Life’s Story

I’m still catching up on my Quest2015 responses. Thursday’s prompt comes from Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative and Die Empty, two books that have been on my reading list for ages (looks like it’s time to get them off the list and into my hands).

If you knew that your life’s story will be written based upon your choices and actions in 2015, how will you live?

If 2015 is the year in which my choices and actions will be the catalyst for my life’s story, I will need to begin it with space–space to imagine, space to create, space for experimentation, space for serendipity, and learning, and joy, and rest.

I have been packing my days so solidly that I can barely breathe. I have been sqandering each left-over moment staring at screens. Meanwhile, I don’t sleep, don’t stretch my body, don’t eat well enough to build my strength to work the day jobs to pay all my bills or have anything left over to help seed inspiration through travel, or workshops, or a week off for a personal retreat, or a larger casita in which I can actually work without having to move my projects aside so I can have a small space to put my dinner plate.

And so in 2015 I will cultivate and seek openness–in my mind, and heart, and physical space.

And I will continue to create, daily–stories, quilts, art, poetry, magic.

And I will connect and re-connect, in real life, to the people, places, and projects that inspire and support me–my writing tribe out in California, my quilting tribe in Santa Fe, my blood tribe in California, Rochester, NY, and Wales, my ancestral tribe on the Scottish Isles and in the history books and stories of Celts and once and future kings.

And I will reclaim the beloved people and things that got lost along the way–squeezed out by career and diminishing relationships.

And together we will create an incredible alchemy, transforming our once lost or missing dreams into something infinitely more valuable than gold.