Living With Gusto

Our Eyes Need Beauty

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Where do you create or write or work or dream or plan?

Do you have spots of beauty in your home or workplace?

We are created in God’s image and I know He loves beauty. 

Just look at His creations!

Our eyes and spirits need beauty because we are created to appreciate it.

 

 

I believe we are wired to desire beauty around us.

(Perhaps that is why so much emphasis is placed on how people look,

when what we need is to get out into the gorgeous world!)

In Genesis, after God created the world and it’s creatures, He declared it “good”.

And then He created His most amazing and wonderful masterpieces when He created humans.

And declared them “very good”!

 

God has given us such beautiful colors, shapes, textures, paintings, composites, structures, and bounty in the world and people He created.

And we are like Him. We all have the ability to create.

We create every single day.

We create with our words, our facial expressions, our touch, our work, our problem solving, our love, our art….

we can make places more beautiful.

Give yourself spots of beauty around your home and place of work.

Make your environment beautiful. It doesn’t take much!

Sometimes a plant, a picture, and something that reminds you of a precious time or memory or person is all you need. 

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Let’s all agree to bring beauty into our world wherever we go. 

Because our world needs it.  

 

Love and big hugs, Passionista Mimi

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Warrior Soul Is Here!!

My friend Laura is the editor and author of an amazing collection of poems and artwork contributed by some talented creative souls entitled Warrior Soul A Journal to Inspire Your Fiercely Alive Whole Self. And guess what? I’M one of them!! My poem, “Windows”, is included in this book which is now published and available on Amazon!! I’m so excited!! I’m an author!! Well, I have been, but never published in a book, mostly magazines. Warrior Soul

You can find out more about this Journal on the Facebook page where there are pictures and poems from this book to “preview”. Quite a spectacular collection of heart-felt and soul-full poetry and art. 

Laura Probert is an amazing writer and  a real go-getter in the creative realm. You can follow her here.

 

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Being a part of this collaboration has been such an honor! I appreciate Laura giving me the opportunity. I also appreciate the hard work that went into organizing and publishing this collective work of art and am very thankful for that. And lookee here!! I’m on the back cover. Can you find me? (Hint: it’s the same as my picture on the right.)

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If you (or someone you know) love art, poetry, and/or journaling, this would be a delightful feast for the eyes and spirit to give yourself or someone on your list. PURCHASE a copy here.

Merry Christmas to ME–I get my copy on Monday!! Yay!

Hope your weekend is going well. 

Hugs and love, Passionista

Christmas Reflections

Christmas Eve’s Eve

Two days, and it will already be over. I hate to see Christmas come to an end. I absolutely love this time of year. After this, it’s all a bit anti-climatic. But, ahead of us is a new beginning, a “clean slate” to borrow a cliche. And Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and on through the year. And in ten-ish months, I can decorate again! Oh, how I’ve loved decorating this year. I’m thankful to be at it again, after a long, somewhat “dry” period.

One of the things I truly enjoy every year is taking out the items my children have made throughout their elementary school years. Our tree is laden with their school-made ornaments and it is delightful!

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The cinnamon-applesauce ornaments on the right were made by my daughter in 4th grade. I love how this little vignette turned out. And…

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this cute little log candle holder she made last year in 5th grade. I added a little white bird and a “joy” ornament to fill in, only because to me “more is better”, but I just love it as it was, too.

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And me? In seventh grade, I made the paper mache angel on the right and gave it to my parents for Christmas. I think she lost her wings somewhere during the last 48 years. Or maybe I didn’t give her any. Anyway, again, I love the things made by kids in school.

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How cute are these? Funny thing, I remember when our school (I taught there for 31 years and my children attend there now) ran out of the “real” green paper, and we had to use this ugly, faded green for our Christmas projects. Ugh! And here we have, captured forever, art project Christmas trees that will revive that memory for me. How funny!

I had been married for 21 years, never birthed a child, and at age 48 my son came to enrich our lives. My daughter came the next year, just before Christmas. I can say that they have truly blessed my life–and….turned it upside down, changed me totally, and set me on this roller-coaster adventure called life. And they have forever stamped their signature all over my Christmas.