17 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
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.
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!)
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. :)
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!
09 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
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….
19 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
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 Glennon Melton 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…
08 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
“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
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05 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
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.
21 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
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!”
15 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
Amen and amen!!
More to come on this subject.
Please share with your friends. I know there are many who would agree!
14 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training. Here’s his amazing Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin 2014, written in an article from Business Insider:
Honestly, this article is a bit hard to read.
We all wish life could just be “easy” for a while.
Let me tell you, there will ALWAYS be hard stuff if you are alive.
And YOU have the choice to be
BETTER OR BITTER.
There are many good words here.
My favorite was from #9:
“If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world
by giving people hope.
So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.”
This is how I envision my life…
to help others by singing in the mud.
For the article, click here. You will be glad that you did. http://www.lifebuzz.com/10-lessons-from-navy-seal/
As always, if you liked this post and/or think it can help someone, please share.
Hugs and love, Passionista Mimi
11 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
Truly, we must learn to live each day as if it’s our last. Because, really, our future is not guaranteed, and we often let opportunities pass us by. I know this sounds like an overused cliché, but I’ve been impressed with the honesty and urgency of these words.
Mainly because I’m making the decision whether to “retire” or not–the word put in quotes because who, really, retires these days? This word is especially laughable for me because I am the only parent of two special-needs young teens. I will never, ever, in this lifetime, “retire” (except to heaven, and that’s another journey that awaits!).
As I reflect on my own parents’ retirement, I’m still saddened that my mom waited until she was 68 to retire. I know that seems young in this age, but her body had begun to collapse and fall apart, which meant that she only had about 4 years of traveling with my daddy–something they enjoyed with all their being. Also, cancer attacked them both in the next few years, when they were 73. Daddy died at age 75 and Mama was 78. It still hurts. It grieves me. My heart is so saddened by the years of life stolen from them and my family. Unfortunately it happens so frequently now that if someone is “really sick” we all think of cancer as a possibility.
So, at the young age of 62, with children aged 13 and 14, I am going to seize every bit of financial benefit available to me, grab life with both hands, and LIVE it!! I am going to save for that Disney vacation I’ve never been on–now it will be so much better! I’m going to travel, support others, give my children (more) experiences, continue to empower and educate women, become healthier, plan for my children’s futures, investigate possibilities, and launch into my future! It will definitely be a grand adventure, because from where I stand right now, it’s pretty darn wonderful. Any more blessings will just be the chocolate fudge icing on my double chocolate birthday cake!
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