A Creative Life IS Personal

7 Oct

“Our creative dreams and yearning come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity” –Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

It is quite the decision to explore creative possibilities, pursue a life of authentic expression. Whether it’s unconscious, or a hard-won battle after years of not pursuing  your desired life, it still is a decision that we make. Or is it? Social psychologists note that we are governed and motivated by our desire for approval of society and of our own personal societies (our families, our culture, our ethnicities). Do you find yourself hiding your talents because you fear disapproval from your “society”, in essence denying your Otherness?

Reigning Other Queen Kristen Jaymes Stewart and her Partner-in-Otherness Robert Thomas Pattinson are very aware of their peers’ and industry’s hopes for them. Fortunately, both Kristen and Rob were blessed in their supportive surroundings and families who allowed our Rebel Royals to explore their own aspirations. Supportive, encouraging environments are more likely to produce individuals who are confident in following their natural path, even if considered unconventional (Other). Kristen reports that despite growing up on movie and television sets, she did not believe she’d be an actor. She imagined she would write and possibly direct, like her mother. And this is just one more reason I love her, and personally elect her to be forever Queen:  Though she did not anticipate being “famous”, she reportedly practiced signing her autograph because of her love of pens.

We could be office supply besties...maybe?

Both Kristen and Rob have stated their interest in many avenues of creation such as writing, directing, producing, musical composition and performance. They are fortunate to be able to make a living on their art, which they love. Kristen says:

“[On acting] I love it because I love to tell stories. I like being in movies that have a great story. Acting is such a personal thing.

So that is the base of Musings today. Are we telling our stories, making it a personal thing? Do you love what you are doing? Are you interested in living creatively, and have you actively made choices to support your authentic, creative life?

Free to Be

You all know of my decision to live PLAN A, after Dancing In the Miracle Bubbles, and getting the boot from my unhappy existence in PLAN B-for-BastardNation. I can acknowledge that psychology is a realm in which I have some skill, so it makes sense that I would try and make a career out of it. But was I happy? Was I feeling creative? I realized:  I, like the social psychologists I referenced earlier, was one of the folks allowing my peers and environment govern my decisions.  I found myself submitting to the fear of disapproval, and in Western society, that can mean, fear of “not making a lot of money”. Well, I tell ya, after playing piano and singing in choir since I was 4 years old, and then studying sociology in college, I knew I would not be a monetarily wealthy gal. My mother was only partially placated when I told her I was attending University for psychology instead of music. Again, I asked, is this what I want to be doing? In choosing to focus on disproving Freud’s archaic and misogynistic thoughts re: psyche, I put my musical composition, my singing, my heart’s soothing on hold, denying a facet of who I am, essentially voiding my right to carry my Other Card.

In the inspiring and brilliant Zen and the Art of Making a Living, author Laurence G Boldt cautions readers in not becoming “trapped” playing a role of someone else, simply to gain approval. The minute we begin hiding our humanity and acting only as our societal ROLES, (be it Students, Actors, Doctors, Teachers, Parents, Engineers, Accountants etc), we have become inauthentic and to a degree, less happy. So there I was, playing the role of Psych Student, only partially fulfilled and lacking a creative outlet. The creation of Musings has led to dams bursting, and I find myself writing every singe day. And yesterday, with the release of the Musings On Other Musical Love Letter to which I contributed a musical collaboration of my own, I took another step to reclaiming what is naturally mine. Reconciling the fragments to become whole.

Pathway towards

Pathway towards wholeness

My “manager” Kathryn, has a similar story to mine. She was a computer programmer in Wales straight out of University. She was good at her job, happily making a living, was able to contribute to comfortable living with her husband Keiron, also a computer programmer and Undercover Artist. Things were all right. But Kathryn really only delegated a small amount of time, if any, to her creative expression–in her case, painting–and this only contributed to the restless feeling lurking in her mind and heart. It would take her a period of contemplation and consulting with her family and husband, but Kathryn eventually decided to spend more time painting, if anything, because it soothed her and gave her a creative outlet when work, family, life became a bit noisy. Today, my dear friend has her paintings on walls of galleries and she just officially launched her website and business See Musings’ Sidebar: http://www.KathrynLeGrice.com . She is no longer a computer programmer, and she and her husband live here in my beautiful city in California, teaching, writing, painting, looking after their nearly-two-year-old son. Keiron is about to have a book on cosmology and philosophy published, and Kathryn is enjoying increased interest and inquiries into her artwork. She recently sold a painting back in the U.K., and was able to travel to New York City to meet with more of her Muses.

Bryant Park

In honor of Others following their Bliss, and taking the risk to live creatively, I am featuring three Kathryn LeGrice paintings here today. Kathryn has generously donated them to Musings to remind us Others to continue  pushing the boundaries and seeking wholeness. We should not deny or hide our gifts and contributions simply because we think society or family or peers will judge us and disapprove. I am giving these 3 prints away to Musings readers who comment today and tell Team Other a little about how he or she is taking the steps to living genuinely, and embracing  Otherness despite any judgment…

Central Park

This is only tiny sampling of Kathryn’s work. I encourage you to visit her stunning website and witness her interpretations of Paris, New York, Wales, and  San Francisco, as well as her paintings of missions, churches interiors and landscapes. She may have been a spectacular computer programmer, but I believe her decision to embrace her neglected creative side was her liberation. She truly is an Other pursuing her bliss. And now bliss is pursuing her.

San Francisco

FEATURED REBEL ROYAL: JESSE EISENBERG

Firstly, I’d like to wish Jesse a belated Happy Birthday, as he turned 27 on October 5. The wonderful  New York City-based actor is currently on a world tour promoting his new movie, the brilliant The Social Network overseas. He grew up in a family of entertainers: his mother was a clown and his sister is the former child actress Hallie Kate Eisenberg. Jesse was a teenager when he debuted on Broadway as an understudy in the production of Summer and Smoke .After TV roles in Get Real and movie roles such as Roger Dodger and  Cursed , Jesse earned rave reviews and award nominations for his portrayal of Walt, a teenager struggling in the after math of his parents’ divorce in the indie-drama The Squid and the Whale.

Some filmmakers would say that Jesse’s “breakout role” was in Zombieland in which he and Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone (oh yessss) sought a land free of zombies post-Apocalypse, but I personally disagree. I say that Jesse stole my heart as James Brennan, the virginal college graduate looking forward to traveling abroad for the summer, only to wind up working at the amusement park  called Adventureland. The movie? Oh, that would be  Adventureland, starring our Other Queen Kristen Stewart. This movie was pre-Twilight and coined by many critics among the Best Movies of 2009 (to which I must concur).

He chooses offbeat and typically awkwardly (Team Other’s favorite characteristic) sweet characters in his films, and he, like his friend and co-star Kristen, seamlessly vacillates between smaller independent projects including theater productions and better-known films. He received positive reviews for his portrayal of a Hasidic Jew roped into dealing Ecstasy in the film Holy Rollers, and is now enjoying overwhelming acclaim for his characterization of Mark Zuckerberg, the genius co-founder of Facebook in the film The Social Network. In interviews, the soft-spoken, polite fellow from Queens and New Jersey, is often humble, unassuming and complimentary of his co-workers. In addition to acting, Jesse is interested in writing for stage and screen. He’s laughingly referred to himself as “not your typical leading-man type”, and I must say, that makes him all the more interesting. An Other after my own heart.

OFFENSES OF OTHERNESS:

*Can seamlessly and successfully move between smaller projects, theater and big-budget films

*Is articulate and unashamed of displaying his intelligence

*Is humble and quick to downplay his success

REIGNING OTHER QUEEN: KRISTEN STEWART

Kristen is twenty years old, but has been acting for over a decade and has appeared in over twenty movies already. She was raised by her parents John and Jules, both of whom work in show business. Kristen’s father is a stage manager and producer, known for working on televised shows like Ryan Seacrest’s On Air and currently with George Lopez Tonight, alongside world-broadcasted events such as The Academy Awards and The Emmy Awards. Kristen’s mother Jules is a script supervisor and director. On her childhood, Kristen says:

“I never wanted to be the center of attention. I grew up watching my entire family behind the scenes and on sets. They were crew. I never sought out acting”.

After a talent scout caught Kristen’s performance in a grade school play, she found herself playing non-speaking roles in films such as Thirteenth Year and The Flintstones. She was ten when she landed roles in high-profile films such as  The Safety of Objects and Panic Room. She essentially has been a working actor for over a decade, and blowing our minds with her fierce honesty and uniqueness the entire time. Kristen’s musings on expression:

“But in terms of creative outlets and expressing yourself, acting is just the most extreme version of that that I’ve ever found. It’s like running, it’s exertion.”

OFFENSES OF OTHERNESS:

*Prefers to not be center of attention

*Vacillates seamlessly & successfully between small indie projects and a block-buster franchise

*Views acting as just one creative outlet, not as a vehicle to further her lead-actress status

Because Kathryn and I have decided to take a chance on Plan A and walk the path of more resistance and more bliss, we are Other.

Because he turned down enrollment into New York University to take a small supporting role in an indie film project, Jesse is Other.

Because she views acting as a personal pathway to betterment of self and her craft, Kristen is our Reigning Other Queen.

JESSE IS OTHER.

KRISTEN IS OTHER.

OTHERS DO NOT SEEK OUTSIDE APPROVAL.

EMBRACE YOUR OTHER.

 

A/N: You can enter in the giveaway drawing for one of Kathryn’s beautiful paintings above by leaving a comment answering this QUESTION:  What steps are you taking in your life to make it, like Kristen says, “personal” ? How are you ensuring that you have a creative outlet, or a means for expression?

24 Responses to “A Creative Life IS Personal”

  1. Fi October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    this is 2 for 2 today 😛 this is a small victory for my behind-on-blog-bum.

    Another wonderful and touching Musing my lovely! I have the biggest grin thanks to you.

    once again i find myself tempted to ramble at you, which you make so easy to do with your kindness and listening and generosity of spirit. i’m still trying to claim the creative spirit in myself. she got lost about 12 years ago in my last year of high school. i was a musician and that was the love of my life, period, end of story. until it broke my heart and then everything shifted, planting me upside down. i’ve longed for that same feeling of freedom and soaring that music had given me as a kid/teenager and haven’t given up on finding it again. i’m committed (for now) to being an Anthropologist but my soul most definitely needs creativity to be healthy. Lately I’ve taken up knitting, but I also have recently bought a clump of art supplies to make my own hand-made xmas cards this year. There is also an acoustic guitar giving me the eye from the corner of my room and I’m going to frakkin learn to play it one of these days… I like teaching myself – it is empowering.

    I’m beyond grateful you’ve found your words KJ, you have such a gift(s) and the warmth you bring is invaluable.

    I perused Kathryn’s gallery and I can’t wait for her to get prints and cards up! Quite a talent, I especially am fond of the ones done from The London Eye.

    Jesse has long been on my list of actors-going-places since I saw him in Cursed. I kid you not, as lackluster as that film was, there was something very engaging about the kid brother. He stole my heart in Adventureland – which is a movie I pimp at every opportunity, for so many reasons. Now he’s in one of the best films of this year and the world will be at his doorstep. I can’t wait to see what he does. I am grateful that the people in my life will no longer confuse him with Michael Cera (no offense to those who are Cera fans but I’ve long been annoyed with the constant comments about how alike they are).

    I’d like to submit that my comment not be included for the drawing since I was fortunate enough to be a winner in the last one. It is up to you of course but I would feel oddly guilty if luck hit me again 😉

    -Fi

    p.s. i’m definitely picking up Zen and the Art of Making a Living this week, sounds like something much needed in my life atm.

  2. DreamerKind October 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Yes, KJ, I’d love to win one of Kathryn’s fab paintings! And I am happy to share my journey to an authentic life with those of us who have found your inspiring blog.

    Let me start by telling you that I have emerged from a fog that lasted almost six years. One day, this past spring, I swear I heard a click in my brain, like a turning of a key in a lock, unlocking it. Suddenly, I knew, just knew that my grieving was over and I began to laugh again.

    It was amazing to me that I had been absent from my known self for so long. Then, I discovered that I am a new me, a more creative, loving, peaceful and uncharted, Other Self.

    Not long after that, I began to visit websites and blogs celebrating Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who had attracted me with their original performances in the Twilight Saga films and also from observing how they presented themselves as individuals in the Circus that I perceive as Hollywood. Bigger than that was my firm conviction that I was seeing true love between them, and I recognized it from my own experience.

    Little by little, I began to join those commenters and add my thoughts and feelings about them and on many other subjects. It became great fun and I found that I love to write. For so many years, I have wanted to write romance stories and perhaps a novel for my own amusement. Well, this was easy to do and very amusing.

    You see, I had found my own Mr. Darcy or Edward Cullen and we had seven extraordinary years together, until one day, he left to explore other universes without me. My song became, here comes the fog, when it had been, here comes the sun.

    I was totally adrift and still living on. My previous business and profession no longer served me, and I sold things on eBay to have something to do with my life. Certainly, my grown children and other friends/family were important in my life. But where was my other self, the one that took part in the act of creation, within and without?

    Well, I am happy to say that I’ve gotten a groove back and it is a new one for me. I write on blogs that I respect and work on the love story between me and my Mr. Darcy. One of my greatest delights is to make people feel welcome and happier with my words and by posting many different eras of music, via youtube, on those same blogs. Can you guess? It does seem to help others, by reaching out to the best in us all. Also, I’ve found some new relationships and possibly friends along this new byway.

    Finally, KJ, I found your Musings and here is another home for my heart to abide in, as I hadn’t known that I was an Other, probably since my early years. The most grateful feeling I have, bar none, is that of having seen, lived, loved and mostly done all I cared to-by the awesome age of 60 years.

    What a lovely surprise to be truly myself, even if it is a hit or miss, and not accepted by others. My love for all, is all encompassing. No fog, anywhere in sight or mind, and no doubts about what direction to take, as no direction need be taken is perfect for me, now.

  3. luacheia99 October 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    As always, you were amazing! Spot on!

    Because to an incredible find, Kristen’s mom artwork website (http://www.julesstewartartist.com/), I ended writing in IMDB board, sometime ago, about today’s Musings subject!

    I decide to copy my post here, because what you say is extremely important!
    Everyone can change the curse of their lives but when you just see the truth when you are much older and with people and things depending of you, this life change decision is harder, almost impossible of be done. You can’t simply be irresponsible and give a s*it! for everything and go out there. You have be careful to not lose yourself in the track and I am glad to know that YOU and all the incredible people who wrote above could see truth on time and be role, complete, in peace and happy.

    For the last three years I a have being reconstructing myself! I lost ME in a way of life where everybody in my life was more important than ME. A terrible mistake that I only can blame to my self. BUT I am on the way…

    Last December I discover this girl, who fascinated me in a way that no other artist had and I have being trying to understand what make her do it with me.

    This Jules Stewart’s site show us why Kristen is so creative, loves diversity, so 360 km/h and her mind is so full of options for the same question.
    Her mama has a free and creative mind, she is a dreamer, since young on Australia. She created imaginary figures of the Aussie native culture, pirates, chinese warriors, dragons and mythological figures, Plutos, bunnies and dogs as also figures from the cards.
    She plays with the imaginary, she has a kid inside her, but also she writes, she works in the house, has a husband, she has two kids and adopt two more.

    So… she is a woman who makes her 24 hours day to became 48 or 72 hours, doing her best in every minute of them, without preconception!

    This woman is definitively a role model for Kristen! She probably don’t have to say a lot for her daughter because her actions say for her.

    For me, this homepage unveil a lot of Kristen. Why, although of her being so young, she could be so magnet and interesting for me? Why, for the first time in my life, I became interested in pull the layers of person?

    This woman (the mother) started her life with a lost and turned her life a pull of positivity and free spirit!

    Kristen’s mystery is no more for me!

    Shame on me! I was a free spirit in my youth and lost me on the track…

  4. pingvingirl October 10, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Hi! I LOVE your Musings- I’ve been reading for a while now. They’re always great but every now and then I feel like you’re writing directly at me. This is one of those times. I’m a 35 year old with a 9-5 job i drifted into (I’m a solicitor) after a law degree that would have been an English degree if I hadn’t been trying to fit in with the expectations of family and teachers about what I should be doing. I’ve never liked my job and I spent much of my 20s in a relationship that was destructive to my confidence and my creativity. My boyfriend at that time was a good person, but he certainly wasn’t good for me. Over the last few years I’ve dabbled in writing, which was the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. Last year, inspired by Twilight and by Rob and Kristen in a way I can’t explain, I completed the first draft of my novel from an idea that’s been in my head for half my life. This year, it’s been repeatedly rejected by agents. A few months ago, though, I had an encouraging letter from one agent, who recommended that I contact a particular literary consultant for editing and advice. I’ve been told that my work is full of potential and I’m currently rewriting with a lot of hope. Until that point, my family had no idea I’d been writing at all and only a few friends were aware of it. I’ve decided to go on a writing course in November (run by the same consultancy). Your Musings on the way we fragment our lives really spoke to me a while ago, and I managed to tell my family and one of my workmates that I’m going on the course. It’s a big deal for me to have done that- and to be going at all since it also involves taking a flight by myself to get there and I have an almost crippling fear of flying.

    Writing makes me happier than I’ve been in years, though, and I have to pursue it even though I’m still terrified of letting people know what I’m doing. I dream of being able to give up my job- or at least go part-time- to concentrate on writing. I love your post this week because it reminds me that the fear is a small price to pay for pursuing what I want to do. And Kathyrn’s artwork is amazing too!

    • L October 10, 2010 at 11:25 am #

      pingvingirl- i think you and i may share a brain. the first steps are always the scariest, but I can tell you (having taken mine last year), they are the best you’ll ever take for yourself. good luck!

  5. L October 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Oh, KJ, you keep singing my song. You know my story, and this post basically retells it. Although my family is incredibly supportive, I was afraid of their disapproval and never spoke out about what I wanted most- about the thing I really wanted to do. Instead, I went to college and grad school to study something at which I was good, but for which I had no real passion. Seven years of higher education and 4 years of job experience later, I finally left to pursue what I want to do most. Is it an easy road? No. I’ll never lie and say that it is. It’s long and scary and all uphill. But it’s worth the feeling of fulfillment, and it’s definitely worth living outside of the box I had been so messily shoving my soul into.

    Not long after I moved to Cali, my mom came to visit. She had to make sure her baby girl really wasn’t living in the ghetto. While we were out at dinner, she looked at me and said, “You are so happy. I can see it. It shows all over your face. I am so glad that I don’t have to see you miserable and not know how to help.” Looking back, I know that I was. I know that I was sad and grumpy and mean, and I know it’s because I was too afraid to go where my heart wanted to go. Making that leap was the single most terrifying and rewarding experience of my life. I don’t know that I will ever do anything else that will mean so much to who I am.

    Listen to where your heart wants to be and follow it. It’s not telling you anything you don’t already know, only what you’re too afraid to hear. Living your life true to who you are is worth any risk.

    L

    L

  6. Nhess_V October 9, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Hi KJ! *waves*

    I may not be able to RT this via Twitter atm, neither bump Mullet’s thread via IMDb but I’m sure I can leave a comment, right?! 🙂

    Truth be told, I have random love with all of the musings that has been posted. I mean, I love and embrace the concepts you and the rest of your team is featuring in every post. And to your lovely friend, Kathryn, WOW! Those paintings are treasures.

    Well, as per your question, I am making my life personal by being me. The best that I can present myself with is through a composition. Recently, I was given the honor to write something about our Reigning Other Queen in one of the sites dedicated to her. I took my time drafting on what to write. But come one fine Friday, inspiration flickered and I was like, yes, this is what I’ll be sharing with the Kristen Stewart fans. I gave them a slice of what my RL is all about and it was worth sharing. Writing is an outlet wherein I can truly be me. Everything you have read in this comment is ME.

    P.S. I SO love the featured Rebel Royal! Oh, and the ultimate choice for Adventureland! *thumbs up* And I am also happy for the very reason that this post is for October, why? Let’s just say I am partial to it because it’s my birth month. *wink*

  7. LCMom October 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Great Musing K! I laughed more with Adventureland than all the other movies that year combined. Or, since, perhaps! Ive been an ‘Other’ for so long I pretty much cant remember any other time. I think getting a pony for Christmas in 1978 was an epic turning point. NO ONE likes a kid who gets a pony for Christmas (a downside no one tells you about prior). But, oh, that was my passion, my life, my heart. Didnt need those kids anyway! To this day I’m ok being a party of one if I’m being honest with myself. You see me do it every, single, day. 😉

  8. true love October 8, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    another thing…beautiful paintings from Kathryn..and Jesse is a great actor..thx..girl..;0)

  9. true love October 8, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    K..my dear..always bringing a smile to my face..sometimes making the right decisions on life can make a difference in the rest of it..myself bachelor on computer science never had the chance to achive that task..on the other hand i love been an accountant..thank you for this wonderful and wise words..LOVE U.xoxo…Dios te Bendiga..Siempre..:0)

    true love..

  10. april October 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi KJ! I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now. I must say you are an amazing person. I love your insights about life. I like that I get to learn something new every time you post. I really hope KStew knows your blog and CC’s. You guys are rare finds in this fandom. 🙂

  11. noela October 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Hey!

    This is a great post! I ❤ Jesse Eisenberg entirely. He's one of my favourite actors. I loved him in Adventureland and Zombieland. He was astounding in The Social Network!!! We were very lucky to get to see both Zombieland and The Social Network on very early screener passes. The Social Network is so good, I'd pay money to see it a second time in theatres.

    I have had some really horrible things happen to me in my life. Luckily, I've been surrounded by artists and art my whole life. Because of this, I've always had a creative outlet at my disposal, whether it be music, painting, sculpture, graphic design, or jewelry design.

    We're actually coming upon the 5th anniversary of the very worst thing that's ever happened to me. (November 2010) Prior to the tragedy, I was working in a full time, extremely stressful job. Just before the tragedy, I decided to quit, as I knew the stress was actually going to kill me. Luckily, I had the support of my husband, so I knew, financially, we would be fine. After the event, I decided to take a year off work entirely, and focused on our home, raising a puppy, and painting as well as other creative endeavors. It was during that time frame while I was trying to heal, that I rediscovered jewelry design. I have an art degree, so I've experimented in many mediums. The more I researched and did with jewelry design, the happier I became. It gave me new focus. Even though I can never fully heal from the loss I suffered, finding a happiness and passion in something so creative, and that I truly love, certainly helped.

    It wasn't very long before I started a new career in jewelry design, as well as teaching jewelry classes. Just like how you *know* when you fall in love, I knew I'd found the niche within the art world I'd be quietly searching for my whole life.

    Obviously, I still have a long way to go with growing my business, but in the short time I've been doing noela Jewelry (2 years), I've found some great success both with selling retail and wholesale, and locally.

    I really love reading your posts! I find them so calming and inspirational. Congrats on the new website and design! It's lovely. 🙂

    xx
    N

    P.S. I don't mind discussing what happened at all, I just didn't want to post about it in this public forum — if you would like to know specifics, feel free to email me. 😉

  12. Michelle October 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Walked past the NYC premier for the Social Network. RIGHT PAST. Had no idea what was going on. Red carpet & flash bulbs? Didn’t even phase me. Biggest ooops of the Fall no doubt. Steps from Jesse & JT and had NO IDEA. Oh well…

    Kathryn – love her work. What a great story of following her bliss. I love it. For me it’s cooking in my little kitchen & taking photographs out in my local park. I kinda stumbled into both hobbies, and am enjoying having fun with them both.

    Teaching the little ones gives me an extra chance to do creative things in our class and open up that part of their brains. They are like sponges, it’s incredible. The Arts in school – so so so important to me!!

    Another great post, loved reading! xo

  13. mango October 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    wow i love this musing, i feel like i want to marry this musing lol!!!i really hope Kristen herself found this site and KSibtu, you guys really amazing fans of her.

  14. Aai October 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Oh Kai – you know I love this musing…..I wish wholeheartedly I could afford to fully indulge my creative life – as successful as my professional career might be it doesn’t provide the deep heartfelt satisfaction to my soul that indulging in design, colour, texture and form does…My RL bestie and I constantly dream of setting up our own little studio and shop..whenever our ‘unother’ lives get us down we escape into our real otherness and plan our little venture. There is still hope it will happen, we just have to juggle a little longer.
    I really enjoyed your thoughts here, and the reminder of what really matters, what really feeds the soul….in fact, you just reminded me that we call those days our soul days! We used to have one a week…we MUST reinstitute them ASAP! I shall call her RIGHT NOW!
    The power of the musing!!
    Off to ponder some more – love ya Possum!
    Aai.

  15. Justice October 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Kai!

    I luff you – how do you come up with this every week? Every.Single.Week.

    My creative outlet is writing – a funny incident from my day, my hopes and dreams or the story of my adventure into another country. Sometimes its structured, other times its on the back of a take out receipt. Likely they will never be read but they are such a way to express, ponder, digest, ruminate and settle.

    I love Kathryn’s work – um just wow! Possum you haz got wicked cool friends.

    Have a wonderful weekend possum.

    Justice xo

  16. musingsofrandom October 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Hey KJ!

    Lovely post. As always.

    I wanted to enter this contest because I so very much love your friends work, and would love to have a special place for it on my wall.

    So now, to answer your question. I am making my life personal by going back to school in the spring to study art. Art was always something that I had been good at, and I even took art classes. But it has been a while. As you know I wasn’t happy in school, and I wanted to swim so I left. Looking back on it now, I think that if I had had and artistic outlet of doing and not just looking or listening, along with my swimming, that I would still be in school.

    So, I’ve decided that I’m making the leap and going back. That is how I’m going to grab my life and hold on to it so that it can fully be everything I want it to be.

    Thanks for your words. They make me cry as always. Love ya,
    Ms Maroon/AB

  17. Clog Weilding Queen October 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    *hums to get in tune and clears throat*….Slow down, you move too fast.
    You got to make the morning last.
    Just kicking down the cobble stones.
    Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.

    Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da…Feelin’ Groovy…..Simon and Garfunkel had it right here bb….so do you. Good job. Enjoy what is. Make it so you can. Make it so it is. You know, often times life hands my house a hell of a lot of lemons and I don’t care for lemonade. So what the hale do I do?….ah…mix them with limes and make margaritas…ya….Keep on writing good stuff bb….from my perch here in happy valley, I see that “other” is actually the preferred way to live….and I’m glad I do….you?

  18. Mel452 October 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Beautiful as usual and spot on. So glad you have found your creative outlet and are living a real and happy life. Still aspiring to do that myself – because I definitely believe I’m living an “inauthentic” life in my current job – its just a way to pay the bills really. Need to be out there doing something creative.

    xox

  19. Misty October 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi KJ,
    YOu are so right. Often we find ourselves doing things we like that are o.k. and get us by. But they are not the things that truly inspire us.
    My occupation in the medical field is of interest to me and is just now o.k. But I do need to take it a step further. Going back to school to make me more of a caretaker/clinical area would actually provide my bliss. This is something I hope to be able to do soon. It is hard to take the plunge w/ worries of finances especially since I have kids. However, sometimes you just have to go for it.
    As far as doing something personal, I handpaint furniture pieces. Mostly small stuff. That is my outlet. I paint just for personal use or sometimes gifts. Regardless, It is an escape and something that I truly enjoy.

  20. nail October 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    i LOVED this one K, fantastic. my daughter told me yesterday she is going to play bass instead of guitar now. she thinks she can be an okay guitar player but a kick-butt bass player…..there you go. i love that she knows this and is following her path. grab some cash….party at Staples/Office Depot!!!!

    • MusingsOnOther October 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

      NAIL, you drrty girl, you know how sexy I’d find a party at STAPLES/OFFICE DEPOT!!!!! I LOVE that your daughter is going to rock the bass. I’m applauding her rockstar potential from Cali!! Thanks for the comment and for checking in–you always get in super quick, like Julie…Love that about you. And i Luff YOU! xx, KJ

  21. Julie October 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Another great Musings!! In order to make your life personal and the way you want, you must take necessary steps. Sometimes they are tiny, little steps. Other times, you need to just leap. Beautiful writings my friend!

    • MusingsOnOther October 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

      Hi sweet Julie. I wholeheartedly agree. The little steps we take in order to preserve and rejuvenate and reclaim what is ours…are CRUCIAL…even if it means taking 10 minutes to drink tea outside on the patio. Or listen to a favorite bit of music on repeat a few times over. It makes us whole again…Thanks for your words hun. Love you. xo, KJ

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