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Youshouldmakesomething

The other day in coffee shop bathroom of all places (but this is Boulder) I saw a great poster which read simply: You should make something. And I thought yes, I should. For a while I mulled over what it was I should be making and how often. A doodle a day? I tried one of those photo-a-day things on Instagram in December and lasted all of three days, so I wasn’t feeling confident that I’d be able to follow through on anything too prescriptive. But giving myself a daily challenge would provide some discipline to my current life sabbatical and encourage more growth and learning while I figure out who I want to be.

Stepping back and considering “make something” from a broader perspective, I realized I already was doing something creative, artistic, or new quite often, if not everyday. I just wasn’t giving myself credit. So I’m taking on a challenge to myself to recognize and celebrate those acts of creation and encourage more of them everyday —  whether that be making a new recipe, a piece of art, a new discovery, a new friend, a new altitude (it is Boulder, remember, with plenty of mountaintops to summit), or just time for something I might not have done otherwise. And I’ll start it off with a new attitude, one of acceptance of imperfection. I may miss a day, or two or three, but making peace with that and moving on is good for my growth too.

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In yoga asana we often move through “a vinyasa” — three poses performed together which serve to release us from attachment to previous poses and prepare us for a fresh move forward. This action effectively ‘wipes the slate clean’. While complete in just a breath and a half, as is typical in yoga, there is a lot going on:

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It’s been a long time coming, but the indexes are finally here! If like me, you find scrolling down to the end of a page and hitting the “previous posts” button over and over again annoying when you are looking for a specific craft project, you’ll love the new Crafts Index. Found just below the header, this link provides snapshots of all the Weekend Projects posts conveniently gathered on a single page. For those days you want to try out a recipe idea I’ve shared in the past, you’ll love the Food Index, a similar effort that gathers up all the cooking posts I’ve published together in one easy to peruse spot.

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More from me in fact. If you want to hear more from me, more often, in the left sidebar you’ll now see links to both my Instagram and Pinterest pages in addition to Twitter.

 The Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony

A few weeks ago, I somehow stumbled across an article about a herd of elephants who traveled to the home of a man in Africa who had recently passed away to pay their respects. As a Reiki practitioner, I am fascinated by the fringes of our knowledge; the behavior of the elephants of the article seeming to defy explanation, or at least giving us a glimmer into something by its very unusualness. Promptly, I borrowed and gobbled down The Elephant Whisperer, a book written by the man honored by the elephants: Lawrence Anthony.

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