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It has been 2 weeks since I have written anything on my blog.  Where does the time go?  What has been going on around here…  I think we are stuck in a time vacuum!

In reality, I finally finished my job last week, so that task can be checked off.  Spring Break for the kids is this week. 3/4 of the house (everyone except for myself) has had the flu.  I went to Tacoma, WA to a conference for 2 days, Thane has ‘officially’ gone out on his own as a residential designer,and now has LOTS of creative/interesting jobs to play with and some really cool people to hang with.

There are changes happening, but they seem to be all for the good! 

So as the house was showing again today, we made yet another trip to our local Barnes & Noble…  I know, I know, we should be at Gulliver’s the local bookstore.. But as the kids would say, “They don’t have trains to play with!” so purely for the pleasure of 30 minutes of quiet paroosing (sp?) of books, Thane & I went to Barnes & Noble.

And to what did my wandering eyes find???  The latest Craft magazine!  Woo Hoo…  I frequent their website & blog often, so I was excited to get an actual magazine to put my hot little hands on.  The whole issue is on PLAY!!!  Cool isn’t it?  As I open it up, I always like to read the letter from the editor, her word for this issue was FLOW.  The editor looked the word up on Wikipedia, and their definition of flow is:

Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing,characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.  Colloquial terms for this or similar mental states include: to be on the ballin the zone, or in the groove.

I like it…  Seems to sum things up for The Stash as well as Thane’s business called Boreal Symmetry.  They are in a flow, a rhythm.  Even though we are still forming the plans as we go, excitement is brewing!  For me bringing the warm fuzzies to craftivists out there & sharing that knowledge & love with others is a wonderful thing.  It creates good energy and a wonderful community. 

Do something today that will get YOU in the flow of things!


So I just finished 2 great books back to back.  One was a good fiction called Wild Girl that Laura loaned me.  🙂  It was a great, fast read that was something totally separate from my life trials right now.  Before that I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A year of food for life…  This one was the most ‘changing’ thus far, and although the premise is eating local, it has spurred the thoughts and aided in the creation for The Stash.  The Stash will be my own experiment, so to speak, of what kind of affects we can have on each other & our community with shopping local, making/giving handmade items, and supporting a community spurred by creative thoughts and like minds. 

Back to books…

Conveniently the day I gave Laura her book back, I received another book in the mail!  A mysterious gift from a secret admirer?  (Thanks Mom!)  It was fate, yes I only have about 13 books on my bedside table waiting to be read, but Mom’s took the cake.  It is called Finding your own North Star: Claiming the life you were meant to live…  Yes it is a self help categorized lovey, but let’s face it.  Change is hard!  And WOW this one really hits the nail on the head around here. 

So I am a 1/4 of the way through and it is VERY interesting.  The theory behind it is like having the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other.  How to struggle through decision making in order to get to the ultimate answer.  For me, I guess it would be nice to know that I am headed on the right path.

For the past 6+ months, Thane & I have been ‘going with our guts’ on the decisions we have been making.  This method seems to be working, although NOT bringing in the cash we once had.  Personally we are on the right track to DOING what makes us truly happy.

I will let you know how the book progresses!

I Took The Handmade Pledge!