Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Glance Backward

It is hard to fathom that June is nearing its end. Once again nearly an entire month has flown past and I keep forgetting when it is in the year. [and somedays I even forget what year it is!]

I've had a curious month... my 60th birthday, some BIG decisions about what my next chapter is looking like, a goodbye to a friend [actually 3 friends, 2 of the canine variety] moving "home" after 16 years in Florida, tremendous shifts in two of my most important relationships, and the discovery that Life is always about my willingness to Let Go and BE in Right Now.

I've taken a bit of a step back this past week or so. NOT that anything was "wrong" or any of that, just taking a breather you might say. A sort of "New Year" reflective pause I like DOing round my birthday each June.

It astonishes me that I still sometimes slip into the notion that I am essential to the smooth running of the World. 

I am NOT. I am just essential to my own Life. [and probably Gracie's as well, due to her lack of well, really, NOT her lack, just her limitations BEing a dog] 

I'm enJOYing playing along with ICAD, albeit quietly this go round. 

I've kept it really simple this year, making a collage out of whatever's on hand here, spending literally about 5 minutes a day. It's kind of fun to see them all collected on a ring. It's a nice little practise I quite enJOY.

For 2013 Year of the Giraffe June has been Paint the Giraffe, and I have been painting one each day in a tiny watercolour journal. 

I'm playing with colour combos and usually only two a day, but some of them have caught me needing to DO a bit more than just the two. 

Perhaps the thing I am feeling most excited and really Very Happy about is having completed my book, I Love You, Currie ~ My 60th Year, which is a compilation of my daily Gratitude Practise from 18 June 2012 through 17 June 2013, my 60th year. 

I've been encouraged by many over the years to "write a book" and yet, for me, that feels like what I have been DOing little bit by little bit each day for the past 6 years. 

I decided to make this past year's Gratitude Practise into a book so that my mum, whose computer [my old one] no longer lets her read my Gratitude, can see it and DO so without having to navigate BEyond her lap.

I've been at it for the past 2 weeks and have just Now completed all the steps on CreateSpace to get it published. Exciting. Scary. Yet really quite a thrill, too.

So, on we go to July very soon, eh?! 



Anonymous said...

I like everything that you do Currie. Please the exact date of your birthday. A few weeks ago I paid attention when you said it was coming and now it has past but you will be celebrating all year long. We are contemplating selling our home and we have only been here over a year and just be travelers and check out areas before we sink our roots.. With four cats..I don't know about that but would like to experience more than California and head north. Anyway I love your giraffes...adorable. Yes, life goes on either with our enthusiasm or not..Take care and Happy BElated!!!

Andrea Dawn said...

Your giraffes are just delightful, Currie. Love them!

Rita said...

Congrats on the book!
Love all your giraffes. :)

cjsrq said...

Your dancing giraffe is so whimsical and full of personality. And your small book of painted giraffes is terrific. Congratulations on finishing your Gratitude book and on publishing it.

Miriam said...

Congratulations on the book, what a wonderful achievement. I just love, love love the little book of giraffes what a great idea, tall giraffes in a small book. Did you look at the You tube video about the diving giraffes?

Terrie said...

More adorable giraffes! They are just so darned charming! And a pleasant surprise....I recognize some of the pieces in your ICAD collages as from my MMSA collage sheet! :-) Sometimes simplicity is best...whatever makes us happy.

Karen Isaacson said...

Well happy Birthday dear Currie! Sounds like big life shifts underfoot. I didn't know you were doing ICAD. (I have been a terribly anti-social ICADer this year.) I love your dancing giraffe so much, and am also quite taken with the green one.

Inspired By June said...

Happy belated 60th birthday, Currie! Congrats on your book - looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Sweet Currie and thanks so much for your articulated Giraffe who just arrived on my doorstep from MMSA...Love it...!! xox