small steps

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Miss D & her reflection / beautiful branches, tiny leaves / a very old cemetery / a path / Oliver in his office at sunset / another path & Bee / a flock of starlings / stormy harbour / pillow topped drying rack avec Virgil / crow / fall asters are everywhere


I always forget the small part ...
oh yeah, and I forget the slow part too ...
and I never remember the compassionate part ... ever

but I do have a pretty good handle on the steps, especially lately - Ive been steppin' right along

I leap, I bound, I run, I rush, I cram, I hold my breath, I bite off way more than I can chew, I plan goals & to-dos that are way pie in the sky and then seem to almost relish in beating myself up because I can't/don't accomplish them. For example a recent penned in daytimer to-do - 1 hour power walking at noon 3x a week with Deb (Mon, Wed, Fri) - I apply the new slow, small, compassionate (realistic) steps philosophy and it becomes get yourself outside girlfriend & sit in the fresh air for 15 mins each midday. Ahhh now that's what I'm talkin' about !

I'm participating in yet another e-course (ya-huh e-course junkie am I, it's true) with Willo O'Brien & Mati Rose called Re-Connect (check it out here). It's been great, connecting with a huge community of creative women who are all battling similar issues - the biggest issue really aside from finding creative time & getting stuff done is being kind to yourself while doing it all - being gentle & patient & loving with yourself, with your mind & with your body. So my new mantra is slow, small, compassionate steps.

Yeah ! I like the sound of that.


  1. i like the sound of that too, nice words

  2. The the moods you create with your photo combinations.

    Glad you're taking that e-course. I was going to just leave a comments telling you to go easy on yourself.

  3. First time I've seen Winnie looking unimpressed Susan. Looks like she'd rather be home, but then probably projecting my ideas of how I feel about exercise outside when its puddly. Actually, exercise full stop.

  4. Gorgeous images dear Susan, all of them, the cats look very comfy, not so sure about Winnie's expression, your geraniums always look amazing, in fact all of your flowers look amazing.
    Enjoy your new e-course. :)
    xoxoxo ♡

  5. Ohhhh,
    A Very Old Cemetery seems uniquely you, font lady!
    It's gravely sweet.
    I love how the moss has grown into the engraved letters!
    I bet you could do an entire series just shooting individual words like "day". I bet you could find "beloved" and "rest" and "heaven" with all that moss, lichen and wear a good old cemetery has to offer. How I would enjoy searching them out with you on an autumn afternoon in the Maritimes, it would be a nice break from this October heat wave we're having in California!


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