I am feeling so very grateful. I will soon turn 41 and on this particular birthday I am aware more than ever of the abundance in my life. With God's gentle prodding and closed doors that became open windows, a few years ago I decided to invent my world, change my day, and add to my life things that nourish me. Of course I had to fit all those things inside the confines of my roles as wife and mother, but they fit well, and even my roles grew more rewarding, more beautiful, as a result. I took on a new art form -- calligraphy. I found a group of artists and a mentor who make me laugh and make it feel safe to share my work. (The piece pictured above was created especially for them.) I converted my dining room into a studio, because it places me a window away from my garden while I'm doing what I love. Alone but unafraid, I took my first ever 3 day sabbatical and allowed music, meditation, and creative work to fill my every moment. And I've fallen in love with my husband all over again because I had to go inward in order to find my true artistic expression and he was secure enough to wait for me on the other side.
I know some of you are feeling the same staleness I felt two years ago, which is why I'm putting my story on paper, in front of you. I have to ask. How would you invent your world, change your day, add things to your life that nourish you? What tiny changes would make you come alive and be a more true expression of yourself in and amongst your family and friends -- and in front of God? Time -- it's going so fast. Invent your world.