Monday, February 26, 2018

The Week In Review or...Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

Headed back from Big, Fun Art in Dowell, MD.


This show was a lot of fun to experience and I am very grateful to be a part of something that is striving to bring more happiness and joy into our world!

As I was writing my art goals a couple of weeks ago, I might have forgotten to include:  I will easily create vibrant, inspiring works of art that uplift spirits and make people smile. As a extension of my artwork, I am crafting and creating this physical and virtual happy space that I call Zinnia's Way.  This past week, beautiful weather ensued and allowed me to stain, stain and stain some more boards which Chis and I were able to install this weekend.  Our chicken fence is so near completion.  We just need a few more warmish and beautiful days to stain some more and complete the final installation.  Then there will be landscaping to do and baby goats to buy and temporary goat fencing to install and goat shelters to move and mangers to build and laundry and dinner and Junior League and Symphony Guild and Family Service Guild and gratitude and thankfulness for the full and meaningful life I am fortunate enough to live!

In fulfilment of my commitment to you, today I am posting my 2018 Yoga Goals.  This will give you a glimpse into the plans for the upcoming goat yoga that will be starting at Zinnia's way in April 2018.  My 2018 Yoga Goals

I am also working on a 16 Day Yoga Challenge to share with you, my faithful friends. My plan is to have it ready to launch by March 1, 2018. We can then complete the 16 Day Yoga Challenge together. The how's and why's will all be explained when I post the 16 Day Yoga Challenge and we can achieve and believe and find some more happiness together!

It was also a great and busy week of Greensboro Opera (Board Meeting), Greensboro Symphony Guild ( Luncheon), Family Service Guild (GMM), Coffee with a new friend and JLG colleague, all of which means fellowship and collaboration with inspired, engaged and dedicated women of the greater Greensboro community. 

But balance is a key to health and happiness and time at home is an unequivocal priority in my life and loving my family and connecting and communicating and cooking dinner and getting haircuts and being a coffee roasting cheerleader and lunching and road trips and spending time together just hanging out and watching an evening movie or attending a Greensboro Symphony Chamber Concert is precious time well spent indeed.  So that is also what I did this week along with working on Frederick Douglass in my art studio, building chicken fences, pruning roses and planting cool weather crop seeds in our raised garden beds...and feeding goats, and cats, and ducks and chickens.

Here's to welcoming a new week, looking forward to sun and moving forward in happiness day by day by day.

Peace and sunshine to you!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Goals, Balance, Commitment and Taking Time to Smell the Croci?

Margeaux and our first crocuses of the season
Yesterday, our first crocuses of the season (or some might call them croci, according to the internet either term is correct) popped up to welcome us into a joyous, love filled Valentine's Day. I grabbed my phone to capture their beauty and to have a photo to post on my blog.  Then Margeaux ran up and stepped on them, luckily not crushing them too much. So, after some fluffing of the croci, Margeaux laid down and I was able to get this picture.  Yay!  Right?  Of course.

But then, my Samsung decided that it didn't want to allow me to import any of the pictures or videos that I had taken on my phone that morning onto my computer.  Samsung or Microsoft or somebody, decided to challenge me. I'm not sure who, but I had to work hard (actually my husband did the work) to get this picture to share with you today.

So I set to work getting my goals typed up so that I could post them as well.  But I am, not really an overachiever but, a very high goal setter.  And I have a lot, a lot of goals, and  I'm not a super fast, super accurate wpm typer, and well, I only got one category of goals typed up and ready to post for you (because I did make a promise to share my goals with you on Valentine's Day and I want to stay true to my word).  

But it was Valentine's Day and my husband so sweetly and kindly made reservations at a posh Greensboro restaurant and I had to get ready to go, but first I had to head downtown to the Cultural Arts Center for a meeting and squeeze in a visit to the Symphony office to get new tickets for the concerts I subscribed to earlier in the year because I think I must have thrown away the tickets that they would have mailed out to me months ago. Breathe...

Then I swung by Earthfare to pick up yogurt culture and Bulgarian yogurt and milk because my husband so devotedly makes homemade yogurt and his culture seems to be getting too sour and of course it's Valentine's Day so I need to pick up some goodies for my honeys waiting for me at home and it really was one of the quickest trips into Earthfare that I have ever made in my entire life and it was wonderful!

Got home in time to share a beer before heading to the restaurant for our 7:30 reservation.  Gave hugs and goodies and spent time with Sam and left hand in hand with my Chris Love for our dinner date.

Arrived at the parking lot, a VERY full parking lot.  A space please?  Yes, here is one for you after I finish kissing my beautiful date goodnight...Oops, didn't know you were watching, waiting...Thank you very much sir!  But wow, so many cars.  Walked to the door.  Open. Walk in.  SO MANY PEOPLE...but we have 7:30 reservations (it's only 7:25), no problem, right?  HA, HA!  Finally, after some wine and discussion and watching couples get seated at an alarmingly slow rate, except for a few young posh looking couples that arrived after us that somehow got seated before us, which caused a little bit of a heated lecture to occur with the hostess and my hubby and another sulking woman's husband (I was just smiling, I figured it was a spiritual test of some kind), at 8:45 PM Chris and I we are seated. It was nearly 10 PM before we received our third course entree' (which came out before our second course appetizer that was supposed to follow our postage stamp size first course) and it was delicious and we were so hungry and I know everyone was doing the best that they could to give us good service by that point and we got our dessert for free and it was also DELICIOUS and we left the restaurant LAUGHING and by the time we got home near 11PM I was exhausted and happy and I did not finish posting my goals to you, my dedicated readers, on Valentines Day.

But here they are. My goals!  Happy Day!  One day late, but better late than never, right?  Still only one page of My 2018 Art Goals.  Probably enough for anyone to digest in one sitting anyway.

I did not get my other goals typed up today, but I did get into my art studio for a good 4 hours and I started a new collage of Frederick Douglas.  Pictures are below.  You can follow my progress as I continue working.  I am hoping to get him completed before the end of February.  Send me good vibes please!

The work in progress!
And tomorrow, it's off to Maryland to visit my Purple Cow!  So goodnight for now!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Abe!

Happy Birthday Abe!

Remembering Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of our great nation, born on this day in 1809.

Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, paved the way for the abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy. ( from Wikipedia)

I have created this collage as part of my Reverence and Power series. I was fascinated by Lincoln and loved reading stories and biographies about him when I was growing up. Living in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln might have had something to do with that. I loved visiting Springfield and New Salem where Lincoln lived before becoming our president. He was an inspiration to me in a very simple 10 year old growing up in a log cabin kind of way. Today I can appreciate different qualities and attributes that I may not have comprehended back in 1977. One of those qualities being his sense of humor another, his wisdom.

Some quotes attributed to Abe Lincoln 

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

I hope you all have enjoyed this February 12th. As you relax and celebrate your day, give a toast to Abe and give thanks for the freedoms that we enjoy in this great country.

And remember - "The best way to predict your future is to create it.” (Abraham Lincoln)



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Blogs, Boxes and Bubble Wrap

Blogs, Boxes and Bubble Wrap
Oh My!

Wow!  Can you even believe that it took me several days with multiple attempts and a couple of few hours to create this darling "Shatter 3" collage above!! Whew!  My learning curve is continuous and is forced to zigzag through technology like my Jeep on a drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains!  But hey, learning new things is great neurobic exercise for my brain and I am definitely getting stronger every day!

I am excited to say that I successfully got my Purple Cow packed and shipped off to Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Art Gallery.  Before I sent her off, I gently cleaned her and protected her with a couple more coats of sealer.

After allowing her to dry for several days, I packed her.  It was a hack pack, using what bubble wrap I had left from packing a previous piece of artwork that was sent off to a show.  I also had to fill the gap in the back of the canvas (about 1 inch deep) with odds and ends of bubble wrap that I had saved from various mail order goodies.  I then put the whole bubble wrapped pic into a large plastic bag that had once been used to protect a piece of art that was framed and brought home from Hobby Lobby some time ago. Then I packed the carefully swaddled Purple Cow snuggly into a large mirror box leftover from our move to Greensboro from Plano, TX.  Thankful to have that box. Thankful to have all of that bubble wrap and plastic.  Happy to have Office Depot with a Fed Ex shipping center only a few miles from my home.

What I would love for packing - These Deluxe Artwork shippers. 
Deluxe Artwork Shippers

They are quite an investment, however, at $195 each. But worth it, I think.  I am hoping my ventures in Art, and at Zinnnia's Way and my blog itself will be able to help me earn money to reinvest in my art, yoga and lifestyle business. More information will be coming as soon as I learn how to make it work.  Again, another learning curve, hooray!  Hooray for opportunities!  Hooray for technology!  Hooray for another day!

Be sure to make yours count!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Welcoming February!

We are still masters of our fate.

We are still captains of our souls.

This morning as I was going about my Monday morning routine of doing laundry and folding and putting away what seemed like a mountain of clothes, I tried to make the very best use of my time, as most women do, by multi-tasking.  I watched/listened to a video by Stephan James at Project Life Mastery entitled Goal Setting Workshop - The 100 Day ChallengeSee Stephan's video here I took notes while I listened and surprisingly stayed on track with my laundry goals. (This is Tuesday, by the way.) 

Why do I mention that?  I mentioned that because I am off target for my goal of doing laundry on Mondays.  Why am I off target? Because other obligations came up.  Good obligations, meaningful obligations, but offsetting obligations none the less.  I say this, because in the past, if I failed at some goal, my normal response/reaction would be to get lazy and let it slide.  I would likely allow it to creep over into many other areas of my life. I would unknowingly lose confidence in myself and my ability to achieve, and in my darkest moments I would feel my life was meaningless and allow myself to wallow in self-pity and become depressed. My life has been a rollercoaster of big dreams and big ideas, little successes but seemingly many more deserted dreams and many failures.  Don't get me wrong, my life is overall VERY HAPPY, but I have always felt that, paraphrasing Dr.Wayne Dyer, "I had music within me that I was letting die."  I had more potential than I was using on a daily basis.

And to think all of those roller coasters could have started from a few undone loads of laundry, or a few days/weeks/months of not working out, or one bag of barbeque Krunchers after a stressful day of work at the Psychiatric Unit at Christian NE Hospital, knowing that I had been procrastinating on doing assignments that were due for my classes at SIUE.

If you let your goals slide for 1 day, it's not so bad, but it can have a cumulative effect if you allow it to happen for a week or a month or a year.  Although I know that I have achieved many things throughout my life, I still feel as though I have let my big goals and understanding the real importance of my goals and the mastering of how to set and achieve my goals, slip through my fingers for the past 33 years. (Some of you might not have known or guessed I was that old!  Thank You!) So at 50 years old, I am not giving up on mastering my fate and directing my soul toward bigger and better days and fostering in me the increasing ability to give to and to serve others in meaningful and enriching ways.

Today I am continuing to work on my Goals for 2018.  Yes, I have some but I don't feel that they are SMART enough.  See how to set SMART Goals here I have made sure to have written goals for the past five years.  These goals that I had set to the best of my ability definitely helped me get to where I am today.  They have helped keep me on track and propel me (and my husband, much to his chagrin at times) forward. Of course we still have a ways to go, but truly, we always will if we continue to challenge ourselves to grow and dream and create. That is the JOURNEY!  That is LIFE!  What a very happy prospect there is in that!

I sincerely THANK YOU all who have read this far!  I know your time is precious and I do so appreciate you being here.  To you I commit to post my 2018 SMART Goals on February 14, 2018, an idea I got from a recent Forbes article.  

Now I bid you adieu. I must go put the whites in the dryer and get back to learning how to edit on my Paint Shop Pro 9x photo editing program.  I am still working on getting some images ready to post to fill you in on the travel status of my Pastoral Cow. I will plan on posting that tomorrow (Wednesday).  And then you'll want to stay tuned for The Other Obligations.  It could be very exciting!

So adios, adieu, au revoir and peace out...till next time, Wishing  you happiness always,