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.

Madness & Magic


In October, I stopped blogging. There were things I wanted to say, but I didn’t feel I could tell those stories here and that worried me. I knew I needed some time away.

By November, I decided I was done with this space. I was hard at work on a new site, which I had planned to launch it in December. But something inside said “wait” and so I did.

Then, in the last days of 2012, something unexpected happened: I discovered I wasn’t done here. Not yet. Maybe not at all. There are still so many beautiful things I want to share and I know this is the right space for them. You won’t see me five days a week, but when something makes me gasp, you’ll know about it.

But, I also have a new place I’m calling home, one that is so authentically me it’s scary at times. I’ve put my name on it, in really big letters. I would be honored if you wandered over and explored (especially the blog). If you want more, sign up for the newsletter or RSS feed. It’s going to be something extraordinary. My whole heart is in it.

I also have a secret to share with you: this year, I’m planning to do something wild, something so big it terrifies me. But I’m not telling anyone quite what it is yet…

Here’s to 2013 and all the madness and magic it will bring!

{photograph by Tyler, licensed by Creative Commons — and check out my friend Kristin’s blog where she did a beautiful job reproducing Neil Gaiman’s quote}

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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.