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

 - May Sarton


lovely and imperfect

"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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