A Journal Assignment...

Qasm I found this great book titled How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything and it has provided some great thought-provoking exercises when I have needed some for my journal writing.  This page reflects one that I used recently. I have listed the questions below so you can answer these and use it in your journal. 

Answer these quickly without "thinking."

1. I'm happiest when...
2. Someday I'm going to...
3. When I'm really down, what I want to do is...
4. I feel anxious when...
5. I'm afraid that...
6. I like people who...
7. All it takes to make me happy is...
8. What I really want to do is...
9. I wish that...
10. I don't like people who...
11. A person really should...
12. I just hate it that...
13. I have everything I need, however...
14. If I could do whatever I wanted, I would...

Have fun!

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I Need...

Ineedfullsm Missing my pop today!  No matter how many years pass, it is still hard.  It is sad to know that I can't just pick up the phone and make a call and speak with him about my day or ask for advice or to just tell him that I love him.  Give your dad a hug today or call and tell him that you love him.

Have a blessed day!

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100-Feet Tall...

Open_windows Those of you who know me, know that I am afraid of heights.  Those of you who know me, also know that over the past year or more I have resolved to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone by trying new things.  With this new outlook comes the need to face this fear of heights.  I am going on a cruise in January with four of my girlfriends and have decided that this trip will be the first step in doing just that!  Now, I could simply climb the rock wall or maybe parasail, but no, I plan to take on the "Lost World Canopy Tour and Rappeling." 

•Enter a cavernous tunnel which leads to a primeval rainforest encircled by crevassed rock walls more than 100-feet tall, for your tour of the Lost World Cave. There are five traverses, ranging from 105-500 feet apart taking you across the fallen ceiling of this enormous cave. Your guides will outfit and provide you with a detailed safety briefing. Soar from platform to platform above the floor of the densely populated forest. Your last traverse takes you to a rock shelf protruding from the side of the large tunnel-like entrance to the cave, ending with a rappel to the floor.

I can only hope that I will not chicken out!  Putting this out here for all to read will help keep me accountable to my goal.  I will keep you posted!

Which brings to mind this thought:

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi

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Curvy Boot Cut...

Content_1 Like most women, I dislike trying on jeans!  It amazes me that I have to try on, say 50 or so, before I find one that really fits well!  I got lucky and found a new style at The Gap that fits great!  This new style is called Curvy and it comes in Boot Cut Curvy and Curvy Flare.  Several washes are available and you can get them in petite as well!

Happy shopping!

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Jab, Cross & Hook...

Gloves2 Tried something new today!


"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."

~Alan Cohen

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Dryads Dancing...

Frames "It was the barn for the square dance on Saturday night
It was the front porch to rock on
It was the trim that said
the hard work paid off...

The only thing worse than tearing down an old building is not re-using the wood that created its beauty."

These are the words attached to the beautiful hand-made frames I found at Renningers in Mt. Dora, Florida this weekend.  I usually make the trip for photos and ephemera, but was pleasantly surprised to find some artists there.  These hand-made frames are from a company called Dryads Dancing out of Chamblee, Georgia.

The frame on the left is made from old wood and the one on the right is metal.  It is hard to appreciate the craftsmanship and textural beauty of these gems from a photo.

Have a blessed day!

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Way Down Upon the Suwannee River...

Suannee I spent a couple of days with friends at their property in Live Oak, Florida this past weekend. The pre-Thanksgiving celebration included lots of food and fun activities.  The property is located near the beautiful Suwannee River.  A song written in 1851 titled "Old Folks at Home" is about the Suwannee River and is the state song of Florida!

I even tried Skeet shooting for the first time.  I hit the target on my third shot!

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Pioneer Days...

As the weather in Florida becomes less humid and more beautiful, festivals abound!  Several friends talked me into attending Pioneer Days at the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville, FL on Saturday.  There was no short supply of farm animals, corn on the cob and banjo playing musicians!  I kept my eye open for some interesting photo opportunities.  I found a few...

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Not So Different...

Not_so_different I found some old journals the other day that I kept when I was a teenager.  I had such a passion back then to write and write some more!  I wrote about a lot of things, but mostly the difficult things in my life, which isn't so surprising when one considers how difficult the teenage years can be.  As I read the entries, I realized that I felt things so deeply and wasn't afraid to express the way I felt. I cherish these journals.  I realized that no matter how difficult things were for me at times, I came through them.  Writing down my thoughts helped me to put things into perspective. I find this to be true today as I create art in my journals.  I know one day I will look back on these journals and see progress, growth and that I am not so different...

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"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment"  ~Oprah Winfrey

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Refreshing...

Refreshing_1 I created these journal pages with the intent of making copies of them and using them to create two book covers.  I am hosting a wedding shower tomorrow for a girlfriend's daughter and I wanted to create a special book in which to list the gifts and who gave what.  We are also having the guests write "Words of Wisdom" they wish to share with the bride-to-be.  I will have each guest write their thoughts on pretty scrapbook papers and then I will add them to the "Words of Wisdom" book that I made to match the "Gifts List" book.

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Good Reads Journal...

Cover_1_1 Cover_3_1 When I was at Art Unraveled in Pheonix I spent some time with my artist friend, Kelly Kilmer and she showed me a journal she had made.  I loved it and when I got home I made one of my own.  I decided to leverage some of my past journal pages by making copies of them, tearing them and gluing them to the covers of the new journal.  I call this journal Good Reads!  Pages to follow later!

Have a blessed day!
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