Now I become myself. It's taken time, many years and places...

 - May Sarton

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"I don't really want to become normal, average, standard. I want to merely gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits."  Anais Nin (The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume I) 

Anais Nin's ashes are scattered outside my front window over Santa Monica Bay. Many days I've asked for a wisp of her courage and inhaled the remnants of her boldness stirring within the salty breeze. Her quotes first found their way into my journal as a teenager before I really knew her work. As I read through her diaries today, what continues to inspire me is her steadfast devotion to finding her own truth. And then living it. oh yeah, that part...

That is what this blog is for me. A place to live my truth. To share what delights my heart, inspires me and challenges me. To give breath to long held wishes. A place where I can reveal that the 10 year old girl inside of me still dreams of being a writer. She still thinks about the feel of dried paint on her fingers and longs to make a mess without worrying about the outcome. She fondly remembers spending the afternoon at her mother's old black Singer with a bolt of rainbow striped fabric and three chocolate chip cookies. It still sounds like a pretty good idea.

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Reader Comments (6)

J- I love your start and your " mission statement" - I am embarrassed to tell you that I just starting reading Anais Nin and have always known of her and have also loved her quotations , So I am glad to know that you are a reader of her work as I begin to read her . I can not wait to read more and more and this little taste leaves me wanting more.....Martha

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

Thank you for inviting me here into your sacred space and into your light. I am thinking of you as a tightly bound bud that is slowly and purposefully unfurling with tender pink petals. I am dancing a little jig over this way too..dancing in your light and truth...dancing that you are sharing pieces of your beauty and your journey.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I your blog. It is truly a gift to know you. I look forward to getting to know you better as you share your truth here. Take care

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica

It sounds like a great idea to me too.

This reminds me of the Anais Nin quote about it becoming more of risk to remain in the bud than to blossom. Lovely. (I have never actually read Anais Nin, though I enjoy her quotes. I'll have to look for a book.)

Thank you for inviting me in! I am honored to witness as you share more of your truth.

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Hooray! It has begun! I am so excited to read your words! Are her ashes literally scattered there? That is so cool...

March 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Thank you ladies ~ you have all been such a source of inspiration to me.

Amy ~ yes, she lived in LA during her last years and I think UCLA has or had her original diaries.

Elizabeth ~ that was the first quote of hers that found me all those years ago.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

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