September 10, 2015

On writing. I think.

                                                And when we can sit solely with and 
                                                between the heart, soul, and line.
                                                Through the lens of faith.
                                                Being pulled by the stories.
                                                           Simply writing.
                                                It takes something.
                                                It goes places.
                                                Line by line. 
                                                And so it goes.
                                                On writing.
                                                I think.

September 3, 2015

Soul Song

Surely, everyone has a soul song.  The song that says so much and feels like it was written about you and for you.  Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie feels like my soul song.

July 7, 2015

When Writing Is Like This

Writing is a tough climb.  Mental conversations begin. Stop. Turn back.  

In the climb, I reach a decision point. This is the point where I need to get clear on what this writing is and why I am writing. The point where I gain clarity on why I am keeping on.  A new conversation emerges. Keep on.

My writing is a work in progress.  A partnership between this moment and the very next step.
Lean in. Keep on. Build writing wings.  Enjoy the energy.

And on that climb I often give my writing a special moment to read a piece of literature that excites my writing practice:

'He listened to her with silent attention, and her ceasing to speak, rose directly from his seat, and after saying in a voice of emotion, 'To your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby, that he may endeavor to deserve her,' took leave and went away.   Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

And then, I keep writing.

June 24, 2015

Just enough for the next step

The theme.
Just enough for the next step
The thread in my stories.

As I begin to look, I am catching glimpses of
this theme in my experiences and in my story.

Letting the answers take hold of my heart.  
 Simply writing it all down in whatever form it lands.

June 17, 2015

the Goliath in the room

As I enter into my creative space, someone insists on coming along with me.  It is never invited and comes in anyway.  It is my Goliath.  This uninvited visitor is called performing and positioning.

Performing and positioning looks like thinking about the outcome and needing it to look a certain way. At times it feels like I am on stage delivering a line in front of a crowd. Using hashtags to position myself in certain places.  Saving ideas, insights, and words for a later day or never. These are just a few ways performing and positioning make their way to my creative life.  These have taken me to stuck places and have stopped me, in their own unique way, from doing the work that needs to be done.

So I pray for new insights into how to tackle this Goliath that keeps inviting himself.  Today, the insight comes in the form of peacefully fruitful.  I want my work to be a faithful and peaceful response to promptings from the Spirit.

My peacefully fruitful insight looks like this today:

  • the outcome doesn't matter. walk into the unexpected.
  • i am not on stage. it is a life. a joyful response to the Spirit. my beacon.
  • hashtags are fun.  use them purposefully and sparingly.
  • saving creates overwhelm.  savor and share openly. 

Goliath will come with full force or in subtle ways. And because I don't expect him to knock next time, clarifying ways to respond is today's prompting.

June 16, 2015

Studio space blessings

Last week I started rearranging and moving out so much
of what I have accumulated in my creative space. Because
hashtags are fun, I called the project #studiospaceblessings.

The #studiospaceblessings project is not about letting go of things
although I have.  It is about inviting only that which is peacefully fruitful.
It asks for a beacon, clarity, and walking in the unexpected.

May 15, 2015

Bundle Maker: Tea Bag Bundle Video and Giveaway

So excited to be sharing the next video and offering a giveaway.
I love tea especially dark chocolate tea.
I created some tea bag bundles for you of various flavors.

Leave a comment and one person will receive one bundle of tea.
I would love to know what you like to do most while drinking tea.
Random selection on Saturday night.

Bundle includes 6 tea packages of two different yummy flavors.
The other two bundles are part of my giveaway on Instagram. 
So come over to Instagram too!  

May 14, 2015

New Video Series: Bundle Maker

So excited about a new video series called Bundle Maker.
Inspired by one my #essentiallystorytellers stories shared
in previous post.  I am just going to have some fun and
prepare all kinds of bundles. Beginning the series with
a stamped wrapping paper bundle. 

Bundle Maker: Stamped Wrapping Paper Bundle from ludid ryu on Vimeo.

Stamping and folding.  Bundle ready for snail mail projects or gifts.

May 11, 2015

A Writing Practice: Essentially Storytellers

Earlier this year I started a new writing series that 
I share on Instagram called Essentially Storytellers.
This is a practice I started for myself as a way to embrace
writing in a different way.  It has been a way for me to reconstruct
certain stories and play with my imagination.
They are truly a joy to write. 

I have had this small notebook for years never knowing what 
use it for exactly.  When I started writing this series it became
the perfect capture tool.

Below is a story called Bundle Maker: 

What she recorded in her notebook was the title she would
print on her business cards right below her name:  #bundlemaker.
Then she added that the first item she would bundle up would be
old pages from a rain gardens field guide.
-ludid ryu

Follow me @ludidryu on Instagram to read more
from the #essentiallystorytellers series.

Have a beautiful Monday.

April 23, 2015

Enter and Embrace Podcast #5: Let Your Heart Breathe Moments

"listen to the quietude, the silence and the solitude of after-rain," 
 --from the book Listen to the Rain.

When I think about what makes me take a deep breath, it is mostly when it rains and the moment after it rains.  There is certain freshness that I want to breathe in.  Then I think about how rain makes my heart breathe too and how much it expands.

My heart breathes when I spend time in God's word and his grace.  It breathes when I read words that
touch my soul, when the Lord highlights words that comfort and guide- my heart breathes, when I can share my faith in creative ways that extend hope-it breathes, when I dwell in the hope that all is well in the hands of breathes.

Psalms 147:8 says, 
He covers the heavens with clouds; 
He prepares rain for the earth; 
He makes grass grow on hills. 

I am intentionally noticing these moments.  Releasing those that do not let my heart breathe and making adjustments to moments that are part of daily life that could be more let my heart breathe moments.

What are your let my heart breathe moments?

April 20, 2015

Bookbinding project

early this morning on the table.

bundles of artwork ready for binding.
i think bundles is my favorite word.

More about this project here.

April 17, 2015

Binding past artwork

I have boxes of  artwork from years of creating-collages and such.
So I decided to bind it all.  I tried not to think about what went where.  
I just gathered the artwork folded them into signatures and bound them.

Then I can just put them on my bookcase or 
on coffee table to enjoy like a book.  Perhaps I will journal on them too.

April 9, 2015

Breathing rain

Sometimes I wonder why I love cloudy days so much.
Why do I love #breathingrain?

And then again, 
I'd rather just receive it and live it.

March 26, 2015

Well before dawn

Well before dawn.  Rising this early for me continues to be a daily rhythm.  It is a great opportunity to begin with freshness and goodness daily.  I love how slowly the light begins to emerge. There is goodness there.

February 27, 2015

Rekindling gentleness

morning chamomile tea 

'Like a camomile bed-
The more it is trodden
The more it will spread,'
-old poem

Gentleness is a trait that is often overlooked.
Passed by for a more assertive choice.
Perhaps we think gentleness is contrary
to strength and focus.

Doesn't it require great strength 
to respond with gentleness?

Rekindling Gentleness within.
The call to gentleness.

'Let your gentleness be evident to all.' 
Philippians 4:5

Attentive hearts. Presence heightened.
 Expressions noticed.
In everything and everywhere.
-Locality of the Heart-

February 13, 2015

Letting Heart Breathe

Our heart and soul are certainly a source of wisdom.
They tell us when it's time to let our heart breathe.

The next few months, I will be spending time building
 some projects that are so so close to my heart and soul:
My little piece of light.

Letting God grant peace in my boundaries.
Solidify tools to help me see
God more in those projects. 
With God leading the way.

The question I would love to leave you with today is

What would feel like a blessing for you this day?

You can always find me on Instagram or
send me a note below:

February 12, 2015

From the Inside Out

Several weeks ago I started working through the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Tidying up in categories.  Clothes have been sorted, taken through the joy filter, and donated.  It's incredible how light it already feels.  So now let me backtrack a bit.

In December 2014, the Lord took me to Psalms 147:14.  'He makes peace in your borders; and fills you with the finest of wheat.' It immediately became my guiding verse.  The one that took me to my phrase of the year Draw Me Closer.  The verse that wonderfully wraps me.

When I had the opportunity to reflect on what project I needed to focus on these next months as part of a beautiful circle of women, my heart eventually led me to my home.  The way I needed to begin growing peace in my borders was by creating #homespaceblessings.  This is one way to begin making mental and physical space.

1.  The clothes have been sorted, taken through the joy filter, and donated.  Yay!
2.  All our books are stacked up in one area.  It is a happy kind of overwhelm.  The goal this week
is to take all the books and magazines through the joy filter.  I had been wondering about the best way to donate the books.  Last week, I received an e-mail from my son's school about the yearly book swap.  They will be receiving donations starting next week so it's perfect timing.  Any extra books that don't get swapped will be donated to classrooms and a local medical clinic.

The interesting thing about this project is how the concept of tidying up in categories transferred to something much more meaningful.  It is already beginning to feel like I entered a doorway to tidy up and fell right into wonderland.

1.Identified 4 top major categories that describe God's leading for me.  It all starts here: flourishing assuring rhythm, home space blessings, joy of art making, and essentially storytellers.  Let's face it, adding creative language to practices is a joyful process.
2.  The next step was to evaluate everything I have going on in all areas and identify 2 or 3 projects that fit the categories mentioned.

Getting rid of the excess or creative overwhelms is huge.  Now I can begin to focus on really matters.
It may sound really simple, but I am trying to understand it in my own way in order to follow through.

This is where I am.  More importantly, it is an important step to let peace in my borders grow the way God needs it to grow. The way God is guiding me in his own way; in his own timing; in unlikely ways; in unexpected ways is life-changing.

So let the work begin.

February 5, 2015

Peace in my boundaries

My original plan was to write a detailed story of this new season.  The heart whispered
'let's make peace in our boundaries'. Now something I have learned is that God almost always guides me in unexpected ways. Even though I am focusing on these categories for the rest of the year, I am already beginning to feel so much freedom, presence, vibrancy,and surprise. 

January 8, 2015

Draw Me Closer

'The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.'
Psalms 145:18

'He makes peace in your borders'
Psalms 147:14

Guiding words and promises.