To be a mother has to be the greatest privilege. I know it's a lot of work, and probably the hardest job a woman will ever have, but I believe it is the most rewarding one.
I've always had a long time love affair with Spring. There's something about the longer days, bluer skies, warmer weather, the scents getting sweeter, and flowers blooming that really remind me how beautiful life is. In ecology, it's been known as a time for mating between animals. The birds are singing, the foliage has the richest color, and it seems like it could be the most pleasant time of year.
It's been a while and it truly sucks to be away from the things you love. For me it's writing, among other things. I've had some intense life changes happening all year long. I've moved cross country and I'm readjusting to a familiar city. It's nostalgic and interesting to be home. A lot of people don't move back to their hometown once they leave. Statistically, 58 percent of people between 25-35 return to their hometown while ten percent will return after the age of 35. What normally makes people return? Family, community, familiarity, higher paying positions or lower living expenses. For me, it was almost all of the above.
There are so many things no one is talking about and so much no one feels they can address. I've had a few weeks of feeling blah. Work has been slow and I've been finding it harder to stay focused. A huge part of it is the state of our nation and the politics. Another huge part is finances and trying to figure out how to be successful while being creative. I have half a dozen projects going on and I keep running into roadblocks. While finding myself in this bizarre space, I'm also trusting that this too shall pass and it will all work out because it usually does, doesn't it?
The world can be ugly, but that doesn't mean you have to be. It's no surprise we come across people on a regular that can be downright ugly. They could be having a bad day or they could be in a bad mood and sometimes they're just looking for people to take it out on. Our first response could be to respond in ugliness or to give them a dose of their own medicine. That's what honestly can feel natural to us. We want to show them how it feels.
When you’re an artist, self promotion is on-going. People like personable people. They like people they can relate to and feel drawn to. They like people who are kind and even charming. They like people who are pleasant and engaging.