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Sunday, September 24, 2017

blank

a vertical line pulses on the screen
invites me to write
something
I stare 
empty of banter, tidbits, messages, quotes, words
frozen 
behind a self inflicted sabotage
disappointment holds me 
rocks my floating in place
silent.



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Sunday, September 17, 2017

the good life

For various reasons, I did not have the opportunity to getaway for at least one, week long vacation this year; packing and traveling for my annual pilgrimage to the beach and/or abroad has been missed, leaving me with a healthy vacation envy as many of my friends shared stories about their adventures. This past Friday, I had made plans to escape DC madness, so I packed light, left all work at my home office, and spent half the day at a spa before finding my way to a hotel with a view of some water. 

As I sit now in the comfort of a bed dressed in white linen (the bed not me) propped up on soft fluffy pillows, I can turn my head to the left to watch the gentle flow of the current and I am at peace. In just a few short days, I have met strangers and actively engaged in conversation with them, the introvert in me sitting it out instead of jumping in to move me on to whatever I could do to avoid connecting. I’ve savored the view, taken an unexpected boat ride, eaten some delicious healthy food, walked along the water at sunrise and sunset, taken some “no pressure to be great” pictures, read an inspiring magazine, shopped without buying, received lots of compliments as I moved about (my glow must have been on radiant), and thought about what I want to accomplish in “the next”; I have a major milestone birthday happening in just a couple of weeks so this contemplation weekend, though not planned to be such, came exactly when it was supposed to.

In a few hours, it will be time to go and I will take a different route from the one that brought me here. I always like returning to my place. Reflecting on the weather events of last weekend and earlier this week and month, I will be even more grateful when I step through my door appreciating the simple fact that there is a door to step through. Life is good, so…

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

when the wind blows

As I watched the news last evening, anxiety arose and settled in my body coupled with a tiny bit of fear; I felt like crying. 

I woke this morning feeling a bit anxious knowing that yet another hurricane was about to reek havoc on more lives in the US, that thousands of people who were unable to evacuate for one reason or another including those who decided to “ride it out” may not have slept well last night and may not be able to relax again for countless hours ahead. 

Besides prayer, meditation, and touching base with friends and loved ones in the path of Irma, I needed to release some of the anxiousness within. I found myself on Pinterest; a silent loving force guided me to create a new board all about being near the beach, guided me to furiously pin to my other boards related to water, to make me remember how much I love the water and perhaps better appreciate the power it holds during a storm. As I pinned, I thought about the day I walked out into the winds of a hurricane with my camera, the rush of feeling my body being moved no matter how hard I tried to keep it still, the crashing of the waves on the beach in front of me, the morning after when a pink, purple and turquoise sky greeted me as I stepped onto the sand, the tides high, water rushing up to swallow my feet and legs as the sun rose like Sandy had never happened. The more I pinned, the calmer I felt until I was at a level of peace, the message for today coming through quite clearly...


There is calm before, during and after a storm. Being able to find it then stay with it when the wind blows us in all sorts of directions turning our lives upside down at times is the key to staying grounded despite the conditions if you tune in, hold on and…

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ps - My prayers are also with those recovering from Hurricane Harvey, those already affected or wiped out by Irma, and the people in Mexico who were hit by a catastrophic earthquake…Mother Nature, we need a break!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

stay strong


As we fire up the grills this Labor Day weekend, let us not forget those who are trying to piece their lives back together...united we stand!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

you time

Everyone deserves a little time for themselves. It’s not always easy to find it, however if we plan to keep it moving forward, every so often, we must slow down, take a few moments, and breathe. 

I don’t know what happens to our sense of well being as we get caught up in the day to day! We wake up and the next thing you know, it’s time to lay down to sleep only to repeat when the sun rises again. It is essential to our overall wellness to not only take a few moments each day to focus on breath but also to schedule longer breaks to focus on the care of mind, body, soul and spirit. So why don’t we DO IT?

Well this past Friday, I did do it, taking myself for a much needed soak in a whirlpool (I set the jets on the lowest speed so there was no noise as I cuddled up in the corner and closed my eyes, warm and cool water bubbling gently around me) followed by a delicious massage (yes, I was holding major tension) then a sit down in the relax room with floor to ceiling windows -- the better to watch the sailboats go by! 

As I got in my car to drive home not even the traffic could shake the calm in my body and soul as I remembered that I used to take time for a massage once a month; my next appointment is already on the books!

I’ve said it before, it’s worth repeating…take time for you as you do you and be you, and as you do…

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

i confess

I am approaching a big birthday and as I embrace stepping into the next decade of my life, I’m very aware of some changes I must make right now if I want to live to 103! A friend of mine suggested I read a book called, Younger by Sara Gottfried, another posted the book The Supple Body by Sara Black on her FB page after noting some major changes in her body by practicing the exercises (I guess the Sara’s have it going on when it comes to taking good care of ourselves). Anyway, I purchased both because I like the tactile feel of a book in my hands, did a quick scan through them, took the health quiz in Younger, and discovered I am in below average health, aging moderately fast!!! I was none too pleased as I am NOT below or just average!!! However, I was only 2 points below the average range. With just a few minor changes, I could move up to average, so of course my goal is to rise to and stay in the excellent category, though some of my past behaviors may prevent that; I haven’t touched a cig for 17 years, but it doesn’t matter. The fact that I smoked in my lifetime makes a difference. I remain optimistic.

Being very in tune with my body, I was more than aware of the high level of acidity in my system due to me straying and staying off the reservation over the past several months when it comes to eating. I got some advice about juice fasts from that same friend who told me about Younger. She has done and suggested I try a micro fast, which surprisingly was quite doable especially since I was on deadline for a project which kept my attention off my salty snack addiction. A few days later, I wondered if I could make it through a second try without having something to preoccupy my thoughts; happy to report that I was successful (love the cold pressed beet juice I found by Blue Print) and woke this morning feeling more energetic, lighter than I have in awhile.  

So if you need a quick pick me up or your body is feeling off because your eating is off and you need directions back to the reservation, look into a micro juice fast…it’s 18 hours and for part of the time, you should be getting in your 6 - 8 hours of sleep! Caution - Read up on juice fasts because it’s not about drinking any kind of juice, consult your doctor if you have health issues, drinking water is a must, and don’t run out to buy a juicer just yet however, be prepared to pay for the right kind of juices, they can be pricey. Good luck, make it colorful, and…

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ps - started reading Younger and found that it tackles one thing per week food being the first; will read both books cover to cover this week to help me develop a plan for change leading up to my October celebration.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

chaos?


There is nothing like the deadline of a submission to either douse or ignite creativity. Fortunately, the latter visited me when I found out the deadline for a juried exhibition had been extended, giving me time to finish a second piece (in a series of I don’t know how many that address issues affecting women) for consideration. 

I’m not used to working with a specific theme when creating my goddess or paper doll collages (see my gallery). I sit down to the table and either nothing happens and I get up OR they show up to guide me in the creative process until a figure with her message is complete. I wondered if this new creation would seem contrived since it felt like the cart before the horse choosing a topic for a piece beforehand. It was a slow go at the start. I constantly looked at the first piece, comparing, figuring if it should somehow be in conversation with what I was working on until I realized the link was established when I decided to use black and white as the backdrop for each piece and because these images are about women’s issues. Immediately the spell that has always visited me when the time is right to create inhabited my being, taking me to that place of divine focus; the image forming beneath my fingers knew how she wanted to look in order to convey her message. As I worked, a third piece began speaking (see a section of her above; the actual piece is much larger). While flipping through magazines to do what I call a “pull” to find more pictures to work into the collages, I spotted a page that sparked an idea for another issue to address, then conceptualized and have almost finished a fourth image. 

I’m in creative clutter and chaos meaning tiny pieces of cuttings are all over the floor along with magazines and torn out pages. With this state comes a glowing flow which releases worry about anything and makes me more productive in my other day-to-day dealings. I’m truly in my element doing what is intended and let me say, there is only true bliss found here, so as I continue…

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