I know you’re out there! I refuse to believe it is just me creating imagined places that inspire me to make more meaning out of my day-to-day. I came across a fantastic quote by Elsie de Wolfe, “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.” Isn’t that fantastic? What if we committed to that one promise, that whatever we made or did we intentionally tried to make beautiful? Even our thoughts! I think it’s a game changer.
I know there are so many times in a given day when I am reduced to waiting in a carline, or folding laundry, or minutes away from a meeting, and I find myself drifting to a mental studio … a place I invented where I am instantly at home with my creative-self. The piece I wrote about it, “Creating a Mental Studio,” was recently published on Somerset Place, the official Blog of Stampington & Company (the parent of Bella Grace Magazine). I do SO hope you will check it out and tell me … what does your mental studio look like? Can I visit it with you!?!
This poem is for all of the women in my life who make it a little easier to breathe … to laugh … to cry … to be myself. If you’re wondering if you are one of the exquisite souls who inspired it – you are.
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.”
Elsie de Wolfe
I can’t believe I am sitting only hours away from 2022. I can’t believe it because I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing one year ago today, and honestly … I don’t feel like much changed in 2021. Sometimes, I expect more from myself than what I accomplish and it makes me feel ho-hum, and then I see a sky like this one … like the one I was blessed enough to witness a few weeks ago and I think maybe, sometimes – I’ve missed the point entirely.
I’ll bet there are a million moments in my day that are this brilliant, this bold, but in my search for whatever I think I’m supposed to be trying, or doing, or achieving: I miss them. After thinking about it, I don’t want to focus on goals or self-improvement this year so much as I want to focus on twenty-two things to look for and appreciate every day. What about you?
Twenty-Two Things to Look For
The wide-open sky, filled with sun, and storms, and wishes
The smile someone is waiting to share with me
Eye-contact with whomever I’m given the opportunity to speak to
The comfort of familiar places
The recognition of a precious memory in a photograph I’ve framed
The opportunity to make someone feel important
God in the details
The sound of nature making itself known
The moment given to me in which I am allowed to dream
The gratitude I should feel for my body
Hope on the smallest and grandest of scales
The love that I wake up and go to sleep beside
The hug someone (most likely me) has been aching for
The ability to fall into my imagination freely, at will
Words that I hear, read, and feel
The attention I am given when someone listens to me
The positions of wife, mom, daughter and friend that I am able to adopt in a single day