IT’S COMPLICATED

 

no & yes

 

Lately I’ve been a little overwhelmed. I’m juggling the usual three dozen projects in mid air; I’m reading four library books at once, I have a whole flat of vegetable seedlings ready to go into the garden, the sewing machine is on my desk piled high with colorful fabric scraps, and I have a muse doll (named Sassy Pants!) just ready to come to life. But I have a trillion other pressing obligations: important meetings and conferences, administrative duties in a half dozen great organizations, the energetic Girlz, my wonderful counseling clients, dear friends needing special loving care, and a Sweetheart who’s been ill. But still…as I reported last week, I’m happy. Deep down. Happy. But at a sort of crossroads. I just can’t keep saying “yes” to everything and still have enough energy left for my creative life. Daaaaa!bed meditation

Where is the time to savor a delicious cuppa chi with some almond butter toast and just journal & dream for an hour?

Where is the time for just playing and being goofy?enjoy!

Where is the time to spend laughing with friends?

old friends

 

Where is the time to just get wonderfully messy making art! yourcreativityisagift

It’s complicated.

I have to learn to make the time for ME by whittling time away from all the other “stuff” I so over-fill my life with.  My friend May-Bella is a wonderful mentor in this learning process. She determinedly says “no thank you” to things that interfere with her spiritual and creative life. I want to learn how to do that!

First of all, I have to slow down ( as befits my advanced age!) and honor my shortened stay on the planet. Then, I have to heed this wisdom from Kelly Rae Roberts http://www.kellyraeroberts.com

 

you matter

 

It’s not easy! As I was writing this post, I got an email from my delightful friend Stephanie Bowman who is doing amazing work with the Biodiversity Group, asking me to help out with a tremendously worthwhile project…check out her work here:  www.BiodiversityGroup.org but I know I’m just stretched toooooo thin right now to help out without short changing the other responsibilities I have, but it makes me feel guilty and I’m beating myself up for feeling so selfish about my time…

I’m trying soooo hard to remember the quote (at the top of this post)  by Paulo Coehlo (The Alchemist)  but, just as I talked myself into stealing a little time to get my Sassy Pants muse doll out and make her a little cape from of a piece of repurposed velvet, the phone rings…”Kaitlin, could you take a group of avocational archaeologists out on a hike tomorrow?”…Sigh.

“It’s complicated,” I say to my friend…”I can’t this week, I’m trying to save some time for myself.” Silence. Long silence. And then, “Good for you! Nobody deserves it more!” she assures me.

I think I learned something very important. The world will get along just fine without me…and nobody but me can guard and cherish my precious time.

Try it! Try saying, “No, thank you, I have other plans…I want to spend time with my family, I have some art projects I’m eager to get to, or, I just need some ME time!”

Make your own time for magic, fun, friendship, and CREATIVITY!!  

And let’s compare notes on how to do it! First step: Make a date to come play at The Creative Cottage where time races by and we leave all the other “stuff” behind and  simply ENJOY LIFE!

Love and Hugs from the Time Bandit Kait

I’M ON A ROLL!

 

 

 

life is short

 

 

I’m on a roll! I LOVE this balmy, sun-infused January weather in Tucson and it prompts me to get out and hike and play and just sit in the garden with my mind drifting…

AND I’m enthralled by a dozen new projects! I signed up for Life Book 2015 this year and am completely delighted with the prompts and assignments (more about THAT in my next blog post!) I find myself up at midnight, my Beloved sound asleep, the kitty Punkin’ curled up in my lap, making messy, beautiful, art!daisy yellow

AND I’m re-organizing my fabric and old textiles stash (yes–I collect all things “old fabric!”)–storing it all in a lovely old trunk laced with lavender.old trunk

 

AND I’m re-building the soil and re-energizing my garden in anticipation of spring (already!).Beach 14-12

 

 

… but, mostly, I’m just full of life and energy and happiness! Rumi

 

 

Last week I was soooo weighed down by all the dark elements in the world–(and, yes,  they are still all there, hovering, spreading their angst!)–but, this week, I am choosing (and remember it’s all about what we CHOOSE to focus on), I am choosing JOY! And creativity. And BEING with those I love, DOING what I love, and SPREADING my love lavishly! I’m giving myself permission to do all THAT instead of folding the laundry or washing my wonderfully dusty old Subaru or feeling compelled to check my emails.

I’m hangin’ out in my tattered old sweats and my favorite t-shirt…favorite t-shirt

 

my hair is like a bird’s nest, and (I just noticed) I have two different colored socks on! But I’M HAPPY!!!!

I am the living definition of the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi. Do you know it? It’s an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. “ Some of its characteristics are asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, and economy–all hallmarks of my life & art. Here are some pieces of my clay work to illustrate!green dish 1wabi-sabi

 

 

Wabi-sabi is the celebration and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes that are NOT PERFECT. It’s my new religion!

So hello and hugs from Messy, Imperfect, Out of Shape, Rough Around The Edges Kait

Queen of Wabi-sabi

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OUR FRAGILE WORLD

 

kaliThe news simply isn’t good. Terrorism, murder, mayhem. Incomprehensible hatred. Outrageous greed. Blizzard, famine, drought, deluge. Intolerance, ignorance, racism. These are the Kali times.

Sometimes my heart just splits open with pain. I find myself sobbing over the cruelty, the children killed, the planet ravaged. Frequently, I think there is no hope for us humans. Often, I feel, like my elders before me did, that the world has gone to hell in a hand basket and that we’ll never learn to embrace tolerance or practice peace.

And then…a rose I thought had long-ago died, blooms… bloom!or a wee hummingbird dashes to the feeder outside my kitchen window with sunlight glinting off his burnished emerald feathers, or a friend sends a handmade card that says “I love you even if you’re goofy,” or I meet a ten year-old girl battered by the world who is still so full of optimism and excitement about the future that my spirit revives and I regain my wild hopefulness again! It has been that kind of week.

kelly rae roberts 2 This is the work of Kelly Rae Roberts…and her message is clear.

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” ― Mother Teresa

As Tucson remembers and celebrates its resilience from terrors of the past, as musicians continue to make music and poets continue to write poems and peace-makers continue to stand for kindness, and compassionate souls continue to tirelessly care for those wounded by war and disease… I remember that we all have a choice. We can wallow in grief, we can stoke our bitterness, we can join the perpetual “haters” or we can raise our hearts up to the light, desert scene 4 we can work to save the planet, and we can practice, practice, practice peacefulness in our own lives.

“Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure, are by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.” Arthur Schopenhauer

So, with your help, I choose to celebrate my life as an amazing series of miracles and joy-sparkled moments. I choose to nourish my capacity for compassion. I choose to use my energy to uplift hope and work toward a more tolerant world. And you help me with that mission every single day! By coming to The Cottage to share your stories, to exercise your creativity, and to build our friendships as sister allies. By donating art supplies for the Girlz With HeART Project. By doing what you can, in your own special ways, to be the bringers of light, the tenders of love’s flame, the givers of warmth in a cold world.

Thank You! I am honored to be a part of our loving, caring, generous tribe! Keep the faith. Stand in the light. Be a peace pilgrim. Radiate Love!Happy New Year

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~Desmond Tutu

P. S. Look for the new roster of February classes by clicking the Cottage Classes tab at the top of this post–we have a beautiful Creativity Chix Artist Date for Februaryvisiting Ben’s Bells to make bells and celebrate hope! Register for classes right this moment–January classes all sold out in a flash (Thank You, Thank You!!)

Sending you love,

Kaitlin, Still Full of Hope

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My 2015 WISH FOR YOU

 

 

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

RumiIn these first moments of 2015, I have a trillion things to be grateful for…I am doing what I love to do, with people I respect and admire, at my beautiful Creative Cottage, in my amazing community, at my rural home at WildHeart Ranch, desert scene 2and I am happy in my own heart. I am mentoring courageous young women and inspiring spirit-filled women artists.  I am protecting the archaeology of Arizona and educating others about it.  40,oooo Indonesia I am writing poetry and creating art journals and expanding my garden and loving my family and being enriched every day by a wonderful circle of friends.

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Life is beautiful and precious and fleeting…my wish for you is to use every moment of 2015 to celebrate it! Like this reminder from Michelle from Cosmic Cowgirls:

My Wish For You

And come to the Creative Cottage to play and hang out with other wonderfully lively and creative beans!

This New Year I’m going to try to have at least a blog post a week for you, lots of fabulous classes, AND the launch of Creativity Chix–a new venture that offers monthly Artist Dates, cool field trips, artsy news, AND a Monsoon Magic Muse Retreat in July at a wonderful get away spot not too far from Tucson!

So stay tunedlife is beautiful and we are going to have us some mad, crazy, wonderful fun together!

Check out the classes for January…I’ll have February classes out in a few days…sign up quick for classes and start your inspired, creative, FUN 2015 at The Creative Cottage!create

Happy, Happy New Year!

Much Love and Gratitude For You!

Your Pal Kaitlin

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By Kaitlin Meadows