Out on a Limb
A Monthly Newsletter from Martha Clark Scala
Invest in bringing joy back to your life.
May 2014



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.

Two Words

For much of this month of May, I lacked the energy to write this newsletter, thanks to a tenacious infection that flattened me for weeks. I knew I wanted to make some collages but I did not even have the oomph for that until this past weekend. With limited gas in the tank, the concept of “less is more” spoke to me, so here are my two words for you if you want to bring more joy into your life:


Not an Artist?

Do not fall into the trap (which might just be an excuse) that says “but I am not an Artist, with a capital A.” It does not matter. It is the process of making something that holds great potential for bringing you joy. Be a small-A artist!


What is Art, Anyway?

The broader your definition of art, the more chances you have to cultivate joy.  So yes, there is painting, writing, singing, dancing, but there is also gardening, programming, crocheting, doodling, sewing, scrap-booking, face-painting, etc. 


Your May 2014 Prompts for Joy

Click here to see someone who makes art with sand. (Thanks, Roberta Gelt!)

Click here for a glimpse into a young child’s art. (Hurray to Akaya Windwood for this one.)

Joy-Gram for May 2014

Keeping it simple: Make Art.

Pictured Above

Collage by yours truly.

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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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