Time Flies

Color me inspired
Jean McGuire, Color Me Inspired, Oil on canvas board, 8 x 10 inches ©2015

 

February 27, 2015 was a bit of a milestone in my life. I posted my 26th blog post on JasminePetalsThoughts.com. That is 26 weeks in a row of sharing my thoughts and observations. If you’d like to do some quick math, that means I’ve been doing this for six months now. For a woman who tends to take up projects only to let them drop relatively soon, this is quite an accomplishment.

In the same six months I’ve published 20 videos to Jasmine Petals Yoga on YouTube. The first 16 were released with some issues I would’ve liked to resolve before releasing, but the last 4 of those 20 are of a quality I am really proud of. I am so grateful to my new video partner, Chris Reis of Mile Hill Studios, for the time and patience he has spent trying to make me look good.

In my six months on this website, I have written about a whole realm of subjects. You’ve learned about my mother’s cancer, what makes me laugh, what I consider important and you’ve probably learned more about my family than any of them are truly comfortable with.

In the same six months:

Kansas City has transitioned through every season. We’ve had unusual weather for this part of the country. Actually, unusual weather patterns in Kansas City are pretty much the norm so I guess it’s actually been weather as usual. There is truth to the saying “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change.”

I have been on Match and off Match. I didn’t know they had a secret button that enabled only crazy people to read my profile but evidently I accidentally hit that button. I have enough material and notes to write page after page about my experiences. You may take that as a hint about future posts.

My hair has gone from super straight to super curly. This is probably the 4th time in my life that my hair has transitioned back and forth between the two extremes. I have no idea what causes it to change like it does, but it always strikes me as curious when it does. I know, it’s just hair, but still, I felt like commenting on it.

I have re-discovered my love of art and painting. It was yet another leap of faith in a life pretty much dedicated to leaps of faith. There is something so satisfying about returning to my first love and approaching my work with the same enthusiasm I remember from my childhood. I am excited about the two shows I have lined up and I hope to book more in the future. (PS, when I sell my first painting I’m getting my nose pierced. Sorry Mom.)

I have watched my children and grandchildren go through some major life changes. My mother always said it’s harder on a parent to watch your kids go through difficult times than it is for the children to go through them. I don’t necessarily agree with that but no one likes to see the people you love experience pain. Fortunately, as of right now, it appears everyone’s life is on track and moving forward.

I have sold my condo and moved into a small apartment on the other side of the Plaza in order to continue to afford to live a life I truly love. My home is my nest and I loved my condo, but I can’t continue to afford a corporate lifestyle without a corporate paycheck. I am well aware that I am surrounded by stuff and while I’ll miss some of it, I’m excited about the possibilities ahead that will stem from the letting go.

As you may or may not have noticed, the move has interrupted my pattern of publishing posts. When I move my brain goes on bulletin mode and I struggle to speak, much less write, in complete sentences. I am now back on track and I hope you look forward to seeing more of my thoughts in the weeks and months to come.

Six months…Can you believe it? I can’t wait to see what the next six months holds!

4 thoughts on “Time Flies”

  1. Jean, I am so proud of you. Like, for real.

    Not only have you taken the great dive into the unknown of life as an artist, and faithfully dedicated yourself to this blog, two things I seem emotionally incapable of myself achieving at this point in my life.

    I will admit I haven’t read every word of your last 29 posts, but I am glad to have been along for the ride and that you’ve allowed me into your life. 🙂

    Keep it up, and maybe someday I’ll be able to join in on your journey of a life less ordinary.

    1. We need to schedule some time for cocktails and deep discussions…or cocktails and light discussions…definitely cocktails.

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