Archive for the ‘gratitude’ Category

Pretty in Pink

February 15, 2019

Love the pink blossoms on the tree in our neighbor’s yard. Mid-February is a bit early for spring blooms — even in Georgia — but they sure make me happy! It was a foggy day and the background looks a bit ethereal. The green lichen on the bark is a lovely accent to the pink blooms.

The blossoms are equally as pretty when they blanket the ground. The day after I took the photo, I got the daily email from Seth Godin and added his quote to my photo. Here is the full blog post if you are interested in the context of the quote.

Mistaken Identity

February 8, 2019

For about 6 years, I had a side business selling note cards I designed with a focus on using handwritten notes as a marketing strategy for making impactful business connections. I was a bit ahead of Send Out Cards, but without their deep pockets or their online technology component.

I gave many presentations to business groups and often included this quote attributed to Maya Angelou.

One day after my talk, a woman told me how much she loved my presentation… especially the quote by Michelangelo. I decided correcting her would NOT make her feel good, so I said thank you and let it go. It still makes me laugh and I’m now more conscious of my pronunciation!

Something New to Appreciate

February 5, 2019

Even though I’ve lived in Georgia since 1981, I had never noticed a Paper Bush until this winter. What a beauty! Here is a photo of one of the golden yellow blooms taken on my walk today. I have to say the blooms look even better on a bright sunny, blue-sky kind of day like we’re having today.

After a couple of my Facebook friends told me what kind of plant this was, I did a Google search and found this article from Southern Living magazine.

Here is a bit from that article:

“Native to China, paper bush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) gets its name from its bark, which is used in Asia to make high-quality paper. . . . Plant connoisseurs knew about paper bush, but it didn’t grab much attention until nurserymen planting displays for winter garden shows discovered that it was just about the easiest shrub to force into early bloom indoors. Thousands of winter-weary gardeners spied it, dropped their dentures in dismay, and coveted like they’ve never coveted before. A star was born.”

For comparison, the photo with just the white pods showing was taken in mid December when I first wondered what kind of shrub this was.

 

 

 

 

 

Then I took the photo with a few yellow flowers popping out a few weeks ago, on Jan 24th. An added bonus is that it smells great!

Fun to learn something new to appreciate — especially when it’s a plant that blooms before spring officially gets here.

Art for 30 Days – Grateful for All Who Play

February 4, 2019

I host a Facebook group called Art for 30 Days and we just finished the first of two 30 day challenges for the year. I love this group and the people who join me in sharing their work, posting links to interesting things that spark their creativity, and take the time to encourage one another.

Here is a small glimpse of some of the posts over the past month.

You’re welcome to come join the fun.

You don’t need to be an artist to get the benefits of creating and engaging in art. A study published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association found that creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.

In addition to making art/crafts/whatever, your 15 minutes a day (the guideline for the challenge) can also be in consuming art. Research a new recipe, take a gander at an artist’s website, watch a crafty demo on YouTube, or listen to a podcast. Whatever fills you up. Then come over and post what you’re doing.

It will be fun! At any time, you’re welcome to post your creations, share cool art-y stuff, and cheer one another on. Add your own bit of imagination and let’s make some magic!

www.facebook.com/groups/artfor30days

 

Memories of Daisy

January 28, 2019
rain barrel photo

One section of Mom’s rain barrel, inspired by flowers she and my sister Lisa grew.

One of the Facebook groups I’m in posts daily prompts for creativity. Today’s prompt is “daisy” which, of course, makes me think of my maternal grandmother Daisy. A fun and feisty woman who loved her family, her flowers, and finding the good in every situation.

A couple of summers ago, I helped my mom paint her rain barrel and this is a section makes me think of Granny and the yellow rose by her house that she especially loved. I added the rose to our design, along with the daisies, in her honor. I made this video to commemorate the entire rain barrel painting project. 

I have wonderful memories of Granny and am always grateful when somethings brings her to mind.

Peace with Prosperity

January 7, 2010

Today is the 7th day of the new decade and the year of my Personal Peace and Play Project. I’ve given up goal setting in the traditional sense. I’ve decided instead to focus on what I want from life and “play” my life as a game of improv instead of trying to map it all out. Staying more present in this moment and choosing my next action from what is actually happening instead of what I expect to happen. Moving toward what feels like fun and where my passion and enthusiasm can create the greatest impact.

A water crystal after the word peace was written or spoken over it.

So, instead of focusing on wanting more money, I’m focusing on having peace with whatever prosperity I have. I’ve had times in my life when I’ve had a cushion of money in the bank and have still been anxious about losing it and about making more. The gift of not having that cushion now is that I am forced to focus on what I want from money anyway. I want peace around having $10 or around having $10 Million.

Hence, my Personal Peace and Play Project. I’m experimenting with ways to focus, which includes Days of Gratitude. Another action I’m taking is writing “PEACE $” across the solar plexus area of my chest with a marker each day. When I get anxious, I feel it in my chest. The first time I wrote this was a few nights ago just before bed, when I had felt anxious many times through the day. That night I slept all night without waking up (a very rare occurrence) and slept until almost 8am (an even rarer occurrence)!

And there is research to support my marker. Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work includes extensive research around writing words or speaking words over water crystals and photographing how they change depending upon the words. And, since my body (and yours) is almost 60% water, it just makes sense to me that my marker-ing can only have a positive effect. Here is a video showing a variety of water crystals, including PEACE.

More on Peace and Play to come this year. I would love any ideas you have and what things you do for fun and peace.

~ Namaste