Saturday, December 29, 2012

Beacons of Light

These days, reclaiming my Boho Mojo seems more important than ever. 2012 was quite a year and I don’t mean that as a compliment.  It tested my patience, my endurance and long held beliefs. I know it was a year of growth, but that growth was hard won.

With so many demands on my time and attention, taking time for self-renewal often takes a back seat. I’m letting go of the frenetic drive to be a leader in order to find balance and peace.

To this end I have started to purge my blog-feeds of blogs that I feel I should read, but that I don’t genuinely look forward to. I am trying to clear the deck of old projects, old dreams and unrealistic tasks. I am giving away things to people who could really use them and gaining the gift of space. I am remembering that spending some time with people, in person or online, that inspire and renew me is important and vital to my success and well-being.

I wanted to share a list of blogs of people who inspire me and make my heart lighter. These are people who have been Beacons of Light in my past year. Most of them have nothing to do with my life as a school librarian, as a poet, as a writer or as an educator. This is a list of people who inspire me as a human being. They are precious to me for their positive messages, the joy they infuse into the atmosphere around them and for the feeling of peace and belonging I feel when I visit their virtual  homes. I know I've missed some that I should have added, but here is a start. 

The Dalai Lama
To tell the truth, I just looked up the website. I don’t recall ever looking on the website before. I do, however, enjoy following the Dalai Lama on Twitter and on Facebook. His words of love and compassion speak to me.

Emmy Blue

Emmy Blue does have a strong tie in to what I do – stories and children. Beyond that, Emmy brings light and warmth to any format where I encounter her – facebook, twitter, email and certainly her website. She is a bright and energetic ray of hope that reaches my heart even on the most humdrum day.

Kind Over Matter
Kind Over Matter is always uplifting, but I am particularly taken with the 26 Acts project. This is your one stop shop for happiness activism.

Vivienne McMaster

Vivienne teaches transformational photography courses. I took her Chakra Photo Workshop last summer. Just looking at her website is a empowering act. Taking a class with her goes way, way beyond that. I treasure the photos I took in her class and hope to sign up for one of her You Are Your Own Muse courses in 2013.

Dosanko Debbie’s Etegami Notebook

Debbie’s blog uplifts me on so many levels. Her artwork is beautiful, her heart is compassionate and she also reminds me of the many happy times I had living in Japan. Looking at her blog I return to Japan if only in my mind.

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