Monday, February 17, 2020

Many Moons Make Many

It has been 4 years since my last blog post. I don't know what has prompted me to do this. I journal. I am sastifying my inner desire to write. But having said that it is not an uncommon feeling for me to do things without understanding why. Sometimes my feet take me where my heart wants to go and my head is none the wiser. 

What have I been doing for the last four years?

I got my drivers license. I also totalled my first car. No one else was involved. Just my own inexperience and ego. I had a concussion and was off work for nearly a month.

I began working outside of the house again. After many years of doing freelance work, I felt the need to work outside of the home again. I supervise a cafe in town. I discovered that I really enjoy the technical side of how to make a good cup of espresso. Plus, I have always enjoyed coffee and tea.... and coffee and tea related things. During this time period, I also created a bunch of characters based on staff members and customers and started hand drawing them on coffee sleeves. This caught on! I did not see it happening. There are a few of us who hand draw them now. We have an instagram page @perkyowlart for some of the creations, although I don't have many sleeves on there that were drawn by others as they don't seem to land in my hand when I am thinking about taking pictures. I love seeing all of the art and individual interpretations of each character. 

I took up painting a few years ago. I started doing it because I felt compelled to create that way. I didn't set out to do such a thing. It happened organically. Over time the paintings just started taking over the house, so I sold a few. But that also happened without effort. I wasn't trying to sell them. In light of this I have decided to have a few prints made, and to see what happens. Truth be told, I just really enjoy painting. If selling them creates space so I can keep painting, that is terrific. I have an instagram page @crysscreative for my artwork. This is the most recent I have painted, as a gift for my mother. 

I became a certified yoga teacher. I received my 200 hour teacher training in Traditional Yoga, led by Kerry Lawson. Since then, I have received an additional 50 hour teacher training in Yin Yoga, led by Tamara MacIntyre. I am really drawn to Yin. I have fibromyalgia and because yin works with the fascia, it has become a vital part of my pain management. I still practice Hatha and faster flows, but I teach yin and slower flows. I currently teach 2 classes a week but I am adding a 3rd class. 

Jessi has moved back to Yarmouth since the last time I blogged, so we have been weening our way into songwriting and playing music together again. We have also been dabbling with art collaborations and I have always adored how our processes compliment each other so much. 

Most recently, my oldest son Jeremy, has enrolled in the navy. He completed his basic training and was priviledged enough to be on leave when he and his wonderful lady gave birth to a beautiful big eyed girl named Avery-May Celeste Porter. She is 2 months old today. I adore being a new grandmother. I am so proud of Jeremy. He has made some pretty big decisions lately and he has handling them with grace. He grew up into a fine, compassionate young man. 

I recently took a soap making workshop. It is something I have wanted to do for a few years now. I have always been a bit of a handmade soap addict... and an herb lover. So I love that I get to combine them in a crafty fashion. I have already made 2 batches and I am waiting for them to cure. I have another batch in mind that I am going to make over the next few days. 

I began taking a beginners belly dancing class with Jessi. I have wanted to do this for a few years as well! It is lovely seeing all of these seeds bear fruit. I honestly feel so much joy during this class. I always feel like I could dance the night away when we take it and always so sad when it is over. The class is led by Sasha Begg and she is such a great teacher!

I still perform, I still write music. I was also in 2 dinner theatres since I posted here last and would definitely be up for another. I had such a fun time performing in both shows. I think we had somewhere between 8-10 nights per show over a couple months. 

While it has been busy, I am not opposed to writing here. Although, I don't know what the vision will be. I am also not going to force one. I will most likely not write any reviews, although... who knows! I will not force content. I simply wish for things to happen organically. Maybe months and years will go by between posts, maybe hours.