A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

Where is Summer? July 23, 2009

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Hello.  I know that I’ve only posted sporadically lately and honestly, I just don’t know where the time has gone.  As I sit here this afternoon writing this, it is raining yet again and only 62 out and a huge rain storm is heading this way tonight.  It’s jean and sweatshirt weather.  It’s saying it will hit 80’s this weekend.  We can only hope.  New England/Boston has not had a summer this year.  We’ve had about two days that we’ve reached 80 degrees since May. 

Since I have a summer birthday and love the summer and summer activities (Cape Cod, golf, day trips, walking along the beach in the early evening, dining outside with friends), this summer feels more like spring or fall.  Where has summer gone?  Can we even call it summer?  Someone at work today said there are only five weekends left of summer and I thought NO! I need more summer.  I’ve played golf a handful of times and done none of my usually summer activities.  When the sun comes out you don’t want to go to work, you just want to take advantage of it.  It puts everyone in a good mood.

A few weekends ago, I took a couple of fun classes and made 12 Christmas cards in July.  Classes were down the Cape, one of my favorite places to go.  I was able to stay with my very close friend and her family so I didn’t have to drive back and forth two days in a row.  It was so nice and I didn’t run into the normal heavy Cape traffic that weekend, much to my pleasure.   The missing sun even decided to came out after class, so I got in a little sun in as well.  That weekend I had a lot of fun and was able to combine some of my favorite things despite the weather–Cape, friends, and being creative.

Even though the sun seems to have taken it’s own vacation this summer here in Boston/New England and where we’d really like it to come back and the rain and cool weather to go on vacation, you can still be creative and have fun.   What are some of the fun things that you are doing this summer? Post a comment and share something you enjoy. 

So, here’s to the rest of July and hopefully when I go on vacation in mid-August, the sun will come back from its vacation.


Welcome June May 31, 2009

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Hello. How have you been? I can’t believe that May is ending and June is starting tomorrow morning.  How did this happen?   I love this time of year.  After a long cold winter here in the East, everyone, especially me, seems to come alive when the sun comes out.  We had a few cold, raw days last week with rain and then the sun came out yesterday and your mood just lifts.  Does this happen to you? 

I played golf yesterday for the first time in several months and realized that I need to get out more and get rid of the winter stagnet that had set in.  I also love to walk the beach near where I live.  The Clam Shop that’s been closed for the winter is open again and there are kids in the playground.  Nothing nicer than walking the beach and picking up a small plate of fresh fish to eat on the wall or sit at a table over looking the ocean or even bring home.  A taste of summer.

So, what do you need or like to do once spring has arrived and summer is a few weeks away?  Post a comment and let me know how you shake off the winter.


A Moment’s Pause May 4, 2009

I have been a member of the Jr. League of Boston, a woman’s volunteer organization in my community for close to twenty years.  Through this organization I have met several interesting and wonderful people by serving on committees, being a leader, working on special projects and enjoying social time.  Some of these women, I’ve had the privilege of becoming friends with and very good friends with others. 

Just over a week ago, I lost one of these friends after a very brief illness.  It was just about a month.  It was a shock to Linda’s family, friends and her extended community.  She touched so many lives in so many ways that I can’t begin to mention.  My friend was an amazing woman.  Linda was one of those quiet leaders who showed you how to lead by doing.  She didn’t ask for recognition but was given some well deserved awards through our organization.  She was the center of her family, active in her church and in the community.  

I had the privilege of knowing her and calling her my good friend.  Linda was an invaluable part of our Sustainer group of the JLB and she touched my life in ways that I can’t explain.  She offered advice, friendship, support and laughter.  She loved life–traveling, community service, golf, skiing, and most of all, her family, friends and faith. 

Last Thursday when we said good-bye to her, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful spring day in Boston.  She wouldn’t have it any other way.  I just want to say I will miss you my friend.  Thank you for your friendship, laughter, fun times, support and quiet way about you.  There is a sadness right now because you went so quickly and we really didn’t have a chance to say good-bye.  I know that you are already organizing a new committee, playing golf and loving where you are now.  God speed my friend.  dragongfly-purple

My friend’s very quick passing has taught me that you need to enjoy life and live it with no regrets.  Family and friends are most important and make sure that they know it.  Reach out to a friend that you haven’t been in touch with recently.  Next time your family, kids or friend asks you to do something, let the laundry sit, the house wait, shake off that tiredness and go out and and enjoy life.  Spend time with those that you love and do what you love.  Inspire others. 

Thank you for letting me take a moment’s pause to remember my friend Linda and for the delay between postings.  Please check back soon.  I am heading to the National Stationary Show in New York City in mid-May and when I return, look for some fresh ideas, new projects and inspiration.

Enjoy life and have an amazing week.