Tag Archives: life lessons

Finding The Gift

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2017 has NOT been a healthy year in review,

Started with bronchitis and ended with the flu…

Had a big toe fusion and was rear-ended too,

Worked way too much which made me feel blue.

       Still I managed to blog almost every day,

       Created my weird birds every Wednesday.

       100 mixed-media faces and 50 fish, YAY!

       Art experiments in the spirit of play.

2018 starts with a few goals, sincere –

Take care of my body, like a friend who is dear.

Notice the small gifts of JOY that appear,

Live my life with clear intention this year!

This poem was recently inspired by this article in Uppercase Magazine, written by Melanie Falick on living with intention.

 

And this book I purchased from Amazon, Finding The Gift, by Angela Howell with daily meditations for mindfulness.

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I look forward to the small gems that I learn from this book to share with you on my art journey in 2018, after all, finding the gifts is part of the fun!

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Wishing you all a happy, creative and healthy 2018!

Cheers! 🙂

Faded Memories

I came across my mom’s college scrapbook the other day…

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These flower corsages were taped to the first page.

The tape had yellowed with time but the flowers were amazingly still intact.

I wondered what special memories these dances held for my mom that inspired her to keep the corsages.  So I wrote this poem:

Faded and fragile,

Memories like flowers,

Pressed into a book.

Unspoken dreams,

Slip away, quietly

Like an unsung melody.

I found such sentimental beauty and hope in these dried flowers.  Sometimes it is the small things we hold dear and maybe press into a book to be discovered by someone else, some day if we make the time to notice.

Have you ever pressed a flower into a book?  I hope you share the memory with me!

Cheers!  🙂

The Muscle Fish

Do you ever feel like you have to do a TON of heavy lifting?!

Well, today’s FUNny Fish feels like he is stretched to his max!

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Remember when life gets a bit hairy…

Sometimes it helps to laugh! 🙂

Happy FUNny Fish Fry-Day from the Muscle Fish!

Cheers! 🙂

 

 

Dear Friend…

Have you ever written a letter to yourself?  In your own handwriting?

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I have been updating my MIL’s address book on my computer.  (A great gift idea BTW for a family member!) And it got me thinking about writing a letter to myself.

Have YOU ever done this?

I wonder what my letters would say if I addressed myself as a friend?  Would I be more kind to myself?  Would I show the same kindness I do to others?

And then I wonder, what seems so important now… would it still be… a year from now?

I have decided to write a letter to myself today and treat myself as I would a friend.  In one year, I will mail it.

I encourage you to do the same!

Cheers Friends! 🙂

P.S. I used purchased stationary here but it might be fun to create a border with your own artwork for your letter.

The Ripple Effect

Life doesn’t always turn out as planned… Yet, I do believe how “I” react makes a BIG difference.

I created these patterns in color pencils on black paper with the thought of throwing rocks into water:

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And afterwards watching the ripples of my actions spread…

When life gives me lemons, do I spread joy or anger?!  The choice is mine.

Cheers!  🙂