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beautiful words of monique duval

November 30, 2009

photo: oksena tocickaja via behance

as i promised last week, we’ve done a little hunting for you, and unearthed some seriously great gifts for the women in your life. i personally, will be giving at least a dozen of these out this christmas, so if any of my darling friends are reading this post today, please act surprised if one of these lovely journals finds its way under your tree.

… the selection …

(1) That’s the way it is with DREAMS. They scratch at your door. You see them through the PEEP HOLE: a stray dream looking for a HOME. You think it might go away if you ignore it. Wrong. It’s still there when you open the door, SMILING. Wagging its tail. {monique duval}

(2) She’s turning her life into something SACRED: Each breath, a new BIRTH. Each moment a new CHANCE. She bows her head, gathers her dreams from a pure, deep stream and stretches her arms towards the sky. {monique duval}

(3) Then swing your WINDOW open, the one with the FRESH AIR and good eastern light, and watch for WINGS, edges, new BEGINNINGS. {monique duval}

(4) First it begins inside your HEART. Something moves. Then opens. Then frees itself. And now, you feel a rhythm breaking its long SILENCE. This is going to be GOOD… {monique duval}

(5) “Once you get over the FEAR, then it’s a cinch,” she said. And then she leaped into a mountainous and UNEXPLORED region of her HEART. {monique duval}

(6) She decided to FREE herself, DANCE into the wind, CREATE a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “YES” in the sky. {monique duval}

(7) Today I had a conversation with my TRUE SELF. She asked me why I had abandoned her, why I had ignored all her constant ADVICE. And then she reminded me of all the things I had FORGOTTEN. And never once did she say, “I TOLD YOU SO.” {monique duval}

(8) Every FRIDAY NIGHT they go out on the town. They wear their STRAPLESS dresses to show off their tattoos, they fling their everyday cares out the window. They split a BEER at the ice house. Their GRANDCHILDREN wonder what the neighbors think. {monique duval}

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these spirited journals inspire you to explore, imagine and create. perfect for capturing poetry, stories, novels, everyday musings and creative ideas. these lovely little ditties will be available in both our online and main street shops any day now. if you’d like to reserve a copy or two or three or four, please don’t hesitate to contact the shopkeeper… what an inspired gift for only $5.95 each.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2009 6:57 pm

    I’m loving your blog. I came to it through Lola B’s, and yours is as much of a visual treat as hers!

  2. November 30, 2009 7:19 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these Journals!!! They are fabulous gifts!!

  3. Bev permalink
    December 1, 2009 6:01 am

    where do I get the journals ??? Love them

    • December 1, 2009 11:42 am

      hi bev…
      the journals will be available in our NEW online shop which should hopefully be launched december 7th. if you’d like to reserve a journal, please contact me so i can put one aside for you.

      all my best,
      the shopkeeper

      • Bev permalink
        December 2, 2009 5:36 am

        Lovely.. Please save me one 🙂

  4. Karen Dunteman permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:42 am

    Thank you for sharing these journals. Love the sayings, so pretty, I don’t know if I could write in them. Yes, I would love some.

  5. December 1, 2009 9:58 am

    ooohhhh…something else to have my eye on….can’t wait for the opening….i think i just might totally lose all control in your shop ;0)

  6. December 13, 2009 8:42 am

    I’d love one of the journals as well!! I think #8 and probably #7 and maybe another… They are all fabulous!!

  7. Brooke permalink
    January 12, 2010 5:59 pm

    I have the fifth one and it’s really help me in recovery from my eating disorder. Thank you so much for spreading these!

  8. Retha permalink
    April 13, 2010 6:47 pm

    I’m looking for Monique — we were friends in San Antonio a century ago. Can you send me in her direction? With love, of course.

    Retha Oliver

    • Bonnie Dockery permalink
      December 13, 2016 2:49 pm

      I also am searching for Monique. Retha, have you had any luck locating her?

  9. kate duffy permalink
    May 13, 2010 7:12 am

    The Persistence of Yellow is one of my all time favorite books. I should buy the book in bulk because it is my absolute favorite gift to give. I want to bless every whimsical magical girl that crosses my path with a copy. Thank you… Kate Duffy

  10. Danielle Azcet permalink
    February 28, 2011 4:37 pm

    Hi a spirited kindred

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