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Last week my friend Kristin hosted the first Awesome Ladies Project on her blog. The project is all about dedicating two hours a month creating a project that makes you feel like an awesome lady. Kristin is doing her two hours the last Friday night of every month, but it’s a do-it-when-it-works-for-you sort of a project. I’m in.

I decided to dedicate at least the first few months of my Awesome Ladies Project time to things that have made me feel awesome in the past that have fallen out of my life. I’d like to use this as an opportunity to invite those things back in.

I started with poetry. I have books and books full of poetry I wrote as a child and as a teenager. Some of it is still amazing, some of it is a little embarrassing, some of it makes me cry, some of it won me awards back then, but all of it helped me to work through a very difficult time in my life. I don’t feel the need for poetry anymore because I’m mostly happy (and I used it as an emotional coping mechanism), but that doesn’t mean that writing it won’t make me even happier. (There are also about one million poems Jake and I wrote to each other during our dating years. I’d like to get back to some of that too.)

I decided to dive back into channeling my inner poet a little slowly with a haiku and a sonnet, both about Spring. The perimeters of the structured poems helped me get into a rhythm of thinking outside of prose. Writing observational poems vs. emotional poems took off the pressure. These decisions helped to kill my nerves so I could just start.

I got out a composition book and my favorite cheap Bic pen, tapped my fingers to the rhythm of the syllables, and just wrote. Here’s what I came up with:

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Ripples through puddles
Shooting ever outward to
Nothing but the edge

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The green emerging finally through the ground
Soft patches yellowed ‘neath decaying leaves.
A heavy gusting wind has thrown around
The warblers taking shelter in the eaves.

I try to learn their names with every song
Fantastic each will sing a tune his own;
The cheery chatter fills days newly long
They’re juxtaposed with siren’s wailing tones.

I hope my little garden gives Spring rest
Within this city, merely Nature’s guest.

Getting back to something I once loved feels awesome. The excitement of being able to structure words to fit a pattern, the burst of joy that comes with finding the right combination of words and the most meaningful order, the ability to capture feelings I’m having about Spring trough imagery: all of these things for sure make me feel like and awesome lady.

If you want to share your awesome lady project, use the hashtag

#AwesomeLadiesProject

and add your project to the link up.

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This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 10 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art / 2: Striped Scarf / 3: Pillow Covers / 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines / 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors / 6: Band Pin Display / 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class / 8: Crystal Nail String Art / 9: Adventures in Dye.