help (the picture of me), I managed to get photos of each of us golfing (or at least on the course, the best I have of my brother is him taking a photo of our nephew).

Part of the allure of The Villages community for my parents are the abundance of activities.  Executive style golf courses (nine holes, mostly par 3) seem to be everywhere, and my parents have been golfing up a storm.  They sign up just the two of them, and get paired with random people to complete the grouping (great way to meet people, if you're not overly self conscious!), or they go with friends.  And then there's the men's and women's "Scramble" tournaments each week.  What's more amazing?  Until the past year or so, my mother hadn't really done any golfing at all.  She's eating up this new lifestyle in the Sunshine State!  {I'm just a teeny bit jealous.}

So of course, while we were all together we golfed, and golfed and golfed some more!  I think I went out about half a dozen times or so just in the week and a half that I was there.  That's a LOT of golf, especially when lately Joel and I have been lucky to get out once a year!

Christmas -

I absolutely loved how my mom used the extra ornaments in glasses for decor, and spent a good 10 minutes staging the shot.  So of course I just had to blow it up a bit bigger than the 4x6 slot!  Silly me, I didn't have my camera handy when we were opening gifts in the morning, so no "people" pictures.  My gift arrived on Christmas Eve, when Joel flew down to join me! 

Part of the gift from my parents to my nephew was a scavanger hunt riding around in the golf carts so I included some of that adventure instead.  Many residents of The Villages put out elaborate decorations during the holidays, and I just couldn't resist taking a picture of the flying pig (grounded at the time the photo was taken).  He makes me smile!

For each of these pages I used some of the 3x4 cards from the kit.  For the Christmas page I taped the two together to create 4x6 card.  LOVE how the circle pattern on the cards coordiante with the baubles in the wine glasses.

I'm loving the process, the hard part - selecting which photos to include. 

~ Kathy