January 2014 Recap

January was a very busy month!

I kicked off the year celebrating and ringing in the new year at “Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala” with my hubby.

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I remember watching Suzi Blu’s awesome Live New Year’s Eve painting on Google Hang out as I was getting ready in the hotel room 🙂

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Day 5 – Feeling Playful – Listen to your inner child!

Today is day 5 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together! Feel free to follow along at any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

I was trying my best to dedicate 21 consecutive days to meditating with Oprah and posting a new piece of artwork each day…. but I have to be honest with you. I’ve fallen behind slightly and I’m behind on my blog posts. Nevertheless, I hope to finish the blog posts with you. It has been a fun adventure thus far and I’m learning a lot.

During today’s meditation we learned about the benefits of being playful and how play helps connect us to our joyful self. We learned how to listen to our own inner child and bring more fun and joy into our daily life. During the lesson, Deepak reminded us  that through the expression of play, our hearts, minds and bodies are lighter and happier. Play is essential to rejuvenation.

Today’s centering thought: Being playful renews the spirit.

For today’s piece of artwork I decided to showcase a mixed media canvas board that I made while taking an online mixed media course by Kelly Rae Roberts called “Hello, Soul Hello Mantras.” I had such a fabulous time taking her class and learned how to simply play with paints. I highly recommend it if  you get the chance!

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I titled this piece “Listen to your inner child at PLAAY.” I found it slightly ironic that I accidentally added an extra A in the word “play.” Once I saw it though… I thought it was a “happy accident” that ended up reinforcing the playful concept.

Here’s the first layers of paint and collage paper. You can see how I started off with some goblin paper with warm colors.

Just Play - The first layer As I was playing around with the papers and colors I decided to add cooler tones and added Dorothy with some unicorns dancing into the sunset.

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I enhanced the canvas by having the Goblins peak out behind more layers of paint.

Throughout the canvas I have words such as “laugh” and “giggle” hidden behind the paint layers.

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The title “Play” was added last….. of course I played around with the word “play” until it felt right…

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I think that finding a way to remain playful is key to enjoying life fully. Recently I’ve been playing around with tons of paint colors to learn how to create mixed media pieces without having a destination in mind.

As I randomly added paint layers to the canvas below I painted messages such as “release” and “let go” to remind myself to free up creative energy. When I let go of how I wanted the painting to turn out, I was able to spend more time having fun and being playful with the process. Instead of letting my left mind think about the process too much, I let my right brain follow my heat and encourage the painting to emerge itself.

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Release

 

 

Let go of overdoing and over thinking

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“A grownup is a child with layers on.” – Woody Harrelson

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ― Plato

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!”
― George Bernard Shaw

Check out 10 Ways to Make Your Life More Playful

Start Living with Unlimited Possibilities!

 

Kelly's Mixed Media Collage

Start Living With Unlimited Possibilities!

What does being a possibilitarian mean to you?

To me it means that anything is possible, even my wildest dreams….even the wild dreams that I haven’t even considered yet! Here’s a few wild dreams I had last night:

♥  What if I take a vacation to Costa Rica next year with Flora Bowley, Kelly Rae Roberts and other artists to paint and inspire my soul?

♥  What if I wrote an autobiography that demonstrated the American rags to riches story and showed how someone from humble beginnings could achieve their wildest dreams…

♥  What if i created a blog with inspirational content that attracted a worldwide audience to pursue their dreams & realize it is possible to accomplish wild aspirations?

♥  What if I developed a female entrepreneur group that provided mentorship and support to one another?

♥  What if I created a program for “at risk” female youths that incorporated dream visualization, artwork and action planning into a system focused on enhancing self esteem and accomplishing big dreams?

♥  What if I created a series of positive affirmations/mantra art that was licensed and then mass reproduced on canvases, greeting cards and other merchandise to spread positive energy with the world?

♥  What if Oprah Winfrey wants to interview me because she is amazed by my positive energy, thrilled with my inspirational work and intrigued by my Autobiography?

I Believe I Can Fly

Kelly’s Mixed Media Collage

” I believe I can Fly”

In one of my reoccurring dreams as a child… I would fly. I would soar high above the world and soar into the clouds. Flying, wings and birds are all themes that frequently show up in my artwork. I’m taking an awesome online class by Ali Edwards called “One Little Word” and one of our assignments for March was to create a collage that was inspired by our word for the year.

My word for 2014 is Inspire.

This part of my collage says “Discover all the possibilities Live with gratitude”. This year I have found a lot of gratitude and it seems the more I recognize everything that I have to be grateful for, the more blessings come my way. This life is a miraculous, inspirational journey and I’m extremely grateful to be sharing it with all of you.

Inspired by Extraordinary Optimism

Optimism is one of those amazing gems that allows us to recognize we all have a choice how we view each situation. Think of all the miraculous opportunities and possibilities that can come your way when you view a situation with Extraordinary Optimism.

Think of how inspired you will be! Optimism is free it doesn’t cost anything.  When you walk into a room wearing optimism you are wearing confidence and since you are expecting a favorable outcome you have the power of intention to influence the situation.

op·ti·mism: “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome”

 

Extraordinary Optimism is what opens hidden doors and it is often the magical key to open up hidden opportunities. It opens your heart and soul up to unlimited possibilities.

Believe

Believe in yourself

Believe that everything happens for a reason

Believe that whatever happens to you no matter how difficult it may seem… it is truly “the best thing that could happen to you”. Because if you truly believe this then your possibilities in life are endless.

Always believe in yourself and believe in the power of your dreams!

What does being a possibilitarian mean to you? What are your REALLY BIG Dreams?

Check out Kelly Rae Robert's Possibilitarian Project!

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