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Thing One

This morning, a Facebook friend sent me a poem that reminded her of me, but she didn’t tell me who wrote it. I loved the poem, so I plugged the words into Google and found the poet. Finding the poet led to an on line magazine that I am now complete in love with.

Rabbit holes.

Love them. They happen to me all the time, too, and I think its because I consider myself a co-conspirator with the Universe. We’re in cahoots, the universe and I, and as a result, the coolest things happen. I’m always happy to play Alice to the rabbit hole of the universe.

Like this:

Two weeks or so ago, I had a really intense conversation with someone I love during which I was trying to understand something really important and fundamental. I was reaching for understanding, and just *not getting it*. I am a girl who can’t reach a place of acceptance until I *understand*, so you can imagine how frustrating it is for me when I *can’t*.

The conversation, and the desire for understanding was so intense that it wound its way into my dreamscapes and I had a series of very bad nights full of very bad dreams. On the last in the series of bad nights, I remember waking up multiple times feeling ragey and super frustrated with my subconscious. I said, out loud at 4 a.m., “Please let me have some peace!” It was a kind of prayer, I guess, though that wasn’t my intention. I was just pissed off and frustrated that, even in sleep, I couldn’t escape the sense of frustration.

The next day, exhausted from days of sleep deprivation, I was working on cleaning up the studio, and as usual, I queued up my a podcast. Boom. The answer came through my speakers from an unknown voice. It was like being hit by lightening. And not only was that one niggling question answered, but multiple answers that I hadn’t even formulated the questions for came flying out at me from the speakers. The relief was palpable. I felt a rush of gratitude. I said, out loud, “Ohhhhhhh KAY! NOW I get it!” And I’ve slept like a baby since.

Thanks, universe! You rock.

Thing Two

I’m working on this in my large sized Dylusions journal. It’s about confusion, about being ‘tangled up in blue’. It’s taking forever (that hair is out of my comfort zone), but it feels like a meditation every time I come to the page.

Thing Three

My step-daughter started a YouTube channel called TheNewGirl MUA in which she is going to be sharing make up looks, tricks, & tips. I know, I know…I don’t even really wear make-up, but watching her shade and highlight her face made me think about shading portraits in a new way! She’s also funny as hell, so I thought I’d share her channel with you. Since I ‘know the artist’, I get to make requests, so look for a ‘very, very pared down day face for lazy moms’ coming to her channel very soon. :D

Here’s her bio:

Hey! I am Leah aka TheNewGirl MUA on YouTube! I have been doing make up for about 3 or 4 years, and decided to share what I’ve learned with aspiring make up artists, or people who would like to learn a thing or two about make up! Subscribe for tutorials, tips, tricks, and looks, and of course, fun!  Find my channel here. Find me on instagram here. @thenewgirl_mua

Thing Four

Yesterday morning, I was preparing my Pan Pastels for a live video gathering I’m hosting this coming Sunday. (Get on my e-list for details, loves!) I haven’t *touched* my Pan Pastels since some time back in 2014, so I was checking my inventory, putting together a kit to use during the live gather, and just generally getting them ready. Well, some of my Pan Pastels are screwed together in a stack, and I was opening that up to see what colours I had.

This poor stack of pastels has been through the ringer over the last three years. I’ve moved three times, so it’s been tossed in boxes, and pretty much mistreated. So, you know what’s coming next, right?

Pan Pastel everywhere.

First thing.

Before coffee.

All over my rug.

So, it was morning and I had a list to slay. I brushed up as much of the Pan Pastel as I could and then put a towel over top of the remains (rest in peace, Pan Pastel!) to be dealt with later.

Then this happened:

Whaddya think, mama? Is it my colour?

Look at my pretty hairs!!

So then, this happened. :D

SORRY NOT SORRY MAMA!

Thing Five

Ikea delivers, thank the gods, and this is now on its way to my house.

And that’s it for this week’s edition of Friday Five! I hope you enjoyed this peek into what’s delighting & inspiring me this week. Have a beautiful weekend and I’ll see you back here soon. <3

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