Disappearing Donna

A wood worker's studio in Rome

Hi Everyone, I’M BAAAACK!

I’ve actually been back in the states for three weeks already. And it’s been almost exactly one month since my previous post. I took the last week of my European tour off from work and blogging to spend time with friends, and then when I got home I had a little jet lag and disorientation, and a lot of deadlines and laundry. But now I am back.

No promises about how often I’ll be blogging for the rest of the year though. November and December are typically my renewal months, time to cozy up at home with a good book on creativity, plenty of tea and coffee, lots of time to think, and working on my plans and vision for the coming year. Yes, I still do other work and knit and read and exercise and so forth, but I am generally much more low key about everything than I am during other times of the year. This year that will be especially true, being that I just got back from Europe a few weeks ago and it takes me a long time to ease back into the American rat race. In fact, I hope I never ease back into that again! I feel much more balanced after this trip. EuroDonna has gained strength and I believe she can hold her own here in America.

Lots of mail waiting for us!

I felt very self-integrated this summer and fall, and I’ve had a much easier return to “reality” this year than I did the last few summers. That’s not too say that I haven’t had some terrible down days, but I feel more at home than I have on previous returns. Maybe it’s because this year I was reinforcing things I’d already learned and felt and experienced on previous trips. I spent more time with old friends instead of meeting so many new people. I spent a lot of time revisiting my favorite places instead of everything being brand new. And I didn’t change my routine quite as much as I have in the past. I was working pretty much full-time for my day job and on the internet a lot, so as they say, “wherever you go, there you are.” I guess I brought myself with me, and back home again.

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And now for something new: I want to write a little bit about creative inspiration today. Why? Because that’s what my Europe travels are all about (well at least partly about!). Three posts coming in the next days:

  • Creative Travel Highlights
  • Creative Awakenings
  • John Lennon (& The Beatles)

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