Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Our voice + 100

B R E A D C R U M B
Today marks the first 100 days in office for a new PRESIDENT. Today also marks my 100th post on BONJOUR Y'ALL. So, it's breadcrumb. I began this blog three days after the 2008 election and the acceptance speech in Chicago. I love this outlet. This means of expression. It's a place for our voice, unfiltered.

Below are all 100 posts. What was one of your favorites? What would you like to see more of? Live links are to the right, under "all those thoughts." And, as blogspot only can show 100 entries at a time, I believe my very first entry will soon fade into the archives...

N O V E M B E R
[ F I R S T - E N T R Y ] WAS a logo for one person. Now a hope for us all...
Moving forward
Perfect timing
What is a ‘breadcrumb’
What happens when you give your dreams a chance?
It’s a sign
Friday Photo
What is ‘Plan B?’
Searching. Finding.
Two Months from Today
Friday Photo
Giving Thanks
[ Black ] Friday Photo


D E C E M B E R

The ‘present’ — a crystal ball from our ‘past’
Which is it?
Here’s my forty...two cents
Friday Photo ‘First 100 Days’
WILL YOU DRAW A FLOWER?
Velvet Morning
40 days. 40 nights.
Friday Photo
Try
Traditions and ‘Try’
Friday Photo
One Month from Today
GPS for the Journey
A little peace. A little scare.
On the topic of ‘resolutions’
Two-do lists


J A N U A R Y

Have a good journey!
Friday Photo
Finally, New Orleans
Family Tree
‘Google-stumbling’
since november seventh
Friday Photo
Final prep for the 20th
Come to the table
Michael Jordan, Y2K, hurricanes, and the 44th
What ARE you doing right now?
Friday Photo
“Quilt of YOUR Quotes”
Lincoln Memorial Event
Then and now
Today
Your Inauguration Messages
What a day
One more moment
First ‘Plan B’ of 2009
Friday Photo
Flying or falling
Was she serious?
Friday Photo


F E B R U A R Y

Well, how was January?
There is only one of you
Friday Photo
Paint your piano
Ten Things
Charging a toll for emails?
Friday Photo
10yrs ago — my decision to move to France
Friday Photo
One song
leçons françaises
Was she serious?
Out of twenty-six letters...
Friday Photo


M A R C H

Try this...
Friday Photo
Ad-campaign-life-wisdom
Whack on the side of the head
This entry is not for you
Friday [the 13th] Photo
Last week of winter
New Chapter. Little Sister.
Beginning. Ending. Waiting. Deciding.
‘Thursday Inspiration’ life wisdom
Friday Photo
Learning through repetition


A P R I L

Friday Photo
Golden Seams
Question everything
This I Believe
Gaping Void
One Verse First™
Friday Photo
Shoot the year
100%
The last thirty seconds
Friday Photo
Within
Dawn
Departure
Real
Friday Photo
The layers of ‘us’
Our shell
Our lids
Our vision
Our voice + 100

©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Our vision

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Preserving the essence of 'us' amidst the inevitability of change and transformation.

When I lived in France a few years back, I came across a book entitled, "Copier, Créer," from an exhibit at the Louvre. Copying and creating. These weren't just people copying masters. These were masters painting masters. This is often how we learn. The idea, however, is not to completely replicate, but to learn from these works. The book had such a profound impact on me that when I returned to the states, I hunted down the book. Here are a few samples of what's in it:

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Millet's painting, copied unmistakably by VanGogh
Vermeer's painting,
copied unmistakably by Dali
Delecroix's painting, copied unmistakably by Picasso

Did you know that when a certain tv anchor in Tennessee first dreamed of making it big, she wanted to be Barbara Walters. Well, she (Oprah Winfrey) couldn't have even if she wanted to. We each have a lifetime of experiences that uniquely make up who we are. They inevitably impact our unique vision. Whether you paint, sing, write, whatever. Whether your views of the world are simple, deep, dark, or colorful. The sooner you can tap into your vision, the sooner the world can see it. Or hear it. Or read it. Have the courage to pursue and express it. Are you trailblazing? Or following? As we come upon the first "100 days" of a President/author, today's blog entry segues nicely into tomorrow's milestone... of mine.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, April 27, 2009

Our lids

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Preserving the essence of 'us' amidst the inevitability of change and transformation.
For most of my life I've had short hair, with the few exceptions of when I got bored with it. So, when I came across this site, I couldn't resist (plus, it's a lot quicker and cheaper than the salon!). The six-pack above, showcases some of the transformations. Try it out:
Makeover — WOMEN
Makeover — MEN


We go through a lot of changes and styles over time, plus there are so many different influences on that. Friends. Celebrities. Good Style vs. Bad Style (uh-huh, by the way, please note, that's the same committee that introduced shoulder pads and perms).

But the things that are core to us in life, that make up who we are, have a deep-rooted continuity inside of us over time. A timeless quality to them, regardless of changes. I'll bet there's even a quality you had, or seed of something you loved as a kid that you still have a passion for. Costumes, hair and makeup, and props certainly have their role in this drama that we call life, just don't let them steal the show. Think about it. Does your hairstyle, outfit, or title describe you? Or can you deliver your lines without all of that?

It's our job to preserve the essence of 'us' amidst the inevitability of change and transformation.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Our shell

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Preserving the essence of 'us' amidst the inevitability of change and transformation.
9/9/06 — JOINED WEIGHT WATCHERS set a target (or goal) weight
4/26/07 — REACHED THAT GOAL (losing nearly twenty pounds)
4/26/09 — WEIGHED IN TODAY (2-year anniversary)
I believe we are 'us' no matter our exterior. We don't lose 'us' if we become emaciated or obese or if we have all of our limbs and abilities, or not. If we show youth or aging. We are still 'us' at the core.

I do believe that we are a BETTER, MORE ALERT, MORE 'PRESENT' version of 'us' when we exercise, breathe fresh air, have a glass of wine, eat balanced food (fuel), hydrate with good ole H20, and basically respect and take care of these vehicles, our 'bodies,' that our souls get to travel around in during our time on this crazy planet.

For two years I've maintained a goal weight I set, though I'll fess-up, there've been a few ups and downs recently (fortunately, they give you a 2lb grace above your goal). Today, on my 2yr anniversary, I weighed in and was just a little above my goal. Which, to be honest, is NOT what I had hoped to report in this entry. But, I believe we learn best when we are honest with ourselves and hold ourselves accountable. I paid the small fee and will simply intensify my focus over this next month.

We're human. This is life. Stuff happens.

L-i-f-e -is a four letter word after all. We get thrown unexpected curve balls. There are quick-fix consolations that may alter our exterior, but with my ongoing focus through these weigh-ins, there's a constant reminder for me... that it takes effort. It takes time. It takes focus and perseverance. We may stumble. But we must get up and look forward. Stay honest with ourselves. But not 'lose' our self, even with whatever is happening with these bodies of ours. They're only shells.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The layers of 'us'

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
So last night I got home and had this realization...
We layer ourselves up to fit into a world.
Then spend the rest of the time unpeeling
those layers to get back to the real 'us.'

The moral? Start unpeeling. Or layer lightly. This past week was an homage to quotes, stories, lyrics, and lessons. These next few entries will be dedicated to keeping the essence of 'us' amidst the inevitability of change and transformation... stay tuned.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Photo

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K

Once upon a time... in a 'magic kingdom' far, far away,
there was a castle with beautiful mosaics on its walls.
Words to stories. Stories to lessons. Lessons move us.
Orlando, Florida.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Real

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
Things we can touch have no permanence.
There is nothing we can hold onto in this world.
Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real.
— CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Departure

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
— ROBERT FROST

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dawn

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
When the things you know are right, are really far from what they seem. When the past becomes the future and time becomes a dream.
Every piece a puzzle, and every name a clue. Every choice you make
is karma so be careful what you do. Welcome to the dawn.
— PRINCE

Monday, April 20, 2009

Within

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
— RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Photo

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K

Spring. And the dogwood trees (very much 'alive')
are about to burst open any day now.

PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The last thirty seconds

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
I don't know how long CBS' Sunday Morning will be on the air, but it's been one of my favorite things to watch for years. Or do you remember Planet Earth from Discovery Channel? HUGE hit. One reason I think it was such a big hit is that so often in tv and movies the focus on people, humans, our creations, and our struggle. But nature just continues along and does her thing. I think nature is a marvelous teacher and when I left my work as an Art Director with Disney to come up to work with Discovery Channel, I was actually most excited to simply get back to a place with a change of seasons.

There's a memory I have from when I was a kid, of me glancing at the trees in winter thinking they were all dead. And like the surprise from Susan Boyle the other night when she began to sing "I Dreamed a Dream" — do we make assumptions, or do we really know what potential is lying just below the surface? Ours? Others?

Like nature, and it's seeming death in winter, perhaps we're storing up strength. Resting, preparing, shifting things, shedding unhealthy branches, so that when the time comes we will not just dream about our dreams and potential, we will burst onto the scene with them.

If you can be outside to see nature up close and over time, do it. If not, then at the very end of Sunday Morning, in those last thirty seconds... be still... be quiet... and enjoy that little, but beautiful, window on our amazing and lesson-filled world.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

100%

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
— W A Y N E - G R E T S K Y

This comes from: truenaturelifecoaching.com When I first went to that site yesterday, I saw this header — "life responds when we risk." YES!

The phrase [in green] was posted as my 'Buddha-buddy's' status on facebook.
She lives in California and while we've actually never met in person, I reached out to her through a friend's page on facebook recently. And we connected. Take that chance. Trust your instinct. Then GO DO IT! And Cat, if you're reading this... start the blog!
2009 Wendy Hudgins

Monday, April 13, 2009

Shoot the year

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K
Several years back, on my first few trips to France, I used to take hundreds of photos. I still take lots of photos, but the difference is that it used to be film, not digital. So, not only did you have to pay for the film+developing (ouch), but sometimes it was hard to remember when the trip was taken.

I began trying to shoot a photo of something during the trip that had the year in it. Only catch? It couldn't be related to dates or calendars. Addresses, license plates, road signs, neon signs, prices at the market, or posters were all fair game.

A unique way to remember what year you took what trip.
And a bit of a fun scavenger hunt, too...
2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Photo

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K

Sunrise — South Beach, Miami

PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Thursday, April 9, 2009

One Verse First™

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
What I love about being open to learning and inspiration, is that the sources of that learning and inspiration may surprise you.

"I love it when words can move us. Challenge us. We often see them come from writers, artists, and philosophers. Sometimes even little children have wiser words than us. But, I find it interesting that words from one book, the Bible, often get relegated to the 'Christian Bookstores' when it is full of words that can move us. Inspire us. I am working on a line of cards I've named, 'One Verse First.' My knowledge of the Bible isn't vast, so this is a learning experience for me as well. On the front is one simple verse. On the back is that verse in its context. A group from the 60's was also inspired by words in the book: Their song. Their source. "
— WENDY HUDGINS

A couple months back, with my Welcome to February entry, I set forth a challenge: try an idea of yours. Give it a shot. Take a little step. I did. I pursued this idea of mine by sending off for my very first trademark for this line of cards I call, One Verse First™. I have received some great tips from y'all on getting these cards off the ground and I greatly appreciate your support and encouragement.

What you are longing to pursue? Go do it.
Even if just one 'verse' at a time.
A special 'thanks' to SW who introduced me to this verse from Hebrews.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gaping Void

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
What I love about being open to learning and inspiration, is that the sources of that learning and inspiration may surprise you.

"When I first lived in Manhattan in December, 1997 I got into the habit of doodling on the back of business cards, just to give me something to do while sitting at the bar. The format stuck. All I had when I first got to Manhattan were 2 suitcases, a couple of cardboard boxes full of stuff, a reservation at the YMCA, and a 10-day freelance copywriting gig at a Midtown advertising agency. My life for the next couple of weeks was going to work, walking around the city, and staggering back to the YMCA once the bars closed. Lots of alcohol and coffee shops. Lot of weird people. Being hit five times a day by this strange desire to laugh, sing and cry simultaneously. At times like these, there's a lot to be said for an art form that fits easily inside your coat pocket. The freelance gig turned into a permanent job. I stayed. The first month in New York for a newcomer has this certain amazing magic about it that is indescribable. Incandescent lucidity. However long you stay in New York, you pretty much spend the rest of your time there trying to recapture that feeling. Chasing Manhattan Dragon. I suppose the whole point of the cards initially was to somehow get that buzz onto paper. Although I haven't lived in New York since 1999, it still lives in me. Far too much, some would say..."
— HUGH MACLEOD

That's a portion from the bio of Hugh MacLeod. I google-stumbled across his site a few days ago. Great perspectives and observations. There's an unapologetic truth to them (and a VERY healthy does of foul language). Our society is moulting right now — in dire need of shedding past perceptions. Or at least questioning their relevance. I think Hugh does this brilliantly. His story and courage to express himself are intriguing to me. You must stick to your guns and share your take on this world. If you are learning something on your journey, share it! Someone else may learn too.

As a preview, on twitter, he writes... "The web has made kicking ass easier to achieve, and mediocrity harder to sustain. Mediocrity now howls in protest."

Visit his site at your own discretion, GapingVoid.com
His book, "Ignore Everybody, and 39 Other Keys to Creativity," comes out June 2009.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

This I Believe

T W E N T Y - S I X - L E T T E R S
What I love about being open to learning and inspiration, is that the sources of that learning and inspiration may surprise you.

"I look at civilizations that have collapsed: Rome, Greece, China, the Aztecs, the Mayas. And then I look around at our pretensions and our beliefs — that we are somehow permanent — and I am reminded that it is the quality of leaders, the courage of a people, the ability to solve problems that enables us to continue for one more year, and then one more year, until our children and our grandchildren have had this freedom, this safety, this health and this prosperity."
— NEWT GINGRICH
This is a portion from an essay by, of all people, Newt Gingrich in a great book I've been reading, NPR's, This I Believe.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Question everything

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K

Japanese map of the world, 1914
Nearly everything we've grown up taking for granted is in a major paradigm shift right now. Jobs, newspapers, real-estate, American-made cars, among others. And if we've gone along with 'blinders' on, assuming all these things would always be as-is, we are really ignoring that notion that the only constant in life is, change.

So why not harness this power? Ride this crazy wave out and try to see things differently. Don't sit idly by. Teach yourself something. Grow. Expand your horizons. Try. Try. Then try again. Keep at it. Complacency is easy. But now is not an easy time for many. So, 'now' is also not the time for complacency.

Refresh your perspective of the world. Wake up. Stand up. And as our world is shifting around us, evolving at hyper-speed, we must... question everything.
2009 Wendy Hudgins

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Golden Seams

B R E A D C R U M B
Friday, I went into DC with a friend to see a very tiny exhibit called Golden Seams. How wonderfully connected the human struggle is, that a Japanese craft from hundreds of years ago could be such a palpable and relevant lesson for Americans in 2009.

Inevitably ceramic bowls are breakable. Years ago in Japan, when bowls were broken they would be repaired using a simple plant resin as an adhesive. Then someone had the idea to sprinkle these repaired cracks with powdered gold. Soon, this technique was being saught out. People even began to purposely break their bowls in order to send them off for these seams of gold.

We strive for perfection with our lives, our looks, our careers, our creations. Then things can come into our lives that seemingly turn everything upside down. Maybe even break us, if you will. But I believe these moments can hold the very glue that make our lives make sense and have purpose. Cohesion.

It's never been about WHAT happens in our life. It's what we DO with what happens in our lives.

Especially now.
©2009 Wendy Hudgins

Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday Photo

A - C R E A T I V E - S P A R K

Abbey of Sant'Antimo in Tuscany, Italy
Origins of this abbey date back to 352AD.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins
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