Paris in spring time: Being versus doing

Eiffel Tower

Paris in spring time: I have just had the experience. Long walks along the Seine. Tours of the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Rodin Museum, Versailles. Strolls along Champs-Élysées (with red wine drinking pit-stops along the way). The verging-on-claustrophobic winding stairs to panoramic views from the  Sacré-Cœur Basilica dome. The town square of Place du Tertre filled with artists in mid-brush stroke. Intricate stained glass, towering arches and statues of Notre-Dame, St. Sulpice and cathedral after cathedral. The 720 stairs plus elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Exploring the winding, narrow streets teeming with cafes and jaw-dropping architecture. Sipping wine in outdoor cafes, […] Read more »

Window to my soul…

pencil sketch with quote

Please allow me a short break from my usual post. In my creative writing course, we were asked to do an exercise called Riffing. We were given a list of 72 random words and were asked to turn them into a prose poem, a poem, or the beginnings of prose. We were asked to write non-stop, so we could experience flow. The exercise was intended to help us recognize where language performed a challenging act of flight into a new place that was unique to us. Shortly before starting the exercise I had been working on a blog post, which influenced what I saw in […] Read more »

Deflating worry…

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy

Are you a worrier? Do you find your thoughts whirling in the world of what-ifs more often then you would like? Do you recognize when you are getting caught up in these thoughts? I know when I am in worry-mode, it is a sure sign that I am disconnected from the present moment and have jumped ahead to the future. Logically I know what a waste of time worry is. It does absolutely nothing to prepare or protect me. The only thing it does is cloud my mind and keep me from being in the present moment (where I can actually do something […] Read more »

Kicking my perfectionist out of the driver’s seat…

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in

Have you been bitten by the perfectionist-bug? Crossed the line from high-achiever into the stressful land of perfectionism? Have you managed to pull yourself free and find balance in your life? I will admit it: I am a perfectionist-in-recovery. For many years, I downplayed what it cost and only focused on what it gave me: diligence and determination to keep working until I achieved the high standards I set for myself; rave reviews from supervisors; success in my career. We live in a society that loves high-achievers. Unfortunately, there is a slipperly slope between being a high achiever and a perfectionist. “They […] Read more »