Friday, April 11, 2014

GETTING ON WITH THINGS





Well, it's been awhile since I've posted here. And in a way, that's good.

I've been busy, learning to live a life based on what feels good and not what I "should" do. The benefits? Incredible.

Rid of a frustrating, unprofitable, and crazy-making situation, I had time to clear my head--and my heart. Then something wonderful happened--I was invited to write for Bartlesville Magazine, an excellent publication.

I'm blessed with a wonderful editor and have had some great assignments. Remember what they taught us in school? "Nature abhors a vacuum." Well, yes it does. With room left open for new opportunities after ditching that other writing gig, along came the perfect writing match.

You can always find the latest version of the magazine here:
Bartlesville Magazine

I've also been busy--with great friends--with Tuesday Club. We were founded in 1898--yes, you read that right!--and incorporated in 1904. I'm a past president, current first vice-president, and Community Liaison. We have fun--and we connect with, and contribute to, our community. From student art awards to gifts to community betterment groups to scholarships for nursing students, we're making a difference!

The daisy is our symbol, which is why it headlines this post. You can find us on Facebook:  Tuesday Club on Facebook

Of course, there's been some bumps and hard times along the way--the loss of pets, a major rheumatoid arthritis flare (more than one), betrayal and robbery and modern day stress. But I've weathered it, growing, I believe, more resilient and stronger.

By dumping a bad thing, I opened the door to good things. I created a safe place for myself without negativity, stress, and demands by impossible, arrogant people. 

So, what do you have in your life that's draining your energy, twisting your perspective on life, taking happiness away? Find it. Dump it.

Open your life and your heart to the better you deserve. Yes, you do deserve it. And don't let anyone tell you differently.

The better we feel, the better we live. And the better we feel and live, the better we can love, explore, and give away love, joy, and gifts as needed. 

Try it. Dump the bad, celebrate the good. You'll like it. I promise.

                               --Patricia Sasser Phillips

Monday, September 10, 2012



Funny, how life turns out. It seems that the issues we have as younger persons often trail after us.

For me, it's the problem with saying "no" to someone, especially when it comes to writing. I've gotten myself into more fruitless endeavors than I care to count.

Today I took a major step forward. I quit a perfectly good part-time writing job job. Why? The pay was minimal, and they expected layout as well as writing.

More importantly, the editor drove me nuts, for many very bad reasons. And, most importantly, deep down in my soul I had warning feelings about this gig.

I just plain didn't WANT to do it.  But my logical, analytical mind pointed out all the positives with the job. Those points were all correct, which made it harder.

But I didn't WANT to do it, and I didn't feel "right" about it. So I took a deep breath, prepared myself for some nastiness, and stepped off the edge of that cliff and resigned, in two sentences.

Turns out, it was pretty easy.

I've come to realize that writing talent is a precious gift and it shouldn't be scattered among the masses. It needs to be cherished instead of worked to death. It needs to be nutured.

It needs to have its own voice, its own needs and desires. Creativity is not a draft horse to be hooked up to anyone's plow. It's a mustang, running wild and free. It needs to be cherished for itself, and enjoyed as it is.

"As it is" doesn't include logic and what you "should" do. When you hear and feel the thundering hooves, then you're in tune with something majestic, something beyond mere logic. Those are the moments that count.

I no longer have to plow many fields to feed myself. And, honestly, along the way, I've often plowed others' fields I shouldn't have because I thought it was a "must do."

No. The only "must do" is to give my creativity freedom, to turn it loose to run with the wind.

And lean back and enjoy the ride.