Friday, January 12, 2018

Tucking In

Year after year I talk about wanting to hibernate during the cold and dark of winter.

It occurred to me recently that neither the culture at large nor any one individual is going to make space for me to do so. I am the only one who can make that happen.

So I said to myself, Just do it!

Myself has listened: I am going to slow down my pace and dial way back for the next two weeks or so. No painting (did I just put that in writing?!), no blog, no Instagram, limited email, gentle yoga, simplified routines, fewer lists, more follow-my-nose puttering.

I'll see you on the other side!

detail from a snowscape
2015

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    1. Thanks, Sheila—that is my hope! Not easy for me to pull away, I confess, but thanks for helping to pull up the covers and tuck me in : )

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  2. Good idea. We all should try it. Take a breath. Reflect. Respond vs react. Ahhhhh....
    Hope all is well, Dotty, and like Sheila said, enjoy it. Doesn’t mean you won’t be missed!

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    1. An idea whose time has come! I appreciate your kind encouraging affirmations, Laurie. You, by contrast, will be heading into great busy-ness soon, yes???

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    2. Oh yes..........But you will see me in the 30 in 30!

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  3. I love your idea.... hope it will bring a new outlook and fresh ideas. However, you shall be missed.
    Love the detail of the snow scene! Brings back childhood memories!

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    1. Thanks for helping me dim the lights and breathe more slowly! You shall be missed, too!

      Glad you like the snow scene. This is a favorite among the realsitic paintings I did early on.

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  4. Enjoy your hibernation!!!! Can't wait to see what it inspires. I will miss your posts, though!!!!

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  5. Thank you, cherished cheerleader and mentor. I hope to enjoy my hibernation; I, too, am eager to see what it might offer up; and I'll miss being in contact with you!

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  6. This sounds SOOOO good, Dotty. You are such a hard worker, enjoy your well deserved rest.
    Winter time is perfect for it.

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    1. Thanks for the virtual hug, Simone! This will be my last communication for a couple of weeks : )

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  7. You won't get this till after your short 'hibernation'! Hope it is all you hoped for! Look forward to what ever is next....

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    1. I'm actually just pulling up the covers now, Janet. Thanks for fluffing my pillow for me!

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  8. Hope you're enjoying your time off, Dotty. I'm slightly jealous. You're doing exactly what I wish I could do, but..

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