field notes (2.1.17)

I think good fiction books (good art in general) create a deliberate emotion in the person experiencing it — ‘deliberate’ meaning i’s the emotion the author of the book set out to create…” from Cheryl B. Klein in SECOND SIGHT

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Reading: SECOND SIGHT by Cheryl B. Klein, LET MY PEOPLE GO FISHING by Yvon Chouinard, THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES by Peter Wohlleben, PARENTING by Paul David Tripp, TWO LITTLE SAVAGES by Ernest Thompson Seton, FOUR QUARTETS by T.S. Eliot, RAINWATER HARVESTING FOR DRYLANDS AND BEYOND by Brad Lancaster, HOW TO READ WATER by Tristan Gooley, KEEPING A NATURE JOURNAL by Clare Walker Leslie, CLOTH LULLABY by Amy Novesky, GEORGIA’S BONES by Jen Bryant and OUT OF THE WOODS by Rebecca Bond

Visiting my new, local bookstore weekly to discover and learn. Country Bookshelf is such a stellar place. Grateful to live in a place where an independent bookstore thrives.

Deep in hibernating mode. This year I am not fighting it. I am letting myself be consumed by it.

I am four days into my nature journaling practice. A combination of a driving urge to learn to better communicate via drawing, a desire to connect to my new landscape/home and fond memories of drawing detailed diagrams for biology and zoology courses in college are pushing me onward…oh, and very low expectations!

Creating a limited to-do list: When I have only 1-3 items on my to-do list, I focus on just those things. With a longer list, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out where to begin and doing the easiest instead of the most important work first. A short list helps me focus on what’s the most important, what really matters. It’s not about doing less work. It’s about doing the most important work.

Honing my essential intents. I have three areas of focus and I spent January building routines to support my efforts. It is so easy to let trivial, distracting details clog up my days. Must stay diligent.

Downloaded new music for my daily bike rides. New music = new thoughts. Also, let me declare my undying love for my fat bike. It is the best thing (object) in my life. I am grateful it found its way to me.

Steady on with two manuscripts I’m working on…

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.” from Antoine de Saint-Exupery in THE LITTLE PRINCE

We bought some land in mid-January. Now, we are working, working, working on designing a house, finding contractors, making materials decisions, deciding on placement of the buildings. It’s exciting and demanding.

Until next month…