Sacro Speco {Sacred Space} & Where I’ve Been As of Late

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Its been a busy and somewhat chaotic time in my life these days.  I have had such high aspirations–many of them for this blog–and they have, quite frankly, had to fall by the wayside this month, as my husband and I have worked feverishly to put our house on the market.  I’ve also been spending my writing hours on future posts and articles that were way more difficult to write than they probably should have been.  Add to that, a huge round of auditions {and stinging rejections}, and there they are,  plain as day, {though not very romantic}–the reasons for the cobwebs and dust bunnies on the blog.

All that to say, if you’re still reading, I can’t thank you enough.  Thank you for remaining part of ‘my tribe’, and being ‘my people’.  I hope these short spurts of Sacro Speco have spoken at least a tiny bit of rest and peace into your lives.  I’ve got ideas and hopefully some fun plans for this weekly space in the future, but for now, I hope this is enough.

I’ll be sharing more inspiration in all manner of ways in the coming weeks–grace and peace to you this Palm Sunday, friends!


Twitterature: My March 2014 Reads

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It’s been far too long since I have linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s Anne and her fun monthly reading linkup, Twitterature.  I’ve been reading a fantastic stack of books, as this spring has delivered a literary feast of reads!  Between the veritable treasure trove of new releases, and current bestsellers on my nightstand, I’ve been absorbed in some outstanding books this month!

 

Show Me The Way: Daily Lenten Reads by Henri Nouwen

I first read through this Lenten reader last year, and enjoyed it so much, I’m coming back to it this season.  With a short devotional for each day beginning on Ash Wednesday and leading up to Easter, this book’s packed with Nouwen’s signature wisdom. #importantlentenreader   #somuchwisdominathinpaperback

 

Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith by Michelle DeRusha

I have been devouring my sweet friend’s debut memoir, and loving every page of it!  {It hits shelves on April 15th–pre-order your copy.}   Michelle‘s transparency and honesty in sharing her spiritual story has helped restore my faith in being authentic and real amidst a recent trend of many faith-based memoirs being released.  This book is beautiful, relatable and inspiring.  I’ll be featuring an interview with Michelle here on the blog next month celebrating her book’s release.  She has some incredible wisdom on the creative process and writing – don’t miss it.           #readit  #myfavoritekindofwriting

 

Found: A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett

I am loving this memoir that chronicles Boyett’s journey of discovery and practice of Benedictine practices in her daily life.  Micha’s writing style feels like a modern-day Kathleen Norris.      #releasesinapril  #abeautifulreadnottobemissed

 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I finally found a copy of this book at my local library, after so many bloggers and book-lovers raved about this story.  I love the whimsy and fun of this quirky read that mixes a love of old books with modern technology.  I find I get more into this read the further into the story I delve.  A delightful read for book lovers. {Oh–And one of my favorite quirky things about the book: the hardcover copy I checked out from the library glows in the dark!}      #highly recommended  #funandfrothyfiction

 

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

I feel like the last woman on the planet to read Brene’s latest book.  Its as wonderful as you’ve heard, believe the hype.  There’s so much wisdom packed into this hardcover, and Brene writes as well as she speaks.  {In fact, this book was in part born out of her famous Ted talk.}  I’ll be discussing this book at SheLoves Magazine for the online Red Couch Book Club next month – join me there for what’s sure to be a glorious discussion! #brene&opraharebesties   #packedfullofwisdom   #potentiallylifechangingread

 

What are you reading this month?

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Reclaiming March

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About the time I started  college,  I started to see passing of my days and months in my mind as a picture of a calendar, with the entire year making a visual circle.

I fully understand I am bad at articulating such an abstract concept, but I’m glad to know I’m not the only one whose brain works this way. One of my favorite bloggers Emily perfectly describes the ‘calendar-image’ phenomena I also experience.  {She jokingly tells us it ‘proves her crazy’.}

I daresay this concept is helping me visualize and reclaim a once-favorite month for proactive goodness in my creative process. 

 {If you’re still with me after that confusing introduction, I swear I have a point.}

My point is, I always looked forward to, oddly enough, the month of March.

The reason for that revolves around vocation and art.

Being a professional actor for most of my younger life, my work life centered around auditioning for and performing in tours and regional theatre productions.  {There was also a host of odd jobs while looking forward to the next job, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.}  In a typical year for a full time actor, {especially ones living in New York, Chicago, or other major cities} auditions typically were held the most during the spring, in March.

For this reason in particular,  I LOVED the month of March. The thing I remember most experientially is abundance.  There were many auditions to schedule, trips to take to audition and callbacks to prepare for.  There were audition dresses to wear {usually some form of cobalt blue for me, my favorite color}, character shoes to break in during dance callbacks, and spring air to breathe in, while singing and and acting your heart out, and hoping it was enough to ‘sing for your supper’, so to speak.  {I assure you, my glasses aren’t rose-colored.  There was also heaps of angst and anxiety, and wishing’ and prayin’, but I’ve learned that’s par for the course with an artist’s life.}

As the years went on,  my March evolved into something different.

It sadly became  just another month.   It became about a 9 to 5 job, or another month in a town I hoped to leave.  I felt like a boring grown up, and  wondered if perhaps my days of spring creativity were behind me.

This year, I’ve decided that enough is enough.

I’m Reclaiming March.

Make no mistake, I realize that yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, and one would remind me that this month is half over.   That’s duly noted.

But the beauty is, I’ve been busy this month.

Busy being creative. 

I’ve been taking virtual voice lessons, and working on my singing audition book.  I’ve been rehearsing the concert version of Sweeney Todd with a large chorale in Dallas every Tuesday night, and happily driving home tired from singing high C’s & D’s. I’m currently prepping for a very-important-to-me audition that even entered my dreams last night.  I’m reading incredible books that will be subjects of blog posts next month.  I’m carving out large chunks of my day for the creative process, and its honestly making my creative soul happier than I’ve been in months.

I’m reclaiming this beautiful time of uncertain weather and Spring’s beginnings for a fruitful time in my creative process.

I’m not judging the success of my creativity necessarily on a booked job from an audition, or another author’s approval from a blog post.

Though we’re in the midst of Lent right now, this season for me is not about focusing on my lack, or what I’m giving up.

Creativity and longing are hard wired into my DNA, and I can’t exist happily without expression.

Reclaiming March is important to me and my growth as an artist. 

For this realization, and the adventure of this process, I’m so grateful. 

What creative practice do you need to reclaim in your life?