January 14, 2018
Daily Notes, From the Editor
Who has recovered from the holidays? My tree is still up, for today. New pink roses and ranunculus in a vase soften the shadow of what is now Christmas past as they filter January's light.
My word for the year is actually two words, which seems fitting considering it is a mystical "11" year (2+0+1+8=11) and of course, one plus one is two. The words I chose are creative focus.
Creative focus means something I have yet to completely understand (after all it is still January) but I long to embody and master. Ideas float into my dreams, surfacing in a fit of delight and followed, sometimes, by a flurry of creative action. I have been known to create beautiful things. I have also been known to spend far too much time going down rabbit holes and chasing shiny objects that do not serve my larger goals. It can be so hard to let ideas go. But I must if I am to make room for what I treasure most to grow.
Oh, do you do this too? Of course, you do. It is a sign of the creative goddess, it means she is alive and well inside you. She is, like most things, a paradox--a blessing who can result in madness.
After creativity sprinkles all of her fascinating new ideas upon me, overwhelm usually lurks just around the corner. This will be a year I am ready. This will be a year I focus the fairy dust on what matters most. The rest of what the goddess delivers I will either write down in a journal to save for another season, or share with a friend seeking ideas, or simply let go.
Lucia, our third print issue, and a new offering I envision accompanying its arrival are my creative focus now. I hope to send this issue to print as the Spring Equinox arrives in mid-March. There is still work to do. This may also be the year Lucia begins to publish a new online journal--much like a seed that has not yet sprouted, it is germinating. This may also be the year I host a retreat for creative women somewhere in our beautiful, majestic Pacific Northwest. But first, the issue.
My little rose MacBook has completed its lengthy software update, so my short break to write to you is over. Back to sprinkling pixie dust on Lucia...
Oh and I'd love to hear. Do you have a word for this year? And, how do you practice focused creativity? I am seeking good advice.
Laura Lowery is the founder, editor and publisher of Lucia. She does her best to lead a creative life. Whether triumphant or stumbling, Laura shares daily notes (that are often weekly) here on luciajournal, including stories, behind-the-scenes happenings, little doses of inspiration, and large quantities of curiosity and heart. She is pleased to meet you.