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Get Curious

Curiosity is the truth and the way of creative living.—Liz Gilbert

Greetings from DC. I’m back from two trips out West: one to the Northwest for a wedding and one to Taos for a writer’s retreat.

I’ve been back in the swing of things for a week now—teaching mindfulness class, seeing clients, walking the pups, taking personal and professional meetings, practicing yoga. It’s grounding to be back to routine despite the thrill of travel.

In a recent post I mentioned that I’d be away for the month to take time out to disconnect. Although I released podcasts, penned a few blog posts, and posted pics on Instagram, I found myself craving more and more space. While I’m not sure what this will look like, I’m getting curious about what’s bubbling up.

When I released HTC10 last December, I shared five lessons I’d learned since writing Hip Tranquil Chick and wrote in the Conclusion:

“Over the next decade I picture myself reading more books, writing more books, sipping more tea, taking more baths, and hitting the pause button on a regular basis. I plan to work to shift our non-profit’s mission to animals and complete the University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Certificate program. I hope to return to Paris multiple times and host inspiring retreats around the globe. I intend to simplify my businesses: clothing line, yoga studio, and Tranquility du Jour offerings. And how all of this will unfold? Now that I don’t know yet. Although no five-year plan is in place, I do have an inkling of how I want to feel.”

So, basically, I’m curious. I’m asking myself questions. I’m noticing how I feel. I’m observing what wants attention.

While I let this unfold, I may continue to take time out as I did the past month. I’m still here, still sharing, still loving this community and, also, getting curious about what’s percolating within. Bisous. x

A Passion Project

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.—Mark Twain

Chatting over cups of lavender green tea and vegan BLTs, I told a friend about the 100-day project last spring. We were nestled into a plush velour burgundy couch at a local cafe with journals and pens on our laps.

She was all in . . . until we never spoke about it again.

We met regularly to share writing goals and catch up, so committing to write for 100 days seemed like a great next step. However, one needs to do more than say, “Absolutely, I’ll commit if you will.” And then fade to black.

I don’t blame her, I blame myself. I needed a plan, not just an intention.

Last weekend Tim was on a biking trip with our pug Belle Starr so I was home with Mookie surfing into the wee hours. Before I knew it, I was about to sign up for a six-month online course and a six-month certificate program. I caught myself before fully committing as I’m already enrolled in University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Social Work program and here I was considering two more programs—one for writing and one for therapy.

Truth be told, I’ll probably still sign up for one (or both) of those programs, but it was good to pause and consider what I am truly capable of giving to numerous projects right now.

While hosting a mentoring session this weekend over tea and ginger scones, my client said, “It seems like writing and therapy are your passions right now.”

I considered her comment, nodded, and added, “And animals!”

Note: each of these programs align with my passions. Yes, I may be justifying.

Tuesday started another round of the 100-day project and I wrote about it on the blog. It can be daunting to choose one thing to focus on through July 12, so I listed a few ideas such as draw a flower, make a page in your art journal, dance through a song, plant a seed, crochet a granny square, bake a sweet treat, send a snail mail note, walk a mile, or take a photo.

Consider your passions. Philosopher Howard Thurman wrote, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Earlier I texted with that same friend—who has moved away so we catch up via phone over virtual cups of tea—and we both plan to try again. I told her I wanted to commit to something that would challenge me and yet not be too audacious. You in?

This weekend I’ll be sharing my 100-day project and am inviting you to reveal yours over on the blog. Studies show that we’re more likely to follow through with our plans if we write them down and have an accountability buddy. I’m happy to be yours.

Here’s to 100 days of a creative project close to our hearts. Bisous. x

#the100dayproject

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.—Rumi

Elle Luna, author of The Crossroads of Should and Must, hosts a 100-Day Project encouraging participants to commit to 100 days of doing a creative project for 5-10 minutes. No fancy tools or training needed. Just a desire to try  and commit to something for 100 days.

Is there a project you’d like to commit to through July 12?

If you’re stumped, here are a few ideas: make a green smoothie, paint with mixed media, write in your journal, do sun salutations, read a book, draw a flower, make a page in your art journal, dance through a song, plant a seed, crochet a granny square, bake a sweet treat, send a snail mail note, walk a mile, take a photo, meditate outside, pick up litter, cook a new recipe, donate one item to charity, or be an activist for your favorite cause.

Interested in joining along? If so, what are you willing to commit to do for 100 days?

Share in the comments below (studies show we’re more apt to follow through with things when we write them down and share them) and good luck! I’ll share my plan later this week. Happy creating! Bisous. x