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Check In June 24, 2012


Greetings fellow travelers,

I wrote 5 days out of 7 days in my Morning Pages. I decided to keep on using the Artist’s Way tools.

My Artist’s Date was reading Jennifer Lee’s “Right Brain Business Plan. I studied Business & Management at Alverno College where I took a small business course. I learned the traditional way of creating business plans. With the “Right Brain Business Plan” however I will be exploring other creative ways to express my business goals. So far I am enjoying reading the book. I was able to get a Kindle e-book for $7.99 and a free app to download on my PC and it’s been working very well. I am new to e-books, but I am enjoying them very much.

I walked twice to and from work. The temperature was very warm and I got winded very easily. However, I am glad that I walked.

Issue of recovery is that I decided to put my health first and starting Sunday July 1st I am starting “The Writing Diet” by Julia Cameron which focuses on health using Artist’s Way tools like Morning Pages, Artist’s Dates, and Walking. I know my greatest weight loss was during a time of intense writing on very core issues in my life and I could feel myself getting healthier day by day. I have assembled two support groups around me of Body Buddies, one online and one face to face. I have a Kindle version of the book on my PC and on my phone. I have already read through the book cover to cover and I feel I have sense of the direction of this course. I have decided to create the course to cover 12 weeks. First week is Part One covering all the tools, the second week from there on each week I will focus on two essays and two tasks. I am fond of the 12 week structure of the course. I am looking forward to my summer!

Warm regards,

Walking in This World Check In June 19, 2012

Greetings fellow travelers,

I first want to extend gratitude for all of you who have been reading and following my check ins as I journey in Walking in This World. I have completed the 12th and final week of Walking in This World. I am amazed how the time just flew by. I am grateful for all the positive friendships I have made along this journey. Thank you to The Artist’s Way Circle and the Sparkling Path Walkers for being so supportive and loving to me as I went on this adventure. The friendships that have developed and grown during this particular journey have been priceless. I feel like such a blessed person to have known you and had the privilege to walk with you as well. Thank you so much.

I wrote 5/7 Morning Pages this past week. I didn’t always write a full three pages because I think I just was ready for the 12 week cycle to come to an end.

My Artist’s Date I would have liked to have was a chance to see George Takei (Mr. Sulu) at the Lakefront Festival of the Arts in Milwaukee, WI. Unfortunately, I did not have sufficient funds to make this happen. But I did enjoy viewing pictures of the festival including one with George Takei standing next to a sculpture of a woman at the Milwaukee Art Museum. What I ended up doing was playing online games because they were free. I have been a long time fan of Hidden Chronicles since the game first came out. I like solving hidden puzzle games. Some of the artwork in the scenes are so beautiful including some wonderful music. Many scenes take you to places around the world and of different cultures. Lately, I have been also playing a lot of Bingo because it helps take my mind off my worries.

I did some my walking around my neighborhood from the clinic to my home and also around the downtown area. As of right now it’s still spring and we have had some cool and refreshing walking weather.

Issue of recovery is planning for the right next step. I have talked with members of The Artist’s Way Circle and there are a few that want to do the “Writing Diet” by Julia Cameron. I am interested in putting my health number one this summer so I also would like to do the Writing Diet. I was thinking for the food journaling I could take pictures of the food that I am going to eat using my smart phone. I also would like to use the Kindle App for PC and Android phone to purchase a Kindle version of the “Writing Diet” for $7.99. This will be the first Kindle purchase for me and I am interesting to see how it will turn out. In July 11th I am planning a special celebration for my birthday. In August I am going to be a Camp NaNoWriMo rebel and rewrite my romance novel “Two Step” a story of a Native American woman searching for herself, her higher power, and true love .I am doing “Finding Water,” Julia Cameron’s 3rd Artist’s Way book in the Fall.  From now til December I plan on working on my business plan. I feel that the time is right to focus on this project now and I believe that I can accomplish this goal within 6 months. I plan to use this blog and my YouTube channel to share my progress on my journey of self employment. So many wonderful things coming up. Please stay tuned for the latest developments.

Warm regards,

Walking In This World Check In June 14, 2012

This a beautiful ocean scenery done in peyote stitch by Deb Moffett-Hall Website: 215-368-1736
Bead and Button Show Milwaukee, WI

This piece is made with custom blown glass by Steven Wheeler. 616-437-1463
Bead and Button Show Milwaukee Wisconsin

Greetings fellow travelers,

I wrote four days out of seven days in my Morning Pages this past week. This is my week 11 check in and I am eager to complete my journey.

For my Artist’s Date I went to the Bead and Button Show. This is my second time going to this particular show. First time I went was three years ago and I was overwhelmed by the size. I previously spent all day and only managed to get through half the show. This time I was aware of the enormity of the event so I decided to take a more leisurely approach. This time I was much more interested in talking to the people around me and looking for opportunities to take some pictures of some work that caught my eye. The two pictures above were the favorites I saw and took pictures at this year’s Bead and Button show. I collected some business cards and I had a nice conversation with a woman who came to the show from Chicago for the first time. I found the food to be very expensive. I spent $14.75 for a cheeseburger, garlic Parmesan fries and a large RC Cola. Good thing though that I had a ride for a $1 and free admission ticket for the show. Might plan to eat a larger meal before I go to the show next time. Overall though it was good to get out to Milwaukee for a nice trip. I love looking at the sparkle of beads.

After the Bead and Button Show I went to Marasco’s Craft King Brookfield, Wisconsin. It was an old fashioned craft store but the prices were really good. I picked up some purple pony beads for a beaded medallion I want to make. I noticed this little bear at the store and snapped a picture.

Marasco’s Craft King Brookfield, Wisconsin

I spent over an hour walking around the Bead and Button show for my walk. Later I was exhausted and took a nap.

Issue of recovery is while I am grateful for almost being done with my journey in Walking in This World, I am sad that my journey with such wonderful people is ending soon. I really enjoyed the mix of people in my online and face to face Walking in This World journeys. I hope we continue to keep in contact.

Warm regards,

Walking in This World Check In June 7, 2012

Greetings fellow travelers,

I first wanted to talk about the video I attached to this post. During the summer every Friday downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin come together to celebrate Friday Night Live with lots of live music. In addition to Friday Night Live, on June 1, 2012 there was an additional celebration honoring Waukesha as Gibson Guitar Town. All throughout Waukesha are these 10 foot tall guitars decorated by local artists. While all this was going on there was also a flash mob brought on by the local Waukesha High School Orchestra in the middle of Clinton and Main St. Lots of excitement going on around town. This video is about the Flash Mob.

A picture I took of one of the artistically decorated 10 ft tall guitars celebrating Waukesha as Guitar Town. This guitar is located at the corner of Clinton and Main St. in downtown Waukesha, WI.

With that said I took off a week during Memorial Day Week. It was a nice break. Today I am doing the check in for week 10 in Walking in This World by Julia Cameron.

I did four out of seven days worth of Morning Pages. Taking off a week threw the momentum of my journey off and took awhile to get back into again.

My Artist’s Date was to play a lot of Bingo. I actually came in first place during one game. The Bingo caller sounded like a pirate. I generally like to play with three bingo cards at the same time. Anything less it’s too boring and anymore is more too challenging to keep up. Three cards is a nice steady pace I can keep up and still have a moment to breath. I enjoyed myself a lot. I sometimes like activities like this that help me to focus on something other than my worries and fears. It takes my mind off my problems.

I had a long 30 minute walk from the clinic to my house. I took a leisurely pace and paused many times on my journey. The air was refreshingly cool and very comfortable weather to walk in.

During the month of May in the writing streak challenge I wrote 30,000 words. I didn’t realize I wrote so much until I kept track of it all.

My issue of recovery is to give myself credit for what I do and accomplish. I find myself constantly cutting myself down not taking the time to assess all that I am doing right. I often feel that I am not good enough. While there are so many people around me that keep telling me I do good work. These people are good people and I think I should listen to what they are saying about me.

Warm regards,

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