To Justin and Allison

February 18, 2007

blog-pic.jpgMy only nephew, Justin, is a bright and likable 18 year old trying to decide on a college. I am excited for him and the excellent prospects he has for his future.

Maybe because I am operating A.D.D. (see my first blog entry), I feel compelled to leave my encouragements for Justin and my only neice, Allison, in case they are ever living A.A.A.D. (after Aunt Anita’s death). Don’t worry… should not be anytime soon!

Know I have lived a great life of adventure and love and rewarding challenge.  I wish the same for you.

Justin:

1. Day dream often.  Find your own voice.

2. Make sure the achievement of your dreams is a goal worthy of your life’s work.

3. Remember, it is in the getting there as much as the arriving.

4. Take risks. Intelligent, researched, gutsy risks.

5. Have contengency plans.

6. Have balance.  (Yin and yang)

7. Give back.

8. Thank your Creator. Be a creator too.  Create something worthwhile and understand your value in the Universe.

9. Be thoughtful and kind.

10. Don’t judge.  But when you have to, be fair.

To Allison:

You are a spunky, think-for-yourself kind of girl that makes me so proud.

1. Be a participator, not just an observer, of life.  (Sorry, know you’ve heard this from me before.)

2. Grab life and make the most of it.

3. Find joy.  For yourself and others.  It is your right and your responsibility.

4.  Be still and listen to your heart.

5.  Give yourself options.  Understand completely your choices.

6. Be brave.  Fight for right. Fix, Allison, what we don’t have yet right.

7.  Make the world a better place. You know you can.

 Lastly I would want both of you to know how much I care about you and how my life is enhanced having the two of you in my world. 

Warm wishes to all. Anita


Another Look

February 14, 2007

Time to take another look at a creative classic.  Whenever I need a creative kick in pants, I usually drag out Julia Cameron’s 1992 The Artist’s Way.  It is, for me, a kind of Creative Bible. See SpiritSite.com  (I really have to learn how to insert links)

This book will be old news for many of you advanced creatives but for me finding it was Divine.  It empowered me, helped me to understand that I not only have permission to be creative but in fact am expected to be by the very Creator in me.

Julia taught me about Morning Pages.  Even if I had no desire to write or paint, the journaling exercises she encourages I have returned to repeatedly for personal therapy.  Unloading onto a page frees my mind and allows me to hear my own voice and feel free enough to create something to express it.

Warm wishes until next time.