I am a huge fan of Jill Bliss. For those of you who are not familiar with this lovely lady, she is a professional artist & designer, and in her own words she is also an “amateur photographer/ homesteader/ explorer living simply within the nature of the Pacific NW Islands.” She is an all around top-notch lady! I purchased a Jill Bliss notebook years ago and have slowly been filling the pages with doodles, to do lists, recipes, and other ramblings. Despite that I use the notebook as a productivity tool, it lay dormant for an unknown amount of time tucked under a miscellaneous pile.
After a particularly rough week I turned to what always makes me feel better- exercise. I reached for the Jill Bliss notebook because I remembered that I jotted down a series of yoga stretches each accompanied by its own stick figure drawing. After flipping through the pages I realized that even when I manage to fill every page in this notebook I will keep and cherish it for years to come. I love the way that Jill’s delicate drawings interact with my doodles and endless lists. The notebook is a way of recording small wins, losses, or ideas that might otherwise slip through my memory and Jill’s illustrations add value and whimsy to each page.
Jill, thank you for sharing your talent and helping others unlock, understand, and celebrate their potential.
A very rare bout of insomnia prompted me to finish a task I have put off for some time- cleaning my computer and deleting unnecessary files. I found some photos that I intended to post a while back of my Night Blooming Cereus plant that flowers for only one night. I realize that a full year has gone by since I took the photos stored on my computer because now the plant is blooming once again. I guess some things stay on the to-do list for a year. The time has come to share some photos from both years of blooms. Aside from the peony, this is my favorite flower and it has a most amazing scent that is worth staying up all night to experience.
The sky was definitely showing off for the last few days of 2012. I picked the top 12 photos that Donald and I took during the sunset in Southern California on December 30th, 2012 (yes, we both could not stop taking photos of this amazing cloud/rain/ocean show).
Here’s to a peaceful, mindful, healthy and prosperous 2013. And many more days of cloud watching!
These videos make me feel very daffodil-n-dandelion-like…
See more of Meghan Currie here.
Here’s another Meghan Currie time-lapse yoga video that cat-lovers will enjoy:
And this one of Briohny Smyth by Equinox is really amazing too:
Time for some Spring cleaning!
I found this Post-it pressed into the middle of the street in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. It looks like this woman (perhaps) spent a few moments analyzing the relationships she has been in, or suffered through, up to the day she created the Post-it list. I like to think that she had some free time to daydream while at work and created this note for herself in between answering phones and typing invoices. I hope she is in yet another “Great” period with extra *’s.
I really enjoy when famous people make an appearance in my dream world. My favorite celebrity dream so far involved slow dancing with Tupac Shakur. He was much more shy than one would imagine.
And this past week a very strange pairing made a visit to my subconscious mind- President Barack Obama and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord. They were deep in conversation with each other. Well, actually, Obama was dominating the conversation, and Yolandi was scratching the side of her head and patiently trying to find a moment to chime in. That moment did not arrive and you could see the polite frustration on her face. Meanwhile, Obama just kept talking and talking….
And when I woke up I realized that my husband was in the next room listening to Obama’s speech to the UN where he stated that the US will not back Palestinian statehood. Dream dissolved. Time to get up and go to work.