Learner: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 19

Lifelong learning in small incremental steps will keep you growing your whole life. At a certain point, you will start teaching what you learned.

Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher. – Confuscius-

What you know today is not enough to keep you on top in this fast-moving world. Try this. Pick up any item you own and then look at it again tomorrow. How old is it and will it still be relevant in the days to come? Keep learning, try new things, and watch yourself grow. YOUR AHA! MOMENT … You find that the more you learn, the more you know. You will want to continue learning even more!

My Daily Practice

For the past year, I’ve been spending 15-30 minutes daily to draw and paint in my art journals. I made a Time-Lapse video of my art journals for you. By the way, making a time-lapse video using your iPhone is quite simple. I put it all together in a program called Animoto. I’m taking advantage of this downtime to learn new technology skills.

I’d love to hear what new things you are learning during this downtime. Also if you are engaged in some kind of daily practice, please share your story with us.

Enjoy Every Day of Abundance!

If you’re getting started late or joining us in the middle of these 30 Days of Abundance, here’s a quick list of what I’ve covered so far. I hope you’ll go back and find inspiration wherever it feels like a good fit for what’s happening in your life!


Welcome! DAY 1 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 2 Self-Love: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 3 Scared: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 4 Less is Best: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 5 Change: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 6 Small Business: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 7 Organization: 30 Days Abundance

DAY 8 Angels: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 9 Leaders Who Inspired Me: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 10 Serenity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 11 Global Connection: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 12 Hero’s Journey: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 13 Sola & Beah’s Plea: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 14 Creativity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 15 Diversity & Attitude: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 16 Magical Moments: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 17 Your Gifts: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 18 In the Dark Cave: 30 Days of Abundance

In the Dark Cave: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 18

Unfair labeling and bullying can leave a traumatic effect on the psychology of children. Being abused for something they are not responsible for can leave a deep and lasting scar of shame in them that the stories are never revealed to others … not even to their parents. Listen to my story in the audio tape below.

Here is the card I pulled this morning … BRAVE. It always amazes me how each one of the cards in my Magical Mindshift card deck immediately leads me to a recollection of memories in my head or a new idea that I can take steps on.

Brave

When you get backed into a corner, it feels like a scary tiger is blocking your way. Show that you brave. Stand firm and face your problems rather than run away and hide. The tiger is only a paper tiger, SO PUNCH THROUGH HIM! See… That wasn’t so hard, was it?

What did you get out of this story? Can you give some examples of how the same thing is happening today and people are being unfairly labeled?

Enjoy Every Day of Abundance!

If you’re getting started late or joining us in the middle of these 30 Days of Abundance, here’s a quick list of what I’ve covered so far. I hope you’ll go back and find inspiration wherever it feels like a good fit for what’s happening in your life!


Welcome! DAY 1 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 2 Self-Love: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 3 Scared: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 4 Less is Best: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 5 Change: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 6 Small Business: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 7 Organization: 30 Days Abundance

DAY 8 Angels: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 9 Leaders Who Inspired Me: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 10 Serenity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 11 Global Connection: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 12 Hero’s Journey: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 13 Sola & Beah’s Plea: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 14 Creativity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 15 Diversity & Attitude: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 16 Magical Moments: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 17 Your Gifts: 30 Days of Abundance

Your Gifts: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 17

Do you have gifts that can be cultivated and share with the world … to inspire, teach, or share your wisdom? You may be surprised to find out that a person’s life has changed for the better because you gave your gift to them. Let’s explore this word together.

Gifts

Gifts are revealed when values, passions, and strengths intersect.

Your unique gifts may be hidden, so make an effort to uncover them.

Your AHA Moment

Use your gifts to make a positive difference in the world.

After my book, Keiko’s Journey published, I was surprised that I received emails from people all over the world. They thanked me for writing the book because each had experienced very similar childhoods where their mothers were abused by their husbands after they returned from the war. I remember a young man who told me, “I kept my painful memory in my head because I was ashamed to reveal my pain to others. When I read your book, I felt like a heavy burden lifted from my shoulders, realizing that there are others beside me in this world who knows about my pain.” This is what made me realize that my book is a GIFT to the world.

I hope you’ll take some time and answer the questions that are asked in this downloadable worksheet. You will be surprised at what will emerge when you take the time to probe your mind. I’m sure that you will get closer to what gifts you harbor inside yourself!

Enjoy Every Day of Abundance!

If you’re getting started late or joining us in the middle of these 30 Days of Abundance, here’s a quick list of what I’ve covered so far. I hope you’ll go back and find inspiration wherever it feels like a good fit for what’s happening in your life!


Welcome! DAY 1 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 2 Self-Love: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 3 Scared: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 4 Less is Best: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 5 Change: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 6 Small Business: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 7 Organization: 30 Days Abundance

DAY 8 Angels: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 9 Leaders Who Inspired Me: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 10 Serenity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 11 Global Connection: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 12 Hero’s Journey: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 13 Sola & Beah’s Plea: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 14 Creativity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 15 Diversity & Attitude: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 16 Magical Moments: 30 Days of Abundance

Magical Moments: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 16

What are “Magical Moments? Okay, Your curiosity is now piqued and you are ready to start finding your Magical Moments…but, just what are they? Basically, they are special feelings that you experience; they could be something very simple or they could be something rather significant. What matters most, though, is that the special feelings bring delight and joy to your senses and move you forward in a more positive direction.

Magical Moments

When a pleasant surprise results in true delight, a magical moment occurs.

Think of a few ways where extra special moments can be created each day of your life.

Life becomes more fun when the magic catches you off guard.

This video was sent to me in my email box. I innocently clicked the video button and was amazed at the ease in how this man kept steps with the young girls. I watched it many times and even practiced to see if I can dance like him. I DEFINITELY CAUGHT HIS MAGIC. Thank you, Penny and Krystal, for sending me this charming video!

How did you like this video? He makes it look so easy to shuffle and dance right? I challenge you to see if you can dance like him. Have fun!

Enjoy Every Day of Abundance!

If you’re getting started late or joining us in the middle of these 30 Days of Abundance, here’s a quick list of what I’ve covered so far. I hope you’ll go back and find inspiration wherever it feels like a good fit for what’s happening in your life!


Welcome! DAY 1 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 2 Self-Love: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 3 Scared: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 4 Less is Best: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 5 Change: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 6 Small Business: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 7 Organization: 30 Days Abundance

DAY 8 Angels: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 9 Leaders Who Inspired Me: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 10 Serenity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 11 Global Connection: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 12 Hero’s Journey: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 13 Sola & Beah’s Plea: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 14 Creativity: 30 Days of Abundance

DAY 15 Diversity & Attitude: 30 Days of Abundance

Diversity & Attitude: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 15

I am posting a video I made during the time that I was designing and painting little wood panels as templates for my card deck project. It took a little over one year for me to paint and write the content for my 62 piece card deck that I named Magical Mind-shifts… Ignite Your Inner Power and Transform Your Life. I remember that I was so excited when I drew and painted a little white kitty cat who became a Mermaid Cat. Now, who would think this was a work of creativity. When I showed it to a friend she squinted her eyes and said, “This is weird, a cat dressed as Mermaid?” Even after hearing that remark, I still kept the cat in my card deck … I saw the cat as a perfect metaphor for the word DIVERSITY. (At the final stage of finishing my card deck project, I changed the word on this card to ATTITUDE. To me, DIVERSITY and ATTITUDE go hand-in-hand when people discriminate against others who are different than what they consider normal. Watch this video and you will find out why I’m so attached to what this Cat Mermaid stands for.

Diversity

How do you embrace diversity in your life?

What is the value that diverse groups of people bring to your circle?

What can you learn from people who look, act, and think differently than you?

How can we break down the cultural barriers that separate people?

Another Brown Paper Bag Art

A lot of you liked the gift boxes I made from paper grocery bags. Here is a “Save the Earth” cat I painted on a paper I cut from a grocery bag. I love painting and making things out of brown paper bags. They are very supple and easy to work with. I painted the bag with white gesso and used TomBow Markers to draw and color the cat.

Thank you for sending me your Simple Six Ingredients recipes from yesterday’s post. Keep them coming! Also, if you have ideas for future discussions please send them to me in the comments section below. I really appreciate hearing from you!

Creativity: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 14

The most common sentence I hear from people is, “I’m not a creative person, can you show me how to be creative? My answer… “You can be creative only after you stop thinking that everything you do have to be PERFECT”.

CREATIVITY

We all have a creative bug in our brain. Awaken it!

YOUR TASK

Some things you can do: Bake a delicious pie, arrange flowers in a vase, write and draw in your journal, make a thank you card, hang a picture, work in your garden.

YOUR AHA! MOMENT

All of a sudden you feel both elated and accomplished, with a deep sense of satisfaction within yourself. Your brain path opens up into a beautiful world of imaginary thinking. You realize that you have many creative talents within you.

Here is the recipe card I made for the Oil and Lemon salad dressing. My creative bug has been going wild since I made this simple, healthy salad dressing with only three ingredients. What if these simple recipe cards could be made with a creative twist? Each card can be made like a greeting card and you can send it off to someone. Good ideas are not worth anything unless they are shared with the world! Just imagine how happy the recipient would be after receiving a special gift from you that would help her healthy living goals. The whole idea of this kind of art/journaling is that they don’t have to be perfect. If they are perfect, the charm of your personality will not show up.

I hope you will make this salad dressing for yourself. You download a printable PDF here. Thank you to Tassie and Maryann for sharing this wonderful recipe with me.

WANTED: Can you send me your healthy recipe that can be made with less than six ingredients? I will post it on this site so everyone can try it!

You can send it to: kh@studio904.com.

Sola & Beah’s Plea: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 13

I spotted this book in a Japanese book store in Shinjiku about six years ago. This story of Sola and Bea, Polar Bear siblings, really hit my heart so deep that I bought it and brought it home. Since then, this little book stands in the corner of my craft table, always reminding me that I am the one who can help them to find their Mother Bear.

Who can stop

their tears?

YOU!

Turning Trash into Treasure

Yesterday, I went through my pantry and decided to clean and downsize unnecessary things. I was shocked to find so many paper bags that I had accumulated… I mean it was a lot of paper bags!

I made them into these origami folded gift boxes. I must say, I was very pleased with how they came out. I felt like it was a huge transformation like a butterfly flew out of a cocoon. These little boxes would make perfect gift-wrapped packages to enclose gift cards, candy or other smaller items. I also made various painted flowers and butterflies to give the boxes some color and texture. Do you like them?

I hope you liked the story of Sola and Beah and took their plea to heart. What are you willing to do to help them? Please post your comments below.

Hero’s Journey: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 12

We are the heroes of our own Journey. Look back to see where you came from, the hills and valleys you had to travel through, and what you learned from your experiences.

I’ve posted my own Hero’s Journey map for you if you’d like to use it as an example. Remember, where I drew sad faces are the moments in my life that I learned the most. Lots of new skills plus wisdoms.

Here is the printable blank form I created for you. You can download this template and make your own Hero’s Journey map. You will realize how much you’ve accomplished and how skillful you’ve become in so many areas of your life!

I’m so curious to hear about your journey and what it felt like to write it down. Please share your experience in the comments section below!