Part of it is preparing to deliver a 2-day workshop on Fierce Conversations, which is a very meaningful and personal honor I'll share with you sometime if I haven't already. It's kind of intense.
And part of it is that tons of people, all over the world, in every country and at every socioeconomic level, have been experiencing stress and contraction in their lives. I read the news and I read blogs and I know and talk with real people, so the pain and stress are very real to me as they are to most of us. And magnified at the current moment.
And we've spent a lot of time with local friends since returning from our June trip to Vegas. We're lucky to have such great friends.
And, frankly, this whole blogging thing has grown into something I cherish. It's been about a year since people other than my husband actually started reading this blog (and I wouldn't even have called him a regular reader, if you know what I mean), and I have gotten to know so many of you at various levels and enjoy these unique friendships. You may remember a blog giveaway I hosted a few months back? The winner is a young lady who lives in Israel named Selvi. A friend of hers visited Austin and stopped by my house this past Sunday to bring me a lovely thank-you gift from Selvi, all the way from Israel. It's a handmade ceramic pomegranate, and symbolizes fertility and creativity.
Selvi's friend stayed for an hour over summer cake, fresh sweet cherries, and nice conversation. I thought about how that giveaway created two long-distance friendships, and how generous it was of Selvi and her friend to commit to bringing a precious and fragile gift from so far away!
And earlier this week, Dana at MADE posted about Craft Hope.
And two days ago, Angela at RiAnge Creations posted the coolest pay-it-forward meme I have seen so far. I'm so so so in love with this idea that I'm going to post it now, get absorbed in the Fierce workshop for a couple of days, and hopefully come back to find 5 names and start generating ideas for 5 pay it forward gifts.
I just want to say that, if you have stumbled across this post, and you're feeling the squeeze of life, and you need a pick-me-up, and you need to have someone show you some care and you're number 6, go stalk the blogs of the first 5 who respond until they post their pay-it-forward and get on their list. Seriously. That, to me, is exactly what this meme is about. It's about caring for those who need it, and passing that on once our soul has been refreshed in some small way.
I love it I love it I love it!
I am entering into the following agreement with the first 5 people who comment on this post and then commit to doing the same on their blog. Just read below and if you feel up to the task copy the following into your blog and leave me a comment.
I am willing to post overseas (I am in the U.S.), but remember you must commit on your blog to do the same for others.
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I send you. But you may be pleasantly surprised. It will definitely be sewing/craft related.
- What I send will be made just for you, with love, by my own hands. You'd be surprised how much of our personalities does come through online.
- I will complete all 5 gifts this year - 2009.
- I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world, that you can touch and feel, and not something cyber.
- I reserve the right to do something strange. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. If you find it truly horrendous, just let me know. Perhaps you'll send it forward to someone who will absolutely love it.
- In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.
- Send your mailing address - after I contact you to confirm.
Everyone is welcome. I guarantee that you will receive something from me providing you do the same for 5 other people in your blog post. Are you game? Let's do this and I can't wait to send you what I hope you'll consider a nice surprise!!!!!!!!!