taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

everyday magic.

(the lovely hula and mati, taken today in san fran)
it's been happening so much lately. everyday magic. coincidences. little moments that have me pausing in reconsideration. it happens when the same double digits appear several times throughout my day or when numbers repeat themselves in such odd, suspicious ways inside the space of my weeks. it happens when the phone rings and it's a friend whose number i was dialing at that very moment. it also happens when i think about how nice it would be to find the perfect table for my new studio space (the new one i'm sharing with a friend) only to find the exact same studio table i currently have (but won't be able to move) for sale on the neighbor's lawn the very next morning. all i can say is that everyday magic has been happening a lot lately. lots and lots of paused moments of hmmm. i know you know what i'm talking about and don't you love it when it happens?

but the best of all the recent everyday magic happened today. here's the story: i spent the day today with mati and hula (who is in town from portland). we spent hours chatting, eating, and roaming the streets of the mission looking at murals and all the sights. toward the end of our visit we were all walking down a sidewalk cluttered with random trash. you know, the general sidewalk trash that exists in all urban cities.: old newspaper pages, dirty paper plates, endless bits of crumbled paper. anyway, we're all walking down the sidewalk when mati yells out "kelly!" and there is is: a very, very old business card. oh wait, it's my business card. in fact, it's my first ever business card. and here it is in the middle of some random san francisco sidewalk, in a city of millions, right here at my feet, waiting for this exact moment of collision. it's the oddest thing ever. it's magic. later, as we marveled at how in the world it happened and the odds of it all, mati pointed out that perhaps it's a full circle moment of my beginnings coming around again for a closer look. i had, just yesterday, blogged about beginnings and this was, afterall, my very first business card. so true and a lot of hmmmmms. i love that there it was, reaching out for me to find it on a very windy day in the city. so random, yet so not random at all. again, magic. love it.
(here it is. so funny.)
more magic from my day was meeting the gorgeous hula and her family. she is just as her blog shows her to be: vivacious. down to earth. accessible. witty. talented. oh yes, and she lives in portland...we will be seeing more of each other for sure. what a lovely woman she is. one thing i do love is meeting other bloggers. talk about magic.

what's been your everyday magic lately?

tuesday's giveaway winner is: michelle m (from illinois). michelle, get in touch with me so i can get your print out to you! giveaway continues for the rest of the week. enter a comment to enter to win. i'll draw today's winner tomorrow evening.

74 comments:

~mccall~ said...

that is the most amazing, inspiring, and magical moment i've heard of in a very long time. how wonderful!

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

I get chill bumps just reading it..and then to see a photo..totally full circle and amazing.

xo Rella

Karoeza said...

Oh yes, i know what you're talking about! The feeling of déja-vu.

I have that sometimes when i want to make a descision and out of the blue i meet the right people, who can help you.

Pherenike said...

Amazing! Completely amazing!

My latest everyday magic is my boyfriend proposing to me! Not only that though, we hadn't even talked about marriage, but about 20 minutes before he popped the question, I just KNEW that things would unfold this way! Thats been my clearest message from my intuition/higher self/etc so I hope I can keep myself open to 'knowing' other things in the future - particularly my creative path.

gilflingsdesigns said...

What an incredible find! I guess the trick is being open to the universe speaking to you - being in tune I guess.

I doooo love those moments!! Although I also worry that I am too flutter brained and distracted to actually notice them! I would be sad to miss out on those moments that would mean so much.

Imelda said...

To be honest, I've been lacking magic in my life lately. I'm been so preoccupied with so much happening in a short space of time, I've been letting life pass me by without much notice. I'm definitely aware that I need to slow down a bit and soak up life around me. I had a great night out last night with friends from my theatre company and I woke up today feeling much more positive than I have been. Show me the Magic!

onwingslikethese said...

I got goose bumps when I saw that picture. Wow!

Here is my recent everyday magic: Since moving to NC both the beach and the mountains are a two to three hours a way and I haven't been to either in more than three years. I especially love the mountains, but really want to spend some time near the ocean as well. I really wanted to be able to go to both this summer, or even just one (the mountains!). However, we weren't going to be able to swing it financially. Last week, and within the span of one week, I was given the opportunity to not only visit the beach for a day this summer, but also to take a free four-day vacation to the mountains!
I am so excited! :)

Emilyt said...

I, too, play the numbers game! On my odometer, clock, random receipts, etc. How funny. Anyway, I think you finding your business card was so unreal! Wow!
My everyday magic lately has been things like the meter already having time on it when I got there, my horoscope, and an email from an old co-worker. Love it when someone catches up. It's like old beginnings coming back to remind me of how far I've come in my career(and him). Magic!

Julie H said...

WOW WOW WOW what a simply amazing find. And how odd, I keep all the little card and tit bits you include with orders, I am sure you will end up hearing from the person who lost this one.

I had friends over last night, including a lady who had not been to myh home before, musch time was spent admiring my Kelly Rae prints and original - and there wre threats to steal - yes steal them! West Aussies love your art and attitude!

Marilyn Rock said...

Art is magic to me; possibilities are endless! Love your post and thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

Patti G. said...

Hmmm, that makes me think Kelly! You know, I think magic happens for people in DIFFERENT ways, and not everyone gets the chance to have it blast into their day in physical form! Sometimes it is a feeling, or a vision, or a moment, a memory, or even a challenge to overcome! So I do believe I have my share of magic for sure! :0)
You day sounded wonderful! I also want to say Congrats to lucky Michelle for winning yesterday's post! I can GUESS what her magic is.......YOU! Hugs,Patti

Sue Smith said...

Oh my, that is quite a magical moment! Astonishing really! I've been wondering what my latest magical moment might be... just scanned some other comments and whoa, here's one sitting right before my eyes. Julie H's comment about her 'last night visitors'! I am the 'lady' threatening to steal her origial 'Kelly Rae' painting - he he!!!

Cheppobunny said...

After reading your blog it took me a time to find - what is the everyday magic in my life!

And than I thought, aren't it the small things in our life? When in a city full of stressed out persons, a smiling face came along? A lovely flower blooming in a hidden place? When the sun came out after a rainy day? Or your favorite song in the radio and you sing out loud?

Most of us let life pass without seeing these small wonders!!!

My everyday magic is the sound of the voices of our pilgrim-choir!!! I pilgrimaged in Mai 5 days, because of some bad disease in my family (to let these packages on the way). I lost my faith in god many many years before, but I had the wish to give him something back for the good endings he gave me!
So I decided to pilgrim. And always thought I can't sing and it sounds more than bad when I do. But I went in the middle of the choir and even when I thought nobody can hear me, I sang. First very gentle and after the 5 day I sang with all of my heart and as loud as I loved. It was so liberating!!!

And now and then when I am stressed or in my dreams in the middle of the night I hear them sing the songs. It feels like a embracement!!!

<3<3<3
Anke

Leslie said...

Oh . . . WOW!!! That totally gave me goosebumps!! That, my dear, is complete and total fate!! Amazing. Those are the moments that just don't fade and bring you strength when you're just not feeling it on your own!

June said...

wow! what a magical moment. the universe is most definitely whispering to you. i love when that happens. your journey is being confirmed.

Kelly said...

talk about Karma and a small world . From your very first business card to your first book what a long way you've come and you have earned every wonderful moment of it.
that is a very amazing story thanks for sharing it.

kaylafujimoto said...

wow! how exciting. I think everyone should marvel at the everyday magic. so inspiring...thank you.

Joanne said...

Holy cow! You are experiencing some magic..I can't remember ever having so many things happen like that! You must be living right Kelly!

cherry girl said...

Wow, what are the odds on that! All things point to living a magical life, live magically everyday in the mundane!

stephanieb said...

wow--how amazing...sounds like you had a wonderful day :)

joanie said...

Kelly,
That is just such a great story! I love when stuff like that happens. I think Oprah calls them God winks. I love that too!

Joanie

NANCY LEFKO said...

whew !! that was magic...maybe even a bit spooky....

I guess magic is there for the asking, we just need to be open enough to let it in and SEE it.....

so nice that you had a lovely day with friends...that's ALWAYS magic :)

Carmen said...

My magic is just beginning... and I dream of magic like you just described. What an amazing day!

xo,

Carmen

Trish said...

I love the everyday magic... it seems to happen more when we open ourselves to it, when we're right there, in the moment, paying attention, and then, abracadabra, there it is! And the beauty of it is... we're making the magic, each time we recognize it, each time we embrace it...

Trish

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

You simply *MUST* frame that business card!

It's amazing what magic can happen in your life if you keep your eyes and heart open to it.

I am currently awaiting some magic to unfold myself. I've got questions before the universe so we'll see what comes of it.

CLearly your finding this piece of your past was to affirm it.

:)

cyndo said...

I just love when those moments of synchronicity happen. I have learned...speak it to the universe and you will get revelation.

My most memorable moments of synchronicity happened when I was backpacking solo through Alaska...and it happened twice in the same trip. Incredible! ~ cyndo

Denise said...

oh.my.gosh! That is so strange and so wonderful. I'm with Madi...it's the circle thing :)

Recently found your blog and it's a great addition to my world.

Bikky said...

What an amazing story! Isn't it interesting the way the world works ? - constanty reminding us of our journey and where we have come from.

May your magic continue today and I can hardly wait to hear about your magical moments tomorrow!

Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn said...

the "magic" you speak of is always there... if you open your heart to it!

:c )

Kimberly B said...

That is just the coolest thing (about your business card)!

I love how open you are to finding the magic in every day that so many of us take for granted. I think our hearts, souls, and minds can all benefit from appreciating and noticing the little details that makes each day special if only we take them time to do so.

ambrella said...

i love hearing this story! I had a very similar thing happen to me last year and hearing yours just confirms the magic we can all experience.

I am spending less time on the computer these days, using my precious minutes of free time for art project-ing. so here, another haiku for you! (such a concise form :))


fairy flyer floor
mysterical jumping joy
blossom heavy light

xo

Art-de-Mia said...

Its a sign that you are in the right place. I love it when the universe gives us clues on our life jounrey.

henna73 said...

It's a sign! How cool that you recognize it as such!

Colorsonmymind said...

hmmmmm what wonderful moments...the table...the friends...the card....


magic
XO

Christianne said...

CRAZY! wow. that is indeed incredible. i can't even imagine how that must have felt, like a voodoo moment. oh wait, like a magic moment! :)

Jacqui Dodds said...

Wow how wierd - must be a sign to show you how far you have come since then and you still have much further to go!

Krista said...

What a cool story about finding your business card!!! I can't even begin to comprehend the magic that went into making that happen. Although I guess that's what magic is--incomprensible... Awesome.

Krista

stephanie alaine said...

magic is ever-present, ever calling us forward, out of our shells and into the streets...i LoVE that you discover such magic wHeRevEr yOu aRe.

on the streets of san francisco,
on porches in portland.

everywhEre.

tHAt is a joy

Sari said...

Lately, my magic has been about making it through. It's been pure magic that I've made it where I need to be when I need to be. I'm ready to start finding a new kind of magic in the world, the kind that is open and inspiring.

Kristie Feener said...

My magic seems to come when I feel that I am out of hope. I have started a new business and never really know when my next job will appear. I have been marketing like crazy. Just when I feel as though I will never get another job God provides. This last time, not just one job, but FOUR!!! Yeah!!

melly~ said...

how fun! that is some serious magic! i love that you stop and take notice of these little miracles that are all around

my magic of late is feeling a deeper connection to my husband. we've been married a long time so i guess the connection is no great surprise but i've just been noticing it more lately. finishing each other's sentences, thinking about the same random thing at the same time. it's freaky and wonderful all rolled into one. i love it!

Clare said...

Love it!! Oh, and I owe you a birthday call. We were in Greece on your birthday and I meant to give you a pre-birthday call but you know how vacation planning takes over the brain. love you!

Meg Brothers said...

Wow, I love love love it when that happens! And I totally know what you mean. I had a magical moment yesterday when my husband and I were walking down the street in downtown Denver. I was telling him about an old friend of mine from high school - someone I had never mentioned to him before - from a photography class. Strangely enough, when we turned the corner- there she was! Talking on her cell phone! She got off and we talked for a while, but it was one of those moments for sure! I kind of like it when they happen! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn said...

Kelly, that is AWESOME! Your chronicles have been magic for me. You really have shown me the path to my own possibilities, a major shift in my thinking. My art is opening new doors and windows, I cannot wait to see where I go. The gift that keeps on giving....you certainly have affirmation that you are on the right path.

Sheila said...

I always marvel at the world when I have days like that!! Such a small place after all!!

Rekoj said...

I've continually found that times like these - when synchronicity, serendipity and all the magic of The Great Purple (what my friends refer to it as) - these times are when you are truly on your true path and the universe is rewarding you with these little tidbits!

Cristina said...

Wowza, that's amazing. You were so meant to be there.

I've purchased two of your prints, both for my two sisters. I'm giving the second one away shortly. I love it framed even more.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

WOW! I have goosebumps! That is an amazing story! -stacey s.

Leah said...

what wonderful magic!! love it!

Sandra said...

I looked through your earlier artwork after reading your last post, and thanks for leaving it up.. it's inspiring to see another artist develop and be brave enough to leave it all out to see.

and I'd love to see a close-up of the old business card, too!

liz elayne lamoreux said...

this is really incredible my friend. i recognized that business card right away as your first one! wow...
the universe...the serendipity...the magic.

beautiful story.

jessica crawford said...

WOW! what a story. LOVE that! so beyond words and imagination. my every day magic: every time God changes my heart.

christy said...

what a lovely moment, finding your very first business card in such a big city!

BELINDA said...

wow what a completely amazing moment, I am glad you have so much magic in your life, I think we all have some magic in our lives when we look into our hearts and see whats in front of us. Belinda

MeMe said...

Love the story about finding your business card during an Artist's Date with your friends. What a wonderful moment!

MeMe

lisavdesigns29 said...

I love the idea of things coming full circle. Thank you for the continued inspiration.

Tammigirl said...

My magic....my roommate announces she's moving to California and I'm left holding the bag. Within the hour a coworker approaches me with "Hey, I'm looking for a roommate and I thought of you because you like art." Well, huh.

Thanks for asking.

justagirl said...

oh my goodness!!! that is an amazing thing to happen, I agree it is totally full circle.

Funny little things like that happen in my life too, I really love it, it makes me smile and chuckle.

Katherine

Katrina said...

i love it when you post everyday! your stories make me giggle and sigh and tilt my head to the side and say, "so true, so true". so thanks to you and your continued blogging for that.

my latest everyday magic: i've been renovating my studio for the past 6 months, a slow slow process, and just last week i thought, "i'd love a desk chair that isn't too office-y, something fun and comfy" and then this weekend a friend was moving out of his apartment and asked me if i wanted his turquoise comfy desk chair. to which i said, "YES".

daisies said...

how incredibly cool is that!! wow, that must have been an amazing feeling :)

i need some more magic in my life i think ... i'll just have to start manifesting that :)

BlossomingSoul said...

I'm always cheered up when I come here. Thanks! :-)

son said...

my everyday magic had gone, i'd felt lately that i had crossed a invisible line from childhood into adulthood after marriage, mortage and children, that i just couldn't see magic anymore. until sitting in the garden with my daughter and suddenly her saying there they go mummy. i looked around and had to ask her "what?". her reply was they are just in there mum, see them, in that bush, the fairies are dancing! small drops of water caught between sunlight and the breeze were actually fairies daning and in that moment i could see, my girl gave me the sight of magic back.

Anna Lloyd said...

You found an old business card on the footpath? Wow that is completely surprising! There are so many things that remind you how far you have come. It makes it all worthwhile!

surfmomma4 said...

Wow, really cool..I'm studing the Law of Attraction, and it seems you are a deliberate attractor..I feel it's just the goodness that you put out returning to you ..BTW LOVE your art..hope I'm picked as a winner..have a magical day!!
Susan

CelticBuffy said...

Last week I blogged about my worries of letting my kids go across the country to their father and his new fiancee. The very next day (summer solstice) Mr. Ex called to say that the kids needed to stay with me as he was moving back to our (soon to be new home) city in two weeks sans Ms. Fiancee. That is most definitely my magic moment!

denise said...

Life is filled with many blessings, yet many people live at such a fast pace that the magic is never captured, admired, or embraced. Thanks for reminding me and the many others who read your blog that we need to take time for self, for others, and for sharing the precious moments in the journey of living and creating.

Denise

Heather, paperfollies.typepad.com said...

wow...I just got gooseebumps! serendipity + attention = hope!
XO

Robin Westphal said...

Definately a full circle moment. I love those synchronicities!

Katherine B. said...

I love those moments!!

lacy said...

Oh I love that story, gave me goose bumps in the best of ways. Happy moments! Thank you for sharing that moment. -- Lacy

Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

today my magic was not allowing a negative person to suck the life out of me. i felt so empowered when i realized that i no longer felt burdened and abused by the attack. instead, i walked away and felt secure in myself. and that is pure magic!

andrea said...

oh kelly rae. so wonderful, getting together with you, such a treat. and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed meeting me as much as I enjoyed meeting you! thanks for the kind words, friend. can't wait to spend more time with you and all your loveliness... so excited that we're going to be living in the same town!

my everyday magic? witnessing your magic moment.

xo

lisa said...

Wow! This is powerful energy indeed! I'm so glad it's happening for you/through you :-)

The 'number' thing is very preveland in my life, too. It's amazing!

Magic...ah, what a sweet word. For the past 10 days, *much* new magic has manifested into my life. It's delightful and profound and humbling. I am deeply grateful for its presence.

Su said...

Kelly Rae - this is so inspiring. I look for those AHA Moments and smile and say thank you.

Thank you for being here for us.
You are a Blessing...





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