A New Morning Layer

I mentioned earlier this week that I’m participating in Hannah Marcotti’s Spirits of Joy e-course right now, and it continues to be awesome.

Today’s mission: adding a new layer to our morning ritual.

My poison? Gratitude journalling.

My morning ritual goes something like: wake up, check email, FB, Flipboard (for my google reader feed), Instagram, play Scrabble/Words With Friends (and just for the recond, Words with Friends friends: the Scrabble app is SO MUCH BETTER! But I digress…) and then rinse and repeat until August wakes up. This is usually about an hour after I wake up, but sometimes more. I can’t really get up and *do* stuff, because he will wake up within 10 minutes of me leaving bed, so there is no working out, getting up to sit by myself, cleaning or any other productive awesome thing unless I want a very betrayed-feeling little friend within minutes.

(I have learned that I *can* get up and make coffee and be back in bed with a hot mug usually before he stirs. This is almost enough of a new layer to my day. I feel sneaky AND I get coffee: it’s a total win.)

But this morning I also decided to pull up the app I use for writing and crack open my gratitude journal.

In the past, I’ve usually done this in the evening. But let’s be real: I’m a morning person. Yep. It’s true. So the corollary of that? *Not a night person.* I’m not creative or even using my brain fully at night and it was always such a slog to try to break through that inertia, so many many times I’ve started and stopped this nightly ritual.

But I thought this morning, maybe the gratitude journalling can be my new layer to my daily ritual. I wholeheartedly acknowledge that gratitude is a useful virtue to cultivate, no Stewart Smalley reservations or anything. And, bonus: it breaks the daily writing ice in a non-threatening way. Like, look! I’m just writing a list of awesome stuff that happened yesterday! Oh, you feel like writing some more about that? Ok…

Can you believe I almost just posted the photo of today’s vision book entry? Who am I kidding. Soooo verbal….

Without further ado:

Also, this happened while I was trying to take that picture:

Thanks, Aug.


Spirits of Joy: Day Three


I am Harvesting Honey. Not *a* harvesting honey. No. One of my super powers is one of distillation and synthesis – of taking in information, ideas, words, feelings, sounds. Driving to the heart of it all – and then producing something new, out of the old.

My husband always tells me this about myself:

You are so good at synthesizing things, bringing disparate ideas together in a new way, making connections that I’ve never considered.

Love him.

But I have a way (that trained middle school girl in me) of disowning and disbelieving those compliments. My internal monologue goes something like:

Nah. Everyone can do that. You’re just saying that. Aw, that’s sweet. But probably not true.

But I’m trying to step into the possibility that this is true (and other nice things that people say about me).

So here I am: a truth synthesizer, an idea mixer, a transformer of basic elements into something more than their constituent parts: a honey harvester.

Spirits of Joy

I’m participating in Hannah Marcotti‘s lovely Spirits of Joy course right now, and I’m so thrilled with how much fun the kids and I are having with our morning art time. I know it’s only day 2, but I hope we can keep the momentum going for the month of October and maybe even beyond!

As a way to break the stalemate I have been having with posting lately*, I’m going to commit to posting a photo of the process/product of the Spirits of Joy prompts. Here we go!

Day 1

Silas, working on his own homemade book. Wow, art projects look messy during the making!

My finished product.

Day 2

We took the mess making to the living room floor, which gave everyone a lot more room to explore.

Cutting is so soothing

Silas, exploring body art

My day two finished product.

*I really really want to post and connect with all y’all…but as a polymath, it’s so so hard for me to choose one subject! I’m all over the place these days, as usual, with many candles burning, none more brightly than the others so it’s hard to choose THIS candle! I’ll write about this one! Also, as I sat down to write this, I’m realizing that I’m really good at posting – when someone else gives me an assignment. Weird! Thanks, 19 years of schooling! Wow, something to explore another time.