Moving Forward – A Haiku

"Sadness" Cell phone case by Avalon Media http://goo.gl/lCmfHg

“Sadness” Cell phone case by Avalon Media
http://goo.gl/lCmfHg

 

bitter-sweet memory
letting go off yesterday
no time to look back

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

 

Stumbling Through The Darkness

"Dream On" by Avalon Media http://goo.gl/XS6xHj

“Dream On” by Avalon Media http://goo.gl/XS6xHj

unknown path ahead
yet I stumble through the darkness
one step at a time

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

This is what following your dreams sometimes feel like: stumbling through the darkness, not knowing where the next step may take you, just aware of what is at the end: the goal.

It is what scares many people off in following through, not knowing how to get there, and only be able to plan a little bit, having to let go of certainty. Any creative endeavour surely is about letting go as well, allowing the process to unfold.

The key is to not allow fear –  which is natural, especially in the beginning, before any momentum sets in – to take so much hold on you, that it stops you in your tracks. Pushing beyond that fear, through the darkness will eventually get you where you want to go. But there is no other way then through.

Our move is somewhat like that. As I mentioned yesterday briefly, we are letting go of most of our possessions, taking with us only the things most dear, and the irreplaceable. There is a good reason for that. When we first moved here to Tampa, to be close to my recently widowed Mother-In-Law, it was only temporary. It ended up a few years longer than we expected, but it was nevertheless a short term solution for the sake of our family. We did not add fancy furniture or expensive items to our dwelling because our heart was on the other side of the country – our goals set to move to Los Angeles.There are no friends to leave behind, no ties to this community, as they were never made in the first place. So we made due with the necessities, and less luxury and comfort than we all would have liked to. None of this temporary life (with the exception of our extensive collection of electronical gadgets and consoles) will come with us. Our journey to get what we really want, how we really want to life will begin in Las Vegas, and end in LA. Something I am very much intending to write about.

But it means letting go of everything, of anything familiar. If we would let fear stop us, we would not be able to see all of the beauty that is about to be in our lives. Hanging on to yesterday, would keep us from enjoying a new and better tomorrow.

Whatever your dreams are, whatever goals you have, do not let your fears deter you from following through. Change and progress might be temporarily uncomfortable and scary, but that is a temporary state, on which’s other side lays the reward for having taken a chance.

Keep on dreaming.

The above image is available as a poster in various sizes in our Zazzle store. You can find it here.

Progress – More Than A Haiku

 

 

feels like standing still
yet I am fast enough to
arrive in due time

Sometimes it feels like there is no progress toward our goals, no matter how many actions we take. We wrote a few pages only to find out that we have to revise them all, from the ground up. Or worse, the entire day’s work had to be re-written. Those moments can bring you to the point of wanting to give up, yet we press on.

If we do not, if we allow this moment of defeat, the moment of what feels like a complete stand-still to actually bring us to a complete stop, we will never experience the truth of how close we were to succeed. Success is at the other end of those moments, the moments that feel motionless, and frustrating. We, as writers and artist need to remember that failures and temporary setbacks are not wasted time, they are still motion forward, even if only in lesson and experience. And we are indeed making progress, and it might be faster than we think.

 

The above poster is available on Zazzle. Please support independent artists, thank you!

NEW: Free 5-Piece “Cue in the Color” Beauty Gift when you Join Julep

It’s nearly May and school is almost out – that means summer is just around the corner! Get in the mood for sunshine with this bright Cue in the Color 5-Piece Beauty Gift ($78 value) which is FREE when you join Julep and pay for your first month ($24.99). When you join Julep, you’ll get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, nail, or skin care products delivered to your door every month. Julep offers the only full-size and fully-customizable beauty box out there, so you get what you want every month!

To redeem your Cue in the Color 5-Piece Beauty Gift, add the gift to cart and use code COLORLOVE at checkout. Then on May 20th, you’ll log into Julep to select the products to include in your first beauty box.

Your free beauty gift includes:

 

  • One nectar pink lip crayon
  • One fuchsia crème polish
  • One mint crème polish
  • One electric violet polish
  • One electric teal eye pencil

5 pc beauty gift FREE when you join Julep

Isn’t that awesome!

Be fierce and beautiful!

Claudia

 

 

 

Loving Hands – A Haiku

Haiku: "Loving Hands"

“Loving Hands” by Avalon Media http://shrsl.com/?~8po8

supported by your
loving hands, new dreams begin
gentle summer breeze

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

The above image “Loving Hands” by Avalon Media, is available as a framed art print on RedBubble. Thank you for your support.
Find your art on Redbubble

Enveloped – A Haiku

Haiku: Enveloped

Art of Affection by Chia Design http://goo.gl/bd2YZj

refuge from the cruel
worldly pain can not reach me
safe in your arms at last

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

This post was inspired by today’s daily prompt post “Enveloped”. The above image “Art of Affection” is by ChiaDesign and is available as an art print here. Please support independent artists! Thank you!

Drowning – A Haiku

Drowning - A Haiku

“The Kiss” by HiddenRealms

still dazed and confused
a breathless kiss changed my world
I drown in your arms

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

The above image is by the talented designer of “Hidden Realms”, and is available here.