The Secret Message

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
— Robert Schuller

Fourteen years ago, I had that Schuller quote made into a wall decal for the yoga studio I was about to open. I peeled off the backing and pasted it up high to face our classes, right above the position where I thought instructors would sit. After I came off the ladder and stepped back a few feet, I realized that my color choice was too light and the words practically blended into the wall. Harrumph!

I didn't want the quote to be a distraction as I easily imagined people squinting to read the writing on the wall.  Luckily, before the first class, I was given an Indonesian-style wood carving that completely obscured the sentence and no one knew of the hidden message.

A few days ago, I came across that quote again and recalled the hopes I had had for my studio and the people it would serve. I had meant for it to motivate folks to look past their physical discomforts (the studio also offered massage and acupuncture) and focus on their hopes of well-being. No one saw the quote but it was always, the underlying intention.

So much has changed in the fourteen years since I carefully positioned, then hastily covered those words.  What astounds me, is that much of what I hoped for during those years that I sat or moved under that sentence, I now have in my life. It's as though, what I intended for others to do, so I did. Curious thought.

This much I do know, when you focus on what you want, not on what you don't want, the journey and the destination are just what you hoped for, maybe even more. Please, may I never forget that.

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.


Image: A page from my art journal.


Hold That Pose


Sporadically, I join in on a photo-a-day challenge and when the prompt calls for it, I need to photograph an action. I use a gorilla-pod for my iPhone and Slow Shutter Cam, to capture the fleeting movement.

Not just the beginning of a yoga spin, but the movement during my clockwise rotation. Not just the end of it, which looks deceivingly like the beginning.


I pay a lot of attention to the end of a pose so the jump from a downward dog to Uttanasana is often a blur. It's a treat to be able to technically freeze the action and see that it's clearly not as graceful as I imagined.

The time spent shooting and editing each picture, posting it to Instagram, and receiving a flurry of responses all take place in less than a day. We're all on to the next action and the next photo, all 300 million of us. Snap, shot, post and done.

I wouldn't do it if it weren't so easy.

My actual relationship with yoga is quite the opposite. The beginning and the end are a blur to me. I don't know when I actually started and I certainly have no idea when it will end. This middle period though, feels like one long practice session. There are phases of inactivity and activity but always, the passion remains. I've spent a lot of time with yoga and I'm going to hold on to as many poses as I can.

I wouldn't do it if were too easy.




A Year of Creative Habits: The Next 100 Days

The Habit Remains But...

Now well into the second quarter of A Year of Creative Habits, my sketchbooks are filling up and I should have several of them completed by the end of the year. My habit feels well rooted at this point. Every day, I find a way to either draw, paint or collage a page in my sketchbook and post a photo of it to Instagram. The habit remains, although I often feel that creativity runs off to the beach or sneaks away for a nap when I sit down with my sketchbooks.

Enter, The Creatures

After some journal writing and revisiting my update for Week 10,  I decided that I was the one not at home when creativity comes calling. My daily habit had become just another item on my to-do list. Darn.

So I decided to find my thrill again and last week, signed up for Roxanne Coble's art journal course, Creatures. I've been admiring her work, thinking that one day I'd be art-confident enough to paint with wild abandon. As it turns out, it can be taught.

I completed my first 2-page spread (pictured above) using Roxanne's method and her creatures, and I'm ready to dive into art journals with beings of my own. Since the process involves multiple layers, I want to be able to spend time on these spreads and have been thinking of choosing a single theme to focus on for my daily Instagram/YOCH2016 art work. Luckily, I found it!

The 100 Day Project

Led by The Great Discontent and Elle Luna, The 100 Day Project is open to anyone wanting to stick with an action for 100 days. The project begins tomorrow, April 19 and ends on July 27. All you have to do is declare it, do it, and post a photo of it on Instagram with #The100DayProject and your own #100Daysof(your action) tags. It fits right in with my Year of Creative Habits and also gives me added incentive.

I decided that I'm going to create images of three things on a blank postcard and call it #100Daysof3OnAPostcard. If you'd like, follow my progress there. If you're participating, what's your private hashtag?