I have been missing
this blog lately. It has been like a pestering child type of missing. One that I keep trying to quiet, but it just won't be quieted. Life has been so different the past 6 months or so, work, work, work with loving my boys in all the spots in between.
I find myself craving poetry, a walk in the woods with my macro lens, and a week with no obligations. I have made so many beautiful connections
through blogging here, but sadly all of them are hours and hours if not a full day trip on airplanes, away from me. I came to a place where to really give my photography business a shot, I needed to redirect my energies to building my business offline. But oh how I have missed the connection to other creative souls. I have been putting out a call to the universe for creative friends here on the east coast. Ones I can meet out in the sunshine and laugh with in person. Just because my heart so aches when so many of my dear blog friends live so far away, and I cannot stop thinking of the book The art of fear where they talk about the need for a creative community.
The past week it seems the universe has been listening, and it inspired me to come here and dip my toe back into this lovely place.
This past week I met up with Sarah Ahearn
for a photo shoot
. She lives only 1hr and 45 minutes from me, eeeeeeeeeee
! I knew from emails that she was a doll. I even thought maybe we would get along. But I really had no idea that I would fall into friendship with her instantly. I asked her what music she liked and she started listing off all the music I love! We danced around her studio, talked, and roamed around her neighborhood, we sat on the floor looking through her art and talked about life, especially life as an artist...I could barely pull myself away from her delightfulness
, except for the promise that I could hop in my car and visit her for part of a day just on a whim. What gloriousness
And then... this evening at my sons parent night at school, I couldn't help but eye a new parent. I loved her white crochet bag with green and orange stitching, and that it matched just a little-just enough- with her green striped sweater and her orange accented sneaks. I am a sucker for anything green and orange and perfectly mismatched matching colorful combos. I try to do this myself but fear I fail miserably.
At the break I said hello and in a matter of minutes learned she has a son that is the same age as mine, in the same class, she is an artist and a blogger, and is in need of a photograph of herself for her new book. How cool is that?
I would love to hear how the universe has been listening to you lately.
So in the spirit of new friends and creative whispers I leave you with a randomly chosen Mary Oliver poem:
"The Faces of Deer" by Mary Oliver
When for too long I don't go deep enough into the woods to see them, they begin to enter my dreams. Yes, there they are, in the pinewoods of my inner life. I want to live a life full of modesty and praise. Each hoof of each animal makes the sign of a heart as it touches then lifts away from the ground. Unless you believe that heaven is very near, how will you find it? Their eyes are pools in which one would be content, on any summer afternoon, to swim away through the door of the world. Then, love and its blessing. Then: heaven.