lists, mindfulness and the work

Life is a series of ever-widening circles of raw opportunities circling what you love and fear. -stargardener

It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning. -Rilke

My starting points have become like a game of hopscotch: deeming square-to-square movement as progress + accepting the inevitable wobbly-reality of hopping.

Writing here — or doing anything much more than my personal daily essentials — has been just outside the proverbial chalk-drawn, crooked lines and numbered squares of my hopscotch pattern.

I am again ever-grateful for Amy Cowen’s prompts this week as I feel somewhat disconnected (isolated; out of my daily work flow). Checking for the daily prompt and then compiling a new list has become grounding, meditative.

Here is a list of what I planned to post about this week + what I want to share with you:

  • a visual tutorial of how I set up my Quarter Planner
  • more about how community, lists and color ground me
  • updated views of my April pages + reminder than any day can be your Day One
  • reassurance that we cannot be full all the time … (my view of the full moon)
  • to share that each of us feels invisible at least once a week (a day, a hour …)
  • a reminder that you are not forgotten (so feel free to choose ease)
  • and as always — to remind us that baby steps count

tiny alter: river rock, sea shell from the shore of the Atlantic, Arizona Ash round and a little fire

The real miracle is not to fly or walk on fire. The real miracle is to walk on the Earth, and you can perform that miracle at any time. Just bring your mind home to your body, become alive, and perform the miracle of walking on Earth. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness has a lot of “woo-woo” connotations when in fact is the intention of being more present in the moments of your life.

It is contrary to both focus on the present moment and experience fear: fright and insecurity rooted a series of thoughts rehearsing the past and/or what-iffing future, worst-case scenarios.

And we have time, Braveheart. We have 5-minutes to pause and breath; to breath and reflect on the wholeness of this moment of our lives-in-progress.

Breathing in, this is my in-breath. Breathing out, this is my out-breath. When you do that, the mental discourse will stop. -Thich Nhat Hanh

April planning pages in-progress + painty index cards + found text

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. -Steven Pressfield

So this is me, paused in square 4 to pick up my marker before hopping into square 5 (today, day 5 of this week) and then continuing onward by tossing my pop bottle lid marker into the next square.

My life is my art. It is a matter of daily choices and decisions to engage creative distractions in order to activate perseverance.

As per the official hopscotch rules, all hopping is done on one foot — self-assured that I always have the option to draw in an extra box with my chalk at any time. Allowing me to stand with both feet on the ground — for as long as I need before my next hop. ♥

We all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking. -Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves


Braveheart, I believe art heals — and that art is as simple as abiding outdoors with the morning sky or jotting lists or having a favorite color. I created Right Brain Planner™ because I needed a "planner" that offered space but didn't trigger my daily expectations. I needed a planner that was a journal — a place to creatively document my {living} + collect my blurts and random collage. Perhaps you are in need of the same? If so, I hope you will join me via our shared online connections. ♥