I am back! And it is so good to be back to work. My apologies; my thyroid stopped working which meant I stopped too. And now I’m back and so is Mud and Pearls: rested, re-visioned, and revived.
I took 20 minutes the other day to chainsaw around my place, just a quickie to get in some firewood while the June-uary is happing here in California. It’s incredible what happens when I use a tool like that. My mind narrows focus, my blood starts flowing, my breath is strong and I start to feel like Wonder Woman! My back straightens, I look up and forward more, and I look ahead to the future. I will be warm. I can cut down those small pines and madrones to make wood chips to make good soil. This land will be more beautiful because of my work. I gathered up my firewood, warmed my house and got a bit of decent exercise hiking around the homestead. This is the core of Mud and Pearls. Learning a skill that adds real world skills to your life, but also gives you the tangible feeling of empowerment. Interacting with this incredible world that we live in, making it more beautiful. Feeling our bodies sing and harmonize as we challenge them and engage them, returning home feeling charged and changed.
So that’s what’s up for 2015. Getting back to that. Telling the stories of women and men who are doing that; creating classes and events so that others can have that transformative experience, and connecting you to the folks, organizations and events that can build empowerment in you! We have a Ladies Chainsaw Class on January 30th, 1-4 pm. Register here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=dim8rypab&oeidk=a07ead1rf9ddcb2fad5
The calendar tells a visual story of rural women who do everyday powerful things: clearing brush, running a farm, weaving baskets, making cob, weed-eating: but it is a visual parable of what we as women would like to be seen as: empowered, strong, making positive change in this world, beautiful, unflinching from the camera. And, women who are strong in their sexuality, unafraid to be attractive. They are themselves, and truly that is the sexiest thing about them and their portraits.