the power of color: purple

There has never been a color more shrouded in mystery and royalty then the color purple. Purple has power! It’s traditionally associated with royalty, wealth and ambition. It holds a richness and authority that demands respect. Purple is an ambitious color that is completely self-assured.

Purple was often reserved for only royalty and popes. In roman times, Julius Caesar even decreed that only the emperor could wear purple. The Japanese took it a step further by naming it “Imperial Purple”

Purple and Violet are often used interchangeably. The difference is that violet is included in the visual spectrum of the rainbow. It vibrating at the highest  most powerful visible wavelength, where as Purple is created by mixing red and blue. Did you know that purple is actually the hardest  color for our eyes to discriminate. Even those that work with color have trouble discerning the difference between red/violet and blue/violet.

Purple is an introspective color that allows you to get in touch with your deeper self. It stimulates the imagination and inspires the inception of higher ideas. Purple if often used to help form a union between the body and soul creating a balance between the physical and spiritual. It uplifts the spirit and calms the mind.

For generations artist, poets, writers and musicians have all been inspired by this colors magic and mystery. Invite imagination and a little more creative harmony into your life by donning a purple amethyst, carrying a purple crystal or wearing a purple scarf. But be warned, a little goes a long way, too much purple can bring out the gremlins for those that are easily susceptible to depression or moodiness.

A sliding color scale.  Different tints and hues of purple tend to have different meaning. Lighter shades of purple carry more feminine energy with Lavender often being called the “grown-up” pink. A lighter shade is more delicate and romantic and often has a nostalgic or light-hearted ambiance. While darker hues tend to be more dignified and powerful sometimes evoking a feeling of doom. And then the brighter more vivid shades suggest richness and royalty.

Purple Symbolizes:  magic, mystery, intrigue, royalty, wealth, ambition, richness, pride, fulfillment, independence, intuition, intellectual, creativity, enlightenment, spirituality, calm, peace, vitality, power, passion, uniqueness, wisdom, dignity, devotion

M&D: Drawing together

How awesome are these drawing of people!? I’m totally digging the way Ava Blu drew their noises.  When my daughter come into my studio with the intention of creating art it always puts a smile on my face.

Mommy Camp is rockin’ it today! I’m feeing very greatful :) 

good things come to those who ask

I recently ran across this article on the HuffPost about entrepreneur Jai Jiang’s 100 day Rejection Therapy project and spent a solid hour looking through his rejection videos.

What I found most interesting was when he failed to get his rejection from a Krispy Kreme worker.  Sometimes I don’t ask for what we really want or I tend to tend to water it down for fear of seem presumptuous or rude. (totally my green gremlin rearing it’s ugly head)

His Rejection Therapy Project made me think less of rejection and more about asking. I should be asking more. Like a LOT more. Everyday on a daily basis. Asking for what I want without being paralyzed by fear or apologetic for wanting. I need to get into the habit of making the “BIG ASK” even if I get a NO because eventually someone will say YES!!!

After looking through Jai’s videos it pretty apparent that I’m not the only one that gets paralyzed by the fear of asking. So, I did a little more googling and came across  Amanda Palmer’s Ted Talk which is a really nice quick shot of inspiration and this awesome Stanford lecture that talks about the actual statistics of asking. (it’s about an hour long but well worth the watch)

I find it fascinating that we let our minds trick us into believing it’s going to  be worse or take longer then it actually does. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve let my mind talk me out of doing something. So silly, but so very real and paralyzing when it’s happening. I wonder why some people feel this fear so strongly while others appear are able to easily walk through it without even blinking? 

Here are 2 of the most important pointers that I picked up. They are actually quite simple and I think because of that we often forget to do them. I’m going to try to start to actually put these into practice:

  1. Be upfront and direct. Bold and undiluted! No watering down!! The trick is not to come across harsh or abrasive. So there is a bit of finesse involved.
  2. Face-to-Face  An in person interaction is best! It’s harder for someone to say NO to you if you’re being sincere and looking them directly in the eye.
    • IF a Face-to-Face is not an realistic option try a phone call. No one makes phone calls any more. With a personal email coming in last.

Since I’m normally more of an email kind of girl I wanted to find some good email examples that demonstrate how you should phrase a request. Just the thought of picking of the phone to make a cold call fills me with anxiety and makes my heat race (something that I’m going to definitely have to work on).  I came across these three examples:

If you found this info useful help me spread the word by sharing this post on your facebook page, tweeting it, pining it, or just emailing it to your BFF.

xo

CA

The Power of Color: BLUE

Blue is a powerful and complex color with more contradictory meanings then any other color in the spectrum. But you won’t find me singing the blues here, instead I’ll be focusing on the positive energy, power and symbolism that is the color BLUE.

Blue is one of my favorite colors!!

It was my wedding color and the color that my husband and I chose to included in my daughter’s name. Ava Blu.

http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/1220194/from_sky_to_sea

Blue is the color of the most of our world. Sea and sky, heaven and earth.  It is the color of confidence, faith, spirituality and intelligence not to mention the color of my favorite pair of jeans.

http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/942021/good_vibes_!

The energy and vibe that blue provides is powerful and can be used to help relax, gain perspective and open up the flow of communication. It’s incredibly soothing, which makes blue pajamas just about the perfect choice. And if you have a speech or big test to cram for blue index cards make an excellent backdrop to help you organize your thoughts, prepare and remember all your talking points.  If you feeling a bit frazzled and your nerves are frayed wear a blue gemstone like a blue sapphire or topaz around your neck to create some inner peace and calm. 

And oh my gosh! Did you know that the color blue is actually a natural appetite suppressant. I think I’m going to need to add a little blue to my kitchen to help support my life plan for eating a healthier diet.

http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/2866969/Power_of_blue

Blue Symbolizes: confidence, faith, spirituality, heaven, peace, infinity, wisdom, authority, trust & understanding, relaxation & calm, cool, dignity, health & healing

HCC: homemade deodorant

Today I made my own homemade deodorant!!

I’m normally not a big deodorant user. I usually just go al natural unless I’m attending a big event for function and then I’ll break out a stick. My grandmother and her sister both had Alzheimer’s. So you could say I’ve never been in a big hurry to rub my armpits with aluminum saturated deodorants that have been linked to cause Alzheimer’s and breast cancer along with seizures and kidney problems.

But since I’ve been taking on a more active lifestyle (I’m only 2 1/2 weeks in, but I’ve been trail running/walking pretty much every morning and hope to continue doing so for the rest of my life.) I’m feeling the need to combat the B.O. with something a bit more natural.

YOU”LL NEED:

1/2 cup of baking soda

2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil

20 drops of tea tree oil

10 drops of peppermint or another essential oil

a bowl

measuring cup and spoons

mixing spoon

old deodorant tube

TIP: I picked up the coconut oil and tea tree oil here. 

TO MAKE:

  1. Measure out your baking soda into a bowl.
  2. Add in the tablespoons of coconut oil, making sure it is fully melted. (if it’s not melted it will be harder to mix in and combine with the other ingredients)
  3. Add your Tea Tree and Essential Oils.
  4. Mix until you have a smooth paste like consistency and can roll it into a ball.
  5. Press the mixture into your old deodorant tube being sure to get rid of any bubbles.
  6. Place deodorant tube it the freezer to firm and set up for 2-3 hours.
  7. Remove and use.

TIP: In warmer climates you may want to store your homemade deodorant in the refrigerator so that it stays frim and doesn’t melt.