Hi! Thanks for visiting with me as The Great ReMe Blog Hop continues. If you missed last weeks posts, do take time to read Jean’s approach to the first prong of The ReMe Way *Rest-Relax-Renew,* Rest. This week, I’ll share with you what it means for me to Relax.
What does it mean to you to Relax?
I have to open by saying that, as a quasi-typical Type A, this whole “relax” thing is not my natural state! *a running joke around here is that I have two speeds: Stop and GO!* Rather, it has been a learned trait for me; one that I appreciate having learned, and continue to fine-tune. As an artist with full time dreams on a part time reality, I often find relaxation in ways that may look a whole lot like ‘work’ to other people.
Day to day, for me, involves working alongside my husband and our business partner as we run a small company dedicated to providing affordable technological solutions for county agencies throughout NC. Kevin (aka Resident Genius) designs access control and video monitoring systems that are used by County Jails, Courthouses, and Sheriff’s Offices. He and Bob are the hands-on, front line fellas – performing installations and service calls hither and yon. I am the ‘behind the scenes’/Girl Friday of this outfit, manning the office, ordering equipment, billing and paying bills, and assorted and sundry other tasks that keep the wheels of commerce turning smoothly.
In my off hours, I enjoy the company of fellow creatives in both a regional mixed media art guild (of which it is my privilege to serve as a member of the Board), and a local art marketing discussion group. When not learning/growing/socializing with these dynamic crowds, there are family and friends near and far with which to correspond and connect.
Add to all of that my own artistic business venture (Arrowood Paper Arts), and the newly established joint endeavor with fellow artists JeanSkipper and Jodi Ohl (ReMe Retreats); it becomes easier to see where the notion of only having two speeds comes from, eh? Fortunately, being actively involved in creative pursuits is its own form of Zen for me! Quite often, the easiest way to settle my rather active mind is to immerse myself in some sort of creative activity: sketching out one of the myriad ideas from the mind-tumbler, designing a new class/project, puzzling out a new way to use an old thing, or romping around in colorful a painting/printing session. Allowing myself to step away from my various To-Dos and indulge in serious play is a fabulous way to recharge my batteries!
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Serious Play begets Beautiful Work
Another, and perhaps the most long-held, means of relaxation is to find a comfy spot and dive into a good book. For as long as I can remember, I have been an avid reader. I thought the notion of a ‘limit’ on how many books one was allowed to check out of the library in school was preposterous (!) From my teen years all the way up to the present moment, the most totally indulgent thing I can think of is to curl up with a book and read until falling asleep, only to rise in the morning and return to reading, while still nestled snugly among the covers *preferably with grand mug of good coffee.* This scenario can only be improved upon if the weather is either (a) wickedly, frosty cold, or (b) dreary grey and rainy – making such slothful behavior fully justifiable *unless the laundry is calling too loudly (?)* In the spirit of Full Disclosure, I will confess that the former happens with a great deal more regularity than the latter!
Before you head over to “the rest of the story” on the ReMeBlog, take a moment to tell me what ways are your favorite to embody “Relax” in your day-to-day existence. Leave a comment here, and you will be entered to win one of my handmade FolioBooks. They make handy little project workbooks, allowing you to keep track of all the details with pockets on the front and back covers for notes/receipts/ideas-scribbled-on-cocktail-napkins/etc. Winner to be chosen *in the tried and true manner* by Wito the Wonderdog on Monday, February 17th (with video verification provided). Good luck!
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Continue to ReMe, for some of my favorite ways to Relax in Ocracoke…
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Onward & Upward,
Words of wisdom for today:
"It is nice finding that place
where you can just go and relax."
where you can just go and relax."
- Moises Arias
Photo Notes:Destination taken with Samsung Galaxy S4 - edited in Pic Monkey
Print, Cut... Samsung Galaxy S4 - collage created in Pic Monkey
FolioBook taken with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS1 - collage created in Pic Monkey
ReMe Banner - created by yours truly
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