Today I’m sharing with you the contents of my purse.  Well, not all of them, just my 3 favourite items.  Which of these do you have easy access to at all times?

crayons, notebook, pen: 3 essentials for the artist on-the-go!

Have you heard Anais Nin’s quote “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.”?  This is so true.  It is also true that when the ideas come and I don’t have a means of recording them, some of them will slip right through the cracks of my consciousness and be forever lost in that place where emails are sometimes diverted or socks go during the laundry process.

I think in butterflies, so when I consider jotting down notes about my observations, I picture butterflies flitting about – bits of conversation I overhear, the colour of my neighbour’s tulips, a memory triggered by a scent.  Writing down the inspired words is like gently and lovingly pinning the butterfly to the page for close admiration and inspection.  When the words are later used to compose a poem, a story or a blog post, the butterfly is released for someone else to enjoy.

And what of the crayons?  Really, do we need a reason to keep a pack of crayons handy?  They add colour to my day whether I am simply rummaging in my purse for that elusive chapstick or I decide to pull them out when I am gifted with a few minutes.

Used to be I only kept fun stuff in my purse for my kids…and then I realized, hey, it’s my purse – there should be something fun for me in there, too!

Take a look at what you’re carrying around.  Let some of it be food for your soul.