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Be Amazing

One of the first blogs I started following back in the day (years ago), was Ali Edwards. I had heard about her “one little word” program where she picks one word to focus on for the year, rather than making resolutions. This rang true to me, so I started following her and found that I loved her creativity, her honesty and her ideas. So over the years, I have taken her classes, purchased her artwork and followed along with some of her projects.

This year, her word was give. So every Sunday, she finds a quote that she hand writes and shares with her readers. The quote below is a goody from Maya Angelou. So instead of re-creating my own artwork for this quote, I’m using hers. Enjoy. Go visit her site and see what she has to offer. I know you won’t be disappointed.

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Have you ever tried to change something in your life? Whenever I need to make changes, I do pretty good for the first little while and then I just lose steam and go back to the way it was. So I loved this quote by Socrates where he basically tells us that we need to stop fighting our old habits and just embrace the new. Focus all our energies on the future instead of the past. I wish it was as easy as it sounds.

The secret of change

Another one of my favorite quotes comes from Budha. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle…” We touch other people’s lives in so many ways without diminishing the light that we have. A smile, a kind word, letting someone in your lane on the freeway, opening a door. All these things are pretty small and yet, they can totally make someone’s day. A couple of years ago I was taking a group of teenage girls to a summer camp for a week. I was pretty stressed trying to get everything planned and packed. On the morning of departure, I left my house a few minutes early and visited my local Sonic for a “farewell” diet coke. I drove to one of the stalls and ordered my drink. Just as I pulled up, another car pulled into the stall next to me. I didn’t really pay much attention to her because I was so into my own worries. When my drink arrived, I pulled out my wallet to pay and the waiter informed me that the lady who had pulled in next to me had paid for my drink. Before I could even say Thanks, she drove off. I’ll never forget that kindness. Something so simple really helped remind me of the Christ-like attitude I needed to have during that camp. Llittle things do matter.

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Wasted Time

I’ve always loved this quote. It seems that I run across it when I’m in a wasting time spell and so it motivates me to get off my lazy butt and start doing something. There are so many things that I want to do or that need to be done around the house that I really shouldn’t be wasting time. So here’s to all you time wasters.

digital products from Tangie Baxter.

digital products from Tangie Baxter.

Creativity

I consider myself to be a fairly creative person. However, when I look at what other people do with their creativity, I realize that I’m not very creative at all. But I also realize that my creativity stems from my personal training and background. So many people I compare myself to are trained artists. I got a D in my 8th grade art class and stayed away from any other artistic ventures until my senior year in high school where I took a ceramics class. I have to say, that I did a fair job there and was able to keep the clay centered on the wheel. However, I used that D-grade to discourage me from being serious about art.

But as I look around the web and see what others are doing, I realize that there are many different kinds of creative. And you don’t need to be trained in “art” to live a creative life. You can paint or draw, you can knit or sew, you can cook or back, make jewelry, take pictures, make books. The list goes on and on. My conclusion is that you really just need to go for it and find something that works for you.

digital paper by Studio Romy; Pumpkin collage by Rebecca McMeen & feathers by Tangie Baxter.

digital paper by Studio Romy; Pumpkin collage by Rebecca McMeen & feathers by Tangie Baxter.

Courage Take

I love Victor Hugo and I love this quote.  Do what you can and work hard, but put your troubles into God’s hands when you’ve done all you can. He is always there for us and will help us. God’s answers or help may not come the way we most expect it, but he is there and will help us.

Courage Take

I was looking through my Instagram feed last night when I came across this quote that was posted by my cousin. It was like I got hit in the head with my Ipad. When I came home from our trip and went down to my office/craft room, I realized how messy it was and how I needed to get rid of a bunch of stuff. For some reason I have a hard time with that, letting go.  I’m printing out this quote and hanging in my office where I can see it every day! Let it GO!

Letting go