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stop and listen

pick up and go

follow the sound of your beating heart

trust the wisdom that flows

from your belly center

the space of your truth and wisdom

the substance of you abides and resides

deep within

take a gulping breath

step into the portal

descend below the surface

to where there is nothing

no thing

no one

just you and your spirit

in communion

loving and honoring

the essence and the instinctive nature

the primal

the raw and real

guiding light

trust and surrender

to the call

to the return of the wild

you once were

 


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#write31days – Grace is for All

To anyone who makes their way to my tiny corner of the interwebs today,
I have a message for you.

You are enough and what you are doing is enough.

It doesn’t matter if you started late.

It doesn’t matter if you change course.

It doesn’t matter if you need to take a break.

You are enough and what you are doing is enough.

On this sweet, soul-full Sunday,
remember to heap piles of grace
upon every endeavor
every challenge
every choice.

Your life deserves to be bathed
in the grace of which you believe.

Grace is for all.

 

The Scattered Life Collective

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Short and sweet version of the scattered life collective this week. Life feels a bit crazy and demanding right now. Let this be my message to you, be gentle with yourself. Believe deeply in grace and wash yourself in it. Allow yourself to show up in smaller ways when you need the space in other places.

On the book of faces:

Hey people … this really is a legitimate question, I would love some conversation around this concept … do you believe fake it till you make it is a valid way to move throughout the world?

Listening:

Yesterday, My husband told me about Pink’s new collaborative album with Dallas Green. I immediately went searching. OH my, oh my, oh my. I have chills.

How it came to be:

and another song from the album:

Round and About – 

been adding mini chocolate chips to these pumpkin muffins. yum!

make poetry tiles for your art journal

Stevie Nicks and the practice of hand-writing in journals

Lately, I have been combating my doubts by dressing like an artist

Life Book

7 myths about creativity - my favorite: It doesn’t have a time or place. YOU give it that time and place.

true facts about the introvert

Open the gate

Women, don’t hold back

 


I’d love for you to join me in reflecting on your week.
We could truly make this a collective.
You can replicate my format or use your own.
There are no rules. Just sharing together.

If you’d like to play along, feel free to save one or both of the images below to use in your postings.
Of course, please comment with a link back to your post …
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Learning Everyday

Cynthia Lee:

this post is brought to you from the archives in response to #write31days and a nod to the #tbt ( throwback thursday) meme.
I have only recently transferred my former blog to this site. My life has changed so much that I found it difficult and triggering to read my journey, to revisit my past life as a Christian. It wounds me to see how much of myself I gave away. I am one person. Just me. Just Cynthia. This has prompted me to bring all my pieces together, to hold them with worth and gratitude.
This is from a day in my life ten years ago. A day where we learned together, lived and loved together. I credit God with reminding me of the goodness in my life. Today, I would credit my own awareness. It might not be that big of a difference.

Originally posted on Just Cynthia:

From a doubting week to a week full of life, love and learning . . .

I am making a quilt. I designed it sometime last year and bought the material I would need to make the quilt. Then, I packed it all in a box and never got around to doing anything with it. Yesterday, I pulled it all out of the box and decided to just do it, just get busy and make this quilt.

I couldn’t find the pattern though. I have all this material . . . blue plaid, red plaid, blue stripe and muslin. . . that I bought for the pattern I had designed and I couldn’t find the pattern. Ok, have to get busy designing a quilt based on what I have here to make it.

My children helped me along the way. We had to measure the cloth and figure out how…

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#writing31days – making mandalas

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Lately, I’ve been
feeling off kilter

wake me
shake me

move me anyway at all
that might
re-calibrate me

bring me back to the center

ground me
found me

lost in the hustle bustle

trying just to be me
just trying to be me

when it might be easier
being someone else

more palatable
easier to swallow

because I have jagged edges
that will

tear you
up

wear you
down

am I worth the risk
hell yeah

don’t you know it yet
You’d better believe it
’cause sometimes I forget
and I might just need you
to remind me


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#writing31days – When the Unexpected Happens

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When the unexpected happens . . .

These are not my strong moments. Oh, it may look all composed from the outside but internally I reel. I have a love hate relationship with change. Though I love new adventures and experiences, I want them on my terms. On the day-to-day front, I prefer for life to be predictable, ordered, moving from thing to the next. Life with nine children has taught me that I rarely get what I prefer. When they were younger, our time and days were managed closely. It was a matter of survival. I realized quickly as they grew older that I had to loosen my grip but I am not sure that I have ever found my footing in this more grace-filled way of living.

Though I now don’t expend all my energy trying to paddle upstream now, I find it somewhat exhausting trying to guide in the rushing river that is my life.

So when the unexpected happens, I need more power. What kind of power though? It doesn’t really help to dig in and become larger than life, intimidating life into submission. The power that I need in those moments is the power of trust.

Trust is simply grounding myself in the deep belief that I have that everything is going to be OK. Knowing that I cannot control or change the choices of others or protect from the consequences of said choices, I can make my own choice to abide in trust. Has my trust been misguided at times? Yes, definitely. However, overall, I live a more joy-filled life when I am simply believing in the best and higher version of each person.

Simple but oh so challenging, I must say.


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of  my art journals

as I am participating in the #write31days challenge

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The Scattered Life Collective

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From the Pages

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On the book of faces:

staying true to the (for now) Sunday morning ritual of cleaning out the inbox and I just found this that I sent to myself about 18 months ago. Love finding treasures that remind me of something secret, mysterious, and sacred. I don’t know what this is from … probably some online quiz.

character in Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel A Game of You delivers this speech: “Everybody has a secret world inside of them . . . No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them.” As a Gemini, you are not, of course, dull and boring on the outside. That may have something to do with why your secret inner worlds are often even frothier and sparklier than most people’s. But lately, I’m afraid, some of those secret inner worlds of yours have gotten a bit shabby and dank. It’s time for a deep cleansing. To be thorough, don’t just wash your own brain. Wash your wild heart and funky soul, too.

 

Listening:

This song is so catchy. It gets stuck in my head all the time

All about that Bass

but I think I might love this cover more

 

Good Things

    • re-igniting my love for art journaling and
    • sacred conversation with soul-full sister
    • which both led to a deepening of my work and purpose in the world
    • road trip to Asheville, NC even though it was too cool and windy to be outside much the drive was fun
    • more outside work being done, moved the fire pit, ready for  Fall fires.
    • seeing the beautiful full moon and the lunar eclipse and being aware of just how deeply the energy was affecting me
    • having the honor of listening as another shares the story of her life. Happened twice this week.
    • first job for my son
    • which makes the schedule busy but I feel blessed to have the means in mind and body to deal with it
    • AND New Batch of spirit speak journals are available. Click the image to visit the journals page to order. If you want to read more about the theme for this month click here. 

 It's about time

Round and About – 

DIY instant cup noodles

I need these Sketchbooks

I want to be okay with myself.

No, You are not Going to Get Ebola

from the #write31days challenge – these interviews

Daily Paper Prompts

Death with Dignity

A Book with No Pictures

Be the Wild Card

Listen, Let Me Whisper in your Ear

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I’d love for you to join me in reflecting on your week.
We could truly make this a collective.
You can replicate my format or use your own.
There are no rules. Just sharing together.

If you’d like to play along, feel free to save one or both of the images below to use in your postings.
Of course, please comment with a link back to your post …
OR try my new Mr. Linky widget … OR if you don’t have your own blog, leave your Scattered Life capture here as a comment.

 

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