Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter April Fools Reflections

I never really had a chance to write last year after visiting so many artful destinations.  This is the dining room of the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut.  I visited with my two nieces and nephew.  He really enjoyed the scavenger hunt.  I was paying attention to any pictures of women artists and subject matter.  I LOVED the dining room and I am using it as an example of what I think Easter is.  I think Easter is about the resurrection of Christ.  But, I also think it is about how light shines.  I think we have inner lights and it comes out in all different ways.  I think our light shines brightest as being a good daughter, son or as a loving parent.  It is effortless and comes naturally.  For example, a baby shines effortlessly and beautifully.  A baby shines new life!  The panels in the dark dining room were painted by the Artist's who stayed at Florence Griswold's house.  As we exited I quickly asked the volunteer if there was any special lighting on the panels and she said no....the light is from the painting.  Wow!  I love how the brightness of these panels showed through the photo as well.

 I quickly took a picture of this woman painting.  Notice her feminine dress, yet she is wearing a man's tie.
 Loved this painting as it really reflected a scene of a Victorian household.
It was so beautiful to walk the gardens and then see how they were painted more then a hundred years ago.
March is Women's History Month.  So, I always try to learn something about a Woman painter that I didn't know about before.  I remember during the visit hearing the name Woodrow Wilson many times.  But, during the last week of March Florence Griswold Museum's Facebook page featured Ellen Wilson the wife of Woodrow Wilson.  I have been spending all morning reading about her and am totally fascinated by her story and her beautiful paintings.   I knew nothing about her until a few days ago.  I have been spending this Easter morning reflecting and really enjoying and actually relating to her in different ways.  If you want to read more about Ellen Wilson click here.
At this time in my life I am enjoying waking up in the morning and putting a paint brush in my hand. This morning I went to paint and I was on my last piece of paper.  I have been using paper I had purchased more then twenty five years ago.  I think, what am I going to do with these anyway?  I decided all the paintings I did in March I am going to cut into butterflies and use them in the store window when we move to Spring Lake.  Butterflies are free to fly......and so am I!!!!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Letter a day in February

So far, so good.  It is the fifth day of February and here are four cards ready to go out in the mail.  I have been frustrated, as I felt I could do more with a computer twenty years ago.    I bought this printer July and waited until I used it for awhile to recommend it. What I love about it:  You can print pictures wirelessly from your phone.  You can print envelopes wirelessly from your phone.  There are four fonts including a pretty script. The best....I am still using the ink that came with the printer!!!  Yes, since July and I print a lot of graphics.  The name of the printer is Kodak Veriti Anna Griffin version.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Use a Challenge to Make a Goal  Now, that January is over, I am up for a new challenge.  I would like to celebrate making my goals happen in 2017.  They were challenging.  It was a struggle with unexpected twists and turns to distract me.  But, that is what life is all about, and how we can lean into the bends in the road to make things happen and not give up.  I decided to try this goal again of writing more letters and get back to card making.  I gave up (not really, I lost focus because I was tending to my brother who ended up passing away after surviving septic shock three times in the year 2016).  I could not
spend my free time with another letter writing  challenge in April of 2016, because my heart wasn't in it.  And, that is ok!  So, I took this challenge after I sent some mail on February 1st already and felt this would be perfect for me right now.  I started organizing all my supplies and have everything pretty ready and I am up to a challenge.  It is a fun challenge where you can earn badges.  One of my favorites is a Jane Austen badge.  The link is in the beginning of the paragraph, if you would like to join in, too.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Use MUSIC to attain your goals

I think music has made one of the most positive impacts in my life.  When

I was a teenager it became my icebreaker.  I was incredibly shy and I actually

remember the turning point for me.  I had attended my first concert.  It was The

Eagles.  My best friend's (at the time) brother had taken us.  We were freeeeee!!!!

The stadium was packed, but dangerous.  It was one of the last events to happen,

as it was going to be torn down, because of a shooting.  So my newfound freedom

came with some fear.   I had started working at the time and I bought a

t-shirt.  I remember when I wore the shirt, conversations would start.  And, instead

of being mortified someone was talking to me and was comfortable with the

conversation.  My first goal as a teenager was not to be so nervous when meeting

people.  Then came the album Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen.

I was a fan of Southside Johnny with anthems like Reach Up and Touch the

sky helped me feel everything was attainable.  I looked forward to this album, and

couldn't wait for a song like Born to Run or Thunderoad to sing along to while

driving back and forth to work.  Instead, came songs like Badlands and No Surrender,

and they seemed so negative to me.  But, I didn't realize how much these songs

would become my new anthems and would help me immensely when I was

really struggling to overcome my biggest fears.  When I went away to college my

song of choice was "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO to lift me up from darkness and show

me the light.  I still use music today.  At work lately I started to listen to ABBA and

I forgot how uplifting that is.  At home we just got a "Google Home" and I can't wait

to say OK Google play me some Abba or Hey Google play me some Queen singing

Don't Stop Me Now as I FINALLY take down my Christmas tree!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Positive Quotes

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” 
— Albert Einstein,

I don't do a formal meditation each morning.  But, I love opening my computer and having a wealth of information at my fingertips.  I also buy magazines such as Flow, Calm and Breathe.  These magazines are full of posters of inspirations, which I like to put places I can read and be reminded of positive quotes.  Reading positive quotes helps you feel positive and makes reaching goals easy.  The weight watchers meeting I attend also ends with a quote to sum up the meeting.  Use a journal to write these quotes down, and go back to and read them when you are feeling the need.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Goal Setting 2018: Write it Down

 Rule #2:  Write down your goals.  Use planners, calendars, vision boards, write on the side of books, travel journals, weight loss journals, letters to yourself, letters to others, messages in a bottle.  You get the idea.  Not only write them down, but later re-read what you wrote.
 I am always surprised at my accomplishments, because I don't always celebrate them.  Acknowledge your accomplishments and give yourself an healthy reward system to celebrate your goals you made happen.
The biggest one is "let go".  Let go of what is holding yourself back.  What keeps you from making something you dreamed of your whole life happen.  Face your fears.  Embrace your freedom. Forgive yourself.  Be your own best friend.  Think positive thoughts and act on them and everything else negative, let them go!!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Goal Setting Tips for 2018

Rule #1:  Don't be hard on yourself.  This is a picture of the Advent Calendar from Trader Joe's.  It was full of delicious chocolates and tea.  Even though I am on Weight Watchers I felt having a small treat each day would be fine.  But, look what happens, no matter how good what is behind the door, if you don't have the time or the focus days go by without taking the time for yourself.  The same happens when you set goals.  Then a week in, you beat yourself up and probably quit.  I am going to boast for a bit, but in 2017 I rocked most of my goals for the year.  My work, travel and weight saw the most success.  Hope you join me here as we set new goals and intentions going into the new year!