February 2009

Twelve Secrets of Highly Creative Women is a great book that inspires creativity, connection and collaboration. It suggests that to live out one’s creative potential it is imperative to know what one wants.  What do you want? What do you want from life? What do you want to create? How do you want to live your life? What do you value? What are your priorities?

Can you relate to any of these Postive Priorites listed in the chapter Living in Abundance?

1. Time for creative exploration

2. Fulfilling work

3. Encouraging partners, friends, and community

4. Personal growth experiences such as psychotherapy, body work and workshops

5. Nurturing living spaces

6.  Good health including nutrition, meditation, and exercise

7. Continued learning opportunities

8. Self-protection from negativity and toxic people

9. Reflective time such as vacations, health spas, and retreats

10. Spiritual practices and beliefs that support their process

11. Independence in action and thought

12. Solitude as needed

13. Inner security and centeredness

14. Connection with nature and the arts

15. Activities that stimulate inspiration

16. Balance

Are any of these on your priority list? Would you be willing to make more of these a priority in your life?



Do you LOVE where you live?

How long have you lived where you do? Do you LOVE it? What are your living arrangements like? Is it your HOME? Or is it just the place where you are living? And the location? Is it your HOME town? Do you feel inspired and energized by where you live? Do you find comfort, joy and reassurance or do you long for somewhere else?

I’m getting ready to move – again… It’s become almost like an annual migration. Like a gypsy, or a bird, or a butterfly… The seasons change, the energy shifts, Arianna gets new wings, new ideas and off she goes again.

Each time I move I learn more about myself, more about my place in the world, more about others, and much, much more about the value of my environment. I’ve experienced a wide, wide variety of living arrangements. I’ve become flexible, adaptable and significantly more adept at knowing what I works well for me and what doesn’t.

I’ve lived alone. I’ve lived with MANY. I’ve lived with men, women, boyfriends, sisters, couples, family, friends and new faces. I’ve had pets, plants, and views. I’ve lived in warm houses, cold houses, trailers, cabins, apartments, college dorms, studios, bottom floors, and top floors. I lived in California, Alaska, British Colombia and Maine. I lived in Ecuador for a month above a jazzercise and a mini-market, with a roof-top kitchen and out-door concrete laundry basin. We washed our clothes under puffy white clouds with expansive views of the city, sharp green mountain peaks, and endless skies.

I’ve been blessed by abundance, serendipity and wonderful connections. Moving has felt scary and exciting, daunting, doubtful and energizing. It has always worked out.  And generally in ways more wonderful than I could ever have imagined.

“The Shoebox” era is coming to a close… In the next few months – by July to be specific – I will be entering a new phase. I want to live in a house. I like living with others. The right roommates. I want to share a home with one to a few who are fun, respectful, healthy, active, communicative, open-minded and willing. I want big windows, bright sunshine, open space, a user-friendly kitchen, a bath tub – a private bathroom would be great! So would a big closet (s). I want cats and a dog (s), a garden to putter in – tomatoes, peas, carrots and squash, herbs, and berries.  I want quiet, peaceful, relaxing, friendly, and comfortable, shared cooking and meals, cleaning duties and chores. I want a fireplace and skylights. Quiet and safe – a nurturing, restorative, easy place to call home.

The Berkeley Hills? Carmel? Monterey? The North Bay? San Francisco?

Where will my next home be?

I love being able to walk out my door for a run or  hike. I love hills and views. I love south facing windows and well-built homes.

I’m excited for the unfolding…  and look forward the change. Thank you!!!

What are some things you value in your home environment? Do you live alone or with other people? Do you live in the city? In town? In the country? In a suburb? A neighborhood? A development? Do you have a yard? A driveway? A garden? Do you have pets? Kids? A partner? Do you cook? Clean? What is your ideal arrangement? If yours is not ideal, what can you do today to make it more optimal ?


Another amazing weekend!!!

Morning adventures.

Crazy taxi drivers.

New York  Subway.

Snowy streets of West Village at 5:30 in the morning.

French fries at The Shake Shack.

Cafe Blossom.

Avery on his way to study in Sengal.

Penthouse views.

Frozen Central Park.