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* Last weekend Master took me a place that had special memories for me. It was a place that my ex-husband and I used to go. I didn't want to re-write those memories, but I just wanted memories with Master there. It was almost 17 years to the day that I was there last with my ex-husband - Master I were there. Master and I had a great time and made some amazing memories! I appreciate him making time in his schedule to make that happen for me and us.
* This week many of those areas are covered with water and being evacuated. It is so sad.
* Friends: Excited to see friends, who we haven't seen a while, this week. We have been enjoying the company of another friend this past week. Thankful for a conversation with a friend that helped me in some areas I am struggling. Thankful to yet another friend creating an interesting week by throwing me under the bus a few times. :)
* Our town has had a more active community the last several months. Master and I have become more active in it. We are enjoying getting to know people. Something we were really wanting were discussions and demos and that has been happening.
* Because of being more active - you might have noticed I have been more active in blogging as I have had more ideas for topics. Which is why I am going to be blogging about some basic things, because our community does have quite a lot of people new to BDSM.
* Drama and gossip happens in all groups. But I can say that is one thing I didn't miss about being active in a community. It has been hard, because as much as I have missed community - sometimes the drama and group think really can take a toll on me and I think I survived for 10 years without it so do I really need it?
* I am about embracing the whole community though. Even those that I don't agree with or even people I don't like that much - we all are still part of the people under the same umbrella - BDSM community. If we can't come together for the better of the community then we have no business talking. It kind of reminds me of the quote that Dr. Brene Brown uses in her book Daring Greatly by Theodore Roosevelt - "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." I am in the arena and I doing my best and doing what is right for everyone in the community - not just myself. Because of course it is for myself - I want community so there is something there for me. But I see a bigger picture and maybe that was because I was so involved with a great community in Ohio.
* End of February Master updated my phone to an iPhone. I have been taking photos non-stop since then. I submitted some photos to an author when they had a call for submissions. I really didn't think I would be chosen, but I was, so one of my photos will be published in a book.
* Master and I have been traveling so much.We have put 20,000 miles on the car in 9 months.
* I had an end of the summer cold that lasted 2 weeks. I still have some cough, but the cold is gone.
* This year has been a great year for me creatively - art, photography and poetry. I just have put so much of myself into it and I feel the joy coming of it in waves.
* Having lots of joy through creativity, but I am also struggling with loss of myself in movement. My body is giving way to illness and I am having to learn how to do things differently now.
* Gratitude is a practice - that I try to engage in daily. Thought I would share some from of my positives from my life the last couple months: Poetry dates, taking photos of old buildings, spankings from Master, meeting new friends, dressing up, naps, being published, art time, brownies, game night, laughing, tea, therapy, bruises that make me smile every time I look at them, a clean house, Chinese food while watching John Stewart, playing in the park (not BDSM play just having fun in a park - dancing, taking goofy photos and so on), fans for hot summer days, mindfucks, sleep, doodles, pretty drives and time with Master, pink toenails, hot fudge sundaes, books, art supplies, and productive days. I could go on and on. I really love the practice of gratitude as it helps me with my daily outlook on life. Helps me move forward on pain filled days where I start to feel hopeless.
* Adding this....we just revamped our website and Master and I both talked about moving our blogs completely over there. How would you feel about having one place for M's and my blog? I will tell you I will have a little bit of a problem moving, but only for sentimental reasons of blogging on blogspot for 13 years next month. But thought I would throw it out to the actual people reading my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me.