Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nominated for Teacher of the Year and Thoughts on Power

I've been nominated for Teacher of the Year given by the International Association of Professional Quilters! This is my second nomination. I have no illusions of winning. I'm simply and deeply touched that a student of mine would take the time to nominate me. It feels so good that I can touch people's lives in a meaningful way.  It's also a great way to start of the year.

And nine days into the new year, I keep journaling and thinking about what I want this year to be for me. I know I want to continue my journey of learning to trust my intuition, developing intention, being authentic and holding my own power. It's not easy. I'm most certainly not a saint. In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron says, "The first rule of magic is self-containment. You must hold your intention within yourself, stoking it with power. Only then will you be able to manifest what you desire." I remember how deeply reading this affected and still affects me. It helped me understand that many of the people in my life didn't have my best interest at heart so I needed to release them with love. Now I am surrounded by much healthier people. I also had to admit to myself that most of my life had been based on meeting the needs and expectations of others and that had to change.

What does the word power mean to you?

Do you think of yourself as powerful? For me, it wasn't easy.

Do you think you are more powerful in the domain of "being" or "doing"?
For me, it's definitely doing but I am working on also feeling powerful in being.

You know how much I love typography. The poster is by Francesca Ramos, a 22 year old graphic design student. Isn't it wonderful? You can download it for free courtesy of the artist! I have and it's going to hang on my wall as a reminder. As always, thanks for sharing with me.


  1. Congratulations on your nomination! I haven't thought much about power lately, but I guess I do feel more powerful once I start doing. The problem is getting motivated to start.

    1. Thanks! Any clues is to the why? Hugs, Karen

  2. Congratulations on your nomination! That is quite an honor. I have never had a lot of success in changing myself. It is when I stop thinking about it and give myself fully to my creator that the change and power come:) I too have struggled with only finding definition in doing rather than recognizing my value in just being-a work in progress. Again, congratulations-you do compelling work!


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