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Micayla
Hamilton, Ontario
I love the feeling of being inspired. :)
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Georgia O'Keeffe has come up in conversation quite a few times in the last week or so. My girl friend went to see her exhibit at the AGO, and then I heard a piece on CBC radio all about what the (misinterpreted) intentions of her work were. Then, this quote by Georgia O'Keeffe popped up in my Instagram feed, (via the ever-inspiring NITCH): "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." This. Is. Gold. I'm a fairly high energy (read: anxious) human... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Tonight I'd like to take a few minutes to talk about the joys of a well-chosen wardrobe. I'm not a clothing freak. I've never liked shopping. I dread the mall. (Food and groceries, on the other hand, I could do that all day long!) But, over the last, oh, four years or so, I've become very aware of my own style. I like simple. Clean. Straight lines. And I like to feel like myself in my clothes. I like clothing that is comfortable, flattering, and classic. At around the same time that I started realizing what a style was, and... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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< DEC- MARCH > The time has come and gone. April is upon us, and with that, the second quarter of 2017 has begun! But I don't want to talk about the second quarter right now. I want to talk about the first. At the beginning of the year, while I was planning out these first three months, I came up with the idea to write a post at the end of each quarter and call it, "THIS SEASON WAS ABOUT..." A sort of list, a run-down of all the little things, all the projects, all the people, all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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I am an adventurer, a fluid idea, floating for truth. A Frenchman, a maid, a coal mining canary. A soft windy afternoon, a turn coat employee. I am a feather duster - floater - drifting dimension. I am a piece of paper, wadded up. A pocket full of pennies. A heap. A needle bent Folded fabric A country, an ocean, a commitment A marriage. I am an endless variety, a slice of springtime air. Pages and pages. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Welcome to April all. I took the month of March off from blogging, and I'm glad that I did. I had other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Here we are. Talking. Thinking. Participating. In 2017. How I move through the world is important to me, and I'm always learning to be a more present, caring person. I am always learning, and often failing. (Which is okay) One of the things that helps me learn, is the choosing of a guiding word or phrase to carry around with me during the year. I mentioned the concept of picking a word briefly in my post on 2017 Intentions, but today, I'm going to dive into the topic in greater detail. ************************************************************************************************************** This year is all about J O Y... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Today was a good day. Went for an early breakfast date, came home, took the pup on a walk, while on said walk, got my next short-story idea, came home, had a bit more coffee, did some bible reading + reflection, & checked in with friends... all before 9AM! Just a little life update for ya ;). Today is also the week after the launch of UGGLY MUGG MAKERY's 2nd Collection. So, I thought it'd be fitting to write a little run down of our new goods and the plans for the shop! We are so proud of our new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
Hi Laura :), Love your goals! I really hope you reach them. I've been doing Barre Classes three times a week with my mum... at 6:45am!! Because it's the only time that works for both of us. Not only does it feel amazing, but the rest of my day is sooo much more productive.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2017 on Laura's Fitness Goals at Laurel And Fern
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I love people. That was the overwhelming feeling I got when I came across a random stack of photographs - photographs of all kinds of Hamiltonians, living their lives, going about their different kinds of days in the downtown core of the city... I just love people.We're all so curious and crazy, it's awesome. I love our diversity, our difference, our unique faces, and all the ways we individually carve out our own spaces. And at the same time... I am a raging introvert. I need space. I crave alone time. I look for solitude. I LOVE TO BE ALONE.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Stripping bare. Leaving all the extras. Taking steps, Light As Air. Lifted by intention, Freed from prevention. Unexpected joy Inside the simplest of truth. Unwrapped. No need for fancy living dinner plates, new shoes, radios, and Television too. No room for voice of reason. Freedom feels like a windy afternoon in the sun, spent sifting. sifting. sifting. Gloriously drifting, towards centre. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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2017 is here. It's here! Today is January the 4th. The first Wednesday of the year. I happen to believe that celebrations should happen often, and rituals should be born of ordinary days... so I'm declaring this day, this first Wednesday, worth celebrating. How shall we celebrate the occasion? Well, I'm going to start by sharing some of my over-arching intentions for this next year of my life. My reason is three-fold: 1) It's my blog, and it's fun. 2) I've found it a handy practice to record thoughts and motivations from time to time. Nothing beats looking back on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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It's nearly the end of December, and it's snowy outside. My world this week - peacefully blanketed in white - reminded me of this moment from the past. I thought it might be an encouraging one to share. So here goes... ************************************************************************************************ There are moments of calm in every storm. This is a fact. Sometimes there are many moments, depending on the during of the storm. I can see these moments SO clearly. No matter how long it's been, they rise to the top. They're unforgettable little clues, pointing me into to the center of my own truth and joy.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Life Aches. It aches. And it shakes. A rumbling monstrous lake. Snappers & snowdrifts overtake. Life ACHES. But life, It also makes. And allows for breaks. Like a noun, A pleasant sort of associated sound In a breath, Or a comma, We become (subtly) (suddenly) (significantly) So Much Stronger. And just like that, Our story Grows. Longer. (For the two M's in my life.... one constantly by my side... and one who will always be a beautiful story.) Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Happy Wednesday all. I am excited to be getting this post up on time this week... If you come read regularly, then you probably know I like post mid-week, every week. The last month has been insanely busy, (in all the really great ways!) and so I've been fortunate to get posts up by Thursday or Friday.... but today I am on time (for an arbitrary deadline) and that feels pretty nice :)... it means things are more relaxed this week, and I've got a chunk of time back to devote to the blog early in my work week. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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A full year of learning. A full year of attempting down different paths. A full year of thinking about which way to turn. A full year of fantastic projects. A full year. Now it's wrapping up. This is the last month, the tidy up month. My final project course for the Editing Certificate is underway, the small business is launched, 4 stories in my STORIES COLLECTED project have been completed, and I am now looking out on a very different - and yet equalling interesting - kind of year to come. I have learned. I have learned a lot about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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CRAVE Write a poem. Come back to it. To the human side of yourself. To that curious, questioning, openly happy Place of residence. Lace up your words, String them together. Feel your body shifting To a place of creation Where there are more possibilities Than doors. Where the seemingly unimportant Can hook you, And words like pie and verbose Settle on your tongue; a simple remedy. Standing, staring out at the same world as before But now you see the stars rushing from within your chest, spilling along. Project hopping fascinating. Full. ************************************************************************************************ This week I had planned on sharing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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So, I'm reviewing Onward by Starbucks CEO, Howard Shultz. I am reviewing it, because I liked it. It's a great read. Really! I found it a very well-woven story, replete with the drama, and flow you'd expect of a pretty decent novel. And if you read it from the right perspective, it's basically an awesome business textbook, filled with the lessons, insights, and mistakes of one of the world's most recognizable brands. Plus, I'm a huge coffee drinker, so really, there is no downside. Starbucks has a company culture that has always interested me. It's a place that, at least... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Welcome to Wednesday. Today I'm sharing all the ways that I show up as the boss of my work and life. In honor of the super popular hashtag, #IamBeingBoss from Emily and Kathleen, and their request that we all share our own Boss manifestos with the world this week, I am sharing mine :). So without further ado.... I AM BEING BOSS, when I choose the unconventional path. I chose the unconventional path when I decided to forgo traditional post-secondary education, for my own, self-directed syllabus. When I decided to launch Uggly Mugg Makery with my Momma, and make the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
Hello Elsie :), Really loved reading this post. I love your advice to switch it up when you stop "seeing it".Such a fun part of keeping the creative flow is to constantly refine your source of inspiration! This post got me thinking, and actually inspired my own blog post this week! I do mood boards a bit differently, mainly using words and quotes to keep my inspired, rather than images. I tape em all up to my walls, so the whole room turns into one giant mood board! (That said, I still have a million pinterest boards to my name ;b.) Hope you have a lovely week! - Micky
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Inspiration boards are a big thing amongst the creative community. Social Media has made it SO easy to drudge up all the image-based inspiration you could ever want. There's Pinterest of course, but Instagram too. All those beautiful images, all those colours, all those feelings. I love images and the platforms that allow us to share them with one another. Capturing and sharing beauty as you see it is what Instagram was made for. And I've tried the whole inspiration board idea, in the traditional sense. I've made boards out of magazine clippings and cardboard, I've recovered notebooks in photos,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Hello Everyone. I hope you've had a lovely week so far. I must say, today was a pretty dreamy day for me. It started with an impromptu breakfast with a girlfriend at one of my favorite Hamilton eateries, St James. Afterwards, I went to a favorite coffee shop for my second cup of the day, and got busy working on classes. After that, I drove home with all the windows down, celebrating what was just about the most ideal autumn weather ever.... and now I'm writing this blog post before turning in for the evening. This week, I'd like to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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BEFORE COFFEE- (OR THE FALL ELIXIR) The Morning Sun on par with my eyes as I walk into Her rays. Beams filter into pupils & straighten my spine Entering flesh... allowing fresh thought to percolate through light-swaddled cells. ************************************************************* The fall weather feels good on my skin. I like walking to the coffee shop and not being drenched in sweat. I like my cozy socks, and I love my morning walks. I have always preferred hot coffee over cold brews...and so it's easier sipping now too. Something about the change in temperature... it un-muddles my brain, and makes my fingers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Semester 4, how I like thee... There is little so fascinating than the process of personal growth. The discoveries you make about how you always thought you had to be, live, act... and the realizations that come as you begin to stretch your definitions of love/vulnerbility/strength/imagination... it's a pretty fantastic thing. So, I thought it would be interesting to share a little update as September comes to a close, and October (my final month of my final semester!) quickly approaches. If you'd like to see what I outlined for myself at the beginning of this semester...here is that post. So... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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Today I would like to share a story from a while back. I am not recounting this from memory, or making it up after the fact.... I am going to type out a journal entry that I wrote the day the events actually occurred. This was one summer ago, and almost exactly one year from the inception of our small business. I came across it the other day, and had totally forgotten it had ever been written. But I'm glad that I did write it down, because I think it's a sweet little story to share now, on the week... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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There was this day. I left feeling dragged. Heavy weights Ugly complications. Ignored them, Tried to make it go away. But it wouldn't budge, My heart was being nudged. Pushed and shoved. I felt ungloved. And so, as the late afternoon took over, I left on my feet, carried by a balanced aching. I went for a walk. I walked, and I walked. I sat alone with my pain, I let it feel insane. I sat, under a tree In a park Alone with me. I sat, and I took out a book. I read. The anxiety, the heavy chest.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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WHAT NOW? By Ann Patchett. This tiny little book is filled with wonder and good-hearted enthusiasm for life. It is the author's recounting of starting out, with a heavy dose of humor and simple - yet profoundly true - advice. There are photo illustrations placed throughout, and at first, I was wary of a possible cheese factor. But it's not cheesy in the least. It's a gem that I am glad to have plucked off the shelf for no reason at all, other than my recognition of the name, ANNE PATCHETT. Earlier in the year, I'd listened to an outstanding... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Zucchini On The Ceiling