Monday Motivation: My power and glory

It took many years on a forever-steep learning curve to figure out how to be me apologetically and to accept every bizarre part of my past.  When I stopped worrying about having friends, or being fat, or following a predictable path, or trying to be a commercially sellable artist, I began to come into my own.  By standing strong in my uniqueness and walking with faith in a universal, positive energy and in myself, I found my power and glory.

Mia Michaels, A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys

Monday Motivation: Difference Isn’t A Problem, It’s An Asset

I used to think money had to come in a certain ‘valid’ way: for example, make money each day, save up, have a budget, etc. But I discovered that there is another way that is just as valid, and maybe even more accurate which I think of as lush, feminine wealth.  My income comes in chunks—I lived the freelance lifestyle, and there’s nothing steady about it.  A chunk here or a chunk there.  I also receive abundance in a lot of different ways—places to stay, artistic patronage, etc. It looks different from the ‘traditional’ way of earning money, I know, but this difference isn’t a problem, it’s an asset.  When I started embracing the different kinds of wealth that come to me—some that comes in W9s and money, some that comes in other forms like inspiration, kind words, support—I feel, and I am, rich.

Krista Suh, DIY Rules for a WTF World

Monday Motivation: Intentional Energies

” … it is important to keep in mind the Aristotelian notion that ‘nature abhors a vacuum.’ When we have emptied a space of that which once occupied it, if we aren’t intentional about how we want it refilled, we are simply leaving things up to chance. So after intentionally clearing a space, it is just as important to be intentional about the energies that will fill the area.”

Khi Armand, Clearing Spaces

Monday Motivation: My Soul is a Dark Forest

This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest.  That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will always try to recognize and submit to the gods in me …

— D. H. Lawrence

Medea’s Invocation

Oh night thou confidant and guide Of secrets, such as darkness ought to hide; Ye stars and moon, that, when the sun retires; Support his empire with succeeding fires; And thou, great Hecate, friend to my design; Songs, mutt’ring spells, your magick forces join; And thou, O Earth, the magazine that yields The midnight sorcerer drugs; skies, mountains and fields; Ye wat’ry Powers of fountain, stream and lake; Ye sylvan Gods, and Gods of night, awake, And gen’rously your parts in my adventures take.

—Medea’s invocation, The Metamorphoses

I’m not one for calling the quarters or even much talking during ritual or spells, but if I were, I’d take a page from Medea.

Monday Motivation: Surprising and Impressive Feats

The words I say, the actions I take, can be used for good.  Small acts can have a profound impact.  I’m the only one who can tell me I can’t do something, and I can achieve all manner of surprising and impressive feats if I can quiet that defeating voice.

—Kim Werker, “Ugly on Purpose: Demystifying the Enemy”, Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism

Monday Motivation: The Skeleton of the System

There is no such thing as the isolated mythical event, just as there is no such thing as the isolated word. Myth, like language, gives all of itself in each of its fragments. When a myth brings into play repetition and variants, the skeleton of the system emerges for a while, the latent order, covered in seaweed.

Roberto Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

Monday Motivation: The Making of Things

By bringing positive intention to the making of things and creating to soothe our own as well as others’ emotions, we can discover what it’s like to create for the greater good.  By making intentionally ugly things, we question conformity to media beauty standards, and we can see how difficult (and important) it is to create without pure aesthetics in mind.  Finally, by following our roots and connection to the DIY ethos, we see how our own work can unfold and allow us to find our best selves.

—Betsy Greer, Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism