Sunday 31 March 2013

Freedom - Thought for the Week - 52 Weeks of Colour

Thought for the week....

Where there is love there is hope, there is always a way, what you have to decide is whether you have allowed yourself to be free to look at your situation and see whether your current state of being is meant to be.  Sometimes the only one stopping us from stepping out is ourselves, what have you been holding yourself back from?  Have a blessed week, Amanda 

Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. ...Erica Jong 

"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32

A is for Admire

Well, today is my first day of the challenge, and I wanted to kick off my celebration of life by thinking about the qualities that I admire within myself.  We can usually find it easy to think about things we admire about others, we can also think about the strengths that others have that we wished we possessed.  I am not used to blowing my own trumpet, but think at some point or another we have to appreciate and applaud how far we have come.  When I look back on some of the things I found hard throughout my life I know that each experience impacted on me and deposited a quality that I would be able to be used at another stage.  That being said, I admire my strength and not giving up.  I am glad that I can find something to be grateful for in my life, especially when we can go through some of the most stressful times.  I admire my organisational abilities, I use to feel that there was too much conflict with being an artist and being organised.  But I can deal with that and see the benefits.  I admire being able to see some of the gems and the gifts, I don't catch all of them.  In my mothers journey with dementia, I have seen new strengths within me, seen myself grow in my art and in my writing. What qualities about yourself do you admire?

Painting of the day
As promised I am sharing a completed painting each day, this one has been done in one of my art journals and say 'Release your potential and walk into your blessings.!

 Blog Love
I am sharing some love with those who are also taking part in the challenge, it's not everyone whose blog starts with the letter A, but a few of them for you to start with....

Saturday 30 March 2013

Surroundings - Creating in Faith

We can often look at our surroundings and feel that they some how do not match with where we feel we should be, or we may not appreciate what we have.  In both cases we might feel there is a miss match going on and search for a way to get out of what we consider is not right for us, some times we miss it because we needed to look at a different angle.    If there is confusion and chaos in our surroundings it can also indicate a troubled and unsettled mind.  This is not a post about clearing your clutter, and hoarding, but a call for us to really look at what we have around us and decide whether we can really see what we have around us, be it clutter or blue skies, either way do we notice them. For too often we miss what we have around us because we are rushing around, filling our lives with 'stuff', and all this 'stuff' that doesn't really have a positive impact on what we need to be doing with our lives.  Sometimes we are surrounded by sadness with illness and pain, and we are unable to take the breath needed to see the gifts that are sitting in amidst the ashes.

When you look out of your window in the morning, what do you see, really see.  What sounds can you hear - from the car passing to the rushing wind as it blows through the trees, do you hear the birds chattering or rain drops falling? can you hear the movement in your house, the door creaking, a cupboard closing, the laughter of your child?.  

Don't let another day pass without really taking note, how can you contribute in a positive way to your surroundings, and make it better for the next generation?  As you go about your day take the time to really appreciate what you have.
Tomorrow kicks of with the first A-Z April Challenge post, and its been great making the preparations for it.  Don’t forget that the clocks go forward today, so you gain extra day light.  It really does make a difference and the evenings will be brighter as well.

With April being a celebratory month for me my posts will reflect that, I will be holding a daily celebration of life and hope to encourage you in the process!

I look forward to seeing your comments and insights along the way.  The preparations have been made, the table set and all that’s missing is you.  You will definitely get something out of being part of the process come and take the time this month to share a piece of you!

I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth... Psalm 121:1-2

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart ...Psalm 37.4
for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations 

Proverbs 27:24

Friday 29 March 2013

A - Z April Challenge 2013 - Here again!

It has come round to that time of the year again, where thousands of bloggers around the world have made preparations for taking part in one of the biggest challenges of the year – the A-Z April Challenge!

If your new and have not yet heard of it, you in for a treat, and need to check out the A-Z challenge blog for details.  If you are an old hand and you’ve taken part before, then you know you’re in for a month of inspiration, connection, insights, laughter, creativity, passion and more as you visit and take part in what can be an assault course of planning, preparing and sharing your posts. There are some great tips in keeping yourself motivated, and staying with the challenge Here 

This is my third year and I must say I have been looking forward to it.  It’s a great way to visit blogs that you may have not come across, make new connections and generally feast on the breath of variety of posts that are sharing during the month of April.  Last year my posts were about my experience as a carer and I found it great to be able to articulate and share what I have been going through.  You are welcome to take a look at some of the posts I shared last year - Here 

This year is a celebratory year for me and I feel that despite what you are going through or have been through we have to celebrate our lives and the talents that we possess finding ways to use them to bless others. Each day for 26 days I will be sharing an encouraging word alongside a piece of art that I have been working on, and also linking to a few fellow bloggers that are also on this journey for you to check out. 

I hope to bring you a visual feast for your eyes that will encourage you to tap into your creativity, and encourage me to complete some more art work!  I look forward to linking up with you on this journey and encourage you to visit the many others that are taking part as well.  Check out my course platform and some of the FREE courses and digital downloads available for your art journals.

Thursday 28 March 2013

Gratitudes - The Beach

Miami beach Barbados 
A beautiful beach, spent a Christmas there, swimming, relaxing, but also sharing the island traditions over the Christmas period..

What are you grateful for this week?
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