What Objects Keep You on Track?

The photo is of my collection of sea turtles, gathered up from tables and shelves throughout my house. I like having my sea turtles around me and not just because they’re beautiful. They also serve as a reminder, a gentle nudge for me to pay attention to the values and beliefs that led to me making the sea turtle my logo for Profound Journey.

Sea turtles aren’t the only objects I collect with specific intention. There are storyteller dolls from New Mexico signifying my love of story and writing. Art pieces of various kinds reinforce my passion for creativity and beauty. And books because there’s just no way I could stay on track to a rich and fulfilling life without favourite books close at hand.

Not all of my objects are portable. In this guest post for Sue Loncaric of Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, I talk about four semi-permanent objects that keep me on track – at least some of the time. I hope you’ll give it a read and let us know what objects in your life help you to thrive.



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    1. Got it, Natalie and I’ve replied. Thanks for posting in both spots. By the way, I tried to leave a comment on your last post but couldn’t. I think I’ve figured it out – to do with third party cookies and Blogger – so should be fine again going forward.

      1. Thanks, Karen, for letting me know about your unable to leave a comment on my last post. Glad to know it should be fine again. So many external technical barriers that seem to just pop up and prevent us from leaving a comment (sigh). I’ll be back to read your June RAW NEWS post.

  1. I admit I hadn’t thought of objects keeping me on track yet when I go to Sydney (2 hours away) for treatments for cancer recovery, I always take a crystal or two in my pocket.

    I also, now I think of it, wear a necklace which has 3 concentric circles with names of me and my hub in middle, our 2 kids on next circle and our 8 grandkids on the big circle. I touch it a lot and it reminds me of how much I am loved and I love them.

    Thanks for the post. Loved it.
    Denyse #mlstl

  2. I love your sea turtle collection! I don’t know if I have objects that keep me on track. It’s something I think I need to think about a bit longer. I’ve read your post over at Sue’s blog and left a comment. Lovely to meet you Karen! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Min. I’d be interested to know if you do think of objects that help you stay on track. I’m willing to bet that something will occur to you.
      Great to meet you as well, and thanks for commenting in both places. I’ve replied to your comment on Sue’s blog as well.

  3. Hi Karen, I love your collection of sea turtles and also I wanted to thank you for being my guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series. I am learning so much from all of the women who have taken part. You taught me about labyrinths which I had never heard of but found fascinating. I think I mentioned that I have found some in Brisbane so hopefully will visit and send you a photo. Thank you for sharing at #MLSTL and have a beautiful day xx

    1. I’m looking forward to seeing that photo when you have time to walk a labyrinth, Sue. As I think I mentioned, it’s a form of meditation that just might suit you.
      Thank you for inviting me to post in your Over 50 & Thriving series. I really enjoyed the experience and appreciated meeting some new women.

  4. I often wondered about your turtle logo Karen – so it was great having the link to go and read about the background to it all. I can see now that it is a wise and profound choice 🙂 Now I’m off to check out your guest post for Sue and I’m looking forward to the one you’re doing for me in a month or so x

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

    1. Thanks for checking out the sea turtle post, Leanne. That was the first infographic I made so I really slaved over it. I’ve often wondered how I could bring it back to people’s attention and am glad it piqued curiosity – at least for you – in connection with this post.
      I’m looking forward to the guest post I’m writing for you as well. I think I know what I want to write about and will get started on it soon.

  5. I read your interesting labyrinth post. I still remember you mentioning a labyrinth in Dunure (I think) in Ayrshire which I intend to seek out some day. I thought we had found one when we visited Millport a few months ago – well, we did but it was just very faint lines in the grass so didn’t photograph well and I didn’t post it.

    1. Hi Anabel. Good plan to wait for a really good labyrinth. Those faint lines in the grass wouldn’t be satisfying at all because it’s too easy to go out of bounds. A key thing with a labyrinth is that you have to put one foot in front of the other because the paths are narrow. It forces being slow and meditative.
      I look forward to your photo when you find a good one.

  6. Hubby loves sea turtles. We have multiple pieces of artwork of them… in both houses!

    I’m not sure what objects I have that “keep me on track”. I’ve collected certain things over the years, besides some wonderful art. For awhile it was antique salt & pepper shakers. And then apple & pear “combinations”. That one was because my crystal chandelier in the dining room had dangles shaped like apples & pears! Tim moved the chandelier to our new home for me because I loved it – only 3 trips to hardware store to make that happen. But I’m not collecting anything at the moment. And really have not a clue what objects I have that help me thrive!

    1. Hmm. It’s going to be so interesting to see if something comes to mind for you over the next couple of months, Pat. Off the top I wonder if your vision board helps you or maybe your Fitbit? My bet though would be that wonderful art you speak of. I don’t think it’s possible to have a home filled with beauty and creativity and NOT have a little bit of that rub off on you every single day.
      I don’t have any artwork of sea turtles… yet.

  7. I have two quotes stuck to my computer which I try to live by:
    Never give up. Never surrender.
    The most painful thing to experience is not defeat but regret.

    Pretty much everything else has an emotional attachment. But those are the things that make me smile. Life is always good when you can smile =)

    1. Words to live by, AJ. Great quotes placed where you see them every single day, many times a day certainly qualify as objects that inspire. I’ve got two near my computer right now as well. One is “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” The other – “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”

  8. You are the only person I know who collects sea turtles but you’ve made me wonder why. I have a collection of African animals that constantly provides me with peace. I think this is the same as you, just different animals.

    1. Hi Jacqui,
      The reason for my sea turtle collection is in the link at the end of the first paragraph. It’s not about peace although that’s a perfectly great reason for your African animals collection.

  9. I love these sea turtles … their unique personalities as well as what they represent.
    My mom collected angels and I have a few of her favorites in a curio cabinet in my living room. But I’m not sure I have such an object that helps keep me focused. However, I love the idea and plan to give it thought this week.
    Great post – and I’m pinning for future reference 🙂

    1. Thanks, Molly. I’ll be really interested to hear if you come up with something that keeps you focused. Since you’re a writer, maybe something in that line? I had an artist friend make me three paintings – of a journal and pen, a typewriter, and the keyboard of a MacBook Pro. They remind me of where I’ve been with my writing. They remind me that I am a writer.

      1. What a GREAT friend – and what a fitting “trilogy” I will definitely keep my eyes open this summer for some kind of artistic representation for my writing focus. It will be a fun scavenger hunt 🙂

  10. beautiful sea turtle collection and such holders of wisdom. the dams in the forest have turtles smaller of course they walk long ways sometimes looking to breed , and have been known to dig into the soft sandy part of our track an lay their eggs. a beautiful symbol for our journey indeed..
    Yes I have objects – an altar with a candle flowers some crystals some stones from ceremony or sacred to me in some way, a carved wooden goddess, some photos – special things – and I only brought the goddess with me leaving all else behind. they wait for my return which is coming soon. I have found that I can create a beautiful space for myself anywhere with a candle and some flowers – that seems to be the signature for me that soothes and inspires , clears and cherishes me.
    your month sounds gentle and clear and kind and nourishing – envelopes very intriguing idea – I must get that julia book , so loved the artist way . last night the young king was drawing pictures – sea animals colouring them in cutting them out and placing them in envelopes – synchronicities abound my friend-

    1. Hi Sandra,
      I have an altar too with a candle, some special things including one of those sea turtles. No flowers on my altar but, like you, I love fresh flowers and have them in my home throughout the fall and winter. Which goddess do you have? Mine is the Celtic one, Danu. I’m glad you took the goddess with you, and glad for you about your soon return.
      I love the way you described my month of June. It didn’t feel quite that great, but those words – gentle, clear, kind, nourishing – are exactly what I’m hoping for in the next two months, the months of summer here.

  11. Hi Karen,
    I know, I know…I have been M.I.A. again. Life is so busy … yes, still. I finally left a comment for you on Sue’s site and am now on my way to read your June RAW NEWS update. I love the collection of sea turtles you have (I hope they have all been redistributed to their special places throughout your home now that the photo session is over). 😉 I saw a pendant kind of thing on the internet the other day, and if it wasn’t so dang expensive, I would have bought it and likely would have gotten one for you too. It was a sea turtle (duh, which made me immediately think of you) on a piece of cord and attached to the same cord just below was a small oval disc that said …trust the journey – given that this is Profound Journey I thought it would be perfect! Sadly the shipping cost was worth almost twice what the turtle pendant was just for one. They even suggest it as something to dangle from your rearview mirror. See? Perfect. Journey in your car, journey with the sea turtle, Profound Journey. Ok, enough about all that – just thought I would tell you about it because it is such a cool idea. I am off to read your update for June now that it is July 2, haha!

    1. Hi Susan,
      As I was just mentioning to Liesbet, I actually forgot a few sea turtles for the photograph. I do have several tiny sea turtles that I wear on a chain around my neck and I have one on a leather cord- it’s a green one, maybe even the same one you saw. What I’ll need to do is just keep my eyes open for a little silver tag that I can have engraved with either ‘trust the journey’ or ‘profound journey’ and add it to the necklace. Thanks for the great idea!

        1. Neat. I do have that particular little turtle but think I’ll still go for an equally tiny silver bar that I can have engraved with the words. I’m not a fan of stuff hanging in my car but would love it around my neck.

  12. That sounds like a great idea…perfect for around your neck. I like the image of the sand and surf too…reminds me of the sea turtles great journey to lay their eggs in the sand and then waddle their way to the water.

  13. Although I can’t say that their are particular objects in my life that keep me on track, I do love to remember and tell the stories associated with each special object in my home – e.g., pottery, paintings, small ornaments, and so on.


    1. Hi Jude,
      I highlighted my sea turtle collection because of its link to my blog, but I have to say that I’m similar to you, Jude. Most objects in my home have a story and those stories, in compilation, describe my life and keep me on track.

  14. Hi Karen,
    I love your collection and don’t know how I missed this post in June! Back in March, when I was surfing through the A to Z blogs, I saw your logo and felt an instant connection. I collect turtles, sea turtles, and tortoises. My younger son got me started, and he usually gives me one or two every year. I also look for them when I am traveling. This summer, I got one in Chinatown, San Francisco, and one in Northern California that is carved out of redwood. I often think of the attributes of turtles and tortoises, and now I will consider how they help keep me on track.

    Hope you are well!

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