Slowly Breaking

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The absence of sunlight during the winter makes me notice and long for it even more.

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I find myself drawn to it, fascinated by it. The way it lights and spills.

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The way it creeps into dark corners and streams and mixes with smoke.

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In winter, I’m always reminded how luxurious a nap in the afternoon sun can be, how colorful sunrises and sunsets are, how much I need to feel it on my skin.

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What does the winter make you long for?

{photographs used under Creative Commons license. Credits in order of appearance: morganglines, G J, Sentrawoods, Rev Stan, Gillie – lovestruck, Nina Matthews Photography}

Dreams

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I lit four candles on a Saturday evening the clouds had covered over. While they burned, I wrote down my dreams, the core dreams, the ones that drive me and wake me from my sleep and remind me of who I am.

Not the goals. Not the “write a novel” or “start another blog”. I strode past those dancers to the inner circle, the place where there is stillness, where there is the dance. Where all the colors are brighter and blur.

I found them in scenes, in senses. Candles burning down, a sun setting and rising and spilling light onto a forest and a field.

The goals are how to get to the dreams. And this blog is one of those goals, one of the cauldrons I can stir and spell and create meals for guests.

What are your dreams — the ones that live in the stillness and the dance? Beyond goals and concrete reality, how do you want to feel in this wildly precious life of yours? What are you bringing into existence?

Try this: Sit down with a pen and paper and dream about how you want your life to feel, what the goals you’re striving for get you closer to.  Discover the colors you want to paint your life in. Maybe they’re dreamy pastels or bright bold strokes. Start there, then ask yourself what goals will embody those colors.

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Credits

Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.