Monday, May 16, 2016

Instagram, Workouts and a Birthday

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson



Life is Beautiful folks. Even when it seems all is tumbling down before you...it is GRAND.

This week I am looking forward to...

1. My NEW Instagram account is LONG overdue. Now I already have an IG account for my art and daily life...but I have been wanting to begin a fitness/healthy life one for over a year. I finally took the plunge! I will be posting my Journey to Health and Fitness both Body and Soul as I turn the Big 5-0 this October!!
This is me after this morning's workout. Scary, right?!:)



I was feeling AMAZING here!! Proud of myself!! You can find me and follow along at fitat50HeartandSoul

2. Getting back in my Scriptures. I need to listen to the Lord. He nags me daily to READ and study but I always push Him away and say Not Now. Well this week it's time.

3. Creating my O,P, Q, and R tags for our ABC's of Inspiration Tags in our FB group. You can play along, too!! There is no deadline!!

4. My sweet girl is 19 this week!!



She is soooo incredibly BEAUTIFUL on the inside and out. She SHINES! Oh she has been through so much in her young life but has come out filled with Peace and Love. She is a Marvel I tell you. Blows me away with her Love for others. LOVE YOU PRISM MOON!!!!!

What about YOU, girls? What is on your Heart this week? What GOOD things do you have to look forward to this week? Please share!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

My Top 5 This Week

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino


This has been a week of ups and downs. But all in all I have learned so much and am grateful! Here are my Top 5 from this week!!

5. Spending time with my family on Mother's Day was the BEST. From a surprise visit to church by my son to steaks on the grill to seeing the movie "Mother's Day". It was a perfect day and I am BLESSED!


Us from last August in Birmingham, Alabamba

4. I TRULY am learning to find Joy in the Journey. I have had my share of depression throughout the past 4 years but this year has been a TRUE turning point. My sweet girl has taught me so much along with our journey with Anasazi and reading The Four Agreements.



3. My husband and I are enjoying a series on Netflix right now called "The Sixties". This documentary type series is produced by Tom Hanks. There is also "The Seventies" and "The Eighties" which we plan on watching. It's fascinating learning about our history!

2. I have found Pic Monkey!! And it's changing my world!! I signed up for the full year and am LOVING it. My goal is to create my own MEMES daily to uplift and inspire.

Here is one I made using an old journal page of mine...



Feel free to share it!!


Here is one I made this morning using a photo I took last May of a peony in my daughter's Birthday Bouquet.




Pic Monkey is a blast!

And my NUMBER ONE love this week is the fact I am getting back to what I LOVE so much...WRITING! I plan on writing more here and I have joined up with the #100 Days of_____ Project so I can write some more:) My 100 Days is called "100 Days of My Life. Each day I will be sharing a photo of my life along with a short story on Instagram. You can follow that here.

What is YOUR Top 5 from the week?!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Write Down Those Dreams

“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.” 
― Peter ShafferFive Finger Exercise: A Play

I need a new routine.
One that helps me be productive.
Lately I have just felt like I am spinning my wheels...
spending my days not accomplishing a whole lot.

That doesn't feel good.



I have been so inspired by my FB friend Kelli May Krenz and her #100 Days of You. In Day 5 she talks about planting our Dream Seeds. I LOVE the imagery of that!! Kelli reminds us to WRITE OUR DREAMS DOWN. I know that seems so simple yet I don't always do that...



So the rest of the week I am dedicating to writing down my Dreams. Each Dream gets a page so I can plan every little step to make it come true.


Here are some GREAT tips from Action for Happiness

To get the most from this action it is important that you:
  • Write things down
  • Commit to do it for at least 20 minutes a day for at least four days
  • Only try it if you think it will be a meaningful or challenging thing to do
Ready to try it? Ok here goes…
  1. Get set. Get yourself a notebook and a pen (or use your computer). Make sure you can have at least twenty minutes undisturbed. (We have done this action at home, in a café, even on the train).
  2. Imagine. Now imagine yourself in the future - say 5 or 10 years from now - after everything has gone as well as it possibly could from now. You've worked hard and succeeded at accomplishing all your life goals and made the most of your talent and potential. Think about all aspects of your life - your home, work, relationships, leisure activities etc.
  3. Start writing. Keep going for 20 minutes, or longer if you want to. Remember - there are no rules to this, just start to describe what comes into your mind about your dreams for the future. No need to try to 'get it right'. There is no right answer. This is for you, no one else need see it.
  4. Continue. Carry on doing this for another three days (or more if you want). You may want to read over what you wrote on previous days and continue from there, getting into more detail or new thoughts may have come to you.
  5. Reflect. After four days look back at everything you've written. What does it tell you about what you really want in life? What would really make you happy? Now, why not set your goals and make them happen.

What are YOUR Big Dreams? Do you even know what they are?? I think that's the hardest part sometimes!!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

What I am looking forward to This Week



Mondays have always been
a favorite of mine.
 A fresh start
to your life.
New goals
and
dreams.

Love
It!

This week I am looking forward to several things including...

I am taking today and cleaning everything! My floors, dusting, sorting and purging.
I'll turn up the tunes...(think, Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band and Abba)
and 
GET TO WORK!

The sunshine is back this week and boy am I EXCITED!
It has been nothing but gloom here for 7 days.
Sunshine brings me so much energy!

My daily walks.
Last week was a struggle to get my steps in with the cold, windy days.
This week will be better!

Creating my I, J, K, L, M & N Tags for my "ABC's of Inspiration Challenge".
Yes
am 
behind!

Soooo much to be HAPPY about this week! What about YOU? What are YOU looking forward to?


Friday, April 22, 2016

Top 5: Prince and the Revolution

You can always tell when the groove is working or not. 
-Prince

Some of my most cherished memories are from the 80's. 
Cruising Riverview
High School dances
Happy Joe's Pizza
Working at Jack's and King's Daughters and Sons
and 
Music.

This was the age of MTV, Friday Night Videos and USA for Africa. 
Music permeated the halls of our high school, 
our cars, 
arcades,
sleep-overs, 
dances...
our lives.


The songs and artists are still Iconic some 30 years later.
Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, Duran Duran,  Hall & Oates, Micheal Jackson and Prince.

The summer of 1981 stands out as one of the best of my life. Swimming in my backyard, long walks under the stars, Jamie and John, Rose and Renee...and music. Oh I LOVED music from that summer...
Bette Davis Eyes, Arthur's Theme and Controversy. 
I had NEVER heard anything quite like that song in my life and I wanted more. 


I found the cassette in one of those K-Tel type "cheap" bins at Jacks and snatched it up. The album was down right raunchy at times...but as I would soon find out..that was just Prince and I loved it! 

I found out later that another one of my favorite songs from the late 70's was actually a PRINCE song!! "I Wanna Be Your Lover" topped Billboard's Hot 100 at #11 in 1979. 

Lucky for me and the rest of the world Prince would go on to become a Pop Legend...burning up the charts with Five Number One Hits including "When Doves Cry". 



Here are MY Top Five favorite Prince songs of all time...

Number 5: Controversy...My first "taste" of Prince...I knew it was love!

Number 4: The Beautiful Ones...This song is from the soundtrack Purple Rain. I can still see him sing this one in the movie. I love it! Classic Prince.

Number 3: I Would Die For You...how could I NOT have this one in my Top 5?! The Purple Rain album was the soundtrack of my life back in the 80's!! 


Number 2: 1999...the first time I heard this all I could think of was ....WOW!!! I can't get enough of this guy!! My friends and I belted this song out more times than I can count...all the while not believing it would actually BE 1999 one day!



And my NUMBER ONE Prince song is from that same album..."Free". It never made the charts (that I know of) but it is the BEST Prince song out there. Take a listen....I think you will agree!




I still can't believe one of my childhood favorites is gone.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

It is Good to Love Many Things

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” 
― George Bernard Shaw



I have been creating "my" art since I was 42 years old.
The only things I had created up until that point were my beloved
scrapbook pages and the occasional hook rug and fabric wreaths. 
I never considered myself an "artist".

A page from my journal 3 years ago

A 6x6 canvas created 4 years ago for a sale I participated in.

A page from my journal last year

Another 6x6 canvas I painted 4 years ago. It is still one of my favorites!

Another page from my early days of journaling.





Throughout the past 7 years I have stuck primarily to my journals, canvas's, 
acrylic paint and Words. 
It's what I know.
It's what I love.

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” 
― Vincent van Gogh

But like Van Gogh says it IS good to love many things.
And I do.
One of my favorite things to do is ooooh and awwww over the gorgeous art 
in the Stampington magazines. 

 and
are my favorites.

I keep promising myself to try new things,
add fresh techniques to my pages.
I find myself getting into a rut
and getting bored with my work.
My art feels stagnant.

I am ready to spread my wings and try new ideas, new projects 
all the while breathing new life into ME.

I have a few plans in mind that I wanted to share with you today...

I LOVE how Bonita uses such fresh, bright colors in her work along with gorgeous 3-D flowers. 
Note to self: Use my chunky little bits!!

Carolyn Dube just uses EVERYTHING to create so many varieties of projects. She doesn't just stick with journals and canvas's. Because of her I have my eye on a bookcase that is getting renovated by ME!! 

Diane Salter's work has inspired me to really break out of my rut! I spent most of the afternoon painting background papers and collaging them onto an old cigar box. 
I will share the finished product next week:)

And finally I have to tell you about Jodene. Oh my!! She adds her faith, little bits she finds on her walks (think twigs, rocks, flowers, etc) and more to her canvas's. She is one of my FAVORITE artists!! So grateful to be taking her "Consider Birds" on-line class in May!!

I think this quote from an older art journal page of mine sums it up best.





Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Start Living in the Now

"We can start again countless times in our lives...a new job, a new relationship, a new day. Why does a fresh beginning feel so good, yet at the same time, just a bit scary?" -Flow Magazine


Lately, it seems all I do is say to myself...WHEN. 

When
I
lose
weight.

When 
the 
kids 
are settled
and 
on their own.

When 
we have 
enough 
money and security.

When 
the house 
is 
in 
order.

WHEN.

To be perfectly honest I am sick and tired of the word When.
I want so desperately to be living in the 
NOW.

As the big 5-0 gets closer and my life keeps 
looking more and more different...
I find myself standing still.
Not moving...
at 
all.

I am frightened.
Change can be hard.

But it CAN be exciting, too.

A canvas I created several years ago

Today I took time to sit quietly and write in my journal.
It's what I've always done for as long as I can remember.
In Jr. High my thoughts were printed in a tiny golden diary...the one that had a key  to keep all your secrets safe.
Most of that book is filled with daily weather reports and my crush on Donny Beger.

By High School I was writing volumes in my Garfield and Ziggy notebooks. Everything from 
my dreams of covering a political convention to what was bothering me...my parents, my friends, school...and yes, Donnie filled up more pages in these notebooks than I care to comment!


Today I wrote down my goals as I Journey towards 50.

I know I want more HAPPY in my days. 
It's not that I don't have that now...but I want more.
I want to live in the NOW.
No more living in the WHEN.
There is so much lost in the WHEN.
I am DONE for the next 6 months obsessing about my weight. 
My ENTIRE life I have never felt good enough because I was "fat".

Girls, that is ME on the far left in 1999 at my first Marathon. 
During this time I thought I was so overweight. 
I was constantly obsessing about food and exercise and putting myself down.



Looking at this photo now
I can't believe how healthy and in shape I look!!
I never saw that or felt that while I was living that.

Sad.

I WILL be taking long walks, eating healthy and watching myself...
but I am DONE saying WHEN I get thin. When I can wear a size 10.
I am 49.5 years old.
I wear a size 14.
am
happy
with
that.

In the next 6 months I will 
write more
be kinder
enjoy coffee while I read a favorite book.
I will wear what brings me JOY.
I will be kind to 
ME.

I will be the best version of myself!


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