Saturday, July 15, 2006

Appreciating Week 28

What a week this has been. The pivotal moment of the week was my resignation. I have always said that when that day came, I would be opening up space and time for what I truly love. And miraculously, things I love have started showing up. Thank you, universe!

Sunday: Another big step on #88 on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list: get window coverings for the kitchen. These blinds are bought and 1 of 3 are now up. Progress! We love the clean line and the way they soften the light that comes into the room. We don't love that IKEA put warning labels about the chain directly on the bottom bar with the strongest glue in the world!

Monday: I ordered these books from what feels like a million years ago. As I had decided to quit, I thought, hmm, I should really cancel that order because it would be wise to be a little bit careful with money during this transition period. And before I could, bam, they finally arrived. Coincidence that creative inspiration arrived on the day I wrote my resignation letter? I don't think so.

The books are The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery: Mixed Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books, Artists Journals and More by Karen Michel, Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Perrella and Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life by Keri Smith

Tuesday: My Nia teacher is running a workshop on learning a particular routine, and I've decided to take it. That meant I had to order the routine that she'll be working with and it arrived on the day I quit.

Wednesday: Justin and I went out to the movies and saw Superman Returns. I didn't think it was great, in fact sometimes it was rather dull (particularly with the villains, which is a bit odd), but ultimately it still touched me. It took me a while to warm up to the new Superman, but I did. And in a new way I understood the power of being rescued.

Thursday: Now one thing that was certainly not dull this week is So You Think You Can Dance. This is a recent discovery for me, and when I watch it, man, they can probably hear me cheering, laughing, shouting down the street. It reminds me of when my dad used to watch hockey games. The only thing I don't enjoy about this show is that during the auditions there was a lot of spirit-crushing criticism, and I just don't believe that is ever necessary. Ever. But other than that, I enjoy the way it showcases choreographers, shows a broad range of dance styles and they dancers are outstanding! I was truly sad about the man they cut this evening.

Friday: And I have 2 pictures for Friday. At lunch it was a real treat for me to go out for a meal with friends, including my friend's darling baby girl. Isn't she sweet? She sat with me for quite a while, good as gold. I should have asked someone to take a picture of that!

And Shannon and I couldn't quite believe our eyes as we were walking down the street and passed a Pita Pit and saw this colourful fella in the window. I'm guessing he's not really allowed to be in there, but he showed no shame and posed for this pic.

What a great week!


Potato Print said...

Hi Jamie,
What a colorful week. It seems like we humans can get into a state of heightened attention and joy every once in a while. I think of it as tourist mode. You are aware that you are stepping out of your normal routine, you realize that your time is limited, and then you start to notice things like crazy. Your awareness about the books is wonderful. The parrot also is wonderful.

melba said...

Oh it is so nice to hear you so happy...your voice I hear it!

I think that those books will really inspire you. I don't have any of them but I read them at the book store. It is not that I wouldn't want them, but it is impossible to buy every book I want. So I am kind of cheesy sometimes and sit with my latte and read in the cafe of Borders while my children make a mess coloring and eating muffins. But I always clean up!(and the staff usually like to come over and say hi to the kids)
I especially like Karen Michel...I love what she does with photographs.

Sacred Suzie said...

Isn't that funny about the books? I've had stuff like that happen. It's like we're really getting our faith tested whether we want to or not. I think it's wonderful actually, now you will have some book "treats" to keep you inspired during your transition.

Those blinds look so cool and suit your space very much! Love the parrot and the baby's cute too. ;)

Shannon said...

Great post!!! OMG tons of beautiful things this week from the blinds (gorgeous!) to the beautiful baby girl and to the zany parrot!

krista said...

Appreciation is a good thing. I feel happier just reading through your list! (And those books- they all sound awesome)

megg said...

What a great week! I'm so happy that the universe is conspiring to help you in your new venture. I own two of those books & I LOVE them!! Oh, Jamie, I can't believe you did it - I am just so wrigglingly happy for you. I'm full of excitement for all of the things to come. Thank you for being so brave. I know you've inspired me - and I know that there are others reading your blog who will also be inspired!!

P.S. I booked a ticket for Christmas already - hopefully we can connect when I am home for longer!!!!!

Felic said...

Love, love, loeve those blinds!
To remove a sticker: nail polish remover. It will stink for awhile but you'll be rid of the warning labels.

Alexandra S said...

Congratulations for taking the leap. Our timing is in step with one another's as I did the same thing a couple weeks ago too. The fear is admittedly creeping in a bit now but I'm coping! I just want to say hats off to you and I look forward to following along on this next chapter of your life.
And I agree with Superman. I actually really liked it but I left with this pang, like I wish I could be rescued too from some ongoing things, and my country too!

Colorsonmymind said...

Great post. Congrats on taking the leap.