EmPOWordment Cards by Mimi

Perhaps you’ve noticed I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Hmmm?

Well one thing for sure, I haven’t posted in a while. You see, I’ve been just a tad busy. 

“Doing what?” you may ask. SOOO glad you did! Because I have an announcement to make!!

TaDaaaaa!! Presenting~~~~~


Say WHAAAT? What kind of word is “EmPOWordment”, anyway?

It’s a Mimi kind of word. It means

words that empower and encourage“!

And that is the kind of person I am. My goal is to help you empower and encourage others too, because, for goodness sake, we NEED it these days!!

You are amazing with a side of sprinkles

As Passionista At Large (my speaking-for-events business) my goal is to uplift, empower, inspire, ignite, inform, and give hugs to as many women (and some men too) as I possibly can. Thus, I signed up for a vendor show,

to “get myself out there”.

As I pondered how to draw people to my otherwise-empty booth,

I thought…

your life is a canvas

“If I have something to attract them to my table,

then I can talk to them, they will fall in love with me, and invite me to speak!”

Great plan, right?

You've got this

In no time at all the idea of creating inexpensive cards for people to give to others just burst from my heart into my computer and I had designed several cards. Then as the idea grew into a full-blown forest fire I designed even more, thinking of the people these cards could touch

WOW YOU DID IT!Whoo hoo great job

~Parents can put them in lunch boxes, back packs, on the bathroom mirror, or their child’s door or bed to support and congratulate.

~Teachers can hand them out as encouragement.

impossible only means I'm possible

~Lovers can leave them in conspicuous spots.

oh darling I love you flight

~Workers can drop them on their friends’ desks.


hey you've got this rack

~Military families can mail them to their loved ones.

This one is her favorite, and she wants to give it to her two daughters in a frame.

You GO girl!

~Those who send cards as a ministry will find them useful.   Believe


My brain kept seeing new ways for these words to bring light into people’s hearts and lives. 

Why are you trying to fit in

As Passionista, I designed many of them for the women I’ll be speaking to.

you are absolutely fabulousQueen of Courage border logo

To help them understand how amazing and awesome they are!

don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle

To reassure them that they are not alone in their struggles and walk.

don't live afraid

That many of us have been through it.

Don't tell me the sky

We survived. We blossomed. We are united.

Your dreams

But I know that everyone’s spirit blossoms with encouragement so these are for YOU too.


The only person I need to be betterYou have the power to choose!I believe JOY rackI can rack

I hope that you feel encouraged just reading them!

And if you’d like to pass them along via sharing and liking and pinning, that’s great! Please do!

If, like me, you prefer the paper variety, something tangible you can hold, return to and reread when you need it, then I actually have these for SALE!! Can you believe it?

Granted I have a few kinks to work out yet, but you CAN purchase from my Facebook page:


Take a look. And I would be sooo delighted if you would share the word. I feel honored that my words will end up in the hearts and hands of others.

Thank you for your encouragement and support. You are part of why I do this!

May you have many sprinkles to share today!

Hugs, Passionista

UPDATE! I have opened an Etsy shop!

Still adding items to it, but take a look! 


Be Kind


Mary Jo Rapini has such wisdom herself. This is so true! I love her words and how she “assigns” kindness such power. I used to have a poster in my classroom with “Be ye kind.” on it. A good reminder. I think we often treat family members in ways we would never treat outsiders.

And yet, our family is our greatest treasure.


You Are Outstanding!

pumpkin stand out watermark


Sister Love

It’s my sister’s fault. I’ve got computer neck, squinty eyes, laundry piled up, books unread…yep, I’m going to blame her.

Here’s the deal. Mindy, my little sister, came to visit. She’s four years younger than I am, so even though she is almost 58 she will always be my “little” sister. And I miss her terribly. She lives a minimum of eleven hours away in Missouri (she and her husband drive it in one day–but it takes my kids and me two!) and that is just too far. So when she came to visit for a week (a WEEK, eeeeek!) I enjoyed and soaked up every minute of it.

One night she was crocheting, something she is a marvel at, and I sat by her on the couch, showing her the pictures–or graphics, or memes, or whatever a person calls these things I create and post on this blog– and she just loved them. A couple in particular she wanted to give to people as cards. She suggested I print them to sell.

This one is her favorite, and she wants to give it to her two daughters in a frame.

This one is her favorite, and she wants to give it to her two daughters in a frame.

Now, I have been telling Mindy that she should sell her amazing creations for a couple of years now, but for ME to sell stuff? What? Really? Do you think people would buy these cards? They are just my words (and sometimes others’) on pretty backgrounds.

She said that yes, she would, and she was sure others would too. Mindy is wonderful at mailing cards, something that many of us fail at. Maybe I can help to turn that around by providing nice, inexpensive cards so people WILL send them to their loved ones. 

Thus… “computer neck”. I thought I’d try a couple and see how they looked. Problem is that all of my memes have my “watermark” PassionistaAtLarge.org at the bottom to identify them as mine. Well, mostly it’s to direct people to my website, because I really don’t care if others use them. That’s what Pinterest and the internet is actually for, right? To borrow ideas from each other? And if someone can make money off of them, then good for them. There is enough to go around, for sure. Anyway, I digress, or chase rabbits, so hopefully I won’t lose you. (Ooooh LOOK! There’s a sparkly!)

all you need is love . tiara. cookie  border

Back to the watermark. I can’t have that on the front of the card, now can I? It kind of interferes with the design. So, I have to redesign them all. At least the ones I want to use. (Insert big sigh here). And then, because I am so new at this, I’m trying to find a place to print them that doesn’t cost a ton. Because if I’m going to sell these at my workshops, if I believe the words I put on them are important enough to “card” them (hahahaha), I want others to be able to afford them.

And then I have to make my designs work within the constraints of the company I’m using. (Insert another big sigh here.) Did I mention that I am new at this? Self-taught through the “search-and-find” method?

Anyway these two designs were her favorite, and I tried them first to see the quality of paper and how they actually look in person. I’ll be gifting them to my sister for her birthday next month, if they look nice.

And that, my dear readers, is why I claim it’s all my sister’s fault. :)

This is now my new "watermark" on the back of the card.  What do you think?

This is now my new “watermark” on the back of the card. What do you think?

If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. And let me know what you think. I know I have readers out there. How about letting me hear from you?

Have a wonderful, sparkly kind of day!

Passionista Mimi

A Minute Speck

Hubble pics

with technology we’ve gone from thinking the world is flat
to thinking that we are “all that”.
To believing that our world is so large that we are “in charge”.

However, this whole incredibly amazing universe, larger than we can comprehend,
Is held in the Almighty Creator’s hand.

And to think that He loves US, and adores His creation! It truly humbles my heart and gives me hope.

Hope …when it seems that our world is truly on  a course of destruction. Hope … knowing that our God is unshakable. He does not tremble. He does not fear. He created all of this.

Yesterday there was a rare lunar eclipse that had many of us talking and taking pictures. I was quite tickled that God gave me (yes, He loves me that much) a PINK moon!! The rest of you just got to benefit. Ha!

As you view these amazing pictures taken by Hubble, prepare to be in awe….


Keeping Up With The Joneses? I Don’t Think So!

Charles Spurgeon

Being grateful for all I’ve been blessed with continues to be the way I live. It truly makes all the difference in how we see ourselves, our lives, our opportunities, and halts all that comparison stuff that depletes our joy. Seriously, we are SO fortunate. I found this post and just wanted to share it to emphasize this ideal.



Guest post from  Bestselling Author, Carry On, Warrior and Founder of Momastery

“Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it.

I’ve always loved my kitchen, but after seeing those pictures I found myself looking at it through new, critical eyes. Maybe it was all wrong. Maybe the ’80s counters, laminate cabinets, mismatched appliances and clutter really were mistakes I should try to fix. I stood and stared and suddenly my kitchen looked shabby and lazy to me. I wondered if that meant I was shabby and lazy, too. Because our kitchens are nothing if not reflections of us, right? I decided I’d talk to Craig and make some calls about updates.

But as I lay down to sleep, I remembered this passage from Thoreau’s Walden: “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” Walden reminds me that when I feel lacking — I don’t need new things, I need new eyes with which to see the things I already have. So when I woke up this morning, I walked into my kitchen wearing fresh perspectacles. Here’s what I saw.” ….click to continue…



The effect you have on others is your most valuable currency

“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect. So we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying that you can ask the universe for it. You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world. You have two choices–love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.” Jim Carrey


Dear readers, I encourage you to reach….reach for those things you desire to fulfill your lives! Don’t hear me saying empty words, because I know that so much of what we wish for is attainable. I’m not speaking of material goods, but instead, a purpose that fulfills our soul. We are ALL created with a purpose. In fact, we are tailor-made for it. And once we are riding in the channel of it, we will be fulfilled.

Will there be difficulty, tragedy, loss, and hardship while finding our purpose that fulfills? Yes. There will be. Sometimes these things actually bring us TO our purpose. 

And sometimes it will seem as if there is no way possible to becoming fulfilled in your purpose. Or even knowing what it is!

Finding your purpose and fulfillment takes perseverance and doing the hard work:

*like seeking your heart’s voice,

*asking yourself what is it that will light your fire,

*remembering the times when it seemed that your soul soared, and

*honing in to shape your purpose from that.

Hard work, like:

*Believing in yourself enough to know that you deserve to be fulfilled.

*Believing that you CAN be filled with purpose, fire, light, and energy.

*Knowing that what you desire to do will affect others positively, changing their lives by mending, healing, touching, inspiring, and bringing LIFE to them. 


YOU have a reason to be here on this earth. Do not let fear rob you of that!! Of course it’s scary! Of course it’s hard. If it were easy, everyone else would be doing it already! However, there is a specially-carved niche just for YOU. And it’s your place, your purpose, your fulfillment.

Seek it out. Perhaps it will take a few trials to find it. Perhaps it will boil below the surface for a while. However, I believe that in your heart, in your “knower”, you already are aware of what lights you up.

What hums in your soul.

What intrigues and excites you.

Go there. Find it. Nourish it whatever the cost. Let the song of your heart sing loudly. Because the Creator put it there, and that song tells you who you are and what your purpose is in this life. 


 If Jim Carrey’s words intrigued you, watch more of the video at 




Did this blog speak to you? Then by all means, like, share, and comment to your heart’s content!! I would love to know there is “someone out there”! :)


Mamas and Their One-Day-Old Babies


OH my goodness I LOVE these! Gorgeous mamas and the most precious babies.

Please note, the mamas’ still-expanded-to-accommodate-the-child bellies.

So beautiful. NOT photo-shopped to become “acceptable”. Realistically showing the result of skin being stretched for nine months in order to house a miraculous event…the growing and designing of a child. A real-life human.

I hold that as God’s greatest miracle. And I encourage all new moms to wear their stretched skin proudly. Because, there are many–like me–who cannot claim to have been an essential part of God’s performing a miracle.








Passionista Quotes

While traversing through the many words I read daily, I find wonderful quotes that stir me. Making them into graphics and posting them on my pages assures my finding them later. 
Ran across this one today. My spirit shouted a loud, “YES!”


Something About The Testing….

You never know how strong you are

Amen and amen!!

More to come on this subject.


Please share with your friends. I know there are many who would agree!

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