It's true, isn't it? The Spring Always Comes. We needn't even do anything, She shows up year after year in all her glory, emerging with renewal, hope, life, promise and oh, the flowers. Spring is like an organic refresh button.
Spring is one of God's gifts reminding us to flourish, that renewal is an essential part of life.
Do you ever feel like you want to press the refresh button? Spring seems to invite us to do so, doesn't it? It's my favorite season, and the flowers, yes, they're my favorite subject matter when I design. It's because I value all that they and Spring represent to me. I hold dearly a fervor for freshness and renewal.
We refreshed our website, created new biz cards (thanks for your input on that over here), have signed contracts with new clients, and I am creating from from my heart which is to say I am reaching for and breathing life into my joy. My soul feels soooooo good. We may even open a shop again. Still thinking 'bout that for the moment.
I wonder if you too are reaching for and breathing life into your joy - are you? Joy arrives in the sweetest, simplest of ways when we are open to seeing and experiencing it, by way of the touch of your beloved's hand on your face, the blossiming of a flower, the little hummingbird flying just outside your kitchen window, the smile from a passerby, an unsolicited "I love you, Mom" from your child. These are precious gifts, simple (yet oh so meaningful) pleasures each day offers.
Yes, the Spring always comes. We need only seek Him, Believe in his word, Trust in His promise and then . . . let go.
Another arrival is Jacquelynn Steves' quarterly ezines, Simple Pleasures. This quarter's issue is full of inspiration + beauty, with crafty projects, patterns (have you seen her fabric?!), recipies, and an interview with me.
Jacquilynne is a friend and kindred spirit whose work I know you'll appreciate.
You may access the ezine and will receive her Simple Pleasures gift when you sign up here.
In what way are you pressing your refresh button and inviting renewal into your life?
I love that infinite possibility comes with each new Spring, and each new day - we need only walk through the door.
a little art making this morning - it feels so good to get into my studio and let my spirit go - this is what came. I believe in His word, I trust His promise, and I am willing + able to let go of all my preconceived notions. How about you?
“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.” Deepak Chopra
"...hear the truth and know the solutions . . ." It's curious to me how making different choices seeking change can sometime be challenging when we know the outcome will be better than the place from which we begin. I know goal setting is a spiritual responsibility, and opportunity and doing so serves me well.
So, I am beginning my week with a re-newed focus on setting and meeting both professional and personal goals. Do you set goals?
Happy Valentine's Day! I want you to consider for a moment, no matter where you are, who you are, or what your "love life" looks like, that YOU are a unique beauty and beloved spirit, that you are created with infinite possibilities. YOU are HIS beloved child, unique in every possible way. HE wants you to begin to take steps each day to encourage, nurture, and inspire your beautiful spirit, to shine "as we think in our hearts, so are we" (Proverbs 23:&). YOU were created by the finest hands and with the deepest, unconditional love of the Creator whose abiding love is always with YOU.
HE is for you. HE believes in YOU. Shine on beautiful soul, shine on.
You may purchase this deeply encouraging book here for you, for a friend, or any loved one who may need a little reminder of who loves them in all ways, unconditionally.
Blessings to each of you, and no matter the weather may you always find miracles blooming in your garden.
This collection is truly from my heart, for yours . . .I am so delighted to share with you, My Beautiful Life, a line of stationery I designed for Ellie Claire.
I love this collection because it's such a happy reflection of my celebration for life and the journey we take on our way to becoming who God created us to be. I hope you will be blessed and see your beauty shine from your soul whether a gift to yourself or to a friend.
Of all the words in all the world, celebrate chose me this year.
Having been only peripherally aware of the many creatives and great thinkers who explore and encourage selecting a Word of the Year, I hadn't really participated until now, when, in fact the word chose me. It just came to me, like most things do when I settle in and listen for the still small voice.
About choosing a word of the year, or in my case, it choosing me:
Rebelle Society writes: "explore the major themes in your life – and set some new ones for your next trip around the sun. Maybe that means reviewing what worked…and what didn’t. Or reflecting on the obstacles you faced, and the odds you beat.
What matters to you? What do you need more of in your life? What do you want to focus on? What habits are you finally ready to break?"
and One Word 365 writes: "There is so much power in saying our words out loud . . . Together, you can inspire and challenge each other to live purposefully all year long."
I've been practicing listening to the still small voice with morning meditation, and it was in a quiet December morning just after meditating that the word
whispered in my ear. Knowing the obtacles and heart transforming challenges my family has grown through during the past 5 years, my closest confidants might wonder at this word celebrate. You see, it occurs to me, and I dare say, the still small voice that speaks so lovingly to me, that celebrate is a word that transcends gratitude. And that makes it all the more special to me. For it is when we journey through the Dark Night of the Soul that we come into the light of God's love, God's truth and His beautiful grace. It is this I celebrate -
and those I get to share it with each day. Much of everything else is icing on the cake (but oh girl, do I love icing on the cake - it's sweet!).
It's a practice learning to “be still, and know” that He is God (Psalm 46:10). How often do you still yourself, your mind, and your thoughts, making room for the still small voice to be heard?
We so easily get caught up in the demands of each day, our deadlines, responsibilities, budgets, or even the trupets of our successes - or, for some, very real health challenges, or failures have come roaring in, knocking you off our feet, it then we have no choice but to take notice . . .in contrast these all can and do drown out God’s still small voice.
Be still, and listen for His still small voice, live with it, let it speak to you, follow where it leads
Practice soul-care, create time to quiet your heart to listen for Him and meditate on His Word so that you may come to know His word, live His word, and share His word. (psst...of all of His words,
Gratitude is my prayer, so thank you, Life, for all you offer.
Thank you for grace
Thank you for truth
Thank you for God's abiding love
Thank you for the alchemy of turning sorrow into celebration
Thank you for change, for growth, for resistance, for acceptance
Thank you for the constancy of light that diminishes the dark
Thank you for infinite possibility
Thank you for teachers who humbly show the way
Thank you for joy that is deep, true, and eternal
Thank you for peace that passes all human understanding
Thank you for opportunity to get it right, to do it better, for second chances
Thank you for an open heart, a willing heart, and a whole-hearted being that is our true nature
Thank you for creativity
Thank you for expression
Thank you for the appreciation of the expression of creativity
Thank you for healing
Thank you for transformation
Thank you for Winter and for Spring
Thank you for surrender, and the love, light and breathtaking beauty it offers.
Thank you for a Savior to show the way to be
Thank you for being the gift that you are. You are a gift we hold in our hands and are given choice to open our hands and let go of you, too hard to hold amidst the lessons you bring or, choice to hold you with tender hands, to bring you close to our heart, accepting all parts of who and what you are, and what you bring to each of us.
Thank you, Life, for being fragile, for being vulnerable, for being wise, for being strong, for knowing, for unfolding just as He designed you to.
Tenderly, lovingly, gratefully I bring you, life, into my heart and I celebrate you.
Simple, sweet, yet oh so meaningful - Thank You! You are encouraged to take a moment, today, tomorrow and always to express thank you to someone in your life, be they a loved one, a friend, teacher, co-worker, grocery store employee, neighbor, your children, your husband, life, even one's self.
Feel free to download, print and use these cards (for your personal use only please) to tell some one, thank you, and give them the card when you are out and about this holiday week-end.
Print and share with each person at your holiday meal, and read alound to one another.
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