Monday, October 25, 2010

Bliss-week 2

There are so many other little things, goofy things, simple things that can be a little piece of bliss. I love alone time. Chocolate covered cinnamon bears!! :D Hot chocolate on a crisp fall morning. Watching my awesome daughter score a goal in her soccer game. Getting a text message from a special someone. Getting an answer to a prayer. Flirting. A total stranger saying hello. The list can go on and on, but like I said in my other post...for this project I'm keeping it real simple, and there's just not enough space to write everything down on an 8x8 canvas....which is why I'm writing a little more of my thoughts with these posts!

Have you thought about what bliss means to you? Feel free to share, I love other peoples thoughts and opinions! May you find a little bliss in each day!


I wanted to touch more on my thoughts regarding this topic and add some quotes as well. I've been working on an assignment on and funny enough, the chapter was on the Heart of Gratitude. I love it when things just line up and fall into place like that!! It's awesome!

So, some of the quotes listed below were from Oct conference, just a few snippets from a talk by Thomas S. Monson.

"gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."

"When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives." he quoted Gordon B Hinkley.

"to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven."

LOVE that!!!

Also, from my transformation assignment, this is from Bill Phillips new book that came out in July of this year. Bill Phillips did the Body for Life program and has now added a more of mind/body/spirit element to getting and staying healthy. Bill states facts and research findings in this part of his book. There are many Dr's/researchers/studies going on regarding gratitude and it's effects on health.

"health isn't just a condition of the body,it starts within the mind and heart, out of all the positive thoughts and emotions, none is more healing that gratitude."

"Simply being thankful can lead to a healthier, happier life."

"grateful people were discovered to be more likely to feel a connection to others and to something greater than themselves."

"scientific research makes it clear that when we practice gratitude it helps us become more energetic, motivated,happier and altogether healthier."

I just took some snippets from the talk and the chapter in the book....I've found this absolutely fascinating. The connection between gratitude, health, emotions, energy, and overall well being is pretty amazing. I'm definitely going to start practicing a daily gratitude meditation, I mean, who couldn't use more motivation, energy, health and happiness???? I know I could!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Words of Me week 1

I'm trying to do the Words of Me project that Leslie has going on over at her blog...If you're interested you should check it out here. It's basically 52 weeks, 52 words which include your thoughts/quotes, etc on the topic. So, as usual I'm a little behind...I think tomorrow or Tuesday will be word #4 and I just finished my thoughts/layout on week 1. Oh well, slowly but surely I will catch up and hopefully stay that way! The first word/week was on gratitude. Now, there is a TON that can be said on that topic, but I decided to keep things very simple with my layouts.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

He's Aliiive!!

Yeah, I know....wrong, but it works for this cute little guy!! This is Horace, I painted him about 10 years ago, ya know, when tole painting was the hot hobby of the day. Well poor Horace has been shoved under my bed for those 10 years. Arms and legs in one bag, head and body in the other bag, just waiting patiently to be assembled. I did pull him out last year..........looked at him, thought..."oh, he's so cute, I really need to finish him," then shoved him back under the bed with the dust bunnies to keep him company. I vowed to get him done for this Halloween, and YAY...he's done!!! He's ready for trick or treating with his flashlight and candy pail. The shorts...I got at the thrift store, size 2T lol. I love his big toe stickin out of his shoe and his little friend pokin out of his pocket....too cute!!! Well, I can sigh with relief, knowing that I fullfilled my duty and got him done!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Finally posting a few layouts from my digi scrap class over at Jessica Sprague. I'm sure you can tell which ones were from the class, and which one was my own!! Haha...I'm not nearly up on all the technical, super cool aspects of photoshop that I need to be to create something as cool as Jessica does, especially in 30 minutes. The puppy love was my own (I'm sure you figured that out right away!) and it was to be done from start to finish in 30 minutes. Im not proficient enough to put something super cute together without going back through the instructions and following them step by step. So...I do the best I can and am going to work my way back through the classes so I understand them better.

Ok..better get off, I just put in Wolfman, and better watch or I might be lost...I hope it's a good movie and doesn't freak me out to bad....I'm all by my lonesome! ;)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Warning, vent ahead......

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a love/hate relationship with diet coke. I. AM. ADDICTED. I climb on the wagon every so often for a few weeks at best, and then in a weak moment, throw myself off the back and run frantically to the nearest drive thru that offers coke products. Well, at this exact moment....I'm off the wagon. So, I'm in my happy place, (the drive thru) waiting to get my X-tra LARGE diet coke. Happily hand over my 2 bucks and drive away.............ah crap. They freakin gave me regular coke......GRRRR, by the time I realize this, Ive already left the drive thru and am headed back to work from my lunch hour. I'm running late too, otherwise I would've gone back, handed drive thru girl my coke, made her drink some and ask her if she thought that was what diet tasted like. Yes, in the grand scheme of things, it's certainly not the end of the world, but at that moment, when I'm anticipating the deliciousness of bubbly diet coke and I end up sputtering and spitting out felt pretty dang close to the end of my world. *ok, vent over, returning now to our regularly scheduled program* ;)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A sassy, sweet, spunky, silly, sparkly girl!!!

I love this girl! And, yes, I've said that and posted that before, but I really do. I think she is totally cool! I did this layout based on this sketch, don't know why I picked 5 words, but they describe her, so I went with it! She has just enough sass, spunk and sparkle to really be an amazing girl! She's 14.5 years old and I can say that I still love being around her, the horrid teenage attitude has been kept to a dull roar so far, I'll keep my fingers crossed that it stays that

I made the flower in the corner with paper scraps, I saw this on a tutuorial that someone linked to over at 2 Peas, but for the life of me, I can't remember who linked it or who's tute it was. I had fun making it,in fact, I made a lot of flowers, fun and easy and a great way to use up scraps!!