what a lovely, perfect day-before-birthday i had with sarah. this lake is a short 20 minute walk from her new house and is totally pristine and secluded. we saw a heron swooping around its nest, watched endless dragon- and damselflies, listened to coyotes, and waded in the muck down into the cool currents of the lake. i haven't felt so one with nature in ... well, ever, maybe. i felt so nurtured and healed in that mama of a lake. it may have to become an every-weekend sort of thing.
i'm feeling something shifting... i'm back to eating decent, whole foods (and the occasional, beautiful cupcake) and it's making a huge difference in how i'm feeling. and i've given myself the birthday gift of some creativity coaching with kathy and she's helping me clarify my dreams and goals, gently and encouragingly, going forward with small steps... she is certified in the Kaizen Muse form of creativity coaching and i just love her energy and this process so far.
the first small step was articulating and bringing together the "why" of my work. which is actually taking a lot of thought and sorting, but it's enjoyable and something i really need to know (for) myself. the answer really is that crafting saved me, and continues to save me, and it saves lots of people. so it's the therapeutic value, although even that doesn't seem to get at it fully... to me, it goes beyond that and into a spiritual thing... that includes the connections with other women and through history... the meditative nature of it... with spinning, the connections with the fiber animals... and the ability to create beauty... i'm still working on bringing all these together into a coherent why...
what about you, why do you craft?