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the joy of wanting everything

There are so many things I want to do. I have lists everywhere. They order my desires and organize my thoughts. I begin with inspiration- I want to paint/draw/take some photos/journal/do yoga/meditate/go for a walk or a bike ride/watch a movie with my children.

But I don’t want to be busy. Feeling busy and overwhelmed takes the joy out of everything. Yet the boundary between inspiration and overwhelm is imperceptible to me and I don’t see it until I’ve crossed it.

When I’m overwhelmed, I’m sure I have too many projects going. When I am inspired, my heart shouts “yes!” at everything. Balance is elusive.

Here is a sampling of what I’ve been doing lately:

A series of double exposures I’m calling Home and Away, of places I’ve visited and my home in Iowa.

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Experimenting with watercolor pencils and ink. I discovered a fountain pen in the very bottom of a box in the back of my closet, just waiting patiently for me to experience the particular joy of a fountain pen and ink.

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Here’s to wanting everything!

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  • firstmeadowlark

    LOVE this blog post.

    May 1, 2015 at 3:18 pm Reply
    • Angela

      Thank you!

      May 1, 2015 at 10:29 pm Reply
      • firstmeadowlark

        I just did a Google image search for Catherine Ponder affirmations and imagine my surprise when I saw your handwriting and the familiar paper we wrote affirmations on at the coffee shop! <3

        May 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm Reply
        • Angela

          Really?! How fun!

          May 22, 2015 at 7:18 pm Reply
  • Kate

    This is a great post Angela, i too am a list writer and have so many things i want to ‘get to’. i love the sentiment of your blog too. keep up the good work. (Kate from Savannah’s course)

    May 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm Reply
    • Angela

      Thank you, Kate! So far I haven’t found a balance between making lists, which help keep me focused, and not making lists, which allows me to do whatever inspires me in the moment. Hmm….

      May 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm Reply

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