Friday, December 31, 2010

Footprints, continued...

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When I look back at my life, I have some not so proud steps I took as a teenager. Because of them, I work extremely hard today to make the world a better place. As an adult I'm proud of myself and my actions. I do live my life with intent and purpose. I will start 2011 improving my health and holding onto this mission as long as possible. Last year I went sugar free for 7 months before I totally gave up. I think I made up for the sugar in the last 5 months of the year so it seems that my strategy didn't really work:(

This year I want to be really aware of what goes into my body and how it impacts me. I'm logging my foods and keeping an eye on my calories. I'm hopeful I can achieve a balanced healthy regime without depriving myself totally of sweets. I plan to increase my exercise by adding the steps Dr. Oz recommends. I can walk, I know this for sure so let's see how my 10,000 steps per day work out!

What is your plan for the New Year? Leave me a note about it!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010, feel and release it, continued...

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Wow, what have I learned from my experiences in 2010. I've learned that it really doesn't matter how quickly I want something to happen. My time-line, regardless of my effort, is just a shot in the dark! There are so many unknown variables that alter timing and when I fight this reality and I'm not flexible, I might as well just give up! It is that nasty word, EXPECTATION, that gets me every time. I'm learning to tame my need to rush while continuing to dream!

Today, as my bank account is basically non-existent, I am happier than I've ever been. What does this mean to me, money is a nice thing but it really doesn't buy happiness. When I had it, I really enjoyed material things but I didn't have inner peace. Today my core is at peace, I'm healthier than I've ever been and I believe in my artwork and my mission to help others heal through art. Creativity is a tangible gift from the soul and it is priceless. I've discovered this over the past year!

What have you learned from your 2010 experiences? Leave me your story!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Healing foods balance the holiday aftermath, continued...

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I am going to research and learn with you the foods that will improve my well being. I am 41 years old and what I know for sure is that my metabolism has caught up with me. I have to do better by exercising more and eating healthier to tone my body and feel better about myself.

Together we will build a healthy grocery list over the upcoming months. Why not give it a shot with me, what can it hurt? The first item I added to the list is candy, how bad can it be? I don't want to start a new diet as January first rolls around. Instead, I want to start taking ownership of what goes into my mouth and how my choices benefit me or set me back. I only have 1 body and it is time to start treating it with respect!

What are your health plans? Let me know what you're thinking. I need all of the moral support and ideas you can provide!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Excitement through the eyes of children, continued...

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I think believing in magic should not only be reflective during the holidays but it should be present in our everyday life. It is about having faith and hope for a better tomorrow and also working hard to make it happen. I love talking to little kids this time of year and listening to the them describe Santa and all of his unlimited possibilities. If we could only hold on to this blissful mind-set and apply it to other aspects of life as we mature!

Do you believe in miracles? Can you share any stories with me? I love to hear them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The healing powers of peppermint, continued...

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Here we are in the midst of the holidays and I'm trying so hard not to gain weight. After discovering the healing power of peppermint I've decided perhaps it is a good idea to put down the cookie I try to justify daily and to pick up a peppermint candy cane. The calories, in comparison are less and the benefits are more worthwhile. It seems like I have a sore throat most of the winter and maybe the peppermint will help sooth it.

Can you offer any healing home remedies to winter ailments? If so, drop a note and educate us!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

People and their journeys, continued...

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This blog and my column has enabled me to share many stories of survival and empowerment with the world. I am so blessed to have met so many interesting and inspiring people along the way. The connections continue to lift my spirit. It has always amazed me to people watch and think about each and every story that passes by. We are all so very unique and individual in our approaches and interactions. Yet, in another way, we are very much the same. We all get to the same place but in very different ways. One path may be harder than the other but by persevering through it, it educates you along the way. By sharing our stories we're able to share courage and strength. We're able to help empower others who may not have thought about certain tools we have used to get through a similar experience.

Do you have a story of inspiration or know someone who does? If so, make the connection with me and share. I know it will help others!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Solitude, continued...

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It is really crazy how winter can take its toll on a sane person. Take away light and warmth and your freedom to move about freely due to bad weather and suddenly the mindset weakens. Our bodies are geared to beef up during these months in survival mode, which doesn't help either.

I always work hard to take my own advice since I'm writing about my feelings. I think, what would I tell my girlfriend if she were going through this right now. It seems we're all more attentive to our girlfriends than ourselves (which is a whole other article). But, I find my best advice for the ones I love and it is the foundation of my words I share several times a week.

Leave me a comment or email me with your thoughts about coping through winter. Who knows, you might like winter more than the others seasons and you can offer a whole new outlook!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Anger, eroding your health during the winter, continued...

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Winter is beautiful went you're looking at it through the window of a warm and cozy home unfortunately most of us don't have the luxury of staying in for 3 months or escaping to somewhere warm until it's over. I must say that I enjoy one snow covered day per year and this is Christmas morning otherwise, I'm white-knuckling my way through the icy roads here in Michigan.

I, like many in Michigan and the US for that matter, am struggling to make ends meet. I juggle minimum income with, what seems to be, maximum output. I am extremely anxious each Christmas wondering if I'll be able to gift kindly and find my way through the bills incurred as a result. Each year as I move into the next I'm thinking, "Boy, that was a close one but we made it!"

It is so easy to get caught up in our own world of fear and to let this drive our feelings. I have to make sure I'm taking moments out of my own quiet melt-downs to recharge and find my faith. As much as I hate to exercise, when I'm done, it really does re-align my mind, body and spirit. As I talked about in the article, light is physically healthy for us. We associate it with good and it does help lift the spirit.

Have you ever had a friend who is Debbie Downer (the Saturday Night Live character). All they do is complain. It is draining and it will eventually put you in a similar mood. This is why I recommend spending as much time with others who work to stay positive. It really does make a difference.

How do you overcome the winter blues? Share with me, I would love to know!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Everything feeds the spirit with inspiration, continued...


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I was extremely fortunate to have my booth next to Kath in last month's Ann Arbor Women Artist show. It didn't take long to discover this very creative, warm hearted person working next to me. I'm intrigued with her print making ability. The beautiful colors and shapes she creates clearly are reflective of her passion and spirit. They caught the eye of many who were passing by.

If you're interested in viewing the work of Kath Frajbis, click here.

The above is a photo of one of her pieces which she provided!

Are you creative? What is reflective of your spirit? Leave me a note to describe!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Humbled, vulnerable and raw, continued...

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I volunteer in the community where I see loss on a weekly basis. It has touched my home also. We've been downsizing for the past 2 years and we continue to do so. I am so grateful for my life, even without a steady payroll check. I'm a strong person and I know, like many others, this too will pass.

I work daily writing and drawing and trying to find job opportunities to enable me to stand on my own feet again. I'm sure a door will open when I least expect it. Why do I believe this, because I choose to keep pushing forward; not to give up. Life is what you make it and the message here is regardless of what you have to give up, you're still doing pretty good. Just start over and raise the bar a little at a time!

How has the economy affected you? Leave me a note and tell me about it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Circle of life, continued...

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I continue to try to find new ways to tangibly describe a spiritual connection that I believe actually exists. It is fueled by the greater good and it is contagious. Once you're able to tap into it, it offers security; it really is your salvation.

Whether you're surrounded by people or you find yourself alone, you can feel the love and kindness of the greater whole. We're all connected regardless of your walk of life, your color or your gender. Let go of bias, prejudice and judgement and just reach out to others. This will strengthen your vitality.

Be kind, regardless of the circle of life phase you're currently under-going. It all comes back around so it is important to be generous with your compassion!

Can you share any thoughts about the greater connection? I'm interested in your perspective.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Surrounded by musicians, continued...

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I met Betsy a few weeks ago at a craft show where we both displayed our arts and crafts. We are both artists in the Ann Arbor Women Artist organization. It wasn't long before we were talking. She is a very kind and warm soul and I'm really intrigued with her musical talent.

When my Dad was in hospice, one of Betsy's friends (I didn't know this at the time) came into each of the patient's rooms and played the harp. My Dad had not really been responding much prior to but when he heard the music, my sister said he opened his eyes and smiled. It brought him into himself and open to interface with her for a while.

It meant the world to our family. Betsy and others like her create miracles each time a person is gifted with their melodies. I feel lucky to have met her and I'm happy she is spreading joy to those in need!

Do you have any healing art stories you would like to share? Leave me a note or email me at lifetimeartimpression@yahoo.com with your information.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Your name connects you, continued...

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According to name-meaning.com, my name Kathryn means pure, virginal. I like the thought of this:) I really do try to live my life in the purest way.

My Mom told me that my 2 sisters and brother used to make believe they had a little sister named Kathy and so this is why she named me as such. I suppose I'm lucky they didn't choose a little brother's name and I didn't disappoint them!

Have you googled your name? As I noted in the article, when I looked up Kathryn Williams I found thousands who share my name (first & last). It is a group of authors, artists, musicians etc from all over the world. If you follow my blog, you know I transitioned my career into the arts 2 years ago and I finally feel an inner peace validating I'm on the right path. So, it was pretty cool to discover the others out there!

What does your name mean? Do you have any thoughts you would like to share relevant to your story? Leave me a note!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The spirit of Christmas, continued...

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This morning I woke up and looked outside to see the first real snowfall of the year. My first reaction was to flinch, withdraw and mumble unkind words under my breath. Later as the crisp air entered my lungs and it grabbed a hold of me and woke me up, I looked a little closer at the large flakes coming down. They were actually really pretty. I felt like I was part of a large scenic snow globe. Looking at it in this child-like way instilled awe in me. I became amused and amazed by the gift given to me on the first day of December.

It is really amazing how an outlook can shape you. It also affects everyone who surrounds you. I decided today that I will have happy holidays this year regardless of any worries. I choose to boot the old Scrooge out and close the year with joy.

What are you choosing for your holiday season? Leave me a comment and explain.