Living into the Answers

This Rilke Maria Rainer quote has been ringing for me like a bell with each step taken today. Almost like it has a rhythm section behind it and my steps try to keep time. I shared it with a friend recently, thinking it was the perfect quote for her…but then realized that it was also a zinger for me as well in this journey of finding the right path~


“…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”


I’m busy this week putting together the packets for the women attending Elida’s and my creativity retreat. I’ve been reading all of my favorite quotes & perusing all of my fave “soul-searching” books written by some of my favorite women~

Taking Flight

The Artist’s Way

Ordinary Sparkly Moments

The inspiration I’ve gotten out of these three little gems has been priceless. Writing the morning pages (learned about in the “Artist’s Way”) has been so completely helpful in looking for my North Star these days. Sometimes the star changes position, but it usually looks the same. I like to read back in the journal to look for patterns.

Oh, they’re there alright all of their glory and frequent frustration. There’s an on-going theme of “The Great Balancing Act” that so many of us share

as creatives and mothers….as business owners and creatives…as creatives and wives…the list goes on.

I have a secret…one I feel comfortable sharing here.


I once wanted to be an artist living in a lofty warehouse with a fire pole…my canvases giant as the wall with paint spattered light fixtures. Staying up late creating…getting up late to begin again. Never mind that I couldn’t draw…or paint…or sculpt…

It was the idea of having space to create and the inspiration around you all the time….a wild woman like Sabrina Ward Harrison.

My next read., I think.

Enter this photography world I’m living in…I do love it—it has been molded and bent several times over and I don’t think it’s sculpted into its final phase yet.

I long for Big Art.



Messy hands….

even paint on my light fixtures.


I’m wrestling with the decision of whether I should transport all of my mixed media art supplies and tools to the studio where I have an empty room…this would mean that I would have art time during the day when my kids are at school.

The trouble with this is…this is my work environment we’re talking about…can I take a day to hole up and allow time to create art? Was this ever part of the plan?

Or…do I leave my stuff here and continue to walk by it in frustration because home time doesn’t usually end up in creating time.

I’m curious about you lovelies who make stuff at home—do you have firm boundaries? What keeps you inspired? When do you fit this time in?!

There are art pieces living in me that I know are going to come out…I’m just not sure when. I have journals filled with ideas that are desperate to be tested out…how do I get over this stuck-ness?

This quote by Annie Dillard is a good one~

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. The tragedy is that we ignore so much of it in the interest of getting to the real stuff.

So true.

May your real stuff be your stuff of interest~


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6 Responses to Living into the Answers

  1. Jan says:

    Lara … regardless of where the materials reside, I find that I need to give myself permission to fit it into my day — getting over the voice in my head that says I should be doing something more important. So what I do is give myself an incentive…when XYZ gets done, then I get to work on my next creative endeavor.

  2. Vicki says:

    Wow…..preach it sister!! What a great sermon you have offered up for us today. I remember hearing one time that the things that fill us up, that add power and energy in our day need to be purposefully built in . What brings you joy, satisfaction….meaning? Find it. Then work it into your day, week, month, year. THAT will equal a more meaningful life. That being said….I think we can have EVERYTHING out of life that we want….just maybe not all at the SAME TIME. I have small children. I am at home with them all day and all night. Gett’n my artsy fartsy on with them at my feet isn’t always practical. I usually must wait till evening when they are in bed. Most evenings I have to decide, do I want sleep or do I want to let the creativity out that is pent up inside me. I know there will be a day soon that I won’t have someone want to plunk their sweet little cheeks in my lap and have a snuggle….so I will wait…I must soak up these days as they are here…when they are gone I will soak up whatever is next….like creative time!!!! Must go now…someone has a pet catipillar that has escaped from it’s cage……!!

  3. Holly says:

    I like what Vicki said above. Being a little older, kids out of the home, I’ve realized there is a lot of time to be oneself. I think this is especially true for women, appreciating each stage life brings us. I also love Rilke and thank you Lara for the quote! Holly

  4. Vicki says:

    Ahhhhh Lara…the retreat sounds HEAVENLY… someday it will be mine. For now I must live vicariously through you and your blog…can’t wait to hear all about it, feeling inspired from afar!

  5. I say grab a canvas and go for it. Create an artist space that is yours; you will be surprised at what inspiration you will get from it. Choose your favorite color palette and paint away! Add some paper on it and wa-lah you will have a sweet mixed media piece. :) I just finished reading A Room of One’s Own – it is pretty deep, and written in a time where women so hidden and suppressed from what they truly love to do. I hope you enjoy it! I am rambling sorry. :)

  6. jeanne says:

    Our desires are so similar….it is a little creepy!!! I wish we lived next door to each other.

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