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"It's not from the known, but the unknown...that creativity and inventiveness are born. Turn away from the predictable, cliché, and reliable. Brave the void where the darkness is greatest. Trust the quiet, find the stillness, feel the calm. Then steadily think, speak, and move as if you were led. Behave as if your vision were clear. Anticipate the emotional rush that will come with your triumph." --A note from The Universe courtesy of TUT.com

Lara Simmons on September 12th, 2012 @ 10:33 PM No comments
Sometimes the signs are clear. You know what to do, you do it, and before you know it, you are where you set out to go. Other times, things are somewhat less clear.

At these times you may know what you need to do, but you may not know why. Or you may be stuck between two possibilities, both of which seem to have many advantages and you just have to pick one and see what comes next. Other times, you may be struck by paralyzing fear and indecision, having absolutely no idea what to do next and you just have to take a stab in the dark.

At times like these I find the above advice to be very helpful. Turn away from the predictable. Brave the void. Think, speak, and move as if you were led. Behave as if your vision were clear.

It's what I did one year ago when I left the job I loved at Verity and it is what I am doing now as I sign off from Verity Voices with this post.

I am not really sure why, but I have been feeling like it is time to move on, to write something new, to brave the void. I don't have anything else lined up (nothing that pays anyway), but I trust that something - the right thing, the perfect thing - will show up when I am ready.

In the meantime I am diving into the unknown, where creativity and inventiveness are born.

Thank you to all my fellow bloggers, to the staff at Verity who allowed me to be a voice for this amazing credit union, and to you for reading. I will miss you all and wish you nothing but the best.

May you follow the signs and brave the void when life calls out to you, "Follow me."

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Photo of One Year Later

Lara Simmons on Aug 17th 2 comments
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." --John Lennon from "Beautiful Boy"
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Photo of Meet Cassie (or, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned from my New Dog)

Lara Simmons on Jun 27th No comments
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." --Milan Kundera
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Photo of The Game of Life

Lara Simmons on Jun 15th No comments
"It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game." --Old sports adage attributed to sportswriter Grantland Rice
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Photo of Simplicity Simplified

Lara Simmons on May 23rd 2 comments
"Simplicity in its essence demands neither a vow of poverty nor a life of rural homesteading. As an ethic of self-conscious material moderation, it can be practiced in cities and suburbs, townhouses and condominiums. It requires neither a log cabin nor a hair shirt but a deliberate ordering of priorities so as to distinguish between the necessary and superfluous, useful and wasteful, beautiful and vulgar." -- David E. Shi
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Photo of How to Stop Global Warming

Lara Simmons on May 4th 1 comment

My 8 year old son after school: “Hey Mom, did you drive?”

Me (bracing for the backlash): “No.”

My Son: “Good, because I really care about stopping Global Warming.”

Me: (Speechless)

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Photo of The Same in Any Language

Lara Simmons on Apr 25th No comments
"Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." --Lao Tzu
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Photo of Practice, Practice, Practice

Lara Simmons on Apr 11th No comments
"...A relationship is a great gift, not because it makes us happy - it often doesn't - but because any...relationship, if we view it as a practice, is the clearest mirror we can find.." --Charlotte Zoko Beck
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Photo of Three (More) Beautiful Things

Lara Simmons on Mar 26th 2 comments
Aristocrats and bouldering and cookies, oh my!
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Photo of The Ides of March

Lara Simmons on Mar 14th No comments
"Semper ubi sub ubi." --Mr Lynch, my 7th grade Latin teacher
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Photo of Do Something Crazy, It's Leap Day!

Lara Simmons on Feb 29th 1 comment
Liz Lemon: "I'm about to do something crazy."

Her boyfriend Chris: "You should! Real life is for March.”

--From the “Leap Day” episode of 30 Rock

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Photo of Sweets for the Sweet

Lara Simmons on Feb 13th No comments
"All you need is....chocolate."

--As seen on a "Life is Good" tee shirt in Chicago

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Photo of Maybe

Lara Simmons on Jan 27th No comments
I took my kids to the dentist the other day. Things didn't go quite as I had planned....
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Photo of What's Your Word?

Lara Simmons on Jan 11th No comments
"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit. --Dawna Markova a three-time Cancer survivor
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Photo of Enough

Lara Simmons on Dec 23rd 2 comments

"A word I've come across a lot during the years is 'abundance'. Self-help books encourage us to welcome abundance into our lives. If we think abundant thoughts then abundance will automatically grace us.

The dictionary tells me that abundance is, 'an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply.' In these difficult financial times, is it realistic to expect abundance? Do we really need an 'oversufficient quantity'?

I'm coming to feel pretty fond of the word 'enough'. Enough is saving the washing up water and putting it on the roses. It's appreciating every melting moment of a square of bitter chocolate...It's having a terrible morning and then noticing those red berries on a walk to the post-box. Those red berries!"

--Fiona Robyn
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