June 2018 RAW NEWS Update
I’ve taken the advice that many of you offered in response to May’s RAW NEWS Update and have been relaxing into the outdoor work demands of spring rather than fighting against them. That little shift has made June, as you’ll see, a much better month than May. So thank you. I truly appreciate the support and encouragement of our tribe.
I’m really happy to have broken the chain of ‘blah’ books I was reading in May. Of the seven books I read this month, one was hopeless, one was ‘fine’, and the rest I either really liked or absolutely loved.
If you’re looking for a good summer beach read, I absolutely loved On the Island by Tracey Gervais-Graves. And I was inspired by the author’s story. Gervais-Graves’ manuscript was rejected by agents and publishers so she self-published. Her debut novel has since spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, been translated into 31 languages, and is in development as a feature film.
I made one collage this month titled “The Fish Sees Water.” More interesting, I’m currently making an envelope journal. It’s a simple process. Choose 6-10 envelopes. The envelopes that form the front and back covers should be the same size, but the inside envelopes can be different sizes. Use any strong wide tape to adhere each envelope to the next one. Wrap a piece of tape around the spine for extra reinforcement. Decorate the envelopes and slip in bits of paper, cardstock, or postcards on which you’ve written your journal entries or letters.
As you can see from the cover photo, my envelope journal spans the period from birth to age five. I’m using it as a place to record information, thoughts and memories (not that there are many of those) about that time in my life. The envelope journal idea came from a course I purchased called 21 Secrets: Tell Your Story, but what I’m writing to go in those envelopes is from Julia Cameron’s book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.
In It’s Never Too Late… Cameron promotes the basic tools she discusses in all of her Artist’s Way books: morning pages, artist dates, and solo walks. But the real meat of the book comes in her suggestion that you divide your age by twelve and answer the questions she asks in the book for each chunk of your life. The end result, if you wish it, will be a memoir.
I read It’s Never Too Late when it was first published a couple of years ago, but didn’t do any of the exercises. Then Molly Totoro started talking on her blog about her progression through the book. And Pat Doyle mentioned the book to me in a recent chat. Jenny wrote a brilliant post titled “I’m Not Lost…I Just Don’t Know Where I’m Going” that describes exactly how I’m feeling and provides a great framework for moving forward.
If the Universe is sending messages, three in a short span of time should be sufficient so I’m paying attention. I’ll post my summer plans (my version of Jenny’s metaphorical road trip) next week. It dovetails nicely with the results of my very first Tarot reading which I’ll also share.
Last month I mentioned that I was going to nudge intuitive eating to the side and engage in a plan to kickstart some weight loss. I’ve done that and dropped eleven pounds. Yahoo! Most important, I’m no longer craving sugar and breads.
I’m still a big proponent of intuitive eating and don’t believe that dieting is successful over the long haul. However, I’ve learned that if I don’t totally abstain from sugar, starches, bread, fruit long enough get a handle on my cravings, I’m never going to get to the mindful, sane eating that is my goal.
A huge uptick in energy is supposed to be one of the benefits of abstaining from sugar and bread. Unfortunately, consistently good energy hasn’t been my experience this month. Rather, I’ve become very aware that I have been using sugar and carbs to override fatigue. I’ve been doing that for decades and now am feeling the deep exhaustion that I’ve been burying.
But that’s okay. I’ve still been on lots of walks, and accomplished plenty of outdoor work this month. The number of books read in a month is the only thing that has been negatively impacted. I just can’t stay awake for more than a few pages.
During the A-Z blogging challenge, I wrote a post about curiosity. A few readers, in their comments, asked me to tell them more. So this month I read a couple of books and a half dozen research articles about curiosity. Blog posts to come.
I saw the movie The Book Club. Having read Fifty Shades of Grey, the book being read by the club, I was interested to see what would be done with it by acting powerhouses Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. The movie was okay, but what I found truly fascinating was the fact that the theatre was packed on a Tuesday afternoon with both women and men. Watching their reactions was more fun than watching the movie.
Community theatre is very much alive and well around here. In fact our theatrical productions are so good that busloads of people come from major cities like Toronto, Kingston, and even across the border from the United States, to see them. That was the case again last week when I went to a production of Fiddler on the Roof. The movie version bored me to tears, but the play was exceptionally well done. I love that I live in a community that supports the arts.
Is there an aspect of your local community that is especially important to you? Anything else from this month’s RAW NEWS update that you’d like to chat about? You know I love to connect!