Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. -Rumi

I read a quick Washington Post article on fb this morning. (Sometimes I feel the need to delete that app but for some reason I haven’t yet. Is it FOMO? Maybe, but really, why do I care?!) Back to Rumi and the article. It said that telling people to “find their passion” could be detrimental, they might give up early or blah, blah, blah. But yet I find truth resounding in this article. I’ve been at a stand-still in my pottery career due to the many variables of life. I’ve been meandering. And I suppose that’s what the article was saying, broaden your views to more than a singular “passion”. I need widen the creative road I am on. There are many things that I can cultivate into a thing of beauty or wonder or meaning. And I hold true to my belief that we need more love and beauty all around us.

*Notes: The article did not actually use the words “detrimental” or “blah, blah, blah” for that matter. Photo taken at Hanging Rock State Park. I added the text via WordSwag. xo -d:)


For me it was going to yoga this morning. I made myself because I needed it. After yesterday’s pottery carving session it was a way to relieve the tension built up in my shoulders. But it’s more than that. It re-balances this brain of mine. It sparks my much needed creativity. And it helps me connect with my spirituality thanks to our beautiful teacher.

There’s other things that inspire me as well of course. Like spending time with my best friends, going to the beach on a crisp clear winter day, any expanse of water, museums, travel. But what if you can’t physically get there? Maybe take a few minutes of quiet thought and go there in your mind. Allow yourself that simple gift. Different experiences give us a new perspective on life. And if we’re just going down the same path every day a new perspective might be exactly what we need. It’s important to try new things, seek out new experiences and go different places. Slowly but surely I’m taking my own advice. xo -dawn

[photo: dawn tagawa. iPhoneSE. Carolina Beach, NC. Jan. 29, 2017]

it’s obvious 

Diversity is key.

This was taken at the NC Zoo in front of the “bug park” beside the kidzone. It’s referring to biological diversity in insects and their habitats but it’s a given we as humans need it as well. Respect. Don’t squish the ladybird beetle. 

On a side note: You can see the pollen sacs full here! Zoo beehive looks like it’s doing well on this January day.

enough to go around

When we look with eyes of scarcity we stop sharing. I’m an artist & potter by trade. In life I’ve traveled through pockets of secrecy and explosive competition which makes for a negative mindset. How can you create long term beauty? We’ve all met an angry artist here or there so I guess it’s in the realm of possibility. But it’s not for me. My wish for all is the ability to see with eyes of abundance. And to be confident there is enough love, beauty & creativity to go around.

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