January 2007

happy australia day

by Leonie Dawson on January 25, 2007


I’m not a particularly patriotic kinda person ~ I love this land and this piece of earth, but I’m not really into countries as such.

Having said that, nothing made me prouder than seeing Juan Mann and Sick Puppies of Free Hugs fame in the Australia Day concert tonight.

Hug on. It’s good to be human.

I love what you’ve done with your hair today,

Leonie

altered book of one day

by Leonie Dawson on January 23, 2007

The precious creation~goddess Penelope set the challenge to document your average day using snapshots, then printing out to put in an album in chronological order.

I took to the task with muchos gusto, choosing my special and well recorded day to be Sunday. It wasn’t a particularly average day, but I’m grateful I documented it anyway. My love’s wonderful parents are here visiting us, we are on holidays and are using this as our “Christmas” break instead. Insert large boxes of chocolates, vast consumption of books and flagrant overuse of lounging…

After reading a book on creating altered books a few days ago, I decided to make my photo album an ancient French textbook we found in an op-shop years ago in my hometown (I know who the schoolboy owner is {the joys of being a smalltown homegirl} ~ he is in his seventies now).

It was wonderful to play in a new style this afternoon ~ crossover photography/scrapbooking/collage/mixed media, all set within the yellow pages of an old book beauty.

enJOY!

did you get that all?

awakening, my dog,
outside to connect with earth and meditate
breakfast, reading,
talking, connecting,
drawing, morning pages,
emailing, lunch making,
watching a 6ixDegrees doco on India {oh land of my heart},
adorning myself in goddess wear (turquoise, flowing skirt, bellydancing belt, wild hair),
a chakra goddess playshop with aromatherapy,
a dinner party with my love’s family,
watching “so you think you can dance” {not so guilty pleasure}
comet gazing ~ seeing the huge and wonderous Comet McNaught on our horizon,
internet playing, goddess notes read~over
then ~ finally
slumber
and a journey into the dreaming,

yep, that’s a pretty awesome day…
and it is all the more beautiful for having been seen.

with love and light,
Leonie

i only wanted to begin

by Leonie Dawson on January 22, 2007


smiling at the sun, christmas 2005

“and while you wonder
how’s this gonna end
i only wanted to begin”

~ ben lee, begin
(from the brilliant album “awake is the new sleep”

I listen to these words
and I think
What if?
What if I’m spending all my time thinking about what I need and want to be happy ~
I’m thinking I’m Not Here until I’m The Artist, The Book Author, The Photographer, The Book Touring Retreat Giving Workshop Goddess.
And I’m wondering about how it will all end,
When the real delight, the real truth,
Is that I Just Wanted to Be Here,
and I Just Wanted To Be Me.

And this Earth journey,
it’s the biggest trip,
the greatest discovery,
so long and obtuse and curvy,
that sometimes I forget I’m here for an adventure
and that being here
is what I really wanted.

love,
Leonie

P.S. I know it’s true because when I say:
Being here
is what I really wanted
a little part of me soars and spins with delight.