In response to Katie's last post in which she wondered where all that wonderful writing time and energy had gone . . . here's where mine has gone. Notice the pictures--pumpkin patch field trips, tricking up my house for Halloween, dirt-and-worms cupcakes for school Halloween parties, PTA newsletter, and the gi-normous, thirty-foot "shining stars" mural that I painted at Oxford Elementary School.
And, this all happened THIS WEEK. And, I haven't even mentioned the saga of the Halloween costumes--which involved more painting and driving and sweat and tears.
Katie and I recently had a great discussion about pruning--not our gardens, but our lives. I have noticed that when I'm using my creative energy to do anything--writing, painting, or volunteering--I feel pretty good. I loved, loved, loved painting all of those giant stars on the wall of my daughter's school. When I'm doing something that goes against my natural tendencies, I dread it--for example, the PTA newsletter was not so much fun and I had a pretty bad attitude.
New goal--prune out the stuff that doesn't fulfill. Somebody else is gifted in that way and will probably do a better job than I would, anyway.
Now, I'm off to my preschooler's Halloween party with my wormy cupcakes. This week was gonna be a wash anyway. I can't compete with Halloween!
Enjoy your pumpkin carving!! sf