Thoughts

Thoughts and feelings on the challenges and gifts of life.

  • Life,  Thoughts

    Shedding the Old and Ringing in the Best

    With a new year in front of us, we often do an inventory of what we need or want to shed. Maybe it’s pounds, maybe it’s a thought or defeating attitude, or maybe it’s a valley we had to go through that we are happy to leave behind us. When it comes to shedding the old, some years are lighter than others. One thing for sure, ‘Each Day is a Gift’ and it’s so important to make the day count. 2020 is here and I ask, how will I/you plan to make a difference? What is a practice we can put into place on making each day count? Maybe it’s…

  • Life,  The Homestead,  Thoughts

    Lessons from Mister Rogers – Entering the New Year

    Leaving behind the old and embracing the new with less weight is something I think most of us want for a new year. I’m not sure how many of you have seen ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.’ There are so many lessons wrapped up in one movie, one true story. Fred Rogers was a man who walked the walk and showed us how forgiveness and kindness could change lives (young and more mature). Forgiveness releases the person who needs forgiveness as well as the person doing the forgiving. Each individual has value, even those that you may not like or who have a different opinion than you. Really listening…

  • Creative,  Life,  The Homestead,  Thoughts,  Tutorials and How to's

    Making It – Gifts

    How many of you are enjoying another season of Making It on NBC? I know I am! It’s phenomenal. I thought I’d share some of the gifts that I made this year. I shared a quick tutorial HERE on making your own quick gift bags while using your stash. What’s behind those gift bags? Let me tell you.  I enjoyed personalizing them according to co-workers personalities. While it’s fun to receive, I think I experience a lot of joy making and giving. I’ll be making gifts for the guys in my work life as well. Handcrafted and homemade is fun for both the giver and receiver.  How about you? Are…

  • Life,  Thoughts

    Simple Ideas to Show Kindness

    Kindness can change lives! No matter what your financial status, whether you are working or retired, or whatever circumstances present themselves, there are so many ways to show kindness. During the holidays, life can be crazy busy, difficult and hard, so kindness can often make even more of an impact. Below are a few ways big and small that we can show kindness. Smile at another and make eye contact. Help someone with their groceries to their car. Allow someone to go in front of you at the store. Offer the gift of forgiveness if appropriate. Listen. Time is the most precious gift. Listening is a gift of time and…

  • Art,  Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Creative,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized

    The Gift of Presence

    Around the holidays we can get caught up in getting and giving the perfect or enough gifts. The reality is that often we can’t remember what gifts we’ve gotten in years past but we do remember the memories of being together. The most important gift is, the gift of presence. A few friends and I celebrated just that on Monday. We met when I was a lead Fiskateer and we met through the lovely fun wide world of crafting. What a blessing these ladies have been in my life. Through paper and scissors, I have gained a group of lifelong friends. While crafting brought us together, and I’m so grateful…

  • Faith,  Life,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  Thoughts

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    As a survivor of Breast Cancer, I want to thank you each for the role you’ve played in my life. Thank you for the way you supported me when I was in the thick of fighting. Thank you for the love and support you’ve shown me. I always hold you close to my heart, and as I think back at all the ways then and now that you’ve touched my life, my heart explodes with gratitude. Because I care, I want to encourage you to please take steps to detecting cancer early. Do those self-exams and make those mammogram appointments. Don’t delay. Do it for those that love you, and…

  • Art Journaling,  Bible Journaling,  Faith,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Diving into the Word – Summer Bible Journaling

    The Summer is all about diving into activities, a change in weather and all it has to offer, the swimming pool and more. Recently I’ve been working on getting healthier and the good weather that Summer brings helps with this process. I’ve been taking an Aqua Fit class that’s fun and beneficial. I was thinking about Bible Journaling and how it too is diving in but having fun! Diving into the Word of God to touch and guide our hearts and fun because Bible journaling is a fresh way to record what God is sharing with you in the margins of your Bible. I see Bible journaling also as a…

  • Art,  Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Life,  Thoughts

    Laguna’s Art Festival

    I have never taken for granted the blessing of growing up and being surrounded by an art culture here in Orange County, California. You find art everywhere and in every culture. It is however, a treat to have grown up minutes away from Laguna Beach where artists reside, amazing galleries are open for viewing year round, and Laguna Beach’s Art Festival takes place year after year during the months of June through August. This Festival includes the world renown Pageant of the Masters (which I usually attend each year), the Sawdust Art Festival, Art A Fair and more. This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events.…

  • Life,  Thoughts

    Time for Change

    It’s hard to put yourself out there whether it be your art, the vulnerability of sharing a hurt or a journey. If you know me, I usually wear my heart on my sleeve and live pretty out loud. Well, I will be entering into a weight loss journey and I plan to share it with you. I may share photos or through art journaling. Either way, you are a part of my circle of support. It’s an embarrassing one that I’ve allowed myself to get to this point but I’m leaving the shame behind and embracing change. I hope to learn and change the way I think about food. I…