Saturday, December 31, 2011

Winter Drives

Winter drive by springknitter
Winter drive, a photo by springknitter on Flickr.

It's hard to imagine that a little over a week ago we were packing our bags and leaving Florida. This country is amazing. The ability to maneuver ourselves through so many different cultures and climates within the same nation always gives me a sense of appreciation for where I live.

It's obvious by now that A and I love to travel. I've come to the conclusion that this is how we allow ourselves to have "luxury." We don't have fancy electronics or top of the line furniture. We don't like to vacation at resorts or high end hotels. We almost never go shopping unless we need something specific. But when we've saved up some money we suddenly get the urge to go, go, go! And go we did....

In the past 2 months we've traveled to see family, friends and people we love and miss. Tiring as it may be sometimes it is how we celebrate life and grow relationships. We never regret the effort.

So having slept in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, I am reminded of how lucky we are to have these places accessible to us. But also that we are willing to access them :)

Happy New Year and Happy Travels to all those on the road or in the air this season!

BPositive and BFree to Travel!

Love always,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thank you mountains

I'm driving north today with A. We've crossed through 5 different states since left our Florida home on Tuesday morning. Anticipation has been a common theme in our house this past week. Sometimes you just want to get to your destination! 

But as always I am reminded that this life is never about the destination. If that were true we'd always be looking forward. And surely we'd miss a lot of what is right here in front of us. I like to remind myself that tomorrow will always come, and I will always be there, wherever that happens to be!

I'd like to thank the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina for this generous reminder today to be present wherever I am.

Thank you mountains by springknitter
Thank you mountains, a photo by springknitter on Flickr.

BPositive and BPresent this holiday season!

Love always,

Monday, December 19, 2011


Roots by springknitter
Roots, a photo by springknitter on Flickr.

As the holidays approach and the impending new year is upon us I feel a change coming.

New opportunities have arisen and inspiration is striking full force once more. It has my gears turning constantly hence occasionally being up in the middle of the night. But I don't find this troublesome. Tired at times, yes but more so excited about the near future and what it holds.

The other day I sat in a very informal meeting with some new colleagues. These are people who want to change the world one project at a time. They are my new teachers for many reasons. They have knowledge in their fields of expertise, they have creativity and motivation, and they are excited to learn new things themselves. Because of this I know we will have great success together.

The focus of our meeting was to talk about the beginning stages of an impending community garden. My mentor and friend, S shared her gift of community knowledge with us and we all agreed that for this garden to get up and running it would be essential to get the community involved right from the brainstorming phase. We can't just use they're labor we must involve they're Minds and they're Hearts.

This old concept crept up again into the front of my mind . ROOTS. A community anything; a garden, a school, a business, requires heart and soul at the very roots of its life. And what better way to illustrate that concept but with a garden? All plants thrive off of a healthy root system. If the roots are tampered with the plants will cease to grow.

During this meeting I had one of those moments. Contentment. Security. The feeling that this was exactly where I belonged. Gardening will soon be more than harvesting radishes and planting Bok Choy. Gardening will be a tool in which we can form strong, bonded, soulful communities. With all this to look forward to, I will use my upcoming vacation with family to have rest in my heart and start rejuvenated for the new year.

I'd like very much to dedicate this post to my dear friend G in Scotland. He inspires me to keep writing and continue to pursue all the things that I am passionate about. And he's never shy with his encouragement and support in everything I do. Please take the time to read his incredibly Insightful blog called Trans Atlantic Traveler ( I'm really proud of his life journey right now and feel inspired by his honesty.

In this holiday season there is so much to be thankful for. Let's focus on what we have right in front of us and live presently in these moments. I wish everyone a peaceful and restful holiday. Till next time...

BPositive and BFree!

Love always,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Glove Love

I have been really enjoying this season of knitting. It has been the first time that I have not been afraid to buy yarn and knit up something without a pattern. I design as I go and see where it takes me. There are have been some that I love and others I'm not terribly fond of, but as this season comes to a close I wanted to have a blog with all my favorite glove creations. With support from my husband A, my creative inspiration Miss B and all my close family and friends, I feel as though I have stumbled upon something I really love to do. I've begun to understand how to showcase my work and display it in a way that makes others want what I make! (hard to believe, but yes, I am a first time glove model....) I knit alone, I take pictures alone, but then I get to share my goods with others and that's what makes me happiest of all! Whether it is simply a hobby for the rest of my life or turns into something much larger, I am grateful for this creative start.

The gloves. Fall 2011.

retro gold minis 1 by springknitter

  by springknitter

pinkfrostingonhand by springknitter

  by springknitter



BPositive and BFree to make what you Love!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

14 days of appreciation: day 14

Commitment by springknitter
Commitment, a photo by springknitter on Flickr.

It's day 14. The end of my appreciation project. I must have really been sensing the impending close of my commitment because, frankly, I don't feel like writing today! It's exactly what happens at the end of something for me. Partly it's because I want the final stretch to be truly special and extra strong, but the other part is it's just plain hard to end something when you've had such a rhythm!

But like the end of the marathon I will be finishing as strong as possible. It's been an exhausting day of ups and downs, talking and knitting, working and planning. But on this final blog about appreciation, I appreciate commitment. I appreciate that we can set goals and stick to them even when it sometimes feels cumbersome or inconvenient. These past two weeks, I did not waiver even on the longest days and the latest nights. It has restored my faith in my ability to truly commit to something.

Thank you all for reading and encouraging. I will likely be creating new channels for writing in the very near future. Stay tuned!

BPositive and BCommited!!

Love always,