Jes Lee

Turning things around

It started out like most Mondays…

things weren’t working right, my coffee wasn’t kicking in fast enough, all the typical Monday stuff that leave me overwhelmed under a pile of to-do lists. 
Somehow I managed to get things organized at home and get myself on my bike to pedal to my studio.
Along the way, instead of letting myself focus on everything I’m worried about with the impending deadline of this project (omg! less than 2 months!!!) I chanted in my head ‘Let it go’, thinking about the poem I linked to in one of my previous posts. Yeah, it sounds a bit cheesy I suppose, but it worked! I ended up having a fairly successful day in my darkroom, and was able to stop working a bit early, after a few difficult photos weren’t working out, and not feel like I was just quitting and giving up. I actually have a good print to work on tomorrow when I go back. Somedays, I guess a little chanting is all it takes. 

In other news, I really wish I could get on with re-decorating our condo. Of course, I don’t dare start due to the (omg! less than 2 months!!!) deadline I have coming up, but really, I can dream can’t I? This blog post came through my Google Reader, and oh my! I would love to have a pretty desk to do something like that to! I would put this quote on it:

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” — Louise Erdrich

The quote is from a book called ‘The Painted Drum’ by Louise Erdrich. She is a favorite author of mine, and you can see her Goodreads page here: I keep daydreaming of that desk with that quote on it. Of course, we are painting, not planning on buying new furniture, including desks, but, you never know! :)

More soon :)