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September Newsletter | issue 02


Salutations and sunshine to you, dear Wallflower,


September is all change and evenings that stretch across the yard and it is a joy to be writing to you. These days — in the wake of several significant life changes — I have been practicing (or trying to practice) utter contentment. Oftentimes that looks like starting with what I already have. I realized that not buying things turns on the creative center of my mind: “If I don’t have ___ what can I use or find or make or borrow?” Would-be take-out dinners turn into lemon chicken, garden potato salad and beans fried in butter. Dessert becomes blackberries from the park with cream and brown sugar. And oh I am rich with this beautiful abundance. In appreciating it, life turns into art if I let it.


When I am experiencing inner turmoil or am aching for that far off thing — the nicer home, the better job, the free time, the calm, I’m reminding myself that there is surely someone out there who has those very things and is ALSO looking to the horizon for something “more”. I find I can postpone everything, waiting until I have everything I think I need before I begin. This has become a running theme in delayed personal projects, putting it off until conditions are right instead of jumping in now and finding creative work-arounds.



Monthly:

This month, I want to feature Janessa and her Forged and Found jewelry business. I met her a decade ago and have been a fan of her as a person and artist ever since.


What does it mean to be a wallflower and a business owner:


What does it mean to share what you are doing?


What is the hardest part of sharing?


Monthly invitation:


For this month’s invitation I want you to ponder a few questions with me: Could it be that your life is art? Could it be that in savouring all you have right now, you find it is enough to sustain you? Enough to drive you to think creatively and collaboratively?


Creative Blessing


May you continue to carve paths home to yourself

May you be awake to the delights of your day

May you find that you already have all you need to begin


With hope and expectancy,


Catherine

Salutations and sunshine to you, dear Wallflower,


September is all change and evenings that stretch across the yard and it is a joy to be writing to you. These days — in the wake of several significant life changes — I have been practicing (or trying to practice) utter contentment. Oftentimes that looks like starting with what I already have. I realized that not buying things turns on the creative center of my mind: “If I don’t have ___ what can I use or find or make or borrow?” Would-be take-out dinners turn into lemon chicken, garden potato salad and beans fried in butter. Dessert becomes blackberries from the park with cream and brown sugar. And oh I am rich with this beautiful abundance. In appreciating it, life turns into art if I let it.


When I am experiencing inner turmoil or am aching for that far off thing — the nicer home, the better job, the free time, the calm, I’m reminding myself that there is surely someone out there who has those very things and is ALSO looking to the horizon for something “more”. I find I can postpone everything, waiting until I have everything I think I need before I begin. This has become a running theme in delayed personal projects, putting it off until conditions are right instead of jumping in now and finding creative work-arounds.



Monthly:

This month, I want to feature Janessa and her Forged and Found jewelry business. I met her a decade ago and have been a fan of her as a person and artist ever since.


What does it mean to be a wallflower and a business owner:


What does it mean to share what you are doing?


What is the hardest part of sharing?


Monthly invitation:


For this month’s invitation I want you to ponder a few questions with me: Could it be that your life is art? Could it be that in savouring all you have right now, you find it is enough to sustain you? Enough to drive you to think creatively and collaboratively?


Creative Blessing


May you continue to carve paths home to yourself

May you be awake to the delights of your day

May you find that you already have all you need to begin


With hope and expectancy,


Catherine



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