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Ten Things of Thankful-Some kind of wonderful

It’s time to join up with the merry band of thankful crew. I’ve been on a little hiatus due to back to school craziness. It’s been a wild month of keeping track of all school responsibilities and I need to dive waist deep into some thankfulness. This is where my heart is and always will be whether in participating in the TTOT linkup or just reading all the wonderful talent that reside there. 

I’m thankful for having a more organized week and making each appointment and having my sitters lined up for the last week. My kids enjoy spending time with these special caregivers and I’m grateful for some me time and a date night with my handsome husband. 

I’m thankful for celebrating 11 years of marriage. There are times when life beats me down and I feel overwhelmed. I look towards my husband and he’s always there cheering me on and believing in my inner strength that I know I possess but need a reminder of when I’m feeling clouded by doubt. 


I’m thankful for the wonderful friendships I have in my life. I’m never without a kind word, strong shoulder, or zany sense of humour from my tribe. The real life friends make me feel so loved and appreciated. My online friendships have grown and have taught me to believe in myself and the power of my words. Words that can make a difference and be the change I wish to see in the world. 

I’m thankful for a successful week of charting and tracking my daily life habits. I’ve had 3 successful weeks of tracking my behaviours of food, mood, anxiety, sleep, and OCD I’m a journal. I’ve begun to see patterns of my behaviour that I can now work on changing and revitalize my self care regimen. 

I’m thankful for my behavioural therapist that I’ve been seeing for the last month. Cognitive behavioural therapy is the game changer in my life and I’m looking forward to more successes that I will accomplish with her support and expertise. 


I’m thankful for my sons doing well in school. It’s only been a month but they’ve both felt positive about being in their classrooms. Soon I will find out what funding is available for my youngest with autism and a teacher conference for my oldest to see how he’s doing in school. I’m proud of them both and the resilience and inner strength they’ve shown me. 


I’m thankful for a wonderful day spent at the women’s show. I met a lot of different vendors and listened to an amazing guest speaker. I sat in the sunshine and painted a wine glass and met some very interesting kind people. It was a rewarding day of being social followed by a 3 hour successful theatre practice. The most memorable part of my day was signing the poster asking the question in one word describing myself. I chose to say I’m inspirational and the loving energy that poured out of me from that moment onward was incredible. 

Speaking of theatre I’m thankful that I was cast in the lead role of the pantomime play! I was going to be brave and try out for a bigger role than in the previous years and I did. I’m memorizing a lot of dialogue, dances, and really enjoying my character. Performing is where my heart is when I’m on stage I feel like I’m invincible. 

I’m thankful for autumn days and walking along the river with leaves crunching under my feet. The pictures I take at this time of year thrill me as Mother Nature decorates these beautiful tapestrys of colour and wonder. 

I’m thankful for all things pumpkin now that it’s October. Halloween is a big deal in our household so let the dessert making and decorating commence. Stay tuned for guess what Halloween costume I’ll be wearing coming soon. 

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Writer’s quotes Wednesday and #BeWow

This week has been busy with my oldest son’s hockey season starting. Between school, preschool, and hockey I spend my time driving up and down the highway. My youngest son who struggles with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had to get a polysonogram. 

  

I watched with nervous anticipation as the lab tech hooked him up with sensor pads and wires. I did my best to assuage his fears. I told him that his magic wires would hook him up to the computer to give him superhero powers. For all he’s had to endure medically, his bravery gives me wings to fly, he is my superhero  ❤️

  
This has been my submission to Silver Threading and Bewow linkup for Writer’s Quotes Wednesday. This is where I find love, hope, and inspiration. Please give this talented group your reader love, thank you. 😘

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday (late editon) 

It’s my favourite time of the week to link up with a great group over at  Silver Threading‘s house. I apologize for my late edition I got a little sidetracked with the long weekend. Please check all the amazing inspiration and talent there. Happy labour day to you. 😃

   

  

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday

I watched my youngest son watching the sunset as he exclaimed “the sky is beautiful Mommy, like you.” And that magical  moment inspired this quote.

   
This has been my submission to Silver Threading Writer’s Quotes Wednesday. Please check out all the inspiration and creativity there, thank you. ❤️

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday 

I’ve been thinking about what kind of quote I would come up with today. I wanted something that would inspire positivity, and create love, and leave me feel self assured. This quote from my beloved Mama came to mind that originally came from Amanda Vivian Austin’s autograph journal circa April. 1889. I can still hear her voice echoing in my mind. ❤️

    
This has been my submission to Silver Threading Writer’s Quotes Wednesday. Please check out all the beauty and inspiration there. Thank you. 😘

 

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One Liner Wednesday

I have been struggling lately with death, mortality, and grief. I live honestly and my pain is broadcast through my emotions. Sometimes I think I should hide more and feel less, but this moment put all my fears to rest. My preschooler son saw my tears and just wiped them away and said “Mom who hurt your heart?” I was so overcome with emotion I hugged him tight and said “life did, but you’re healing it honey.” ❤️

This has been my submission to Linda G Hill One Liner Wednesday. I didn’t have anything funny to share so today I shared something heartfelt. Please check out all the talent that link up. Thank you. 💕

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday  

  

This has been my contribution to Silver Threading for Writers Quotes Wednesday. I love being part of of all the wonderful talent. Please check them out and be inspired today. 😃 

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Writer’s Quotes Wednesday

Inspiration from Starbucks 

  

My inspiration from Starbucks

 

This has been my submission to https://silverthreading.com. It’s amazing what some free time and a cup of chai will do! Please check out her wonderfulness and all the other talent who link up. Thank you.  💓

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I’m the proud recipient of the Very Inspiring blogger award

Happy new year dear readers! As promised here is my follow up on on my nomination of the blogging award. The lovely Mary from http://maryswordsandpictures.com has given me the honour. I love reading Mary’s blog she has a beautiful way of expressing the written word. So there was a list of questions I was to answer and answer them I did! I found the questions to be poignant and thought provoking. So thank you Mary for stretching my old grey matter.

Very Inspiring Blog questions

1.Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog as a creative outlet for myself. I have stacks of writing, journals, and poetry and when I was looking at it all, I thought I wonder if I could put this in a blog? It’s also a very cathartic form of therapy for me.

2. What is the book that you have read that has touched you the most?

Oh there’s so many to choose from as I’ve been an avid reader all my life. The one that stands out for me is The Boy Who Saw True. This was written by an extraordinary man who remained anonymous, and only allowed his diary to be published by his editor Cyril Scott after his death. He was a young clairvoyant as a child, and the book tells his story of his gift. A very fascinating read indeed! As I’m an empath I read this in my 20’s and I finally understood myself after years of searching for answers.

3. If you could eat dinner with a famous person who is still living, whom would you choose?

I would choose Pope Francis, he has set the world on fire with his way of thinking. Not just Catholics, but all walks of life. He has opened the doors of a Catholic Church that’s more accepting to homosexuality, divorced and remarried Catholics, and to common law couples that live together. His quote that he made last year “God is not afraid of new things. We are making every effort to adapt ways and methods … to the changing conditions of society,” he said. “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?” His mind, heart, and spirit fascinates me. And I believe he is the game changer that the world in crisis, has been needing.

4. Where is the one place you have visited that gives you complete calmness?

That place resides in my meditations when I find my quiet place listening to Deepak Chopra’s calming voice. A physical place would have to be in a beautiful forest walk in Fernie, BC, Canada in my hometown. I hear the rushing water of the Elk River and the kinetic energy it flows with, and I’m at home in my heart. Looking at the mountains moves me to tears and inspires me to write poetry.

5. Are you a bucket list person. If so name one thing on it?

I am a bucket list person and one thing I really want to do is travel to Ireland and Scotland. It’s the land of my ancestors birth and their voices call to me to walk in their footsteps. Celtic blood runs strong in my veins and I love hearing stories of Celtic folklore.

6. What is the goal for your blog?

I honestly just want it to read, shared, and understood. I’m planning on submitting my writing with other websites and freelancing into being paid. I also have book ideas or short novels that I’m going to dust off, edit, and shop around. It’s been my long term goal for awhile, but I’ve had some encouragement from some very wonderful people so I’m going for it!

7. What is a day well spent to you?

A beautiful day would be getting to sleep in, which doesn’t happen very often in my world! I would spend the morning reading and writing then have a fabulous breakfast that went right into lunch. Then I’d pack up a picnic lunch and spend the time exploring with my family. We’ve only been in our new town for six months so there’s lots of places to go adventuring. After that we’d have a fabulous dinner of Italian food, strawberry shortcake for dessert and board games fun until bedtime. I would put my sons to bed with stories, cuddles, and prayers, then I would fall asleep in my loves tender embrace counting our blessings.

8. How do you start your day?

I wake up between 6:30-7:00 am and get my kids ready for school. We have a healthy breakfast, get dressed, and walk to school. After we drop off my oldest than we come back home have some play time and then some reading. We might go off to play group, run errands around town, or go for a walk. Lunch time rolls around and I get some laundry done, and then it’s school pick up time. We love that walk as the sun shines and my kids tell me wonderful things about their day. Play time, quiet time, dinner time, and homework time occupy the evening and then it’s bedtime. If there’s hockey, meetings, or theatre practice than those are all included in the evenings plans.

9. What is your favourite holiday and why?

My favourite holiday is the one that just passed Christmas. I love all the magic that little children are wrapped in when Santa and his elves are busy working away to fulfill their wishes. I love to keep Christ in Christmas as well. If we’re staying home I would make a cake with my kids to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Every year on Christmas Eve my Mom would read my sister and I the story of baby Jesus’ birth. This is a sacred tradition I carry on today with my own children. I used to attend midnight mass as well as a child, and the joyful memories I have of that are so precious to me.

10. Are you where you want to be professionally and if not, what will you do about it?

I love what I’m doing now with my transcription work. I’m planning on writing more about that soon, as the project I’m helping with is so dear to my heart. Before I had my second child I was teaching prenatal fitness and that encompassed a seventeen year journey of my fitness career. I would love to get back into teaching in some degree. I would need to update my certifications since they have lapsed. As for now I’ll see where my writing adventures will take me.

11. What is your favourite quote?

I love Maya Angelou as a poet and Joseph Campbell as an author. So I have to use them both as my favourites. These both resonate with me.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Mayou Angelou

“Live your bliss for the universe will open doors, where there were only walls.

-Joseph Campbell

Now it’s time to nominate the bloggers that have inspired me. Drumroll please….

1. The Brain

http://howmybrainworks.weebly.com

https://www.facebook.com/Momof4BoysBroken

https://www.facebook.com/adventuresinbooks

I was fortunate enough to guest blog for the beautiful Brain back in October for her Cherish the Moments topic. It was my first time seeing my words on another blog page without being reblogged. I’m still so thrilled and grateful to have that honour. She writes from her heart and her brain is overflowing with wisdom and creativity. Please check out her blog, and both of her Facebook pages that I’m happy to co-admin with her on called the Smell of Books.

2. Sweet pea 2 love

http://sweetpea2love.wordpress.com

This lovely woman has offered me such encouragement and kindness with my life and my writing, I’m so very grateful. When she pops in to read my blog and connect in her loving caring way my heart just soars. A very talented writer who’s fiction made me feel so connected with my beloved Mama. Follow along on her journey you won’t be disappointed.

3. The Heart of Sassy Lassie

http://theheartofsassylassie

https://www.facebook.com/sassylassie1

This lovely Lassie is new to the blogging world and has a Facebook page as well dedicated to her Scottish heritage and providing entertainment. I’ve gotten to know this lovely lassie through her beautiful writing of her heart rendering blog. I look forward to each time she posts and what topic she wants to discuss with her flair and care of the written word.

4. Loorducation

http://Loorducation.com

https://www.facebook.com/loorducation

I’ve been blessed with meeting this incredible Dynamo of a woman. I had the pleasure of being a guest blog spot for her last week. Stay tuned as she will be guest blogging for me soon. She has a Bachelor of Sciences in child studies, majoring in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Education with a concentration in teaching and learning. I would love for her to be my son’s teacher. As I can feel the love she has for her craft. I love her passion for all things education, creativity, inspiration, and children. She has an amazing blog and Facebook page that’s centred on the power of early childhood education with peace, love, and education, being the focus. While sharing the journey of autism in her family, and the gift that is her son.

5. CS Mommy

http://csmommy.com

I discovered CS Mommy in a blogging group that we belong to and we clicked and became fast friends. She’s primarily a food and beverage blogger but also writes about topics that are important to her. She captured my heart when I read her view on the outcome of controversial shooting that took the world by storm. She’s fun, funny, and a creative genius in the kitchen. Her 25 Holly days posts kept me full and entertained throughout the Christmas season. Be sure to check out her blog and click that Top Mommy Blogger button to raise her up the ranks.

Well that’s my list of nominations, now they have the choice to accept and follow up with answers to the excellent questions which I’ve borrowed from Mary and her nominator Shelby. The rules are simple thank your nominator (which would be me) and then answer the questions then make your own nominations of 5 blogs that inspire you. While displaying the picture of the Inspiring Blogger Award in your post.

Or if you wish to just accept my nomination with a tip of the hat thank you, you can do so as well. Happy new year to these fantastic bloggers and to all my dear readers who light up my life and heart with your kindness. ❤️

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In the mind of an artist

I love to write, sing, dance, and act and have a great appreciation for art. These are my passions in life, and when I feel a blog coming on I write it out as fast possible. Before the idea dissipates in the air, like moonbeams on a still star encrusted night. When I feel a block and want to write so badly but the ideas just don’t appear, I look at art. The emotions of the artist, the medium, and the subject they chose all speak to me. I’m empathic so I feel these things very strongly. And they open up the block and the words start flowing. So today I’d like to introduce you to an amazing artist friend of mine named Amanda Deshane of Deshay Designs. So I decided to interview her to give you a glimpse into the mind of an artist.

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*All images courteousy of Amanda Deshane and found at http://www.colourfulmindsart.com*
Q- When did you discover you had a talent for art?

A- I discovered I had a talent for art when I was 13. Although I had been working with mediums like clay, paper mâché, crayons, and felts since I was really young, at 5 years old.

Q- Did you ever study professionally, or is this God given talent?

A- I’m mostly self taught, creating art has always seemed effortless and natural to me. For me, it’s like breathing or knowing a second language.

Q- What are your strengths and weaknesses in life? And how do you apply these to your art?

A- My strengths are perseverance and the ability to have a greater empathy for others. I’m intuitive, so I understand people, situations, and animals. Sometimes on levels that other people don’t. That being said, my weakness is caring sometimes too much. As this can open up a world of hurt for me. I apply these attributes to my art, by portraying my empathy towards my subjects. By telling people’s stories and relationships between them and animals in my work.

Q- What other talents do you have?

A- I would say I’m multi-talented. I weave baskets, paint in acrylic, water colours, work with ink, and use pointillism techniques. I also use clay, paper machee, and wood carving. One of my greatest accomplishments was building a paper mâché town for my son! I’m also working on writing and illustrating a children’s book.

Q- Excellent! Can you explain what pointillism technique is? I had never heard of it until I seen your work.

A- Pointillism is a technique where an artist uses dots to form a picture. Hatching is when an artists uses lines to form a picture. I use both these techniques, each piece takes 30-150 hours to complete. It’s a labor of love, that’s for sure!

Q- What brings you joy in your life? And how is that portrayed in your art work?

A- Joyful things in my life are my son, family, and friends. I’m a single Mom and I’m raising him to believe he can accomplish anything he puts his mind to! I think it’s important to lead by example as I follow my dreams. I love my family and friends for who they truly are, with no judgements. I show that daily with laughter, love, and support.

Q- What’s your favourite medium to work with out of ink, acrylics, oil, water colours, charcoal or pastels?

A- My favourite medium to work with is ink. It’s not forgiving if I make a mistake, but it’s amazing when a piece is complete.

Q- What are your likes and dislikes to forms of art, music, and books?

A- I love art history, although Van Gough’s story of being famous for chopping his ear off to give to a prostitute was scary, when I was younger! It made me fear that all artists eventually go insane. As I matured, I realized I’m as sane as it gets. I love Celtic music, and my favourite band’s Creed, and so many more! Anything but rap, I love books too. I have my own library in my house with autobiographies, spiritual, religious, history, self help/development, and action. I have to read, to escape my over thinking mind since I have ADHD. Science has proven ADHD minds are highly intelligent. As their brains operate faster than the average brain.

Q- What inspires and influences you as an artist?

A- I’m inspired by my relationship with my son. He is my world and very creative himself. As long as an idea has a higher meaning or purpose that inspires me! My influences are art, music, literature, and spirituality.

Q- What motivates you to create your art?

A- I’m motivated by wanting to make a difference with my art. And hopefully make a living at it at the same time! I’m currently working on a women warrior series done in ink. It’ll be a showcasing of 15 women warriors and throughout history and modern day. I believe that throughout history women have forgotten their own power. Our stories are important, thus the project idea.

Q- Is there any other passions in your life besides your art?

A- My passions in life are my son, morals, values, art, spiritual beliefs, and loving others.

So there you have it folks my honest, deep thinking, amazing, artistically talented friend Amanda. She specializes in custom portraits of people, animals, and tattoo designs. And also has a line of gift cards and prints available.

You can contact her on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/DeshayDesignArt, http://deshaydesignart.weebly.com/ and a graywool@live.com

She accepts Paypal, e-transfer as methods of payment.

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Thank you for stopping by to see who inspires me, smooches. 😘

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