I have certainly been remiss in my duties as a blogger and struggle with the idea that it is kind of just self-promotion. Yet it is true, but I know it is the best way to connect with others, especially as long as I choose to live miles from town. We love life here and if the cold weather would depart for just a few days, I'd love it even more. Okay, I sound a little whiney. It has been a spring only for the hardiest of souls. Maybe "heartiest" too. The little goldfinch that hangs from last year's sunflowers is the brightest thing I've seen for weeks. The sun has only peeked around the clouds a few times in the last month and I run out to catch a few rays and do some gardening. I stay anyway as the rain cloud moves in and drenches me and the seeds I just planted. 50 degrees in the rain isn't so bad I tell myself. One has to flow with the weather if they're to get anything done around here.
I've been busy readying myself for an art and writing workshop I'm teaching for kids 9 - 12 this summer. It's one day a week for 6 weeks and I called it Inspired by Nature. Every project is designed around getting out in nature and getting in touch with a world outside of videos, music, and phones. The natural world inspires me and fills me with joy and if I can help children find inspiration in that then it would be a wonderful goal achieved. Lucy our goose was the catalyst for me to write and illustrate a children's book and I get to share her story on many different levels. Her story is spiritual and I love sharing with children the importance of connecting with nature. Lucy also inspired such creativity in me and I enjoy sharing that process too. My life recently has been busy going into elementary schools and public libraries and I still find inspiration. As I've shown, you never have to stay stuck in defining yourself as one thing when your heart is leading you another direction. The world is ready for you if you're ready to leap - if you're ready to fly.