love thursdays.

Feb 7, 2008 | Life in Progress

i feel so wordless lately. i suppose it’s because i’ve been lost in thousands and thousands of my own words while editing the manuscript. it’s already been through one round of edits with jessica, my very patient and lovely editor. now it’s my turn. of course i’ve totally underestimated the amount of time needed for such endeavors so there have been some long days around here. the perfectionist in me wants to dissect and rework and rearrange paragraphs and write more and on and on. it’s quite the process..deciding what to add, what to cut, what parts don’t feel quite right and how to fix them, etc. but the good news is this: i feel really solid about this book. it’s coming together. it’s got heart. and ideas. and projects + techniques. and a lot of musings and thoughts. i’m thankful for loving it right now because a few weeks ago i was afraid. afraid that the heart never made it into the original manuscript and that i’d have to do some serious soul digging to find it. but, it’s there. it’s there.

today, my dog bella and i did something we’ve never done before. we walked directly across the street and entered the park, full to the brim with grass and trees and land. ‘no dogs allowed’ my ass (pardon me). today we were rebellious. today, we found all sorts of new treasures just outside our front door. today we ran and tried to eat goose poop (i mean she tried to eat goose poop) and did a pretty good job at distracting ourselves while missing our favorite person in the world: john.

i’m trying to use the personal time alone to remember this (because it has always been true and something we talk about often):

“The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, “I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.” (Jim Rohn)
isn’t beautiful that all we have to do is take care of ourselves, nurture our spirits, the being that we are, and that by doing these very things we give the greatest gift of all: our whole and true and happy selves to the people in our lives. love how that works. sometimes, though, i need the reminder.

Sending much love,

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  1. dfh
  2. Kelly

    editing is the pits. good luck with it and I can’t wait for your book. you are such an inspiration to me. I really enjoyed your articles in Cloth, Paper, Scissors-especially the last one on Blogging.

  3. Carol

    Thought I left a comment ` hope this is not a repeat ~ Thanks for your article in Colth paper scissors & your suggestion about posting on blogs ~ so here I am ~

    Carol McKenna

  4. Carol

    Just finished reading your article in cloth paper scissors ~ Excellent and so I am taking your advice & posting comments on blogs ~ Hope you will check out my blog also ~

    thanks for your great art and writing ~ Happy Creating ~ Carol (artmusedog)

  5. Shannon

    Love your post. Beautiful quote and oh so true.

  6. jessamyn

    crazy powerful, this truth of taking care of ourselves. i needed the reminder today…oh yes…everyday. thanks for shedding the light!:)
    i have been chekcing in on this space of yours for a little while now, but I finally am trying to reach out and connect with people.
    you’re an inspiration!

  7. Katrina

    i’m so glad you and bella are having some fun adventures while john is away (even though he’s still your favorite person, of course). and i couldn’t agree w/ you more about the editing process and under-estimating how long it will take. i just blogged about this, this morning. how do i under-estimate every time i conceive of a creative project!?! i guess it’s all part of the learning curve, the getting to know our selves curve, the creative curve. oh the curves! happy friday to you dear lady.

  8. patty craft

    hi little sister!

    i’d never heard the quote before and I love it. have added it to my collection. and am using it on my blog today with a link to yours ;-).

    so looking forward to seeing you next month. keep the faith.

    peace & love,

  9. GreenishLady

    That is beautiful. That filled my heart up, reading that.

  10. stacy kathryn

    I really like the quote. Glad to hear the book is coming together so wonderfully. Can’t wait to be able to own a copy.

  11. Anonymous

    kelly rae i just LOVE you!!!!!
    Thanks for being you!!!!

  12. gem

    thanks for this love.

  13. liz elayne

    thinking about you my friend…

    beautiful words full of much heart and truth.

    sending love and peace your way…

  14. BigCat

    I enjoy your blog so much and have been totally inspired by your art, your articles in CPS and your honesty and openess. The first time I came across your work was at a major crossroad in life when a copy of Cloth Paper Scissors found its way to me one night at Borders. I too am a girl on an incredible journey and am so glad to have discovered some like minded peeps to travel with.

    Thank you.

    You can check out my new blog at

  15. Jessica New

    You are always EXACTLY where you are supposed to be at any given moment in your life. It’s all part of the journey! No Dogs Allowed, My Ass! Rebels Rock!!
    Just a small world… My name is Jessica, My Best Friend’s name is Kelly, My baby girl’s middle name is Rae (Kaia Rae).
    YEAH Serendipity!!
    Take Care of Yourself….

  16. jacki janse van rensburg

    i just love your blog! you are such an amazing, inspiring person. i talked about you on my blog today, and placed a link to you there. thank you for being a little ray of sunshine, all the way to south africa.

  17. Laurie

    Hi Miss Kelly,
    Just thought I would drop by and say Hi…it has been so long! Glad to hear that your manuscript is coming along…and that it has heart…I never would have doubted that…I think it has always been there, but sometimes seeing the essence is difficult esp. when one is awash in pages!!! Can’t wait to see how all of your efforts come to fruition.
    You take care…and enjoy those precious weekends with John!

  18. bleeding espresso

    What a beautiful post! Best of luck with that editing–you’ve done the hardest part, which is just getting it all down on paper. Brava 🙂

    I talked just a bit about my pooches today:

    Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

    I love your dog’s name, btw 🙂

    Happy Love Thursday!


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