May you build a ladder to the stars, and climb on every rung

My English teacher used to say that you should never put a comma before an “and” (clearly she’d never proof read Bob Dylan’s lyrics).  So this is my first public act of rebellion.

Earlier this Summer, I took a ten week sabbatical.  Having worked for six and a half years and coming to the end of a major project at work, I felt it was time to redress the balance of my life from work:work to work:life, by trying to discover the life I wanted to have.

The only problem though, was trying to define what I wanted.  When I started my sabbatical, I was hoping it would answer the questions I hadn’t yet asked of myself.  It didn’t.  Questions led to more questions.

In an attempt to find my life’s path, I had chakra-opening massages, learned how to “belly breathe”, had “future life” hypnosis,  scrubbed myself with Himalayan bath salts (to keep those chakras open), and “om”-ed until the sacred cows came home.

The only thing I tried that felt slightly hopeful, was painting.  I have, therefore, decided to become an artist.

I haven’t worked out how, or even in what discipline, but I know I need to be doing something more creative with my life.  I’m trying to build my own ladder to the stars and am slowly climbing up each and every rung.

This blog is about my journey.


About sallybennett

I live, work and daydream in the UK.

5 responses to “May you build a ladder to the stars, and climb on every rung

  1. Hi Sally ! Congratulations on the move into a new area. I’m trying to do the same myself. The fact you are doing what you want to do is inspiring. I’m still at the stage where I’m trying to work out where I want the next move to be.

    • Hi Bas – thanks for the lovely comment. I haven’t figured it out just yet – I’m not sure anyone really does – but I am exploring a few possibilities. It would be great to have a catch up sometime – and I might be able to put you in touch with a couple of people if you’re still thinking of advertising?

  2. Louise Moreland


    This is fantastic! Both the decision to pursue art and your writing. In the few minutes it took to read your entries to date, you had me literally laughing out loud, cringing, and nearly welling up.

    You are so so talented lady. I have no doubt that your journey to the top of that ladder will be a spectacular one. Xxxxxx

  3. Amanda Frost

    Hi Sally

    Thanks for sharing your blog with me I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to coming installments.

    I also liked your oranges. Please keep sharing.
    A x

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