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In balance

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Do you ever feel as if the world is slightly tilted to one side and you are using all this extra muscle to stay upright, but it’s not enough of a tilt that you actually realize it until your muscles get tired and you think -yeah, this has been a lot of effort lately, what’s up with that? I had been feeling this but hadn’t put much thought into it until my sister proclaimed on Facebook that her stress levels were off the chain, and my cousin Lisa commented saying that it was something in the moon and October and the star alignment. I don’t know the specifics, I’m obviously not very scientific, but I suddenly started to notice this anxiety in myself as well. Lisa then said that it should be passing soon. I sort of doubted that not thinking this little stress ball would ever leave, but then these past couple days it’s as if the world righted itself and my inner argument has finally subsided. All is in peace. Out of nowhere. Not sure if any of that makes sense. It does to me. My theory is that it’s the change in the seasons. We instinctually cling to the world we know and when the weather and daylight patterns start whipping us around, our heads start to spin. Now that I fully feel as if fall is here I just want to jump up and hug all those glorious colors. I want to skip down the street.

My other theory on feeling in balance is exercising, working hard at work- you know not feeling like a slacker, focusing on the good in people, listening to a good album and returning from a camping trip. Maybe there is truth in the work life balance. Maybe there is truth in the work hard play hard. Maybe there is truth in good music. Either way, I’m digging it. I want to keep the steady going.

Currently listening to The Paper Kites -Featherstone. My cousin Lorin made a video with that song and I can’t get it out if my head since! I made this little quote thing to go along with a lyric from the song

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Prickly pears

Prickly pear.  Thats a one of my favorite words … or things?  I have never tasted one so I can’t say its my favorite thing, but definitely when you are feeling down try saying prickly pear with a furrowed brow.  impossible. Its IS one of my favorite things to see and I do get pretty giddy about that.  At my mom’s house on the walk to the downtown you have to walk by this old nursery and on the back side of it there is this huge mesh of cactus and prickly pear.  This happens to be right before the petting zoo, so you can imagine its a pretty good walk.  Anyways, I’ve been working on a card with a cactus so I feel like I have been really in tune with cactus images.  It’s what I call buying a car theory. When you buy a new car, you buy this car you hadn’t really thought of much, but then all of sudden you see that car EVERYWHERE.  Where was this car before, how come this car is everywhere now huh?  This theory can be applied to pretty much anything.  Once a subject is brought to your mind you see it anywhere.  I also think this applies to people.  You meet someone at a party, then you start to see them everywhere, but before then did you see them everywhere? Were they just another face of the masses?  Or now that you have met you two are in this rubber band of seeing each other.  Anyways, thats what’s happening over here with cactus, cacti, succulents and all things desert like.  So I went and got it out of my system a little.  I’ll post the final product and the source of all this cacti madness when its over.  Hopefully within the next month.

Watercolor cactus

Watercolor book

Cactus drawings

little and often

This is what I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  It’s not the one-offs that make change happen. It’s not the chance encounters that always bring us what we want.  It’s taking the small baby steps towards something bigger that make you look back and realize it has changed for better or for worse.  I vow to take those baby steps towards something better.  Towards something I am proud.

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