why untitled, unwritten?

I once labeled everything before it was written, until I found it kept too many words away. Now I am leaving the unwritten untitled, until it grows into a name.

Monday, December 8, 2014

one word

Last year, choosing a word was easy: brave.  It stuck with me year round as I went forth into many adventures: student teaching, graduating, Europe, job hunting, starting one job in August and, finally, my first teaching position in September.

Words and phrases have stuck with me in this year of growth and exploration, especially since I began art journaling in the summer.

"I will try to allow your reaction to me."
Mandy Steward, print available here
"And suddenly you just know it's time to start something new & trust the magic of beginnings." 
Meister Eckhart, via the Bldg25 blog 
"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
 A.A. Milne
"What sets your heart free?"
from art by Kelly Rae Roberts, available here 
"Your story matters."
unknown, on a pretty little card here
"Be brave & be kind."
Ghandi (I think)
"You do not have to be silent."
discovered on a bracelet by Jodi Bond (Whispered Truths)
"She believed she could, so she did."
unknown, discovered on gorgeous art by Valentina Harper
"It's time to begin, isn't it?I get a little bit bigger but then I'll admitI'm just the same as I wasNow don't you understandThat I'm never changing who I am."
Imagine Dragons

"I'm looking for a place to start/and everything feels so different now..."
Of Monsters and Men
"She was bold within her limits."
Ann Brashares in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 

and now I feel like a ridiculous hipster wanna-be and that's just fine.  I like dreamy, free-spirit quotes.   They suit me.  

Because here's the thing: these words and lyrics stick with me.  They settle into my mind and sit with me when I'm figuring things out and trying to understand myself and my life.  

Yet with all these words, nothing's settling in for next year.  This has been the year of brave.  

But I don't know what's ahead.  

I don't know what intentions I want to set.

I don't know what word I'll need to carry with me in the next year.

(and then it hit me as I went wandering through my Instagram feed to find a picture for this post: awaken)

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I finished this gorgeous book a few weeks ago.

I've had a complete inability to finish a book since.  I've started at least five.

My brain is going in a few too many directions right now, I think. 

But I want to read something new.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Story (that isn't)

I began writing.

I made it to 5000 words.

And then grades were due and I was tired and I had a long, tiring Monday.

And then a whole week went by.

And I realized something: NaNoWriMo is awesome. The deadline is great...for most people.

But I only have so much space in my head and so much of my energy was poured into too many spaces.  So instead, I got out my art journal again--I hadn't touched it for most of October, through my first month of teaching--and I've done a handful of pages.

So even though my NaNoWriMo story fell apart (or rather, never fell together), I've been creating this month.  I've been making.  And that, my friends, is kind of the point of NaNo, right?  To create?

I have eleven pages left in my beautiful journal (made by Melissa Oesch of ReImagined by Luna).

And while I won't be writing a novel this month, I'll be filling this gorgeous book with my heart.

That's enough for me.

Monday, November 3, 2014

How I Write

All at once or nothing at all, with a few paragraphs here and there mixed in.

That's why I'm doing NaNo and starting three days in and hoping I'll catch up.  Because you better believe I'll finish it if I'm going to try it.  I did it once, right?  I can do it again.

I write in these funny spurts of a few hundred words.  That seems to be all I can manage at a time.  I love writing on Yarny, though, because I can place them in snippets and move things around and that seems to be the only way I can get into longer writing spurts--by being able to change what part of the story I'm writing at any given moment.

Somehow, I have to manage 1851 words a day if I am going to complete NaNo in the 27 days left.

How do you write?

[Image via Bestseller Labs]

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Corners of Home

My husband and I live in a house that we never dreamed of owning.

It's bigger than we need right now, but perfect for family gatherings and someday growing into.

The lot it's built on covers nearly half an acre, right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood.

It only came with one major repair needed in the first year (and that had more to do with a brutal winter of Kentucky's lovely freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycle than anything else).

and I'm sort of a wreck at keeping this beautiful house clean and organized (as I am at keeping things clean and organized in general).

 and I just cannot figure out how to decorate it in a way that pulls everything together, that strikes that perfect balance of put-together and slightly-messy that I adore (and adored even before Pinterest existed, which means I have only myself and Ikea and Pottery Barn and a million other catalogues to blame).
HELP.  Seriously, advice and ideas on getting this messy little-big house sorted and cozy and pretty would be welcome.  I am not good at matching.  At all.  So how do I mix well without matching?  I don't know.  

These are the sorts of problems I'm thankful I have.

Now, to put away the laundry...

Note: between taking these pictures and posting this, I cleaned off my fridge and counter.  Yes, I realize the only way to keep my house clean is to clean it.  Oh well.