Category Archives: Expressive

“Plan A” and other options


For those of you who may only make it through mid-January with your resolutions…

Keep ’em simple, people. Nothing worse than facing discouragement a week or two in. Resolutions are daily tasks or situations that eventually become a lifestyle, not a chore.

Therefore, I’ll exchange my more vigorous resolutions (learn Italian fluently, own a cabin in North Carolina, walk down the aisle, be loved by a little French bulldog) for some easier, more immediately attainable alternatives. Like:

What and how I eat.  I want to juice 1-2 times a week (read: buy a juicer!) and eat smaller portions.  I also want to cut down on coffee (gasp!) and drink more green tea.

Living music.  Although Orlando isn’t a mecca for great shows, we do get some.  I want to go to more concerts. The last one was itty bitty at The Plaza but was such a BIG night of seeing Josh Ritter!  Up next: the Givers at The Social.

Budgeting. I have a steady job now, so it’s time to save money (read: pay off my debt) and put some away for travel.  I’m so glad we aren’t still on a dowry system. My savings account is wimpy.

Book borrowing. I love to read, but I would like to borrow more books from friends or the library than I buy.  The last time I moved I realized how many books I’ve collected and just how much books weigh!  I’ve given a ton of them away and now it’s time to release that accumulation habit.

Making a beginning…


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice; to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S Elliot

So it’s the morning of the last day of the new year.  So much potential in that (fingers crossed).  For many of us, 2011 brought so many ups and downs that it’s difficult to sort out what has happened.  I’m trying to avoid making too many plans for the Big Night and instead journaling with coffee: What am I leaving behind?  What am I moving towards?  What am I going to resolve from this past year?  What beginnings am I in the process of making?

In the midst of an ending, how do we create a beginning?  See the potential.  Know what’s ripe for change.  We’re always knee deep in the fodder of a new start.

It really helps me to see all that 2011 has brought to me – so much can happen in a day much less an entire year.  And that helps set things to right again – to see that 2012 has the power to be just as transformative, just as joyful, just as full and rich.  We’re blessed!  Let’s live like we are!

Personality quiz – take it!


Found this lil’ quizaroo…. took it… and here’s de resultz.  Interessante.

Your view on yourself:

You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.

The type of boyfriend you are looking for:

You are not looking merely for a boyfriend – you are looking for your life partner. Perhaps you should be more open-minded about who you spend time with. The person you are looking for might hide their charm under their exterior.  (tell me what I don’t know)

Your readiness to commit to a relationship:

You are ready to commit as soon as you meet the right person. And you believe you will pretty much know as soon as you meet that person.

The seriousness of your love:

You are very serious about relationships and aren’t interested in wasting time with people you don’t really like. If you meet the right person, you will fall deeply and beautifully in love.  (yep)

Your views on education:

Education is very important in life. You want to study hard and learn as much as you can.

The right job for you:

You’re a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you’ll be set for life.

How do you view success:

You are afraid of failure and scared to have a go at the career you would like to have in case you don’t succeed. Don’t give up when you haven’t yet even started!  Be courageous.  (don’t air ALL my dirty laundry!)

What are you most afraid of:

You are concerned about your image and the way others see you. (God, help me)  This means that you try very hard to be accepted by other people. It’s time for you to believe in who you are, not what you wear.  (preach it!)

Who is your true self:

You are full of energy and confidence. You are unpredictable, with moods changing as quickly as an ocean. You might occasionally be calm and still, but never for long.

Martin Luther Rubik-king


Ever thought about recycling something ordinary into extraordinary art? …

This incredible piece is actually fashioned from 4,242 officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes.  Weighing roughly 1000 pounds, is was formed from cubes that had been “reversed solved” or twisted so that one of the faces maps it’s nine stickers into the image of 38,178 stickers total.  Pete came up with the idea of using the cubes to create something in a dream.  Hence: “I have a dream…”

The construction process took a little over 40 hours and the final installation to about five and a half hours with 6 volunteers helping.  An organization called You Can Do The Cube rented the cubes to the artist.  It was on display during an art competition in Michigan in hopes that it would sell, but after the allotted time, it did not and was dismantled.  At least we have pictures here so we can still enjoy the process and the completion.