Welcome to 30 Days of Abundance, Day 5! I’m delighted that you are here. Today I want to probe into how life-long learning and building skills are necessary to keep your self-esteem intact. Sheer Determination, Swimming Upstream in a Downstream World: Chapter 9 – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.
If you are seeking change, first create change within yourself, instead of trying to change others.
Ask yourself this question, “What kind of change can I create so that goodness will spill out into the world?
Your AHA! Moment
You realize that you are taking steps to create a better world by reinventing yourself each day.
Reading this chapter out of my book brought back memories of Joy and her breathtaking beauty. I can’t help thinking what a role-model for women she could have been, only if she kept learning and developed the skills to match with her beauty. Here is my handpainted picture of Joy.
A Bonus Worksheet for You
I think doing personal inventory exercises are a powerful tool for personal growth. I’m sharing the form that I designed for myself. By filling in my answers on this form from time to time, I get so much clarity about who I am, my skills and what other things I want to learn. I hope that you’ll make your own Personal Inventory of your skills. Keep in mind, your answers can be very simple things that you do every day… Examples: I am good at making a banana cream pie, I am good at writing newsletters, etc. Be sure to give yourself credit for these things, not everyone can do them and certainly not as well as you!
I’m curious, what did you get out of my video, the story from Chapter 9 of Sheer Determination? Do you work to change yourself instead of trying to change others? How do you practice the art of life-long learning? As always, please post your comments and ideas below in the comments section below. When you share thoughts and ideas, you help everyone to grow. Yes, we can grow together!
Welcome to 30 days of Abundance, Day 4. I’m delighted that you are here. Today, I want to share a special message that came to me from my friend, Helen. She practices simplicity and calmness in her life. First, watch my video.
Less is Best
Keep it simple Doing with less is usually the best way to go.
Become a minimalist by reducing the clutter in your life and taking a simplistic approach in everything you do.
Your AHA Moment
You are amazed at how freely you can move about when your head is clear.
I find that thinking and living with uplifting thoughts and things are important to me during these unsettling times. I find comfort in seeing the primroses planted outside my door….they greet me when I come home and say goodbye to me when I leave for my walks.
I planted a little Christmas tree that the hospice brought to Shuzo during the holidays. It reminds me of the inner strength he had facing his last days with grace and courage. Hopefully, the tree will flourish in his memory.
I planted the daffodil bulbs that Coldwell Banker hands out in a planter just outside one of my sliding glass doors. They serve as a reminder to me that things that are nourished and cared for will prosper and bloom.
Lastly, I was able to bring one of my orchids to a second blooming. This is something I have not had much success in doing. Just looking at this orchid makes me smile and for some reason, it makes me feel good about myself.
All of these simple things add to the quality of my daily life. While they are not earth-shattering, they are enough to lighten my spirit and helps me cope with the distressing news that bombards us daily.
Share Your Thoughts
What did you learn from Helen’s message? What does Less is Best mean to you? As always, please post comments and ideas below in the comments section below. We all grow by sharing thoughts and ideas with each other.
Tomorrow is Sunday
I won’t be posting tomorrow. I need preparation time to come up with good content for you for next week. See you on Monday.
Welcome to 30 days of Abundance, Day 3. I’m delighted that you are here. Today, I will share some ideas how to transform your “self-love” tags (from Self-Love: Day 2) into whimsical pieces of art that you will enjoy seeing every day!
If you aren’t scared from time to time, you are playing it too safe and aren’t growing.
Ask yourself, “Should I remain safe in my comfort zone or get out and grow?”
You will be surprised at how your energy level substantially increases when you accomplish something you’ve never done before.
If you would like to have your own set of Magical Mindshift Cards, they can be purchased here, in my Artful Giving Shop.
A Fun Project
All right, it’s time to go and find the envelope that contains your “self-love” tags (if you haven’t already done this, go back to Day 2 and do the quick exercise). I know you’ve given some thought about those opinions you wrote about yourself. Now it’s time to put them together in an artful way and the truth is, there is not a wrong way to do this. No matter how you wrote them, it was RIGHT! And now, no matter how you arrange them, it will be just right for you!
The important thing is that you need to arrange them into some form of a creative piece so that it can be visible to your eyes every day so you can begin your day loving yourself first. Here are some ideas:
Make a personal vision board and make these tags part of it.
Place these tags in your favorite journal or notebook that you use every day.
Paste the tags onto a 8×11″ piece of copy paper and pin it on a wall (preferably in your sacred space if you have one.
Here are some photos of the visual pieces I made with my “self-love” tags plus a few folding notebooks I made for future use.
Share Your Thoughts
What did you make with your tags? I’d love to see your finished projects. Can you send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org? As always, please post comments and ideas below in the comments section below. We all grow by sharing thoughts and ideas with each other.
Welcome to 30 days of Abundance! I’m delighted that you are here. As many of you already know, abundance isn’t about things, it’s a state of mind. Please watch my video to learn more about this series and our first Abundance Activity.
An honest self-evaluation is helpful from time to time. Whenever you want a new start, go to the top of the hill in your mind. Think about the experiences and skills you’ve acquired throughout your life’s journey.
Your Aha Moment! You realize that you have much to contribute to this world.
If you would like to have your own set of Magical Mindshift Cards, you can purchase them in my Artful Giving Shop.
Day 1: Self-Love Abundance Activity
Here is how you can get started, with this fun activity, to begin the process of learning to love yourself.
Find a special tiny box, glass jar, or a hand-made container. This container will become a sacred space where your answers will be deposited.
Find bits of scrap paper. You can use anything. I use all kinds of things: brown paper bags, colored construction paper, or even copy papers will do.
Cut them into small strips.
Go to a quiet space where you can relax and let your guard down. (Oh, don’t forget to bring a steaming cup of your favorite tea to sip while you are writing your thoughts).
Ask yourself, Who am I? Then go in front of a mirror and tell yourself, “You are unique and the world is a better place because you are in it.”
Pull out ten strips from your jar and write 10 statements about who you are and why you love yourself.
Place those ten (or more) tags in an envelope, and label it: Reasons Why I Love Myself. Put it in a safe place.
Save the rest of the tags for your next exercise. You will use them again in the near future.
Share Your Thoughts
I love hearing from you! I hope you will use the comments section below to share your wisdom and ideas on the topic of self-love. Everyone benefits when members share.
As most of you know, my life passions have always been centered around running a small business, authoring my books, and making beautiful, joyful, and inspirational things. I have always wanted to share these passions and the wisdom that I have learned along the way. Starting tomorrow morning, I’ll send you an inspirational message, along with one of my creative art pieces, every day, for the next 30 days!
Please watch this introductory video for my “30 Days of Abundance” campaign:
What to Expect from 30 Days of Abundance
Here are some of the things you can expect to receive from 30 Days of Abundance:
Inspirational messages from someone who has experienced, survived and thrived in crisis situations.
Recommendations for powering through what seem like no-win situations.
A selection of encouraging words from my card deck entitled: “Magical Mindshifts – Ignite Your Inner Power and Transform Your Life.”
Ideas for finding both a sense of calm and peace of mind by using affirmations and implementing creative exercises.
Suggestions for practicing the art of giving, so that you can show gratitude and love to your family, friends, and the community.
Please Tell Me How You’re Doing
I love hearing from you! I hope you’ll use the comments section below to share your experiences along the way.
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It wasn’t until recently that I had a taste of massage and reflexology and now I’m sold on taking better care of myself inside and out! Have you noticed that when you’re operating on your highest level and being your best self, you find that the people around you are inspired and uplifted by your energy?
It’s easy for all of us to start the new year with lofty intentions of taking better care of ourselves but we often let those goals slip when the demands of work and family responsibilities take priority.
This is why we created a special GROW AND GLOW event at my salon, Studio 904, on Mercer Island. You’re invited to come TREAT YOURSELF to a day of pampering!
Join us for Studio 904’s Self-Care Grow and Glow Event!
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Studio 904 3041 78th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA
Your $10 registration includes: Skin Care Reflexology Chair Massage Mindful Body Movements Travel Opportunities Snacks and light refreshments Handmade artwork and gifts
$10 registration fee & all proceeds from this event will be donated to our philanthropic program, Angels for the Animals
Take time to focus on self-care & get your glow back!
Bring a friend! The $10 per person registration fee covers everything, just come in and prepare to be pampered!
Find your passion, discover something new that makes your heart sing, take time to have some fun and treat yourself.
Make taking care of yourself a priority in 2020 – it will benefit you, everyone around you & the $10 registration fee will be donated to our philanthropic program, Angels for the Animals.
Come explore new ideas to transform your lifestyle & join me for a day of fun, growth, and little bit of luxury. I hope to see you there!
It has been gray and steadily raining for the last several weeks in Seattle. When I greet the clients at my salon, I always try to put a bright smile on my face and approach each one with an enthusiastic, “Hello, how are you doing?” Lately, the most common answer I got was, “I hate all of this rain. The gray skies, in addition to all of the bad news around the world, is really getting me down.” As a result, I decided that I needed to put forth an extra effort to brighten up the salon with colorful decorations. In addition, I wanted to offer some cheerful and thoughtful, handmade gifts for my clients to purchase for themselves or to give as a gift to a special person in their lives.
I immediately got busy that evening after work, creating artful items while burning the midnight oil. Excitedly working throughout the night, my somber mood quickly turned into a feeling of joy and happiness by the time I decided to call it a day. While trying to fall asleep, I had visions of the smiles that would be created by those who would receive one of the gift items I had made that evening.
Take a look at my messy craft table!
When I make arts and crafts, I get totally lost in my own world and don’t pay any attention to the mess I’m creating.
The next day, I received a book that I had previously ordered. It was just released a few months ago by my friend Sherry Belul. The title of this little, but insightful book was, “Say It Now: 33 Creative Ways to Say “I Love You” to the Most Important People in Your Life.”I immediately began reading the book and could not put it down. “She’s so right!” I said out loud, as I turned through the pages. Here is a small excerpt from one of the chapters in her book: “If you want to make an extra-special impact in your recipient’s day, I’d encourage you to give or send a gift that feels…different, something that’s creative, personalized, and made with love.”
Upon further reading, I discovered that Sherry had past struggles with depression. During the darkest chapters of her life, she learned that when you send a little love toward someone else and bring a little delight to their day, it makes you feel that much better as well. You feel lighter, brighter, and a little more hopeful about the future – all because of that small connection you’ve shared with another human being.
Please meet lovely and whimsical Sherry Belul by viewing her video. I guarantee that she will bring a feeling of warmth and sunshine to brighten your day. You will soon be humming, “Singing in the Rain,” even if the skies are gray and it has been raining non-stop for several days!
Sherry’s book, “Say it Now: 33 Creative Ways to Say “I Love You” to the Most Important People in Your Life,” is available for purchase on Amazon. *I’m trying something new with affiliate links so if you purchase the book through this link, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale (at no cost to you) to help fund my creative and philanthropic endeavors.
Now, getting back to where I started, here are the gifts I made. I’m sure that sweet ornaments and the face pins will put a big smile on anyone’s face, even when there are dark clouds and drizzly rain in the forecast.
These ornaments can be hung anywhere in your home. I’m sure that you will let out a sweet sigh of joy whenever you pass by this sweet ornament. I’ve hand-drawn and painted white bisque ornaments with acrylic paints. Why not gift them to the special people in your life who might be needing little caring attention?
These 1 1/2″ round pins are made of wooden disks. Each pin has a unique look in their facial features and hair colors. They add lots of personalities to your outfits… especially (like me) if you wear basic colors like black, white and grey.
I created a special online gift store, Artful Giving Shop. I would love it if you would do go there and browse through all the art items I offer for sale. Let me know how you liked it. Did it make you happy?
Yikes! Don’t look now… January 2020 is almost over!
One evening last month, I was sitting at my home office desk, working on my computer after a long day at work. I imagined hitting the refresh button and pulling up a blank, new page on my Apple computer. In my mind, that’s how I wanted the new year to feel – a complete reset in seconds and my new year’s vision magically appearing in front of me. But, as we all know, it is never that easy.
My internal gremlin quickly made an appearance and said, “Why did you sit around so long, enjoying the holidays? You should have been busy writing your personal and business plans for the coming year. If you had done that in advance, you would have been well on your way to rolling out a great, new year on January 1, 2020!” I shamefully nodded my head and mumbled, “I know. You’re right. I should have been a lot more diligent to avoid missing a beat in my planning efforts.”
Whenever I feel frustrated and paralyzed into inaction, I shuffle through my card deck, “Magical Mindshift” and pick a card that jumps out at me. Well, four cards jumped out at me… PURPOSE, COMMITMENT, COURAGE, and KAIZEN. My favorite pick was the word KAIZEN. This is what this card said, “Before you jump forward, look back and see how much you accomplished by working slowly, but surely”.
The Japanese business philosophy of lifelong learning in small incremental steps.
Master one thing at a time before trying something new.
From time to time, look back and see how much you’ve accomplished bt working slowly, but surely.
Kay’s quick doodle of a Rabbit looking back
Drawing a quick 2-minute doodle helps me to stay focused, visualize the concept fully, and helps my brain to think creatively to solve a problem. You should try doodling!
I decided to put my time into a period of reflection, looking back on all that happened in the previous year. I’ve always kept myself from looking back because all I seem to remember were the unpleasant memories of how much more I could have accomplished in the last year. I made up my mind to change things up for this year.
Resolutions tend to focus on our dissatisfactions and what we want to change. And while change is good, it can be unhealthy and unhelpful to focus solely on our deficiencies and shortcomings. It’s good to also notice how far we’ve come, reminding ourselves of how much we’ve improved, and the progress we’ve already made.
This way of thinking may seem like complacency but it’s actually the best catalyst for self-improvement. I’m more motivated by positive reinforcement than negative, so this mindset encourages more growth for me. It reinforces in me of my courage, commitment, drive, and resiliency, which in turn gives me the desire to continue growing and following my dreams.
Hopes and curiosity for the coming year.
Go ahead and make a list of things that are important to you as well as what you want to learn in the coming months.
Then create an action list of to -dos to keep you moving closer to what you want to accomplish.
New resolutions tend to focus on our dissatisfactions and what we want to change. While change is all well and good, it can be unhealthy and unhelpful to focus solely on our deficiencies and shortcomings. It is also important to notice how far we’ve come, how much we’ve improved, and the progress that we’ve already made. This way of thinking may seem like complacency but it’s actually the best catalyst I have found for self-improvement. Personally, I am more motivated by positive reinforcement than focusing on the negative, so this type of mindset works wonders in inspiring me to improve myself. It reinforces my courage, commitment, drive, and resiliency, which in turn gives me the desire to continue growing and follow my dreams.
In that spirit, I’ve outlined my thought processes for developing a simplified plan for 2020:
Step 1: Reflect on all that happened to me in 2019.
Disappointments – Focus on the wisdom I learned from these frustrations and regrets.
Accomplishments – Remember how these made me feel and what I learned from them.
Step 2: Determine the kinds of skills and new mindsets that were learned during the previous year.
Step 3: Define my hopes and curiosities for the coming year and outline what I want and hope to accomplish.
Step 4: Develop my Kaizen Plan for 2020 and be mindful of its mantra of “small incremental steps.”
Step 5: Draw a visual diagram of my plan and post it in plain view so that I can stay focused on my goals each and every day.
Want to write your own year-end review and a plan for 2020?
Why not start your year with hope and curiosity by writing a year-end review of your own? What went well for you last year? What things improved in your life? What goals did you achieve? And what do you intend to do to have the greatest year ever? Comment below to share your thoughts with me.
To provide you with some inspiration, I want to share two videos with you. It involves a long-term goal that I always had in mind and was eventually able to bring to fruition in 2019. I will always remember this successful, “Women in Business” conference because it helped a diverse group of women entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and grow. Hopefully, it will provide some of the momentum you need to do something special and memorable in 2020.
And here is my second video I want to share with you. My favorite philanthropy event of each year, “Angels for the Animals, Giving a Helping hand to the Animals in Need”. I have been helping the animals in this way for the past thirteen years! These are memorable events where the feeling of love, joy, and compassion stays in my heart throughout the year.