Saturday, 30 June 2012

Saturday Sunshine with some Meraki

I've been saving Meraki for a while now - and definitely for a Sunshine Saturday, especially a rainy one.

So Meraki pronounced may-rah-kee is Greek and has no english equivalent.  Perhaps we should adopt it. Meraki means doing something with soul, creativity, or love.  In Greece it's often used  when talking about cooking but can be used when arranging decorative settings.

And so it seems like an ideal word for crafting.  Because, let's face it, all great crafting is made with soul, creativity and love.  It's what sets it apart and helps maintain that feeling of being 'just so'.

So let's all give it some meraki.
Catherine @ The MacsX

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Growing Up at 45 (or there abouts)

What is this growing up they talk of?  Taking responsibility? Being mature? Being in charge?  Being a parent?  All or none of the above.  Every so often someone will ask my 12 year old son what he wants to be when he grows up.  And I almost scream "leave him alone, I'm 47 and I haven't figured that one out yet".  Is there an advantage to having a life plan at 12, or does it take the shambles of 40 odd years to gain any direction.

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All too often these days we hear the story of the accomplished "such and such" that discovered in their later years that they never really wanted to be a "such and such" and would much rather be a "so and so", or a "so and such", or a "such and so" or just "so".

What is most bewildering is when we find that what we really want can be traced back to those simple years when all we wanted to do was draw all day, or tinker with mechano.  We beat ourselves up and trudge so many paths in our attempt to find 'our way' and essentially it's always been there.  We just forgot, or had it overshadowed and overtaken with ideas of what "should" be.  I have built a real aversion to the "should" word over the last few years.

And then comes the biggest contradiction of all.  It would seem that truly growing up means letting go of the beliefs and constrictions of others, standing on your own two feet and basically listening to your inner child.

Is there a way of cutting out all the crap and letting out children keep the inner child and remain on their true path.  I wish I knew but like so many of life's great questions the answer will come when "the time is right" - but "right" for who?

picture from google images - from

All a bit deep really - still I'd best get to work lots to do if I'm to get all my pages sorted out here and get all the Creative Runway info out there.

Lots more - not too much later

Catherine at The MacsX

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Saturday Sunshine - Stolen Moments

Fell off the radar for a while there - probably down to sleep deprivation, it never seems to go away.

Anyways given the everyday stresses I seem to have been encountering EVERY day recently I've decided to take some time just for me and what better way to do that than to delve into some 'Simple Abundnce'.  It's been a while but I just love the calm that comes over me as I read through the day's gift from Sarah Ban Breathnacht.  And somehow it always brings the needed message.

Today's about finding solitude.  Finding that precious time for yourself , time to unwind and recharge the batteries.  So that's just what I intend to do today.  Somehow, over the past few months, I've managed to fill up that time I had carved out for me.  It's funny, we spend every waking and sleeping hour in our own company but still manage to forget that we are there.

So I am welcoming myself back and indulging myself in some quality time and the promise of lots more to come.  When was the last time you listened to your constant companion?

Have a fun weekend.

Catherine @ The MacsX


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