Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Actively Waiting

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There have been a lot of reoccurring lessons for me lately.
One of them being: 
Waiting is an active thing, not a passive thing.

That and that I need to be engaged.
Engaged in my life, in my circumstances, in my relationships, especially my relationship with God. 
These things take effort, are worth effort. Just being, and letting them go along without attention on my part, is definitely something I could do, but that's not how I can get the best out of these things.
God wants us to always be engaged in our circumstances, in our lives.
After all, as the cliche goes, we only get one.

But back to the waiting. 
I feel like there's a lot of waiting for the "not yet". 
Or, at least, I've been tempted to notice all of that stuff more so as of late, the "not yet" stuff, than what's here and now.

However, I realized that if I'm sitting around waiting for the next thing all the time, I'm never going to be content with what I have now and where I am at this moment. 
There's always going to be a next thing to wait for. 
It's okay to wait for things, to be excited and anticipate something different then what I currently have. 
But not to the point where I lose sight of the right now and what's here in front of me.

Because so very often what's right now, and here in front of us, used to be a "not yet" thing. Something we were waiting for. Anticipating, wanting, hoping for, praying for, crossing our fingers for, working our butts off for.
 But now it's arrived, and it's in our possession and so in it becoming our "right now", it's no longer an anticipated "not yet".
We let it lose it's value. 
So don't let things lose their value.
Remember your "right now" used to be a "not yet" and you were once really really anxious for it to get here.
So now that it's here, enjoy it. 
To the absolute possible most fullest.

Side note:
Additionally I'm learning that waiting for the "not yet" is not a solitary thing. 
I'm not alone in the waiting. 
He's here, right here, where I am. 
And He's not going anywhere either. 
He's going to wait with me as long as there is something to wait for. 
But while I'm waiting, I have to be active. 
And now I'm just repeating myself, so... end note.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Shop Sale!

Sale sale sale!
But just until midnight tonight.
I'm trying out a new platform for the shop, and so in honor of that, and testing new things out, I'm offering 15% off all orders from now until midnight tonight!
Just use the code: WEEKENDSALE2014 at checkout.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Only A Page

 In Flight
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"I've always agreed with Saint Augustine when he said 'The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.'...traveling is the motivation for me to grow as an artist." | Caleb Jordan Lee 

More travel plans are in the works.
(Which is, let's be honest, always the case over here)
Still planning on sharing heaps and heaps of photos soon soon soon.
Meanwhile, I hope you're having a lovely Wednesday.
Make it great, okay?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Desire

Photo Cred: Meagan Abell

"Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide" | D.W. Winnicott 

The desire to hide.
I think it's a feeling we've all experienced from time to time. 
No matter how confident and outgoing we may be. We are all on occasion going to be out of our comfort zone, whether it's in a new social setting or in facing an unfamiliar challenge.

I've recently come out of a season like that.
And I think it's a good thing, to be there, in that place of wanting to hide.
Because you're being challenged.
And it's in being challenged that you (or at least I) often discover the things that make your life the most beautiful and the things that are the most important.
Which you can so easily forget when you're in a state of comfort and sameness.
So it's a good thing.
That desire.

So I'm grateful for those seasons of discomfort, of challenge, of wanting to hide.
(Not always of course, especially in the midst of it, but it's always easier to be grateful in hindsight isn't it?)
But I'm also grateful for the others.
The ones where I know I'm exactly where I need to be, where I feel fully alive and able to completely communicate my ideas and passions and express fully who I am and what I want to do and be.
But isn't that the key to it all?
To be content in whichever season you're in.
Something I feel like I'm always striving for.
Which is actually kind of an oxymoron if you think about it. Because striving, defined in and of itself, goes against the feeling of being content.

Hmm... I'll have to think more about that one.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Adventures | Tangier Island

Tangier Island is a tiny little place in the Chesapeake Bay.
The population is less than a thousand and the true natives speak in a unique english like accent that is pretty unmistakeable and something thats super neat to hear. They also primarily drive golf carts, or scooters as there's no real need for cars on such a small piece of land. 
Milton (as seen in the last photo) is the keeper of the Marina and has quite a lot of cool stories to tell if you happen to run into him and have time to chat for a bit. He was on the island before they had electricity and was among the first graduating class of the local high school. 
(Quite an accomplishment to be sure)

It's definitely a cool place to wander around and explore, which you can do in less than an hour or so since the whole island is only about a mile long!

P.s. There are also a lot of cats.
So there's that too.