Walking the Talk and Finding Inspiration along the Way

Sick Me and Shibumi

One of the things I always say is that rest is part of the work – and this week I have to heed my own words. What started as a cold/flu has turned into bronchitis with some complications and I’ve been in bed most of the week. Luckily I have kittens to give me healing cuddles and lots of people sending me love and healing vibes. I’m sure I’ll be better in no time – as long as I rest.

As a part of my nourishment, I’m trying to surround myself with inspiration.

I thought I’d share a few of the things I am truly enjoying, just in case they would nourish you too.

If you have Netflix, they have a new documentary series called Abstract: The Art of Design. I’ve only watched the first episode but it was fascinating. It focused on one designer, his thoughts and processes and was visually interesting too.

For the photography lovers out there, Netflix has another documentary series, Tales by Light. Again, I’ve only watched the first episode, which followed a marine photographer and the moments he captures with humpback whales are truly extraordinary!

Thunder & Lightning

When I have enough energy to read, I’m still enjoying Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg. In this book she covers moving from writing practice to creating writing projects. There’s also a whole section dedicated to the importance of reading to a writer. I think this is worth thinking about for all of our pursuits. If we are musicians, are we listening to music too? If we are teachers, are we taking classes too?


I’m also truly having a wonderful time reading Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner with David Fisher. What a fascinating and affectionate story of two actors (and characters) that have been a part of my imagination for as long as I can remember. Plus a treat to discover Leonard Nimoy’s serious commitment to the art and craft of acting.

‘m also taking the opportunity to gently catch up on any classes that I’ve signed up for that have been sitting waiting for my attention. Even though I may not get up and draw or paint for a while, I can still immerse myself in the learning and the company of great teachers.

What’s inspiring you these days? 

I’d love for you to add to my inspiration well too.

Resting is a Part of the Work


  1. Linda Patterson says:

    Thank you Jamie for sharing these wonderful videos…even in your time of recovery. Please take care of yourself and get better! I look forward to watching this series on Netflix…:)

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