My thank you, to you…

 

Thank so much for stopping by and wandering

through the pages of my heart ๐Ÿ’œ

Mandala Coloring Book

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Ever think of coloring as an adult? Every think of coloring as meditation? I’ve benefited from coloring to quiet my mind when I get stressed. It improves my focus and relaxes my whole body.

Benefits of coloring for adults:
  • Your brain enters a focused meditative state. Much like gazing at a candle but more active than that.ย 
  • Stress and anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered.
  • Negative thoughts release and positive feeling and emotions have room to grow.
  • Keeps you in the “now”. In the present which helps you attain mindfulness.
  • Unplugging from technology promotes creation over consumption
  • It’s an inexpensive way to add art and creativity into your life.
  • It can be a relaxed social gathering.
  • It’s portable!
How to Color a Mandala:

It’s easy!

  1. You will need crayons, pencil crayons, chalks, pastels, paint, or markers in a variety of colors.
  2. Print a mandala or stop at any dollar store, book store or craft shop and purchase a coloring book. You can find a ton on amazon.com too!
  3. Find a quiet and comfortable place where you can work comfortably with no distractions. You can even increase the meditative qualities by finding a spot in a nature where you won’t be disturbed. Here you can take in the scents and sounds while you create your art.ย 
  4. Color!

Try not to think too much about what colors you choose, or what’s matchy matchy. Let your instincts guide you. After you begin with the first color, the rest will follow naturally. Susan F. Fincher, the author of numerous mandala coloring books, says, “One color on the mandala invites another, like a guest who asks to bring his friend to your party.”

 

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G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. 2017

It’s been forever since I blogged, or at least that’s how it’s felt since my birthday. I’ve been busy doing things and stuff …

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What things and stuff? G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. was one! Sadly this may be the last year Misha Collins will be doing the greatest scavenger hunt/random acts of kindness event EVER. BUT, I just saw this posted on his Facebook wall. “We create, therefore we live. Itโ€™s been a great ride, guys. Saddle up… I canโ€™t wait to tell you where weโ€™re going next.ย #gishwhes” So hopefully we will be up to more shenanigansย next year!!

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G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. – What is it?


“g.i.s.h.w.h.e.s. (which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a 7-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins that you can compete in from anywhere in the world (even from your own home!).ย 
Many of the participants claim the Huntย is a life-changing experience that either pulled them out of their shell and completely changed their lives, or drove them insaneโ€ฆ many others say itโ€™s simply a great way to spend a week of their summer (or winter for those Gishers on the other half of the planet).”

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I was on team “Birdhouse In Your Soul”ย and we spent a week doing good deeds, showering love on people and doing random acts of silliness. I didn’t have time to accomplish many tasks, but what I did finishย meant a lot to me and gave birth to a new regular volunteering task I plan to pick up. So what did I do?

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๐Ÿ’œย I was abducted by aliens who were searching for specific traits for their specimens. Mine was my empathy and I was abducted in Virginia Beach, VA. This was silly. And I don’t do silly well, or often. But if I were abducted, this was why my hubby thought they would grab me, my empathy.ย ๐Ÿ’™

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๐Ÿ’œย I wrote a Haiku. My Haiku was for my Ippo. She got sick on my birthday last year and sadly lost her battle within a few weeks. This was a difficult project to undertake. I was an emotional mess. But I knew it was meant for this moment. It’s now another moment in my healing process. I miss her enormously.ย ๐Ÿ’™

๐Ÿ’œย I visited a large military ship (the Wisconsin) and held up a sign for all to see. A thank you to all who serve and served to protect our country. There weren’t many people there, but it still meant a lot to be there and reflect on all who give of themselves for others.ย ๐Ÿ’™

๐Ÿ’œย I decorated and delivered a cake with a message to someone(s) that I’ve always wanted to say. Mine I was lucky enough to do on my birthday, bringing my own cake. But decorated with “Thanks For Beingย My Friends” and presenting it as a surprise. It ended up being one of my most meaningful birthdays ever. And I plan to make it a tradition now every year to do an act of gratitude to celebrate my dayย ๐Ÿ’™

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๐Ÿ’œย I planted a bee loving plant and pollinated it wearing a bee costume (thank you INKnBURN!). My hubby thought I was supposed to do it by booty dancing. My team all agreed, some foot action was required.ย ๐Ÿ’™

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๐Ÿ’œย At a local laundromat I used decorated envelopes to leave enough for a wash and dry for three people. This is another I plan to do again in the future. The people in the laundromat just gave us funny looks, unsure what we were doing. And it made it all the better knowing their smiles when they picked up envelopes after we leftย ๐Ÿ’™

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๐Ÿ’œย And lastly, hubby and I took some non perishable food donations to a local youth shelter. They help kids who are from abusive homes and runaways. This meant more than I even knew it would, I walked out teary eyed and happy to find out that not only do they accepts monetary and food/other physical donations, but they need occasional volunteers too. They take the kids on outings and need help with the outings so the kids are safe and rules are being followed, etc… They had actually just returned from visiting a horse rescue. That rescue also takes in theย abused and abandoned. My heart was bursting. ย I don’t talk about it publicly much, but I was abused and emotionally neglectedย for most of the years before my 14th birthday.ย My mother abused alcohol and prescription meds and me. She also verbally abused a lot of other family members through the years.ย This was important for me, a random act of kindness for myself retroactiveย ๐Ÿ’™

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A BIG thank you to a great team! And a HUGE thank you to Misha Collins for putting his heart on his sleeve and becoming involved with making the world a better place through art, silliness, and random acts of kindness and loveย 

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The Painted Mermaid

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ย  ย  ย ย 0d974046b5eb280c420206bdb5de90ea_mermaid-tail-by-linzee777-mermen-clipart-without-background_300-300I LOVE Dolphins

ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย 0d974046b5eb280c420206bdb5de90ea_mermaid-tail-by-linzee777-mermen-clipart-without-background_300-300I LOVE anything that has to do with the seaย 

 

It’s a newer obsession of mine, seeking my artistic side. Art and crafty type hobbies were not something I grew up with. I came from a very practical household. Artsy type endeavors were considered frivolous and a waste of money and time. This kind of sentiment is something that’s been bred into me and my own nature. To a point I was kind of fearful of it.ย 

But now as I explore more and more that artsy side of myself I’m finding it to be really meditative and so good for my state of mind. I will definitely be throwing myself more and more into areas of life I’ve avoided because of how I was raised. It’s mind expanding and liberating to try out simple things like painting that were never part of my childhood.

Thanks to The Mermaid Factory for a fun place to create, dream, imagine, grow and allow us all to nurture the artist within We’ll be back to do the dolphin!

 

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โ€œSome day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.โ€
โ€• C.S. Lewis

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โ€œIt’s about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.โ€
โ€• Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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โ€œEverything seemed possible, when I looked through they eyes of a child.
And every once in a while; I remember,
I still have the chance to be that wild.โ€
โ€• Nikki Rowe

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โ€œWe nurture our creativity when we release our inner child. Let it run and roam free. It will take you on a brighter journey.โ€
โ€• Serina Hartwell

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โ€œAcknowledge your inner child. Even though we have found the light in ourselves today, we sometimes forget to heal old wounds of our past. Your inner child still needs to be loved in order to heal the complete self.โ€
โ€• Karen A. Baquiran

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The Grateful Walking Dead?

Just ran across this and had to share with you guys! Zombie Yoga Original Artwork! If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead & Yoga, you may just love this artwork. You have to check out their Instagram orย Kozyndan Blog for all their artwork!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BL4GXnvAXs7/

๐‘จ๐’–๐’•๐’–๐’Ž๐’ ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’”

 

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๐‘จ๐’–๐’•๐’–๐’Ž๐’ ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’”

๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’, ๐’„๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’‘ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’”๐’๐’‡๐’•๐’๐’š ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’”,
๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’‡๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’–๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’›๐’†,
๐‘บ๐’๐’๐’˜๐’๐’š ๐’…๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’๐’‡๐’• ๐’„๐’–๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’๐’–๐’๐’…,
๐‘พ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’“๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’๐’….

๐‘ช๐’๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’…๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’“๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’๐’๐’†๐’”,
๐‘ด๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†’๐’” ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ˆ๐’.
๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’๐’๐’†,
๐‘จ๐’–๐’•๐’–๐’Ž๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’†, ๐’”๐’–๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’†.

๐‘ช๐’“๐’–๐’๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’” ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž ๐’‡๐’Š๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’˜,
๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†’๐’” ๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’‘๐’†๐’• ๐’“๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’๐’˜,
๐‘ป๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’… ๐’Š๐’•๐’” ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’‹๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’„ ๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’†,
๐‘บ๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’†.

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’, ๐’„๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’‘ ๐’‚๐’Š๐’“.
๐‘ฐ๐’•’๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’†,
๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†’๐’” ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’‡๐’๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’”,
๐‘ณ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ˆ๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‡๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Š๐’, ๐’•๐’๐’, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’†.

๐‘พ๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’š: ยฉ ๐‘ฌ๐’…๐’†๐’ ๐‘ป. ๐‘ช๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‚๐’๐’…