well today is finally the last day that i will be applying the first coat of paint on the outside of our house. what a summer it's been. so rewarding and challenging. we are not nearly close to the end...so much to do still but at least we won't have to look at a house with three colors (old, new, primer) anymore!!!
this is where i started from this morning
amazing what a little brush and paint can do!
here's the reward!
i loved the summer office before but today it seems that much more beautiful and satisfying!
for the record it's beer:thirty where our katie...cheers to you katie and happy birthday week!
i found this dreamy retreat last year when soulemama was blogging about speaking there. i was so fortunate to go and i know it sounds ridiculous but i really had a life changing experience. thank you elizabeth for your vision, persistence and the amazing teachers that you invited.
it was so lovely to see my dear, dear friends that i met last year. i've been so looking forward to seeing them and oh we had so much fun and laughed so hard...so good. many new wonderful friendships have begun on this trip too.
my favorite shepherd was there too. if you don't have a favorite shepherd...you will soon...i just love susan gibbs from juniper moon farms can't wait to take our family there for a trip. my daughter has decided that she really wants to be a farmer, i asked her "don't you want to be a shepherd" and she said "no i want to have all the farm animals". there you have it...why limit yourself!
the weather was also wonderful. we had the perfect combination of sunshine and rain the temperature was just right! the weather has clearly been very warm in new hampshire this spring because the water temperature was beautiful. many of us took a lovely swim. the water was so clear and very deep, so nice.
this was the view from my bed. one morning we decided to sleep in just to enjoy the sound of the rain on the water...so soothing, what a perfect choice we made!
as if the location, classes, teachers and attendees were not enough...every night we had entertainment.
one night we heard a little from all who came to teach and from jenny doh.
the amazing jonatha brooke played two nights for us...so amazing...what a treat!
we were so fortunate one night she shared 2 brand new-unrecorded songs with us...looking forward to hearing those again real soon we hope...they were both so powerful.
the multi-talented lizzy house spent an hour learning an unbelievable gaelic duet with jonatha and went up and sang for us. her grace and talent were as always inspiring.
well this isn't how i thought i was going to begin my blog post about squam!
i'm just now overwhelmed with the desire to share what i just a few moments ago while chatting with my husband discovered about myself.
i have some strong beliefs about happiness. the most primal to me is that you choose to create your own! i've met many people along the way and have learned this to be so. we can be slung so much negativity, but we can really choose how we respond to it.
what i learned about myself just now is that i feel the calling to help people learn to choose happiness!!!
i haven't figured out yet how i'm going to make this a reality...i just now know that i will!
i also learned
~ i really enjoy being around creative people
~ i really enjoy seeing the process of making something new and beautiful or something old beautiful
~ i love the energy that is present in this environment...safe, nurturing, positive, encouraging and supportive
~ i realized that i'm not an especially creative or a talented artist
~ more importantly i've realized that i'm comfortable with this revelation
~ i've learned that i can still enjoy the process of creating without the pressure or need to create something extraordinary.
~ i can create for the enjoyment of the process, the opportunity to learn something new and for the experience of being with very talented, creative and supportive people that love to create and express themselves beautifully.
~ most of all i've discovered that i want to be the supporting, nurturing, calm, caring person that i know i am and that can be the amazing gift that i give to my family, friends and others that i meet along the way
that is what i'm thinking now.
i'm going to write another post about my second amazing adventure to squam. hoping to have it out this afternoon. thanks to all that have inspired me and help me to come to this conclusion.