Sunday, August 29, 2010

An Organization Whose Mission Is To Stimulate Creative Expression, continued...

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I had a very nice chat with Katherine Wilson during our interview meeting. She is very down to earth, sincere in her endeavors and charismatic. It is really nice to know such a warm person is at the top of the Ann Arbor Women Artist Organization (AAWA)!

I found AAWA on-line the July before last. Since then I've taken a few Internet workshops with them and had a few notices posted in their newsletter. It is my goal to be a bit more actively involved over the next year with this very creative group of individuals.

I like how Katherine described her feelings when she found the group, "I felt like I made it home." It does help to motivate when you can lean on the creative energy and inspiration that is emanating from others.

What organization do you belong to in your community? Share your feelings about it with me and my readers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Miracles, feel this sensation of awe, continued...

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I posted a picture with this article of an oil pastel drawing I did in the past. It is of a little boy running in his yard. To me, it feels full of life. I noted that bringing life to a blank sheet of paper is a miracle to me. I so believe this. It is a heavenly inspiration that comes into me and enables anything that resembles the actual photo to come to life. There is no way I could do this on my own! I feel like I go into this coma type state that blocks everything out when I'm working on a piece of art. It is very serene and peaceful for me! I get to participate in these heavenly drawings and writings on a daily basis, pretty cool, huh?

Tell me about your miracles. I would love to share them with my readers. They make for such inspirational and empowering stories. Help me spread the faith!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This difference makes you memorable, continued...

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I love the name of my art business, Lifetime Art Impressions. At the time I created the business, I knew that someday I would be able to capture memorable moments through my art and I had hoped people would actually pay me to do it:)

I was going through my divorce and, at that time, decided it was the right period in my life to at least create and register the name. I remember thinking, what is memorable and warm? When it came to me, it felt right. It took me 8 years before I actively started writing and drawing for a living. And, what amazes me even more today is that all aspects of my work (as I continue to broaden my work) still fits the name perfectly.

People commission me to write an inspirational piece about their loved one. I'll create it, overlay the piece on one of my nature photos and I'll press a flower and frame the work. It is really touching when my client gets the artwork and I watch their eyes well up with joy. I also get the same fulfillment when I bring life to a sheet of poster board and create a drawing for someone.

These types of impressions become timeless!

Tell me about your most memorable impressions and how they've impacted you. Share your stories!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Memories of tragedy my guardian angel helped me survive, continued...

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Safehouse Center of Ann Arbor, MI. made the connection between me and Rachel Holmes. I've never met anyone who has overcome so much and who is so positive today. She is on a real mission to make the world a better place by empowering others with her story. I believe only the power of God could protect someone like Rachel and guide them through so much.

Do you know anyone who is coping with sexual assault or in a domestic violent intimate relationship? If so, it might help them to read Rachel's story. Please forward it to them if possible.

The National hot line number for those surviving domestic violence is (800) 799-SAFE (7233). If you know anyone please carefully and quietly encourage them to reach out for help. Everyone deserves loving kindness especially from the ones who are supposed to be protecting them not hurting them.

I can only pray for those struggling in this type of unhealthy environment. May you find your way to safety and may God bless you and protect you along the way!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Little things do mean a lot, continued...

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Boy, have I been trying to drill this concept into my teenagers for years. It drives me crazy when they get off of the school bus and walk right by the empty garbage can on their way into house. They are getting better as the years pass. I imagine it will fully set in as they graduate from school!

Little things do mean a lot in every aspect of our lives. I am someone who usually picks up the crumbled piece of paper on the street. I'm not going to chase something down but if it falls right into my path, I will stoop down, pick it up and through it away. It just makes for a cleaner community. No one likes to look at streets that are full of garbage but most won't take the extra second or two to help keep it clean. It amazes me how thoughtless some people are when it comes to this kind of stuff.

I do understand that if we just all cared enough to clean up after ourselves, we wouldn't have messy houses or streets but we have to start some where so why not start here and help with the cause?

What are you doing to make the world a better place? Share some of the little things you do that make a difference!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Is your well running dry, continued...

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Wow, does my well feel drained this week. I'm sure I'm not going to get much sympathy as I'm recovering from a 3 day trip to the Dominican Republic which was supposed to fuel my energy not take away from it. I'm pretty sick this week; I'm sure it was from something I ate or drank while at the resort. When you're physically down, the emotional state follows pretty quickly!

It was a beautiful setting and wonderful to get a little taste of the island but had I known the impact of my get away would have been so dramatic, I would have saved my health. Be careful when you are visiting foreign countries; I basically tried everything to get that hands on experience. Not such a wise choice:(

Otherwise, in my normal life, I feel my work is a daily spiritual renewal for me. I'm very lucky and grateful for each day I'm able to devote time to write and/or bring a blank page to life through a drawing. Pretty amazing and, with each project, I'm in awe with the outcome. Creativity is number one on my list of "things that bring me joy"; Reading, being with family/friends and stepping into nature are all on my list (no particular order).

What are basic or simple things that gift you with joy? Take a moment and share with me and my readers; I always love to hear how others find moments of peace and comfort.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I call hobo a little dog in a cat suit, continued...

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I completely relate with Kevin and his comment about his cat being a dog dressed in a cat suit. My Scruples was the same way. He would fetch, carry socks around and beg just like a dog. Could he have had a dog hanging off his family tree somewhere in the past:)

I love promoting authors like Kevin who work to help other animals in need. He is sharing part of his proceeds with his local animal shelter. Pretty cool!

If you can afford it and you have a child in your life, purchase the book about Hobo and bring a smile to the child and at the same time help a four legged friend!

Click here to purchase his book.
Are you a dog person, cat person or have you been converted to one or the other? Drop me a note and let me know! I love to hear from you.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Be the change, continued...

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Basically what I'm trying to say in this article is, Walk the talk. If you want to change the world start with yourself first. I think a lot of people just like to complain. Sure, that is okay once in a while but, on a whole, practice what you preach or emanate what you wish the world to reflect.

It sounds simple although once you give it a shot, you'll see it causes a whole new way of thinking which is pretty cool!

How are you bringing about positive change? Drop me a note!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Validate others, continued...

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I have always been a multi-tasker so I have to be very careful to make sure I'm giving my undivided attention to the people who surround me. I think we're all human and at times we're forced to make the most out of our time but for those moments when it is necessary and you should know when, PUT DOWN THE GADGETS. Look into the eyes of your recipient and engage into a sincere conversation. Validate them by listening, interface and consider their message. How does it impact you? Let them know to confirm you really do care!

Are you making the most of your relationships? Drop me a note and let me know.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

You might say my life has gone to the dogs, continued...

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Dawn and I, like many of my fellow animal loving friends, connected through Facebook on the Internet. I have no doubt that she is very passionate about our 4-legged friends. I love the way she described animals as "Spiritual beings, different from humans but not lesser beings." It is so true.

There are so many people in the world who give no priority to these little angels. Animal cruelty is hard for me to imagine. It breaks my heart to think of so many homeless and abused animals who haven't known love.

Just as Dawn requested, I reiterate her plea, please do whatever possible to help homeless animals; these pets need lovek!

What have you done to better an animal's life? How has it given back to you? Share with me if you can.

Friday, August 6, 2010

It is best to empower, continued...

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Wow, enabling and empowering, verbs that are very different in their impact on others. I do believe it is okay to step in and help someone who is over their head and I don't consider this enabling; it's a good deed and maybe needed help. But when you have to step in time and time again, guess what, your are now enabling something that isn't healthy. But as I said in the article, it is such a priceless gift to help someone learn how to overcome their challenges with a gentle nudge and loving emotional support; empowerment is extraordinary!

As I look back over the years, I know I have enabled many times in the past. It is easy to do when you love someone and you're caught up in their drama. Logic seems to fall to the side and, if you're a kind person, suddenly you're heart is hurting for them and you're stepping into their mess.

If you want to step in, help them find their way to solve their own dilemma through a shoulder to lean and maybe a little sound advice and education. They may not be so receptive at the time but, guess what, it is time!

How are you empowering others? Share with me, I love to hear your stories.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Adult orphans, continued...

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I first heard the label "Adult Orphan" from Lisa Hein who hosts the Internet radio show Everyday Parenting. It struck me just to hear it termed like this. When I think of an orphan it really pulls at my heart especially since I have children; I just can't imagine any child, without parents. Until I lost my dad, I had no idea of the void I talked about in this article. I am a very independent adult but knowing I can't see him and interface with him in the same way, makes me feel sad and child like in a odd way. I am fortunate to still have my Mom in my life and I truly appreciate the time I have with her. But loss really does touch on vitality. I realize it is part of life but when you live it, the logic of it being "part of life" is hard to embrace.

Are you an adult orphan? If so how have you been able to move forward in life?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation, continued...

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Sally Monahan and I connected on Facebook by sharing the common interest of promoting the well being of our four-legged friends. She volunteers at the Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue Foundation. She connected me with Kathleen Coleman who, if you read the article, is a real life angel. Kathleen devotes her efforts towards rescuing Dachshunds.

I'm so grateful for people like Sally and Kathleen. They advocate on behalf of our little fury companions and work to better their world and ours!

What can you do to help with this very worthy cause? Contact the rescue foundation if you're able to adopt and/or donate. Anything is helpful and appreciated!