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Fostering Creation: An Introduction

Welcome to the Fostering Creation blog!

I’m so excited to have you along.

This blog serves as a space for me to share my writing, my voice with an active audience. This is a workshop space for me to create new stories, share old stories, and perhaps branch out to share other things that inspire me and my writing work.

If my audience is not so active and doesn’t have anything to say that’s okay. We’ll just watch the stories unfold together and see what comes from Fostering Creation.

Thank you in advance for being part of this. I hope you enjoy!

Barbara Foster

Fostering Creation Card Sale

Hi. Taking a second to promote the Fostering Creation Card Sale and Shop.

Buy handmade greeting cards made to order. Choose from various photos taken by Grace Foster and by me. Please see details here https://fosteringcreation.com/card-sale/

Also Fostering Creation has a Shop. Go to fosteringcreation.com and click “Shop” in the menu. Choose from various Fostering Creation photos and get them printed on your favorite products, such as phone cases, tote bags, towels, and more.

Dive In

Dive in to what you feel called to do. Don’t be shy. Anxiety may come, but let it run in the background as you dive in.

The chatter of the world will continue on like birds that cluck and coo. Try not to falter or get swayed among the chatter. Let it be white noise. Perhaps it was well intentioned, but nonetheless it’s white noise. Not a cluck, not a coo, not even a loud squawk should push you away from your innately desired path.

Don’t let anything steer you off the tracks, unless Intuition urges you to change course. Otherwise stay on course and continue to dive in to what you feel called to do.

Surrender

Surrender to where life goes. They say, “follow your heart.” How about instead you surrender to your heart.

Let your heart go, like a boomerang. It might come back broken, but at least you tried. Then get up and try again.

Surrender to life. It can be exciting. The butterfly feelings, the new projects, the exploration of one’s self, the opportunity to see beauty in every heartbreak and then to come back stronger.

Surrender to all of it. Some days may feel like a slog, like trudging through molasses, but it can still be beautiful. Because life is beautiful. The ordinary grind can blossom into something extraordinary. You just have to invest in the grind. Do the work. Take that one step. Then find the next stone and enjoy the climb.

As you climb you may look back and feel like you’re not getting anywhere. Surrender to that feeling. Embrace the state of limbo, the unknown. Surrender to all of it.

Photo by: Grace Foster

Sacred Life

There’s a sacredness to life. Silence coupled with the unknown gives life its sacred feel.

This can scare us and scare us often. We have a deep desire to always know what’s next. We crave to have outside sources validate us. It’s tricky to slow down, to jump off the moving crosswalk and be still. It’s more challenging to stay still and be in silence.

We struggle to let the unknown happen. We fear that it will come at us like a high-speed train. But what if the unknown emerges gently like sunlight through a window? Life is made more beautiful by this silent, unknown sacredness.

From this kind of sacredness we are forced to be utterly vulnerable and trust. This can scare us too. But vulnerability is a necessary part of accepting life’s beautiful sacredness. Vulnerability connects us to our innate humanity.

Let vulnerability happen. Beautiful, colorful life is waiting for you. All you have to do is open your heart and soul to it.

I Am Enough

Oh tortured soul why can’t you stop running around for just a second?

Oh restless heart why don’t you take some time to breathe? Please breathe.

Oh wicked mind why don’t you stop playing games with me? Quit with your jokes, the teasing and the lies.

Tortured soul why can’t you put all the reckless destruction behind you?

Restless heart why can’t you accept the way love shows up? Must you be so conditional with what is presented to you?

Wicked mind drop your weapons. Please. I beg of you. Take your blinders off and soak up reality. Life doesn’t always have to be a battle. You may feel armed and ready when you spit insults towards me, but you know it actually breaks the system down further.

Tortured soul when will it end? The war does not have to rage on. We can step into the real world with a sense of grace and peace. You may feel armed and ready when you tense up and conjure destruction, but you know it actually breaks the system down further.

Restless heart anxiety may come in, but it doesn’t have to overthrow you. Right? You are stronger than anxiety. Don’t ache for something else so much or to be someone else. Please? You may feel armed and ready when you hold your breath and let anxiety take you, but you know it actually breaks the system down further.

Hey wicked mind, you’re not wicked. When will you see that? When will you believe that “I am enough”? Because I am enough.

Hey restless heart, you’re not restless. When will you let go of that? When will you feel that “I am enough”? Because I am enough.

Hey tortured soul, you’re not tortured. When will you drop the fight and the pain of the past? When will you embrace that “I am enough” Because I am enough.

And that’s all we need to know, feel, and be. I am enough.