4 Friday Favs

The other morning I was sitting outside, enjoying the warmth & change in weather we’ve been experiencing when somebody called to ask me if I’d consider teaching them to private painting classes. The answer was YES!

This got my attention and so this week, I’ve been preparing for Art classes to begin. I’m teaching a series designed for somebody with knowledge of painting and am really excited about it. Not long after that, there will be other series for small groups : a series teaching using chalk pastels and a painting class for beginners. For those who aren’t aware of it, I’ve been painting and photography since I was little which is quite some time ago!

I'm listening to ...

Podcasts - all sorts of them! They're the perfect companion to distract me from thinking when I'm exercising. I know plenty people love to run, bike, swim, go to the gym, etc. but me? — I don’t enjoy it until after I'm completely finished and have walked away! So distractions in the form of podcasts help me immensely.

My 2 current favorites are The Moth with its glimpses behind the scenes of our favorite stories & life events.

Next is Tim Ferriss’s podcast, with numerous interviews that are usually pretty informative and inspiring in one way or another.

Another one I'm just starting to explore is called Mr. Money Mustache and he is a thirtysomething retiree who "writes about how we can all live a frugal yet Badass life of leisure”. There’s something in it for everybody and more than just about being frugal, it presents ways of being more mindful and less unconsciously grasping.

I’m considering …

Getting more formal in my Spanish language education. I grew up having Dutch and Spanish spoken (and English too) in our household and while it gave me a fearless approach to these languages, I’ve always felt as if I approach them as a child would and so am limited in my knowledge. So I’m thinking it’s about time I gave a little effort to learning Spanish and improving on what I know.

“The Peace of Wild Things”

by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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