The Transamerica Pyramid Building, viewed from Montgomery and Union, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco.
"Be bold and mighty forces come to your aid. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy; the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to one that would never otherwise have occurred. A while stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way." - E.H. Murray, Scottish explorer, Himalayan expedition.
Some fun-filled adventures coming up this summer, involving travel and leaps of faith.
A leap of faith requires courage. It means considering the worst-case scenario, but still going ahead. To me, trusting a positive outcome implies belief in yourself; in the ideas of magic and possibility and in the kindness of friends and strangers alike. A daring leap of faith encourages the universe to shift to help realise one's goals. Taking a risk suggests: "I'm willing to try - let's see what we can accomplish together!"
Despite high hopes, it can be a little scary to jump off the deep end. I've just bought a new camera, because my next leap of faith involves collaborating on a book with one of France's premiere antiques dealers. This is a woman of impeccable taste and elegant style, who happens to own - and sell - some of the most wonderful antiques and collectibles imaginable. Hmmm, this could be dangerous. (Note to self: Do not bring any antiques home with you!) Shooting begins Wednesday...wonder if I can figure out how the new camera works by then?
The second leap of faith begins next week in San Francisco. First, there's the BlogHer conference at the St. Francis, where I'll be sharing a room with this inspiring poet and meeting these two amazing women in person, among other fascinating bloggers.
And that fabulous gypsy Alex and I are hosting a Sunday brunch for more than a dozen creative, talented women, most whom we have never met. Then I'll stay in San Francisco for another ten days, spending time with my dear friends Tangobaby and Studio Wellspring, who already have a few adventures planned, at least one involving magic tricks!
I'll also be seeing my friends Susan, Deirdre, Brenda Walton and Joan, who owns the fantastic spend-all-afternoon-there store Timeless Treasures (photos in an upcoming post). Plus I'll be meeting several Bay Area blogging friends for the first time. And my daughter Jordana may fly out for a few days. My head is spinning, just thinking about all the excitement!
Now to sort out this camera...
P.S. Stop by and check out Robin's beautiful photographs (and her kind words about my latest project). And my new banner? It's a combination of my photograph at Pont du Hoc, Normandy, France and Madelyn Mulvaney's photographs in Vancouver, British Columbia. The technical genius who creates most of the Paris Parfait banners is Brian Rowan, based in Florida.