Outer peace starts with inner peace…May you find it and spread it throughout your family, community and planet…
You Can Do It
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2015 is going to be the start of “no bull” for me. I was already starting to tire of it last year and removed some people and things from my life that were causing me negative feelings. And I am not just talking about my personal life, though it has seen the most transformation.
The way I create my art and present it to the World is evolving. Some of my long time collectors and fans have been noticing the difference. Many are excited with how my art career is progressing, but some want me to be the way I used to be. Gone are the days of cheap paintings and deals that are ridiculous on original work. I have come to realize that those types of promotions might make others feel happy, they make me feel bad about myself. My work has value. And I have value as a person.
It’s a new year and a whole new attitude! Prints will be on sale from time to time, but new painting originals will be full priced. Commissions will be hard to come by and if you do not see it offered on Etsy, it isn’t going to happen.
Another big change for me is that I will no longer be “lurking” on the social media pages of people who have hurt me that I have removed from my life. This goes for old “friends” and family. Yup, I will admit to doing that for quite awhile now. It was in part curiosity and in part a deep desire in me to see if they were feeling as bad as they made me feel. It isn’t easy to admit this behavior, but it is something I’ve been working on. I am finally at a point where I can continue the process of letting go! And that begins with not looking back.
For many years including 2014, I have fallen for the trap of living in the past. Sometimes creating and selling art to please others at my own expense. And also continuing to wallow in “what could have been” with people who will never be again.
The past is gone and staying stuck there is bulls*it! So here is to new beginnings and a healthier year!
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It’s so simple. Just smile. Even if you have to look at cute videos on YouTub of babies laughing or puppies sleeping, it’s a great way to improve your health and it makes you feel good about yourself. Below are some of the rewards of lifting those cheeks:
1. It Lower Heart Rate – Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease. Smiling reduces blood pressure temporarily too.
2. It Reduce Stress – Stress relief may be as simple as smiling a little more throughout the day. Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones.
3. It Increase Productivity – Smiling has been shown to increase productivity while performing tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality. This also explains why silly internet memes and pictures of cute animals can actually get people motivated and working harder after a few moments of smiling or laughter.
4. It is a natural Pain Killer – Smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that lift our moods, but many of these act as natural painkillers too.
5. It Increase Attention – Stress limits our perceptions and narrows our attention. Our body kicks into fight or flight mode where we can focus only on one of those things. Smiling counteracts this and widens our attention again, opening us back up to multitasking and insights that come from the fringes of our perception and our subconscious.
6. It is Contagious – Around 50% of people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.
7. It makes you more Attractive! – Smiling makes people look more appealing. This seems to be especially true for women. Men are more likely to approach a woman who smiles than one who simply makes eye contact while women aren’t necessarily drawn in by a smile alone.
8. It makes You Look Younger – Smiles naturally lift the face and in studies have shown to make people look younger, around 3 years younger on average.
9. It increases Longevity – The effects of a good smile extend past just the exterior good looks. People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study. It releases stress, helps the heart, and much more to keep you healthy longer.
10. It Boosts the Immune System – Smiles help the body relax and this lets the immune system react more quickly and effectively against invaders.
So C’mon…………………………………………………..S.M.I.L.E. 🙂
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I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! For me 2013 was a mixed bag as I had a tremendous amount of success with my business and a great renewal of love with my husband and daughter, but I had some serious upheaval in my personal life. I lost a beloved dog, a best friend and also had to disconnect from some of my family members. 2014 is full of promise and it is time for an energy shift! I will be doing things this year that I have never done in every aspect of my life. Life is for living and I plan do do a lot more of that this year! Hold on to your hats…..it’s gunna be a wild ride!
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Do you ever wonder if you are on the “right path” in life. Is something missing? Look at the list below and see if you can answer “often” to ALL of them.
1. I do things I love.
2. I get excited every morning when I get out of bed.
3. I feel accomplished when I fall asleep.
4. I have fun.
5. Things just seem to work out well for me.
6. I feel on top of my game.
7. I get so involved in projects that I lose track of time.
8. I have great ideas.
9. I use my imagination.
10. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude.
I have “often” felt all of the above on a daily basis, but haven’t lately and I find it is time to reevaluate what I am doing with my career, family and health. What I like to do when I get off track is sit down and write out a list with two columns. In the first column I write out all of the things I am currently doing that are not fulfilling, frustrating or unhealthy. In the second column, I write out everything I am doing that is fun, rewarding and healthy. If the left column is considerably longer than the right, I just make a decision to do more on the right side. It becomes my PRIORITY! I scratch off things on the left that are not necessary and add a few to the good side (things I would like to do). This gets me back on my game every time…..
Are you on the right path?