Inspiration

Real Life Moments

As I walk through my house turning off the lights…heading toward bed, there are things that catch my eye…things that fill my heart with joy, love, peace…

I cannot imagine my home without these things, although some are new; some are fleeting…yet all make a home.

I want to share with you the images that when I rest my eyes upon, fill me with such positive emotions, such positive thoughts!

First we have the artwork on the fridge. No…I am not the mom that keeps all art; rather I prefer to truly savor each peace. If I find myself walking past without notice, it is time for a fresh picture!

I could stare at this for eternity. A tree covered in the love of hand painted and hand crafted ornaments, stockings hung in anticipation: a reminder of the magic of Christmas, and my “happy painting” that is a staple of our main room. No matter how messy life can become…a reminder to live it fully!

This little piggy stayed home. This little piggy has been in my life for as long as I can recall. I remember emptying his contents as I prepared to head off to college, emptying it’s contents in a panic when trying to “adult” (unsuccessfully at times!) and now I look at this piggy with prolongued grief as I am aware of the cracks that will oneday (soon) expand and shatter my trusty sidekick…likely the result of me using it as a step stool and a chair one too many times in childhood!

Guidance. As is necessary in all endeavors. Knowing that the answers are there, waiting, anytime I care to ask the questions.

A reminder that our mindset matters…and that just as we can strengthen our muscles…we can strengthen our minds to seek the good in life.
Post a photo or two below. Share with us…where are your peaceful places?

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Finding and developing a passion

 

I have recently been reminded of how important it is to find, develop, and have a passion in your life.  My winter passion is quilting and sewing.  I very much enjoy the process of finding a pattern, seeking the perfect fabric, and putting the product together.  It becomes quite therapeutic.  This may seem like an antiquated hobby; however I liken it to carpenters building furniture.  The resulting quilt or garments are incredibly rewarding.

As I reflected on my own passions, I remembered several others: hiking, painting, crafting, gardening and reading to name a few.  What are special to me about passions are feelings you get during the process: lost sense of time, pride, joy, accomplishment, and serenity.   The things you are passionate about will leave you feeling full and motivated as opposed to lazy and worthless.  For me a contrast would be how I feel after watching television…I tend to feel tired, lazy, and unproductive.  Those are not feelings I want to have!

What do you enjoy? What can you do to discover new passions or rekindle past ones?  What have you secretly always wanted to try?

Employ your friends, purchase discounted classes or events on-line, think back to things you’ve enjoyed and take steps toward them.   No one cares how often you do it or how much it costs except you.  This is for you.  It’s time you make time for you. 

 

 

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Flying Ace Snoopy Quilt, 2012

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Backpacking, 2013