two :: synergy

Two years documenting thoughts with words and photos at dig this chick. This medium just keeps revealing more opportunity and, well, has become so so important to me.

Things grow and evolve with purpose when I pay attention.

And I find myself two years after my first, shy post about starting a running and gardening journal. Initially, I was wading cautiously into the blog river as if it was the first dip of the summer–on my tip toes, holding belly in, not wanting to have the cold water take my breathe away. But, of course, I was intentionally in the water and couldn’t wait for it to take my breathe away. So, eventually, I dove in, head-first, and was overwhelmed by the current and naked energy that propelled me from then on.

I find that I think differently now that I write more deliberately. I notice more. I notice the beautiful, raw, I-am-alive moments with sharp attention. I fully inhale a bare bug foot on the bed, a quiet dinner with my man, an embarrassing encounter in the woods, falling on my face while shoe shopping, vegetable personalities because I am more present in love and humor and humiliation.

I am more spongey to life’s adventures and details. And it is all so synergistic.

So, of course, a giveaway. Because everyone loves free stuff! But, not just a giveaway. Also, a special deal. The scoop: Leave a comment listing two or more things that are rocking your world right now. I’ll pick a winner on Monday, March 23, when I get back from a little ski adventure with pals down the Bitterroot, who will receive a set of dig postcards. AND, for the next week, a sale on dig postcards. $10 for one set or $16 for two sets. Thanks for the orders I have received! Here are a few comments from purchasers (in case you are dying to purchase postcards yet remain on the fence):

The postcards are beautiful! They arrived very quickly, even across several time zones. Thank you!

Too nice to put away – displaying on my kitchen bulletin board until I use the postcards – love these!

The postcards are so much more beauteous in your hand than they could ever be in a photo. I received a set for my birthday and was really blown away by the texture, color and weight of the images. What a marvelous present! The only trouble is that I don’t want to send any of them away!

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So, in two years, I have grown to just plain adore this forum and all you readers out there. Thanks for riding along with me. *wonder what’s next*

xo, dig

28 Responses to two :: synergy

  1. lera says:

    Well, my husband just agreed to get some hens! That idea is rocking my world. We just have to build a hen house and get moving on all that stuff. I’m very excited. And for the first time in YEARS, he is excited about it, too.

  2. Kelle says:

    aw, baby…i’d be so sad if you hadn’t jumped in that cold water! and happy blog day. you really are inspiring so many people to live freely and beautifully. so, rockin’ my world today: a new found love for hot lemon tea and this new thing lainey does wehre she closes her eyes and nudges her head right in my face so that i can “kiss her eyeballs.” because eyelid kisses rock hard.

  3. Kelly says:

    Pick me! Pick me! (elbowing in, shoving Kelle in corner)
    2 things rocking my world:
    1) Lily crawling and seeing her big CD booty shake as she gets where she wants to go.
    2) Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwiches

  4. TRB Holt says:

    Dear Dig, I love you!

    1. Margot

    2. Spring has sprung in Minneapolis! The birds are amazing, green grass on the rise & I check daily to see if the bulbs I planted, last fall, are peeking up..not yet, but soon.

    About your blog, it is one of my most favorite things I look forward to. Thank you for it Nici!

    xoxo, Mom

    PS, No wonder you are tired….I see what time you posted this!

  5. Chiot's Run says:

    I always look forward to your blog when you’ve got a new post. Congrats on 2 years!

  6. TRB Holt says:

    OH by the way, I would like to be exempt from your giveaway. :0}

  7. LeLo says:

    Congratulations on your bloggversary! You need to know, yours is one of my very mostest favoritist blogs. I love how you see the world, your photos and love of life. Love it.

  8. booksNyarn says:

    Congrats on two years of sharing! I have to admit I was nervous when I started mine, but it is a pleasure that surprised me!
    Two awesome things in my world right now are the arrival of spring – as I wait anxiously to put seeds in the ground, and a trip next week to see a very special new baby!

  9. Joan says:

    1. I am going to be a grandmother for the second time this coming July. That will make it 2 sweet grandchildren. Margot Bea and ?

    2. My crazy family and equally crazy friends.

    Thanks for your blog Mrs Cline. You’ve done us all proud over the last 31 years, XOXOX

  10. April says:

    This blog is rocking my world right now. Patia Stephens sent the link to me b/c we’re thinking of raising chickens (my husband’s not on board yet). I am definitely taking notes and showing him your success.

    Also rocking my world right now: the thought of going back to Portland for our anniversary. I miss it.

  11. jen says:

    what rocks my world … today.
    the promise of spring nearing – my girls playing in a “stream” in the gutter over the weekend! – … (your mom is SO right about minneapolis right now!)
    and …
    a finalized appointment for 4 days a week next year. (i’m gonna get something similar to your monday … and i am so thrilled)

  12. FinnyKnits says:

    Aw, Dig – I don’t think my blogging life would be the same without you. I love that something as misc as a blog can bring people from all over the place together. I mean, when else would I meet a similarly minded gal with a husband just like mine who lives in Montana if not for the blogs?

    Nowhere. That’s where.

    Anyway, many things rock my world right now. I get very “Everything is so rad!” in Spring.

    But specifically – my upcoming sabbatical from work is looming out there like a big shiny DO WHATEVER I WANT SOON gem and getting back into running with the dog has been a fabulous indulgence. Who cares if she has to stop and poop after 2 miles, right?

  13. Meredith says:


    Love the blog, yo. A few things rocking my world…?
    The recent onset of nice weather = first bike rides of the season!
    Also, my new circle loom with oh-so-soft organic yarn. sigh…

  14. Heidi says:

    your blog is a gift to so many people including me! you really inspire on so many levels:)

    glad kelle found you and passed you along to us.

    rockin’ my world right now:
    *my babies who are learning and doing so much more in the last week… (peyton riding her bike especially) makin’ mama proud.
    *my ipod. i just adore it;0

  15. Katie says:

    And we all look forward to many more “beauteous” years!

  16. Tammi Salas says:

    1. My mobile library and my fancy new library card; and
    2. Mustard fields growing like mad in Sonoma County. Beautiful oceans of yellow & green as far as the eye can see down Highway One. Need a family photo smack dab in the middle of the field before it all disappears.

  17. Kristin says:

    1. Planning my wedding to my high school sweetheart!

    2. Weather in the 50′s in Chicago….its sooo nice that the sun is shining…

  18. sarah says:

    wow two years? really?
    that is scary.
    rocking my world are:
    (1) my super amazing boyfriend and the fact that he is 9 years younger than me and i couldn’t be happier.
    (2) the fact that i am moving to portland maine, where i don’t know anyone, and it’s going to be cold and snowy. whoa.
    love you!

  19. Dig,

    Congrats on two years :)
    ….I really connect with your comments about feeling shy when you started your blog…. I am currently going through the same thing. Yet I hear you and other women speak about how much pleasure and how many friendships you’ve gained throughout this entire process — and THAT is what really makes me want to be a part of this whole thing. I guess I am not one to usually express my feelings to people I don’t know very well (esp strangers! haha), but I want to become better at it….
    I am still finding it hard to write about my thoughts and feelings though…. hopefully some day I will become as clearly confident and confortable as you are with your writings. I really respect that.

    In other news — two things rocking my world right now?
    #1) A snowstorm on a Saturday “forcing” me to stay home all day and relax;
    #2) The adventures of the past week while my mother visited with us.

    So… thank you for your inspiration. I really do love your blog.

  20. Dear Blogspiration,

    Rocking my world:

    -my badass girlfriends like you who inspire me every day
    -my badass lil chicken who keeps me on my toes and today said, “caterpillar?” four syllables, yo.

    and sign me up for that two for one deal on the cards. i’m kinda obsessed with them. actually managed to give one away the other day. i think they will be fantabulous mama’s day gifts for my urban peeps in cali.

  21. Melissa says:

    I’m so glad Gillie told me I should check out your blog. Never looked back and I hope we get to meet in April!

    President Obama rocks my world.

    My husband, who just left a big salary at a law firm that was sucking his soul to go be the director of a fledgling non-profit with no guaranteed funding. He is so energized it inspires me.

    My son, who is so quite possibly the best thing that ever happened to me, rocks my world every moment.

    I’d also love to partake in the spring deal for 2 sets of cards . . . I love sending actual notes in the mail, and maybe they would get me to the post office!

    Viva spring!

    PS. My friend loves her apron–thank you thank you!

  22. Susan O says:

    Obama is rocking my world! I love his intelligence and his calm and have complete confidence that he will lead the way out of the hole we have all been left him. Heading to DC in a couple of weeks to soak up the energy for spring break!

    I’m so excited about the new deck we are building in the backyard — the more “rooms” we have outside the more peaceful life seems to be.

    Spring is so totally HERE!

  23. Nici,

    It’s amazing that even though I’ve never officially met you, I feel like I know you so well. Your blogs have truly inspired me more than you will ever know.

    As for rocking my world…

    !) After reading your stuff for the past two years I’ve decided to get off my but and actually build a small raised bed garden! So far so good and getting ready to plant very soon! I can’t wait!! Even got your cousin helping!

    2) My boys. This of course goes without saying, but CHP still blows me away every day. He’s started recognizing words like ‘gorilla’ and ‘tiger’. I still can’t believe he’s only two and a half years old. And as for JKP… can’t ever get enough of that baby love…

  24. Cat says:

    Hi Nici, As you know, I love reading your blog.
    Rocking my world:
    Being actively happy for the first time in years and noticing it and basking in it *every day*
    I saw BUDS ON MY LILAC BUSHES today!

  25. Lindsey says:

    Congrats on 2 years! That’s a lot of words put to paper (er, screen). I’ve enjoyed greatly since I started reading last spring/summer.

    2 things that are rocking my world:
    1) I completed a New Years Resolution and ran a 5k today with a half-decent finishing time! Before I started training, I hadn’t ever run over a mile and a half, and my mile time dropped from 9:20 to 7:50.

    2) I’ve been Philly-bound for 3 years, but last week I got a job teaching horseback riding in rural Maine this summer. I’ll get a chance to chill, get out of the city, hang with some cool animals, teach some cool kids, and get paid for it! Yes!

    Keep on blogging :)

  26. Anonymous says:

    yo cous- I remember when you started…Charlotte was about a month or so! Now she is two too!!!

    What is rocking my world right now is:
    1) The death of my dear Grandpa Bob. I have been overcome with memories over the last week. I was so lucky to have such an amazing, wonderful, beautiful man in my life! I knew he taught me a great deal, but have been realizing it like never before. Here are just a few things he has taught me:
    –How to parallel park
    –To never argue with a fool for a passer-by might not know who is who
    – That brave men, like, him fought for our freedom over 50 years ago, and there are brave men that are still doing the same today! We owe them our thanks and thank god for Obama!
    –That you love your family through everything, good and bad.

    2) Working at the Humane Society. Animals are the most forgiving creatures. It makes my want to cry and dance when I see them open up to new opportunities and families after being mistreated. I wish more people were like dogs! The world would be a far better place.

    Love you
    elise, aka, PCPEB

  27. Tammy B says:

    Can I still enter??? What a great post. Two things rocking my world right now? The quickly approaching spring, with tulips and daffodils popping up, and the grass getting green quickly. The second thing is family. The rallying of family, with lots of love to help everyone get through a very hard time.