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!

Global Connection: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 11

I’ve been in deep thought after reading an open letter from Bill Gates and his views on the Corona Virus. He asks, “What is the Corona/Corvid-19 Virus really teaching us?”

Abundance

Remember your core values and how you intend to use them to benefit others and the world. Ask yourself these questions: “What do I stand for? Who am I willing to advocate for? What ideas am I loyal to?” Staying true to the things you stand for will keep you grounded.

This wonderful nature video, Network Earth, about Ants, was forwarded to me by Michele Anciaux Aoki. Thank you, Michele, this was a real eye-opener for me!

Bill Gates and his views on the Corona Virus:

  • What is the Corona Virus really teaching us?
  • Its reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one living being has an effect on another.
  • It’s remind us that this earth is SICK.
  • We are SICK because our home is SICK.
  • Many see the Corona Virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great CORRECTOR.
  • It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post just as much as I enjoyed putting it together. It’s always inspiring to learn from a Thought Leader such as Bill Gates. I’d love to hear your viewpoints and ideas on this topic of global connection. Please express yourself in the comment section below. We learn together!

Serenity: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 10

I was so moved by this music video by Hauser (see below). I wanted everyone to hear it. I hope that it calms your mind the way it did for me. It has a meditative effect that we all need at this time.

Music is Healing

Sit back, close your eyes and listen….

Serenity

Savor the peaceful way you feel when you experience true serenity.

Your Task

Take some time to clear your mind and think of nothing.

Your AHA! Moment

When you are serene, you are renewing your mind.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Leaders Who Inspired Me: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 9

Do you know a person in your life that you admire for their unwavering commitment to something they believe in? Watch this video to hear the story of how I met a person that I admire.

Meet Dawn:

Dawn, if we weren’t limited by social distancing, I would personally like to give you this huge bouquet of flowers!

Dawn Mason
I admire you, thank you!

Here’s the Story of How I Met Dawn Mason, Who Continues to Inspire Me to this Day!

From Sheer Determination – Chapter 24

Being a chairperson for the governor’s Small Business Improvement Council was not an easy task. I traveled to Olympia once a month and conducted meetings with small business owners from all corners of the state of Washington. In addition, representatives from government agencies attended our meetings, so there was always a captive audience. Small business members eagerly participated to share their ideas on how government could improve their economic vitality.

One day, I was conducting a meeting in one of the large board rooms in the Capitol building. With everyone seated and Governor Mike Lowry at the head of the table, a door suddenly flung open. As we all looked, state representative Dawn Mason, an imposing, African-American woman, entered the room and quickly sat down at the table. She was given a proper introduction and the meeting resumed. 

A few minutes later, Dawn raised her hand and made an observation to Governor Lowry, “Governor, if this group is representative of small business owners throughout our state, then something is wrong.”

“What’s wrong, Representative Mason?” asked Governor Lowry.

“How come there are no minorities in this room except for Kay and me?”

The room fell eerily silent and all eyes were fixated on Representative Mason and me.

“To answer your question, I want to tell you that we have tried to find minority-owned businesses, but have been unsuccessful in spite of our efforts,” replied Governor Lowry.

Dawn Mason looked him squarely in the eyes and said, “How hard did you try?”

As the chair of the board, I knew I had to do something to ease the tension, so I said, “Representative Mason, I’d be happy to get together with you after the meeting so we can discuss how we might recruit more minority-owned businesses to this board.”

I will never forget Representative Dawn Mason. Something about her standing up to voice her beliefs and having the fortitude to bring them to the forefront really appealed to me. Truth be known, I admired her because she possessed the guts that I wished I had. 

As time went on, I got to know Dawn Mason better when I had the opportunity to drive with her to Eastern Washington to attend other meetings for the Council. While there, we learned so much about the challenges that faced small rural businesses – challenges that are very different from their large, urban counterparts. It was a daily struggle for them to keep their agricultural and retail economy healthy and to provide a living wage for their employees. On one of the last trips we took together, Dawn and I became involved in a serious discussion about lifelong learning. 

I asked her, “Who influenced your commitment to lifelong learning?”

“My Mother, who was so wise, she replied. “Let me share with you what my dear Mother told me. She told me that you can learn something from anything you come in contact with. If you sit alone on a river bank and stare at a rock long enough, you will learn something from it.” I was deeply touched by this sentiment and often referred to it when I taught my students and employees about the power of continuous learning throughout one’s life.

Who Has Influenced and Inspired You?

This is just one story of a person who has positively impacted my life. There are many more. As I reflect back on my life’s journey, I am grateful that these and others, through one set of circumstances or another, somehow crossed my path while on their own personal journeys. I am sure that all of you have a similar group of influencers that have made a significant contribution to how you view the world and live your life. I would love to hear your stories of people who have made a real difference in your life.

My daily goal is to find ways that I can make someone’s life better. It is my way of giving back and expressing my gratitude for those who have shared their wisdom with me and helped me along the way; it’s the least I can do.

Angels: 30 Days of Abundance, Day 8

Welcome to 30 days of Abundance, Day 8. I’m delighted that you are here. Today’s topic is Angels. As you watch the video, repeat this in your head, “There lies an Angel within me.” Now let’s see what will happen once you realize that you are an Angel. I think someting magic might happen… that’s why my card deck is titled Magical Mindshifts!

Angels Are All Around Us

Angels are here to protect you. You can also be an Angel to others.

Always remember that an Angel exists within each one of us.

Angels are good no matter what they have to teach us.

I was able to make these cards quickly by water coloring simple designs on watercolor card stock. I made some with cutting and pasting scrap origami papers and pasted them onto the card stocks. I will send these cards out to a list of vulnerable people who are shut-in and isolated. I can already envision the smiles on their faces when they receive my cards.

Also, do you remember my favorite Bunny who made eye contact with me while I made my last few videos? I made a Bunny thank you card that I will hang on my door for the people who deliver my groceries, books, and my favorite art supplies.

You Can Spread Joy in Small, Easy Ways

I’d love to hear who you picked as the recipients of your love and gratitude. Even if you don’t send cards, you can make a phone call or even simpler, a text or an email? Angels deliver their stardust in many ways.

Thank you for sharing your comments and stories with me. You’re an Angel to me when you take the time to reach out and tell me what you’ve been doing! I know that we all benefit when we share experiences with one another.

Please Tell Me What You Think

Do you like when I share information about my favorite art supplies? Many people now have time to experiment with new art mediums and I would encourage you to do the same! If you want to give watercolors a try, I’d recommend starting with something like this Sakura Koi 30-color set. I’m drawn to these wonderfully rich vibrant colors. For paper, the choices can be overwhelming but as long as you understand that cold press means that the surface will have some texture to it and hot press will be more smooth, then it’s easier to narrow down your choices. For me, this affordable Strathmore Cold Press paper works nicely.

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