Begin

Marichit, of Ink & Water, created a series of word art, each with a power-packed word surrounded by vibrant colors.  I snagged this one because, not only does it include my favorite turquoise with a dash of contrasting red, it features "begin" -- the hardest thing I've struggled to do in recent months.  

"Begin" itself implies there is much that follows it, but sometimes the worrying about what must follow makes getting started feel insurmountable.  So I've been thinking "begin" every time I sit down to write, and "begin" when I need to pick up the phone and call someone to interview, and "begin" when I need to clean out a closet or a bookshelf.  

And things are beginning to happen!  The Hub is off on another run to the thrift shop this morning, I've begun pulling books off the over-packed bookcase in the living room to be sorted and re-shelved in a logical way, and, while I haven't mastered picking up the phone without thinking about it first, I am getting better at getting my calls done and out of the way.  Some days and a few calls I still fight to get started, but I see progress.  Most days, I can take a deep breath, say "begin" with the exhale, and do whatever needs to be done.  Once I've begun, the rest usually, and calmly, takes care of itself.

Marichit is a friend in the online creativity group I joined last October, and which has helped so many of us in the group thrive.  Artists are arting(!) and selling their work.  Writers are writing and getting published.  The community is a safe place of support, begun (there's that word again!) and held safe by creativity warrior Jane!

Thank you, Marichit, for creating something beautiful to remind me that all I need to do is begin.  

 

**Update  Marichit's ETSY store is open now.  More will be added as she moves things over from Weebly.

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