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Hamilton, Ontario
I love the feeling of being inspired. :)
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(Written nearly three years ago - but especially relevant for me today - funny how that works, the lessons we're still learning, haven't finished with just yet...Maybe you're learning this lesson too) There are lots of hard things we must do in life. Live through in life. There are lots of unpleasant jobs and occasions, people, and situations. But, if I write - If I am a writer, than every single moment lived is an exploration. It is my research, my way of connecting the dots and seeing past the initial story in any situation. It is my most efficient... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
There's a grip. A grip on me. Fear and anxiety mask the pain surrounding what's next. And this morning, the first hints of anger. Being here now. Here now. Mentally here now. With this blueberry that escaped my cereal bowl, on this chair. All I want from this life is the ability to ramble about the world, becoming fascinated by stories and working hard to let them sing, keeping my soul a wandering thing so that poems can find it. I want hot coffees, excellent conversation, and a way around - or rather through - my anxiety. Transforming it into... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
Can we please Spin life into art And Pain into beauty Forever and ever Amen. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
When has a word saved my life? More often than anything else. More consistently. More (truth)fully. - A Thank You Note Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
I carry around with me a small polished rock these days, and I know why exactly. How often does that happen - where you know why exactly — but what comes out of your mouth isn't even close? Why Exactly is almost never completely mysterious - almost never withheld from our own selves. We know why exactly, but when pressed about it...we say aloud - a puzzled look on our face, "Why exactly?" We cover up what we really feel/know/want by saying something else that sounds good, but means nothing at all. I do it. I think we all do.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
I have a strong desire for the simple life - in all its delicate and particular kind-of-lovely. But I, we, everything, make things so complicated. Spinning worlds & what-ifs & ambition on china plates hoisted up on poles like second-rate circus performers. We treat all our desires and goals as delicate, precious, but the TRUTH is that nothing about this performance is dainty. The plates are whirling and the blood is pumping and I'm sweaty, perspiring faster than I can replenish. This, I guess, is the trap of youth - the excitement, panic, & pain of choosing ALL. But then,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
Waking up wired. I woke up on Monday morning like I do on lots of mornings. Exhausted already. Brain on. Running fast. Faster than my feet, lips, heart can keep up. This feeling can be best summed up in one word: Anxiety. I'm rife with it. But I also know how to channel it. Sometimes. I need to work on it still. The worst though, is waking up from a night's sleep and realizing you didn't actually sleep at all, your brain never stopped looking ahead, or behind, or outside of the SIMPLE task in front of it. Close eyes.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
A little over 6 months ago today, I started the 100-day project. The project is set up to take you through 100 consecutive days, or 3 months 10 days. I I confess here, openly, that I didn't complete it in 100 days. obviously. The project is done yearly by people all around the globe. The goal is simply to make something, anything at al, every day for 100 days. Most people started it on April 4th of this year and completed it on July 12th. I took longer than that. I started off pretty strong. Wrote every single morning for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Zucchini On The Ceiling
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
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
< 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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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