Recently, it’s been a challenge for me to keep up with my blog, writing, traveling, and my other creative adventures that I love so much, due to some health issues. I believe that when our body asks us to stop and rest, it’s exactly what we’re meant to do, and I’m going to listen. I’ll be back soon with some fresh ideas and fun stuff!
Reblogged from The Displaced Nation: Greetings, Displaced Nation-ers! Ready for a little more intellectual stimulation? A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Great Thinkers who can help with task of embracing the well-traveled life and teasing out its deeper meaning, in the new year. And today I will address the needs of those who […]
Mary’s enchanting novel is best enjoyed with a glass of Chianti and Chris Young playing in the background. As I was reading the pages of Mary’s book, a colorful movie was running through my head. Mary is a terrific writer and she’s great with words. Her descriptions are vivid and enticing. I loved her thorough knowledge of both environments – the Italian culture and the bull-riding scene. In the book, she makes both of them blend so naturally and effortlessly that you’d think she’s an Italian cowgirl from Arizona.
“Follow your heart. Summon the courage to live out your dreams. None of us really know how much time we have left. Writing is our task. It’s what we were put on this earth to do. If you’re passionate about writing, don’t postpone the process. Write every day, filling your life with fearless imagination. Your writing may prove to be a struggle, but the discipline will give form and shape and substance to your life. Work hard. Persist.”
“Those of us to whom this gift has been given have a responsibility to be persistent about writing and publishing our work until a sufficient body of work has been assembled. Our message is important. The world needs it. That’s our job. Never forget it: It doesn’t matter what you write. What you believe will show through.”
“Turn aside your dream and it will come back to you again. Get willing to follow it again and a second mysterious door will swing open. The universe is prodigal in its support. We are often miserly in what we accept. What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we want to do, money comes to us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”
“As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them – to restock the trout pond, so to speak. I call this process filling the well. In filling the well, think magic. Think delight. Think fun.” (Inspirations: Meditations from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron)
It’s December, time to rest, relax, think about the year that’s quickly coming to an end, and make plans for the year to come. I’d like to thank you, my friends, readers and fans, for your loving support and encouragement throughout the year. My writer’s and traveler’s world is so much brighter thanks to you, and I’m eternally grateful for your kind words, smiles and hugs – the real ones as well as the virtual ones.