Sunday, December 26, 2010

i was here

i love the week between christmas and new year's day.  there's a magical pull to the future while looking back with gratitude and (mostly) satisfaction.  how do you acknowlege this transition? 

i do it with 'standing here' self-portraits.  i try to take at least one per month and really enjoy looking back at the places i've been and the space i inhabited.  some of them are fun and flighty and some really put me back in the emotion of that moment.

this year my feet touched both solid ground and undulating funhouse floors.  i slipped a few times and had to call at least one time-out to lie down; but mostly i stood confidently facing all the love, regret, beauty, acceptance, rejection, grace and fear.

some of the best places i stood in 2010:
  • my home.  the home that loves me.
  • my garden.  day or night, sun or stars, flora or snow, she always whispers, "do it."
  • the cold pacific, who welcomed me home to california.
  • the warm atlantic, who showed me i could stand solid even with shifting sand beneath my feet.
  • bikram yoga class.
  • with the most beautiful, talented, graceful women.  feeling like i belonged.
  • at the door.  the same door i hovered around throughout 2009.  i'm still standing here wondering what's on the other side, trying to plan for all the possibilities and pitfalls.  i am slowly moving toward courage and away from the misconception that i can tip one toe into the unknown while the other foot holds firm in the certain.
thank you for standing with me.  where should we go in 2011?


kelly barton art + design said...

good morning my beautiful silly curious girl. i can always come here for some feel good care. i kinda dig that.


Holly Diane said...

I love this idea! and..your pictures are great :)

bella said...

Oh, Lisa... I feel so good when I click over to read your words. I hope that 2011 brings you places you've never imagined going ~ and that your feet touch new grounds and new experiences. It is my absolute pleasure to call you my friend. xo

alteredstatesstudio said...

how eloquently written...that delicate balance between what has been and what will be. love the pics of where you have been! happy holidays to you!

PaperPumpkin said...

{Do you know how much I love your Blog?} May you love yourself in 2011 as much as your friends here have shared and loved you throughout your eloquent ride in 2010. You are truly an inspiration.

simply blythe said...

ooo, i, too, take this photo of my own two feet.
love yours.....beautiful...the feet and the photos.
i can't wait to see where 2011 takes you professionally and here on your blog.
is it time to take that leap?
i say listen to that garden of yours and "do it".

Graciel @ Evenstar Art said...

where should we go?


with as much joy as we can muster on a regular basis.

standing with you for 2011,

Xin Lei said...

Fantastic mosaic Lisa!

Monique said...

This is awesome, so inspiring. Cheers to a wonderful New Year!

EVA said...

I love the "self-portraits"!! What a fabulous collection of memories!

2011? Going forward, through and onwards and upwards?!

Gilding Lilies said...

I love this! I'm totally inspired.

Scamp (aka Shirley) said...

Wonderfully spoken, and beautifully photographed--A great way to document the year!
May you travel in confidence in 2011, and I hope our paths cross again!

Anonymous said...

Walk gracefully and stand strong in 2011.

Ean Joseph said...

I love it! Your blog are super cool..! they're so colorful..

Anja said...

In your post I like your fotos, your shoes, your places and it is wonderful to stay on your blog.
To stay on something means in my language to be very fond of it.
See you next year

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful collage of all your wonderful trails and adventures!

Relyn said...

I love this idea. Love it!

Jennifer said...

it totally love that little photo collage you put together. i have a habit of taking pictures of my feet. it reminds me of where i have been. love how you put it all together