Wednesday, September 30, 2009


This word has been on repeat for me lately. With my birthday on the horizon, I suspect that it is the theme for my next trip around the sun. Marching orders, so to speak. Simplify.

With that said, I am moving toward releasing the official Jakk's Magic Beans Workshop website. Honestly, there has not been much going on over there for a long time. I've been corresponding with this dear heart and her wise words have helped me to realize that I can safely pare things down and still be in the business of being me, creatively. Maybe even better than before. Sometimes we have to do a hard pruning to promote new growth.

Mandala Mondays will resume on Monday, October 5. From now on, the mandalas will be posted for download from this site. Don't know about you, but I can use some crayon therapy!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

Just testing out the feasibility of posting by smartphone. (I love you, Nokia E71.) I really want to get back to posting on a regular basis, but need all of the tools and tricks that I can gather to pull it off. In the not too distant future, I will be leading a double-life with home days and office days. For the latter, it's nice to know I can tap out a little post (or log notes for such) while I'm swigging my green smoothie at lunch time. Fingers crossed.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

16,048: What I Did on My Summer Vacation

It's a crisp and bright Sunday morning as I write this post ... my first in over three months! Summer transmutes into autumn right before my eyes. A brand new solar year for me and another joyful journey around the wheel.

Ah, summer. I really enjoyed the week in New Smyrna Beach back in early June. And then there was the long weekend in Chicago in August. *sigh* But before, after, and in between has been a whole lot of ... work.

I don't often mention it here, but I have a full-time job that is completely unrelated to Jakk's Magic Beans Workshop (JMBW). It is administrative in nature. The short and sweet of it is that I manage, which makes me laugh because, well, that can be interpretted a couple of different ways. Definitely, yes, I manage.

The demands of it aren't going to decrease anytime soon. But, at the same time, I sorely miss getting my arts on. Unless I want to keep things on hold indefinitely, I'm going to have to get creative about getting creative. I don't know how that will go or what that will look like, but I hope that you'll tag along.