Eye Candy for the Soul…Crushing on Karma

 

Here’s some eye candy for your soul. 20 more ways to have a Crush on Karma! We all need a reminder from time to time.

  1. Cheer some one up! - We all have a bad day from time to time.
  2. Accept without judgement- This is definitely a learned behavior (at least it is for me), but once you start putting it into practice it starts to become second nature.
  3. Be spontaneous- Being totally predictably can start to be a bit dull. Sometimes you just have to get out there and “just do it” (Yep- I just quoted Nike!)
  4. Pick up the phone and call someone- Get Connected and reach out.  It’s crazy, because I actually use my phone more for checking emails, facebook, instagram and texting more then I actually use it for making phone calls.
  5. Take a deep breath and breath- You’ll find it does wonders.
  6. Sing!!When you’re in gridlock traffic, sing your favorite song and smile at the cars beside you. I bet they’ll smile back :)
  7. Write “you’re beautiful” on the mirror before you go to bedI promise you it will bring a smile to your face in the morning when you are brushing your teeth.
  8. Tell your kiddo they can do anything they want- And be sure to actually mean it!! (they can tell when you don’t)
  9. Do something that scares you- The adrenaline rush will be like no other!! And hay, you might find out that it’s not that scary after all.
  10. Someday is not a day of the week- If you’re procrastinating or avoiding doing something ask yourself WHY? Then decide if it’s worth doing and cross it off your list.
  11. Buy a cup of coffee for a friend or co-worker- It’s amazing how the smallest gestures can sometimes mean the most.
  12. Do something just for fun! - Stop putting the fun stuff off till later, ‘cause you and I both know that later never comes.
  13. When flowers are blooming share!- Leave some in your neighbor’s newspaper mailbox or on their front porch.
  14. Make someone laugh- And don’t forget to laugh with them. Laughter is a beautiful thing.
  15. Spend a whole day unplanned- Rather than rushing around to get somewhere or get something done open yourself up to the world around you.
  16. Go green- Join a community garden. It’s a great way to get a greener thumb, learn about your local veggie vanities and make some friend.
  17. Pick up trash – Clean up and pitch in. We all have to do our share. 
  18. Hold the elevator- I’m sure we’ve all experieced running late and having the elevator door shut on us just as we get there. Stinks doesn’t it. Put your best foot forward and extend a small kindness to others. Next time it might be them holding the door for you.
  19. Write a handwritten note- Sometimes an emails just doesn’t cut it. And don’t forget how nice to get something in the mail other then bills and junk.
  20. Speak with kindness.- Make every word count! Someone once told my daughter that “Feelings are like puppies, be gentle.” and this has totally stuck with her.

a mother daughter love of plaits

Ok so, a little background for you. Recently I’ve been reading the Little House on the Prairie books to Ava Blu. And I have to say, we are both thoroughly enjoying them. If you can believe it, this is actually my first time reading the books. I totally loved the TV show as a kid and definitely dreamt of being Laura and having Michael Landon as a dad.

So with all the googling we’ve been doing of the “olden days” words, tools and food we don’t know of course we had to do a search on braids. And here are a few of Ava Blu and my favorites.  

http://pinterest.com/cindyannganaden/braids/ 

around here…

My studio looks like it was hit by a tornado, and that’s about as fast as I’ve been moving. I’m up to my elbows in painting and craft supplies, but I’m not complaining. I’ve got some exciting things in the works!!!

 One of which I will be revealing to you very shortly :) A bit cryptic I know, but I have to keep your curiosity piqued somehow!!

In the meantime here’s a quick look around the studio. – xo

p.s. if you look closely you should be able to spot a clue or two :)

20 Reasons to Have a Crush on Karma

Karma. How does one give and receive good karma? How do you keep the circle positive? These are some of the questions that tend to cross my mind on a daily basis.

This year I will be embarking on a creative journey to create and explore my enduring Crush On Karma.

So to get us started and stretch our karma building muscles here are 20 reasons how you too can have a Crush On Karma:

  1. Stop and smell the flowers. – No Seriously, I mean it! A little whiff can really lighten your mood.
  2. Treat Yourself. – A cup of your favorite tea. A 10 minute break sitting your eyes closed. A small piece of chocolate.
  3. Smile at a Stranger. – It cost you nothing and you might be surprised to find that not only does it brighten up someone , but yours as well.
  4. Practice Patience. – Take a deep breath and count to 10.
  5. When you are in a bad mood, smile. – The simple outward act of doing can inwardly change and shift your mood.
  6. Spend a whole day giving compliments. – They feel just as good give as they do to receive.
  7. Start a conversation with a stranger. – Just start with HI!
  8. Celebrate your mistakes. - We all make them. The real trick is to learn from them. 
  9. Expect nothing and welcome everything. - And you’ll never be disappointed.
  10. Practice Compassion. – It’s the thread that connects us with the other members of the human race.
  11. Talk to your plants. – It can actually be quite therapeutic and they’re great listeners and will always  keep your secrets :)
  12. Give with out expecting anything in return. - Pay the toll for the car behind you! It actually a lot of fun and you might be surprised at the jolt of energy you’ll receive.
  13. Make a new friend. – You know, that person you see everyday at work or school but never talk to. Invite them our for a cup of coffee or dinner.
  14. Don’t hold grudges. – They’ll just weight you down.
  15. Remember what you’re grateful for.-  First thing in the morning is a great way to start your day. 
  16. Dance with your kids. – Heck, dance with yourself!! It gets the heart pumping and is an instant mood riser.
  17. Remember the past but let it go. - Learn from your past but continue to step forward into yourself.
  18. Stop your Negative Nelly in her tracks. - When you catch yourself having a negative thought, close your eyes and breath it away.
  19.  Your perception on life is your reality – So remember to be positive!
  20. Try to learn something from everyone you meet. – There a lessons for us to learn from everyone we just need to know how to look for them.

Off to a CRAZY start

Oh boy this year has totally gotten off to a CRAZY busy start!! There has been so much that I’ve wanted to share with you but I just haven’t seemed to have a moment to spare. I’ve wanted to tell you about my amazing trip back East for the Holiday.

Hanging with family. Ava Blu showing in her first horse show with her cousins.

Tramping around Philly. Eating an authentic Philadelphia Cheese Steak. (I haven’t eaten meat in well over 12 years. Well, that is if you don’t count that cheeseburger I scarfed when I was super prego and having all sorts of crazy cravings.)

Spending a week in Brooklyn. I’ve been to NYC plenty of times, but never to Brooklyn. I totally dig it there. We caught a Broadway Show. Took Ava Blu to the American Girl Store on 5th Ave. Did some Ice Skating in Central Park. All and all a ton of fun even in the freezing weather conditions.

…And then there’s my mantra for 2013 that I wanted to share.

I originally planned on picking out a “word of the year”, just as I have done for the past 3 years, but some how a mantra seemed more fitting this time around since I’m trying to do things differently.

Doing the unexpected will have refreshing and rewarding results.


Cheers!!

Happy New Year!!

Returning to NYC in May

This is my ad that will be running in the Winter edition of Total Art Licensing with my pretty ladies :) Megan and I will be returning to NYC to host an evening of Cupcakes, Wine and Hors d’oeuvres!! We’re doing things up a little differently in 2013 

I’m a bit bummed that I won’t be able to make it to Atlanta for the Mart this time around, but it is for a really really good reason!!! You guys, I’m in the process of writing, illustrating and creating my first book!!! How frigin’ cool is that :) And just so happens that my first deliverable fall at the same time as the Mart, so I had to make some hard choices. Having too much going on is a really good problem to have and I am grateful for it. So all of you going to the Mart have a drink for me! Cheers~