I took a break from the party on New Year's Eve to do a little writing. It's my intention to do a lot more writing in the coming year. It's my happy place. If writing can be a place. Can writing be a place? If it could, it would feel something like home for me. Writing and being on stage, two diametrically opposed actions are in fact, my two favorite things to do. Crafting, truth told, is not on the top of my list. That's not to say it's not up there, just not on top! Shhh...don't tell or they might revoke my craft card.
"This year I will be fully, fiercely, fearlessly myself. I will not make myself smaller, quieter or less technicolor to make other people happy. I will let go of the painful past and immerse myself fully in the powerful present. I will open my heart, my mind and my arms wide. I will judge less and love more. I will trust that I already possess everything I need to he happy. I will count my considerable blessings and release residual sorrows. I will give myself permission to make glorious mistakes. I will love unconditionally and give freely. I will not let other people define or limit me. I will seize joy and add more sparkle whenever possible. This phoenix is getting ready to rise." Margot Potter
I shared this on Facebook, tapping it on my phone screen with tears streaming down my face, a cartharsis, a release. Within a day someone had "borrowed it" and posted it elsewhere, offering it up freely to all without attribution to me as the source. For a moment, when it was pointed out to me, I was angry and then, after an exhale, I just couldn't find it in me to stay angry. After all, if you're going to release something, then what's the point of getting mad if it wanders off into the wilderness and shows up in strange places uninvited and without a name tag? Releasing things means cutting the strings, even the invisible ones.
I thought a lot about my current career and the "happacity" it offers. It's been clear for some time that a new direction is in order. Yet, ironically, one of my craft projects showed up in my feed in the Michaels top 10 DIY pins for 2013. Seriously. "Just when you think you're out...they drag you back in..." So that was a little reminder from the universe that creativity shouldn't leave the building, but perhaps be redirected little.
Yesterday, upon further reflection while sitting in the passenger's seat on the long drive home from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, I shared the post I've turned into the little poster above. These words are my guiding force for 2014. I don't know what this year will bring, but I do know that I'm moving forward with intention and without expectation. And that motion is the key, we can't achieve our goals without action. I do know that I plan to make more words into sentences and paragraphs and even books. I plan to make more videos. I plan to lose the 30 pounds that showed up uninvited and are most definitely no longer welcome. This will require more movement. I plan to be an object in motion. And finally...I plan to work on the new jewelry line, because it brings together the writing, the video, the happacity and allows me to spread a powerful, positive, transformational message.