Morning Gleanings

I decided to go for a walk this morning to enjoy the cool air and the nearly cloudless sky.  After spending 9 days in New York over the holidays it’s been wonderful to return to Florida and really appreciate all that I have to be grateful for.

Thanks to some minimalism blogs like Courtney Carver’s Be More With Less I’ve been doing a lot of space clearing. I’ve also continued writing morning pages as I enter my 13th week of The Artist’s Way. And I’ve committed to a 100 Day Goal of writing 10 chapters of a children’s book. This has all been a wonderful boost to my creativity but sometimes I need to remember to breathe, relax and take a walk.

20150107_102706This is what I found while walking this morning and I’m so happy I took the break I knew that I needed. The two purple flowers are from a vine that grows up a tree and covers the road. The road is sometimes carpeted in these flowers. The magenta flower is from a tree called the Hong Kong Orchid tree. It’s not a real orchid and it has the most wonderful smell, like fresh laundry. The feather is from a female peacock. They are entering their mating season and the males are in full regalia and practicing lifting their tails. The blue glittery piece is from a broken Christmas ornament spotted on the side of the road and the giant yellow and orange leaf is from the Seagrape tree that is in our neighborhood park.

May your New Year bring joy and unexpected treasures. I hope that you can take the time to go for a walk and be open to whatever there is to see.

 

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