Today I am grateful, not only for the big obvious things in life, like a relationship, job or car. Today I am grateful for all the little things I often breeze right by, like seeing this mountain goat on the side of the road. Today I will make it my mission to find as many little things to be grateful for as possible.
Daily Painting #24: Free
Whatever attitude I carry colors my world. Not only do I myself respond to it, but most other people do as well. If I am carrying negativity, trust me, someone will cut me off on the way to work, forget to show up to a meeting or make a snide comment. But if I claim my freedom and allow others theirs, the world becomes a place of love, tolerance and understanding.
Daily Painting #23: Harmony
“There is harmony within me and around me.” I use this mantra a lot when I am feeling stressed or I am about to get sick. It helps me relax into the moment and get out of my worry state. Harmony is one of my main organizing principle. When I and all my relations are in harmony, I feel all is right in the world.
Daily Painting #22: Brand New Me
Sometimes it helps me get through the day easier if I don’t allow any doubts. When I am able to entertain the idea that it’s impossible for me to fail, my actions are more decisive and I tend to like the results better.
Daily Painting #21: Elements
I set my intention to create a piece about Inspiration. I think inspiration comes directly from the heart and somehow it always helps me be and stay healthy. Take for example this 30 in 30 project: I have had a lot of added work time and stress in my life and had to forgo things like exercise during the last 3 weeks, just to stay on schedule with the project. But I have loved every part of it, and I feel great!
Daily Painting #20: Create a Beautiful Day
I am going to create a beautiful day – even though sometimes I have to force myself to do that, because I’d much rather complain all day – it still seems to work…
Daily Painting #19: Sleep in Peace
I know I sleep a lot better when I am not worried, but I often times forget that there is a simple way to sidestep that worry. Handing my problems over to the infinite consciousness allows me to slow down and breathe, and often times puts those problems into a different perspective.
Daily Painting #18: Right Place
I thought for years that I don’t belong to any place and it made me sad. Then, I found myself “home-less” for a short while and realized it doesn’t matter where I am. I am in the right place wherever I am. At first it was a strange feeling not having a connection to a place I called home, but then it became freeing. It was much easier to actually be present in the moment without the energetic strings attached to a place.
Daily Painting #17: Bright Attitutes
When I expect something difficult to happen, I set myself up for failure. Today I am going on my first ever “business” trip and I challenge myself to have a great attitude about it.
Daily Painting #16: Refuse to be Irritated
I could have used this at work today… But then I realized that getting upset about something really is based on fear. Once I figure out what I am afraid of, I can take steps to remedy the situation.
Daily Painting #15: Circle of Women
I made this piece in a visual journaling workshop this weekend, and I love it so much I want to share it. I love how lose and free it is, yet also defined. I love the story it tells. I mostly have shied away from circles, but I am realizing more and more what a healing experience it is for women to sit in circles of women. There, I experience a bond that I do not find elsewhere. A joint understanding of who we are and what we have gone through. Often times such things are unspoken, but being in that presence brings me peace.
Daily Painting #14: Rest
I had a ton of fun this weekend in a visual journaling workshop and am super excited and inspired. And I know I have a busy week at work ahead of me. But tonight I will not think of either. I will be here with myself in the moment, so that my body can get the rest it needs. I find that’s being kind to myself.
Daily Painting #13: No Substitutes
Having come down with a stomach bug, it’s easy to just curl up in bed in pity. But this is the time to remind myself that I do not need to accept any substitutes for what I want. It helps my will to get better and be well.
Daily Painting #12: Discovery
I am looking to rediscover myself. I feel the need to go past all the layers of how I am at work and in social situations and relationships and find myself. Discover what I will do or say if little or no “have to’s” are present.
Since I haven’t said it before, I thought I point out that I am using all of my own photography for this project. I just realized that this year I have been photographing for 30 years – from that time I saved up all my money to buy a camera as a teenager and taught myself how to use it.
Daily Painting #11: Good
While I accept and welcome good stuff in my life, I recently realized that I don’t think of it as a normal state in my life. I kind of imagine myself floating along average, and every once in a while a good thing shows up. I think it would be in my power and interest to change my attitude here…