Be Me

I am a big Liz Lamoreux fan. I have her book Inner Excavation and feel it helped me get unstuck in creating again.  I get her newseltter and often it says just what I am needing to hear in that moment. Her newsletter of January 22nd was one of those.

Quote from it….”We all need a space where we can just be us. A space where we aren’t in charge. Where we feel safe enough to unearth this true essence inside us. A space to be the quiet one or the one who gives the biggest hugs or the one who invites others to dance or the one who simply nods and listens murmuring “yes.” A space where we can connect with other like-minded souls.” ~ Liz Lamoreux

That space often is just with me inside me – quite, taking deep breathes and doing what feels right in the moment. But also it is with a group of friends. Twenty thirteen brought me a circle of friends that I haven’t had since moving to Grand Junction.  It is the first time I have felt like I have a space to be me.  It is a space to be me in art, be me in laughter, be me in silliness, be me in deep discussions, be me in connection and vulnerability.  I am truly thankful for the great group of friends that came together in 2013 and grow closer in 2014.

Photo from Amy Brown Fairy Cards – a tarot reading done on the 19th.

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Inner Excavation – I begin

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 I started doing the exercises in Inner Excavation more formally.  I read the book last summer and I did some of the tasks, but since I am really into creating in my art journal right now and poetry really has been a part of my life since the beginning of the year – I thought it was the perfect time to actually try to follow the book more formally. Last summer on the author’s website she did a follow-along while she worked through it too. She did videos to go along with reading the book so I am following those.

The top photo is of the start of a layout and the poetry task… “I begin…” and then the second photo is of the cover of the journal I am using. My sister Michelle has given me some AMAZING journals over the years and right now it seems most of the ones that are sitting empty are going to become art journals.  This one I love love the cover.  Love the colors and design, but I am still thinking of covering it up with something that fits the inside of the journal better.  I am going to wait until later to decide.

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Inner Excavation

I am taking an afternoon to start in with Inner Excavation again. I want to do  each task and be mindful of them.   So sitting at a local coffee shop and reading and writing.

I am taking notes, using little flags to remember important passages and soaking up the words.

Writing poetry….I begin.

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