Friday, January 6, 2017

2017's Major Creative Goal Is ...

My mystery response to this prompt
will soon be revealed to... both of us!
"The major creative goal that I want to achieve in 2017 is..."

Last night, as I continued to formalize my goals and plans for the year, this prompt became part of the process.

I had no problem coming up with a lengthy list of creative goals for the year.  Big and small, my creative dreams are always on my mind.  The challenge enters the picture when I'm asked to narrow them down to one major goal.  I've always been a girl who wants it all.  I dream big, and so much of the wild and wonderful ride that is my life's adventure has been a direct result of that single trait.

As I reflect in midlife, with the hope of self improvement and new beginnings, I recognize that my capacity for considering and pursuing huge numbers of hopes and dreams during every minute of every day has left me exhausted.  My attention has been divided in ways that don't always serve me well.

I suppose that the solution lies in the balance of all of it.  I'll continue to dream big, often, and

sometimes crazily; it's too much a part of who I am to ever stop.  I'll also work toward narrowing my focus, in dreams and in life, so that I can give my full attention to accomplishing my most imminent goals while still moving toward those that are dancing enthusiastically in the background.

I'm going to contemplate my response a bit longer, and I'd love to know what's on your creative horizon too.

What is the one major goal that YOU want to accomplish in 2017?  

Please leave your response in the comments below or email me directly at

Look at all the bright shiny colors!
As Debbie Keen proves, a bit of order
doesn't diminish their beauty.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Good Kind of Uncomfortable - Let's Sing!

Let's Sing!
On Tuesday, January 17th, at 6:00 pm ,you'll find me at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.  I'll be attending.  No.  I'll be *participatng* in a Pop Up Chorus event.  Somehow this small act thrills me and scares me at the same time.

When I was a kid, my extended family was like an Italian/German version of a Norman Rockwell Painting.  We gathered regularly at my Grandparent's House.  And while their kitchen tended to be the heart of their home, at the end of the hall in a room no larger than some closets today, there was a well loved upright piano; in their living room was an organ.

Music was always present there.  On holidays and throughout the year, it embraced us.  We sang.  We danced.  We made wonderful memories.  I never gave much thought as to whether I could or couldn't sing or dance.  In fact talent and ability never entered my mind.  Instead I immersed myself in the pure joy of the moments.  Somewhere along the way, that changed.  I recognized that singing wasn't my strong suit, and I started to listen to music instead of singing along.  Sensible?  Maybe.  Fun?  Not so much.

Well Friends, that's about to change!  2017 is going to be filled with the pleasure of things that make me uncomfortable, and Pop Up Chorus is where it all begins.  If you're within driving distance, I'd love to have company!  We can even have dinner before or after or along the way.  What can I say, I'm true to my roots.  Food and music go hand in hand!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Here's to a Heartfelt New Year!

New Year!

2017 is going to

filled with

I'm going to 
to the occasion.

Enjoy the

each step of the way.


Join me?

Each of the pieces shown above is from 
an artistic collaboration between 

Watch for more collaborative efforts and exciting news and announcements from Jean, Jodi, and ReMe Retreats in 2017!