New Beginnings, Renewed Hope

Why is it the beginning of things, such as a new week, a new notebook, or a new school year, can serve to bring us renewed hope? Has life really changed or is it our expectations and attitudes that change? Instead of feeling hopeless and in a rut, do we think of possibilities and believe that new opportunities can occur?

Blog Post
Studio Goal #1: Posting a New Blog Article...

I actually believe it is some of both…while the differences in the new maybe small, the resulting new actions and activities can make a huge difference in our outcomes. For example, with the new week we may reassess our goals and schedules, organize our workspace, and proceed in a different manner, thus achieving different accomplishments. 

Layering Wall Hanging
Studio Goal #2: Layering and Quilting This Wall-hanging...

With a new notebook, looking at a clean, unmarked page of paper may provide an uncluttered space to write down our thinking, thus providing clarity to our confusion. With a new school semester, being around a new group of people, having a new teacher to guide our learning, and considering new subjects and activities may give us new experiences and, thus gaining new confidence that comes from testing our ability to learn new skills.

So beginning this new week with new goals and new expectations, there is renewed hope that the work I do will be of value and the time spent will have new possibilities, results and opportunities…

Backing Lifeweaving #3
Studio Goal #3: Adding the Backing Fabric to Lifeweavings #3, Quilt the Top, and Finish Details and Photographing...Hoping to Enter This Into a Juried Exhibit This Fall.

*What new beginnings help you in your work, life, and/or creative process?

Spring’s Awakening

Sometimes we criticize the way people talk about the weather as a conversational starter. But I believe there is a reason for our fascination and preoccupation with it. For example, in the last few weeks our weather here in the southwestern mountains of Virginia has been very erratic! It begins as a gloomy, cold morning that gives way to the sun pushing through the clouds. Just you begin to feel hopeful that winter may truly be retreating, a large dark cloud again floats by and with it a sudden downpour…not of rain but of snow! As it moves on, gradually the sun once again peeks through overhead and the cycle repeats through out the day as the wind blows steadily orchestrating this dance.

Why am I talking about the weather? Because it does awaken our senses…we perk up at the sign of a sunny morning and marvel at snow that quickly passes. The wind brings shivers as it touches us and we crouch down to take shelter in our jackets. We notice the changing colors of the sky and are made aware of the motion of the day. It helps bring us out of our winter’s sleep and fills us with new inspirations and helps to awaken our creativity………