Out on a Limb
A Monthly Newsletter from Martha Clark Scala
Invest in bringing joy back to your life.
August 2013



Welcome to Out on a Limb, a monthly newsletter from Martha Clark Scala. This free e-zine is meant to invite and inspire you to maximize the joy in your life.

Phone It In

As the calendar marches way too fast toward the middle of August, I have found myself in a quandary about this month’s newsletter. I have thought about not sending one out this month, sending out a “re-run,” or “just” sending a visual newsletter with few words. Why such indecision? In short, I am preoccupied with deep concern about a family member’s serious medical diagnosis.

At some point in the midst of this fence-sitting, the delightful slang phrase, “Phone It In,” popped into my head. According to urbandictionary.com, this phrase is used to describe doing something with minimal effort, or more literally, you phone something in when you should be doing it in person. If you know me well, you know I am not a Phone It In person. As this is a newsletter about maximizing joy, perhaps this is an opportunity to give me permission, and you too, to exert less effort from time-to-time. “Ah, but that’s being lazy, Martha,” you may protest. To which I will reply: it all depends on how you frame it. For example, perhaps phoning it in for one task or project frees your energy for another that requires more effort, and is more compelling, necessary, or satisfying! So try not to frame it up as lazy if you phone it in from time to time. After all, it’s summertime! This month’s newsletter is an invitation, in the form of a collage, to:


I have been showered in the past month with some fabulous, inspiring videos to add to my D.D.D. (Do a Daily Dance) Playlist. I take this as permission to phone it in and take some time out to DANCE!

Brave! By Sara Bareilles

Closer to Free: Flashmob of Cancer Survivors

Groove is in the Heart By Deeee-Lite

Get Lucky montage by Stephen Colbert & friends

Big gratitude to Beth Brown, Cassie Murray, and Bill Scala for these absolute gems! (And a note to contributors: unfortunately, I can only add YouTube-generated videos to my Playlist.)


Abandon Serious, but Seriously …

My brother-in-law told me I looked like Bo Peep in this hat, and of course husband Bill’s hat invites ridicule, too BUT … the serious part of this message is: wear sunscreen, and get your skin checked regularly, especially if there is a family history of skin cancer!

Your August 2013 Prompts for Joy

Click here to relish a puppy-feed that is downright artistic. (thanks, Dr. Amy Guthrie!)

Click here for classic comedy by Lily Tomlin, since the topic is phoning it in!

Click here if you want to get pulled in by some infectious laughter.  (thanks so much, Akaya Windwood!)

Joy-Gram for August 2013

Please re-visit the collage, above. Or dance. Or giggle as you watch August’s Prompts for Joy.

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By no means do I have joy “figured out.” Please do not assume that I do! I write Out On a Limb as much as a meditation for myself in the ongoing pursuit of joy, as for you. I think this pursuit is a lifelong journey and that the full experience of joy is, at best, episodic. May we all have more episodes!


Martha Clark Scala, MFT · 721 Colorado Ave., Suite 201, Palo Alto, CA 94303 ·

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