Thursday, December 3, 2009

my note to you


Dear Friend,
I woke up this morning and decided to write you a little love note. I have a list of blog posts needing to be written, and this was not in the plan... but I don't always follow the rules... even my own. So right now, I just needed to just say Hi. How are you? December is so busy already, isn't it? I know it's easy to get all wound up and spin out. I am certainly not immune to this. However, I'm working on greeting this month with a little more peace than I have in the past. Upon returning from my daybreak drive into town (it was an early one today, for sure), I decided to clear my head before attacking my list. I know how fortunate I am to live out here in the woods and fields, but I suffer from a fear of being cold... I am from California, after all. I have to push myself to get outside when winter hits. But it's quite mild today... no excuses. So, off I went.

The crows were cawing, the geese were honking, the neighbor's roosters were cockadoodling... it was a noisy outing and exactly what I needed. I feel fresh and ready... not to attack my list, but to enjoy it. So, friend, is your list weighing you down? Can you take a few moments to step outside, to breathe in. Your noises might be city traffic, suburban birds chirping... who knows. Listening to something besides my own inner ramblings was clearly helpful for me. The photos in this post were all taken this morning to share with you. Maybe they will in someway bring you a bit of peace, too.


All of my love,
Maya Pin It

42 comments:

  1. Aaaaaahhhh, so lovely. Thank you for this little bit of peace.

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  2. Oh Maya.....leave it to you to bring us a little much needed peace...how lovely and how magical. How...you. Thank you my friend, for this, and for being you.
    xoxo
    Melis

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  3. Today is spectacular- definitely a good time to shed some of the stresses and enjoy the moment. Let's hope it lasts!

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  4. You know, I had a big list all planned out, and as soon as it was starting to seem more like work than fun, i chopped it significantly. Then we were asked to make a last minute trip for two and a half weeks right before Christmas. So there went the rest of my time. But I am embracing the calm and going to be completely stress free, well that's the goal anyway.

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  5. Thank you so much for your lovely words...
    xoxo

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  6. As you know, I am prepping for a craft show and today is my last day to make. It's sunny out and I need to just pause and take a walk and enjoy some fresh air! Thanks for telling me it's ok to do that. :)

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  7. I want a "Love" button - this was exactly perfect. Thank you!

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  8. oh Maya, I love the way you made your post today.
    Boy did I went outside to get fresh air, even though it's city air, as I brought to / grabbed P at school 4 times today, as U is ill at home.
    Peace of mind, yes, I think I need this today, though. Thanks my friend oxoxo

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  9. Just what I needed! Thank You so much. I too am from a much warmer climate than the one I live in. But... I too am very lucky to live tucked up in the woods the way I do. Complete with woodstove and a strong handsome man to chop wood for it. We love you!

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  10. Yes, this is what I needed - I'm betting lots of us need this reminder!

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  11. thanks so much for your insight. i found it helpful once again. i was feeling a little blue this morning and thinking that creating would be a good way to raise my spirits. i am overwhelmed as i walk in the new, not yet organized craft room. i think i will take a walk outside and then begin again...

    thanks you. enjoy your day!

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  12. this was so lovely to read. i do find myself trying to balance the mad rush i feel to complete projects with the need to slow down and enjoy the holidays. thanks for encouraging taking a break!

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  13. Funny I was thinking about you....because of you (an others but you too) I am making. So thank you and my this path to christmas as peaceful and joyful as can be. Love from here.

    www.d-un-bout-du-monde-a-l-autre.com

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  14. I completely understand about being warm in the northeast. I also have to push myself to leave the house and the day is so worth it. I might even take the kiddos to the park.

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  15. Thank you. Your photos are terrific. I do not feel much busier than usual, just happy I'll have another reason to get together with family and friends. And get a special long weeknend get away with my husband to Mendocino!

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  16. HI Maya- I love this post.
    Thanks.
    Rae

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  17. Thank you...I needed this greeting today. My mind has been dancing too many places, and has me fogged. Time to stop, listen & clear away some of it.

    ps...love the bird silhouette.

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  18. "Listening to something besides my own inner ramblings.." You have a great way with words. I can totally sympathise with you on this. I wish I could switch myself off sometimes as I do get tired of listening to my own constant chatter. My poor fiancee - I don't know how he copes! I think we should both go out and listen to the birds instead. Thanks for the advice x x

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  19. funny how so many of us are feeling the same vague pressure... so wonderful to be able to express and exhale here among friends! (i posted similar thoughts last night, not quite as eloquently and w/o such evocative photos) :)

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  20. What a nice reminder, thank you! It's always so lovely to come back in to a cozy house and warm cup of tea too.

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  21. Thank you for the thoughts Maya. I have been feeling pressured even though I promised not to do anything this year. We'll see.

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  22. Dear Maya

    Much love to you...I've missed you.

    Love

    Kirsty
    xxx

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  23. How perfect and ironic - I literally just blogged about my busy-ness.

    Thank you...I needed that.

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  24. Oh I love this, its just beautiful, thank you so much for this gift.

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  25. Hi Maya,
    I've been reading your blog for a while now - I just had to finally comment. I brought up your blog at yoga class, as we were talking about "taking a pause" when feeling hurried and harried - what perfect timing you have! I find such simple peace from your observations and photos. Thank you and sweet dreams ~
    Jeanne

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  26. Being outside always brings me peace.
    Thanks for sharing your morning pictures.
    Lots of love
    have a wonderful weekend with your family
    xxoo
    m

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  27. thank you. that was lovely.

    i can totally understand not wanting to go out as it starts to get colder. i'm also a california girl that relocated to the east coast, and well...until i had kids, i did not want to get outdoors if it was to cold. now i try to enjoy every bit of it. even the snow (gotta love when the little ones play in it!).

    again, thank you for the lovely post.

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  28. so sweet! I love that I found your blog!

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  29. How lovely Maya. It is cold here in the UK as well, but I am going to wrap up now and follow your lead to take a walk in the hills. xx

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  30. Feeling the peace. Thanks for that!

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  31. I couldn't read and not comment!

    As far as lists of things to do, it sounds counter-intuitive, but I've let go of the need to make everyone handmade christmas presents this year. It's so freeing to not have that list of stuff I HAVE to make. I can really enjoy the things I do have time for.

    and I love the pictures of the geese in your post. Viviting your blog was the moment of calm that MY DAy needed.

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  32. Thank you for this calming inspiring soothing post, like a soft balm on my holiday craziness that for me hit a fever pitch last night! Thank you! I LOVE that bird in the last photo, that energy of his flight, I feel like I need to put him in one of my paintings!!

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  33. Maya, you are the best! And now, I am putting aside my computer and heading outside into the sunshine to breathe the fresh air and listen to the birds, stretch my body... and THEN I will go upstairs and "enjoy" my days work.
    Love, abby

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  34. Hi Maya. I've been absent from blog land and busy irl and rather anxious about a load of plans and todos coming up. Blech.

    Need to take a moment and just be present.

    Thanks for the reminder

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  35. Thanks for reminding me to stop and breathe in the sights, smells, and sounds around me. I really needed that moment to stop and catch my breath.

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  36. Beautiful, beautiful pictures, thank you :)

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  37. Maya, this was such a lovely post. Thank you for that breath of fresh air, even through the internet it came through nice and clear. I'm a fairly new reader of your blog and I absolutely love it. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

    ~devin

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