Thursday, September 5, 2013

It Spoke to Me

Day 1: Sept. 5, 2013

I drink decaf and I shop for groceries a lot.  I am a mom and I play the violin and I don't consider myself a writer and I definitely don't consider myself a visual artist.  I have a husband, two goats and two human kids all of whom make me mostly happy, but sometimes piss me off, which I'm pretty sure is normal.  I love to hike and camp and be on vacation doing these things, which happens sometimes, but not that often.

And the thing is, I really like to buy coffee at the grocery or anywhere, for that matter.  So one day, I actually looked in the garbage can after tossing the 5th disposable coffee cup that week, and I got really freaked out. There were so many coffee cups in there.  It was like a sea of coffee cups.  An entire ocean of cups just waiting there to get dumped into the actual ocean.

That day when I got home, I looked in my cup cabinet, and there was a reusable coffee cup with a lid.  I looked at if for a while, and I swear, it spoke to me.  It said, "use me, and write about it."  I know, weird, because I'm not a writer, and I'm not sure if writing about it is the point. I've been using it along with a couple of other cups my husband brought home from work ever since.  I'm not sure how long ago that was.

I love the cup.  It reminds me that there is hope for the future.  That maybe the coffee cup sea is a tiny bit smaller because of it.  And if I forget the cup at home, I am despondent until I can get home and make my own cup of decaf.

And something else happened, too.  I accidentally bought a book.  Its called A Daily Creativity Journal, 365, Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life.  I was at an art store with an artist friend of mine who was giving me advice about what art supplies to buy for my kids, and I picked up this book absent mindedly.  I carried it around the store absent mindedly and bought it along with the other supplies I was holding in my hand.  So there it was.  I had this book and decided to read it, and now I'm doing a 3x5 water color every day.  I'm on day three.  And I'm fully expecting for my life to change.

I have no idea what else is going to happen, but I'm going to work hard at three things every day for one year:

1)At all costs, refrain from buying a disposable coffee cup or grocery bag
2)apply water color paint to a 3x5 piece of paper
3)write a daily paragraph, a sentence or a word or two about 1) and 2)

Here's today's water color:


  1. I'm a fan of your 3-step program, and I think you underestimate your writing ability.

  2. This will definitely keep you sane. That and day care.

  3. I am so proud of you. You are a treasure in this world. A superb mother & human being. You are also a thrilling musician. Go Sophie!!!

  4. This is Great Stuff Sophie :o) And i love the painting that looks to me like the disposable coffee cup that spoke to you. There it is sitting on the red scorched earth with greenery behind Trying to make it through purple pollution boiling out of it's contents!