Show Your Work: Possessions

I’m trying something new that’s inspired by a writer/artist whose work I admire. Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, both simple and genius manifestos for the creative life. I keep his books on my desk the same way some people keep their therapists on speed dial. I find his words both inspiring…

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On the mend

Hi, my name is Liz and I haven’t run in 63 days. It’s been approximately 64 days since I’ve felt like myself. I won’t bore you with the details…the short story is that a nagging foot injury turned ugly and left me first limping along, then strapped into an air-cast, then trying somethingANYTHING to trick my body and mind into…

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Pollyanna’s uniform

Sometimes it seems that staying positive is less about being open to possibility and goodness, and more about protecting myself from negativity and bitterness. Some days I need a coat of steel just to look on the bright side. *     *     * For all you Pollyannas out there who can relate, you might enjoy this oldie but goodie post.

#WhereILivedWednesday: 29th St.

Thank you to my dear friend, Ann Imig, and her monthly link-up for today’s inspiration. You can read more #WhereILivedWednesday stories at Ann’s Rants. Somewhere lost in a box at my Dad’s house, or maybe at this point only burned into my mind, is a photo of my mom taken a few days after she became a mother. She’s standing…

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Turkey with a side of fiasco

Here comes another blog hop! This time my chicas and I were inspired by our friend Alexandra from Good Day, Regular People, who recently wrote about the subject of fiascoes. We’ve all got a fiasco story to tell. Here’s mine… *     *     * When I was growing up our family insisted on serving the exact same meal for every major…

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Rhetorical questions (vol. 6)

So I cleaned up my phone this past weekend and downloaded a mere 2,257 photos to my computer. No big deal…the downloading and sorting and nonsense only required a few lifetimes during critical REM sleep time. But besides that, it was fun to scroll through the sheer randomness of so many everyday moments. Some of them have been shared here…

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Clearing

The last gasp of summer. Wow, the month sure got away from me. Or did I get away from it? A little of both and I think that was for the best. I’m now pushing myself out of summer mode…even though here in Austin we are still applying sunscreen and guzzling water just to make the 4-block walk to our…

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Perspective

Today I found this drawing during a marathon cleaning spree in which I sorted through mountains of kid artwork, school papers and various other junk that has been collecting for months. A year if I’m completely honest. And by “sorted” I mean actually removing rather than just moving the mountains. The marathon was made entirely possible by the fact that…

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Taking stock

As a very busy spring ends, I’m taking a breath before the season changes again. Oh, these transitions. They require so much practical planning and emotional adjusting. Depending on the day, I find myself either madly cramming in every last project on my hefty To Do list, or paralyzed by those jobs that simply won’t get done before summer begins….

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Mealtime

So, my pals and I are doing another blog hop. Yay! You might remember the last one, where I bravely shared a photo of myself from 1992 wearing, as someone pointed out, “Mom jeans before I was even a Mom.” This time we’re discussing The worst meal I ever cooked and served to loved ones. I feel sure my funny…

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