Friday, January 9, 2009

She Ain't Kidding!

We've had one session and already I've had a breakthrough! I'm referring, of course, to the Jump Start January workshop I signed up for with creativity coach Diane Reardon.

I've known about life coaches and creativity coaches for some time now. I just never thought I would ever use one. I didn't think it would be a justifiable expense (can you say "low self esteem?"). Boy, was I ever proved wrong! I feel like a whole new person. A part of me that I thought was defective has been properly diagnosed and I have every expectation of a full recovery. It will require time and effort on my part of course, but the beauty of it is that now that effort will be fun, not a chore! Diane was able to help me open a door that, try as I might, I could never find the key to previously. There's a fresh new breeze ruffling the leaves around the Magpie's Nest. What joy. :- )

I have not done any actual sewing for a couple of days. But I have signed up to participate in the Birds of Change Exchange. Something about that opportunity grabbed my interest and wouldn't let go. Well, obviously the bird theme. I seem to have a thing these days for birds and bird related items. Not birds of prey, but nearly any other kind of bird species. I've always been fascinated by birds but they have really come to the forefront on my consciousness lately. So I guess this exchange seemed appropriate.

The deal is that I will make 5 ornament size birds in the medium of my choice (duh - fabric!), send them to the coordinator, and she will swap them out with birds created by other participants so that eventually I will receive 5 different birds back. I will also be making a 6th bird to give away here on my blog. Not all of the swappers will be participating in this little game, but those who are will be listed on Regina's blog. Mark your calendars for January 20 'cause that's the big day. I'll show you the birds I'm making and you can leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for the give-away. Hope to see you then!

By the way, our immediate area seems to have escaped the brunt of the flooding issues currently plaguing Washington and Oregon. Whew!


  1. Ive always wondered about life coaches. sounds like its working out well for you. looking forward to hearing more/ like the idea of a bird swap - ill be keeping my eyes peeled for the giveaway!

  2. What a delightful give to gift yourself with!
    and glad to hear you're not underwater!
    (I also love the canary...I'll have to show it to my husband!)

  3. Can't wait to see what birdies you do. I'll be watching for the giveaway!
    The idea of a creativity coach is interesting. My sister and I kind of do that for each other sometimes. Even though we do slightly different mediums, the creativity aspect is the same. It's good to have someone to bounce ideas and even technique off of. Glad to hear that you've had a breakthrough already!

  4. Good for you!!!..Can't wait to hear more about your progress. I too am all about birds!

  5. I have toyed with a writing coach but haven't made the leap yet. One of these days (maybe)... best wishes on your journey!

  6. Good for you for trying out the coaching route. I'm glad to hear that it's working for you.


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