Archive for October, 2011

What’s Happening Lately? [PHOTOS]

So there is a lot going on right now, but all of it is SO exciting! I can’t talk about all of it on my blog yet, because there are people I haven’t told but I can’t wait to share it with you all too. 😀 I’ve been really busy lately, so I haven’t had as much time for blogging as I would like. I took the three photos you see above you sometime this month. ;P

Happy Adventures,
Heather

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October 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM Leave a comment

No Shame in Stillness

No Shame in Stillness.

This is a beautiful post, and I had to share it. I discovered a lot of truth while I was reading this– and I also discovered that I already know it, but don’t always accept it. Hm.

October 25, 2011 at 6:43 AM Leave a comment

In the middle of it all, it’s nobody’s fault,

Life is full of ups, downs, and everything in between. If you took all the values of life and combined them into a painting you would get a rich and beautiful piece of art.

You cannot have light without dark,” is very a common saying in the art world, especially when instructing people about values.

I think that carries through to real life. If every value was the same, life would be flat. If all we had were good times, they wouldn’t feel as good. Everyone is constantly learning, growing, searching, and feeling. Life is beautiful with all of the rich contrasts, deep shadows, riveting highlights, and kaleidoscope colors.

Recently I was listening to Sara Bareilles’ new CD, Kaleidoscope Heart and I love it. The song that stands out to me the most in my life right now is Uncharted.

I won’t go as a passenger, no
Waiting for the road to be laid
Though I may be going down,
I’m taking flame over burning out

Compare where you are to where you want to be, and you’ll get nowhere

I’m going down,
Follow if you want, I won’t just hang around,
Like you’ll show me where to go,
I’m already out of foolproof ideas, so don’t ask me how
To get started, it’s all uncharted.

I love this song. I am at a crucial time in my life, as I always have been and always will be. The crucial time of right now. I can choose to love or I can choose to fear. Sometimes I choose fear, but I do my best to consciously choose love. Love myself, love others, love life.

I find that the path of love is often uncharted. It is not the common choice, and often we conform to the world of fear. Fearing ourselves, fearing others, and fearing life.

I’m here to say, don’t be afraid! Find your own path of love, beauty, and value. It will not be on any maps, and the road will be narrow and easily fallen off, but you will always be able to find your way to it.

Happy Adventures,
Heather

P.S. I love you

October 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM 2 comments

Sometimes Someone Else Just Says it Better

I really like Superchick’s message. 😀 They are one of my favorite bands.

Today I am going to spend the day painting outside, Plein Air style. Then I am going to visit my Grandma. Then I am going to a Halloween party with friends.

It will be a WONDERFUL day.

What keeps you going? Who says it better for you?

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

 

October 15, 2011 at 7:48 AM Leave a comment

The Itch of Life, as Opposed to the Spice.

Well, people of the world, I am itching.

Not itching from poison ivy, not itching from a rash, not itching from dry scalp, not even itching from anticipation.

Okay, maybe it has a little bit to do with anticipation, but that still doesn’t quite cover the sensation I am feeling. Yes, I am excited about “FUTURE” and this inevitable “moving forward” that always happens. Yes, I am anticipating change ahead. Yes, I am very excited about using my new Derwent Watercolor Pencils. All of that falls into itching with anticipation, but there’s still more.

I am also itching for comfort. Itching for sameness. Itching for the seemingly un-attainable something that starts to form clearly in my mind and then disappears. Itching for the past tense to become present tense, and possibly future tense.

Is this itching a normal way to feel? Do we all itch about things? Do all of us have so many varieties of itch? Can I buy an itch cream to take care of my itch somewhere (maybe in the form of chocolate, or ice cream, or art supplies)?

 Does the itch drive me, or does it hinder me? Can it do both at the same time? Is this itch sort of like a premonition, or a memory, or a divine message? What if I really do have a mosquito bite somewhere and I’m just pulling out all of this nonsense to explain something that I haven’t seen?

Maybe I’m also itching a little bit from a scab starting to fall off. Maybe I’m itching for healing. Maybe I’m itching because I can’t seem to leave my scars alone. Maybe I’m itching because other people keep picking at my wounds, even if they don’t always realize how I got them or what damage they could cause by pestering them.

I feel so much pressure right now, and yet no pressure at all. Does that cause an itch?

I keep thinking that someday I will tame the itch! I will move forward into a glorious light where my life and how much I appreciate transcends the itch. Will I grow out of it? Is it hereditary? Does it spawn from life circumstances or how I was raised? Nurture vs. Nature? I never have liked that competition… I wish that people would see the harmony of nurture and nature combined. They are both wonderful things, you know. They are also both awful things.

Is the itch what makes my life interesting? Would I be driven totally mad without it (or even moreso mad than I already am)? Would I stop asking questions because the itch no longer fuels them, or would I be as curious and pensive as ever? Would my life become motionless, as if I were stuck? Would I go through the motions? Is the itch warning me that I am already starting to go through the motions? Would I have a purpose to live, if I lost my itch?

Maybe. Maybe not. Part of the beauty of life is not knowing, which probably means I will itch for the rest of my life because I am the sort of person who likes to know stuff.

In conclusion, I do not have one.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

P.S. While searching for images to use in this blog post since I am not at my home computer with all my own images, I discovered this blog post and I definitely think you should read it! It’s very insightful and uplifting.

I also found this one.

October 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM Leave a comment


I’m Tweeting (Yikes!)

  • So, I started going by my middle name in college because I've always liked it better. Now I'm RenĂ©e, and can be tweeted at "teafaellana." 3 years ago
  • I keep reading fanfics to tide me over until #OUaT is back. I can't wait to see more character development of Regina! #EvilRegals 3 years ago
  • This has somehow been the best and worst Thanksgiving I've ever had, all at once. 3 years ago

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Reading: just about anything I can get my hands on, other blogs, and especially YA Fiction Novels. Lately I have been really into anything by SARK and other non-fiction books. __________________________________ Writing: updates for my blog, a children's book, music/lyrics, and letters to pen pals. ;) __________________________________ Singing: Warm-Ups. __________________________________ Learning: How to use my voice as an instrument, History of Art, Watercolor, how to be actively involved in creating a better community, and something new every single day. __________________________________ Hoping for: Wisdom and patience when things are hard, a smile no matter what, and a better community. __________________________________ Dreaming about: HAPPINESS __________________________________ Eating: <3 Peanut Butter Pie. Peanut Butter Sandwiches. Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies. __________________________________ Drinking: Water, usually. __________________________________ Playing: The Sims 3, Dance Central, and the Piano and Guitar. __________________________________ Watching: Christmas/Halloween movies, Who's the Boss? reruns, and crazy-cool documentaries about dead people. __________________________________ Listening to: Informative & Educational Podcasts, all kinds of music, and trying to listen to my parents (they are very wise, after all).

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Heather loves hats that are designed to look like cute animals, fairy wings, cheese pizza, swimming in ponds, roller blading, taking silly self-portraits, learning, spending time with people, and just about everything else too. Heather does not love ... well, there isn't a lot that she doesn't love. You can probably figure it out after a little while!