Monday, April 30, 2012

Creative Inspiration

In Fairy tales , Snow White lay asleep. Days and weeks drifted by and seasons changed without her noticing. They say a prince came to the rescue and kissed her back to life. Having no prince handy, I had to muddle my way back to the world on my own. And I have to say, I rather prefer it that way. Songstress Tarah McLean wrote
/and if I fall, I would find my way back to my hands. I'm the only one who can help me find my feet again.
I feel a bit like a child again. Relearning and rediscovering myself. Currently, there are several things fueling both mind and spirit. It started with a second hand find, Aha! 10 ways to free your creative spirit. by Jordan Ayan.
As children, we are creative without trying to be. Year after year, we unlearn all of our originality and replace it with the mundane. This book unlocks that lost potential and shows you how to use it to improve memory, improve at your job, and most importantly have FUN! This is not a dreary self-help tome. This is a an engaging and entertaining process of discovery. If your feeling stagnant, I recommend it highly. This morning I took my daughter and her boyfriend to my favorite Christian coffee house. Inside the cafe's tiny bookstore I felt drawn by the title The 5 dreams of every woman and how God wants to fulfill them. My internal self sort of clenched, then unclenched and I knew I had to have that book.
As women we have all had dreams we began as children. We wanted to loved, to be beautiful, to be a bride, and a mommy. We longed for those things that made us feel both cherished and divinely feminine. Most of us have or will experience the shattering of at least one of our dreams. This book identifies those dreams and the traps they fall prey to. When dreams and life collide, how do we go on? A bible study guide is included. I'm just a wee bit anxious to meet all this head on, but excited to work through it to the 'happy ending.' More on that later. It's good to be back. Peace, Ellen

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

D Day, Literally

So it's nearly one in morning and I'm still up enjoying the somersaults in my stomach. Today is the day of my divorce hearing and I am scared. I have this fear that the judge is going to be seduced by Big P's oh-so-convincing act of the poor, downtrodden man. I fear that because we have a child together that I will be stuck on this tiny piece of Southern Oregon Coast where there are no jobs, no future, and no real educational opportunities. Okay, we have a community college that houses a culinary school. If you want to be a nurse or the next Iron Chef , your set. I'm looking at Horticultural Communications which is not offered here. No idea what is expected of me. No attorney to help. Let me offer a word of advice. Divorce is for people with money. And whatever you do, don't get divorced in a small town with a high unemployment rate. If you have a child with your ex, you can be kept from moving away to a place with more jobs. I kid you not.

And what the hell is wrong with me anyway? Am I so socially retarded that I don't these guys coming with a huge neon sign on their foreheads that reads "Emotionally Stunted"? Let's be real. I'm nearly 42 years old with few prospects for a bright future at this current time. My soon to be ex is a pathological liar with borderline personality disorder and a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Not a pretty picture.

Faith is the only thing that keeps me going. God is good, end of discussion. Without Him, I would have no hope. Miracles happen every day, I hope there are a few in store for our little family. My kids are everything good in this world. They are a daily source of joy. For them, I'll go out and slay this dragon. Wish me luck!

Feeling better already,

Monday, February 7, 2011

What is your legacy?

One the biggest impressions you can make on another person is how they feel when they are around you. I have said this before but it bears repeating. We can all witness to the fact that while some folks are easy to be around, others make us uncomfortable. We walk away feeling second rate, unsure, tired, confused, even angry. Who are these people and why do they make us feel this way? And furthermore, what can we do about it?

One type of 'bad vibe' sender is the person I like to call THE JUDGE . During your conversations with THE JUDGE they will say things like "Oh, I would never let my children do that", or "We don't watch that show at our house", or "You let your kids eat that?". While they don't necessarily come out and say that your doing things wrong, you always get the feeling they don't approve.

THE INSPECTOR is similar to THE JUDGE. THE INSPECTOR is always watching you closely, too closely. In your home, he/she will examine every novel on your bookcase. You always wonder what it is they are looking for. Again, this person is unlikely to say anything, but you get the general drift.

My daughter is friends with the ONE UPPER. This gal is competitive over negative things. If you had a cold, she had pneumonia. If you had a bad day, hers was far worse. If you worked hard, she worked harder. In short, don't expect her compassion or understanding because this girl has the lead role in your local pity production.

I spent 7 years married the TRAGIC FIGURE. This guy is just a misunderstood lone wolf drifting helplessly through life. It is never his fault. Other people don't get him and he feels damaged by it. If he raises his voice, it is because he is passionate. If you raise your voice, it is because you are volatile. If he cries, it is because he is sensitive. If you cry, it is because you are manipulative. Avoid this type at all costs.

Currently, we are dealing with THE GOSSIP. Okay, several of them. They all come from different standpoints. These girls don't need explanation, we have all been there before.

Which brings us to the question, "Who are these people?". I honestly don't know but I have some theories. Please accept the universal disclaimer that I am not a therapist or trained professional. Just someone who is dumb enough to write about my life experiences and then try to analyze them. Anyway, I suspect most of these people are doing the best they can with what little social resources they possess. They most likely have low self esteem and need to belittle others to make themselves feel better. Others may be simply self absorbed. It helps a lot if you can make yourself understand that while their attacks feel personal, they are simply reacting to their narrow view of the world.

Okay, if that bit of witticism didn't help much, here are some coping skills for dealing with 'haters'. First off, just walk away. Yeah it sounds like advice a mom would give to her grade-schooler , but it really works. If you leave every time someone opens their mouth to dump on you, they can't do it. Another tactic I like is to wait for them to finish and say " Well, thanks for sharing that with me. I'll give it some serious thought." If you let just a teensy bit of sarcasm creep in, they'll get the hint, or will at least be confused enough to leave you alone while they ponder whether or not you meant it.

When talking to ONE UPPER, I used to say things like 'you win' but the message was not received well and it made the situation worse. Instead, offer your condolences with phrases like "Wow, I am sorry your life is so rough". Often, that person will blink and wonder why I said that. This is because they do not realize what they are doing.

As for the INSPECTOR and THE JUDGE, your only recourse is to avoid them. Throwing pointed remarks can give the message that you don't like their approach but I equate that to stooping to their level.

My yucky person antidote is my friend Shirley who is a bright and shining star in a dark world. She is an invaluable friend because she is genuine, heartfelt, non judgmental and utterly kind. To be in her presence is refreshing and joyful. She has a gift for making everyone near feel like a better version of themselves. People like this are perhaps the rarest of all.

From time to time we all fall short. Being our best at all times is not possible. But I would encourage everyone to examine themselves closely. Do you make others feel exhausted, invisible, angry, or bored? Are you critical or do you make yourself center stage? Are you competitive or easily offended? That's okay, we are all human. But don't let it go on one more day. Take this opportunity to spread your own light in the world. Good luck and God Bless!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


The sun makes a grand appearance, clearing the winter fog from my brain. I feel as though I have hibernated for many months. Now everything is illuminated and brings with it a whole new perspective. This is no coincidence, but it is affirmation.

Don't Be Afraid

Found this tonight while site-hopping. I can't think of a more appropriate way to begin this blog. This poem speaks for itself.

Our Greatest Fear

it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other

people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson