Starting The Year Being Thankful

2014 Glitter Sign

It’s that time of year when we talk about resolutions and goals. We share how we succeed or failed in our quest to make a change, stick to a routine, reinvent, redo or restore.  I found an additon  to the New Years tradition which  I started 5 years ago.  When I was in the midst of a change in my life and moving forward with a big endeavor, I decided to start a “Thankful” journal. In my journal over the past years,  I have recorded big and small reasons I’m thankful for each day. I love that I can look back to what I was thankful for 2 years ago and reflect on those moments. There’s even research on why being thankful can be beneficial to our health.

There are times when I skip a day or two of writing and then there are days that I look at my journal and I really don’t want to pick up my pen and write. Those are usually the days that I NEED to write why I’m thankful because I may not be really feeling very thankful that day. The act of pondering and writing down what I’m thankful for usually turns my attitude around pretty quickly. Even admist struggles and challenges there is always something we can appreciate and give thanks for.


I’m looking forward to diving into this fun journal that  my daughter gave me. I’m excited to see what will fill my days and what will fill the pages at night. I encourage you to write down what you’re thankful for. It really is easy and such a positive way to end the day. I hope you have much to be thankful for in 2014!

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Perusing Over Tea

Karine-France-Matsumoto-Garden-Cart-Be_Kind_and_smile_oftenPhoto by Taryn Kealani

I love Saturdays don’t you? This morning I enjoyed time with my youngest daughter.  I’m loving having her home from college (she captured this photo). The day started out chilly and rainy and now the sun is out and I’m headed out the door to  search for the perfect inexpensive fabric for a project I’m working on.

I’m starting a new feature, “Perusing Over Tea” which is a collection of posts, crafts, DIY’s, recipes, quotes, well basically things that have caught my attention and I feel worthy of sharing for your enjoyment as well.

This morning we (Taryn) made gluten-free, Vegan Cinnamon Rolls. Delicious! Play around with it and add different spices.

The picture above is of my reclaimed wood garden cart which I’ll share the “how to” in a future post. It holds my potted herbs and succulents. An unfortunate spray paint accident (windy day=spray painted herbs) wiped out my beauties so I am in the process or repotting. Here’s a helpful link on how to Grow Herbs in Containers.

Have you heard of the app Camera Bag 2?  It’s a little pricy but trust me you will be amazed at all of the filter options you will have. You even have the option of creating your own filter.

I had the most amazing Chocolate Mint Tea this week during a meeting. I’m familiar with the chocolate mint plant but I’ve never tried the tea. I’m hooked! How did I not try this before?!  If you’re adventurous and brew your own, please share your how-to with me.

I hope you enjoy your weekend! Please share with me how you like to spend your Saturdays in the comment section below.

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Featured on “Behind the Artist”

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I am so honored to have been featured on the Weddings by Willy and Meghan blog in their “Behind the Artist” series. I never actually considered myself and “artist” or a “creative” until recently. I think I was scarred by the C+ on my report card in third grade art. How does a child in third grade get a grade like that?! Oh my, I digress.  Then again, an artist is not just someone who draws and paints. An artist can create with words or with actions, in silence or song.

I’ve always been drawn to the illustration of how our lives are like a tapestry. When you look at the back of the tapestry the threads criss-cross and weave in and out and appear messy and disorganized which represents our lives and the challenges we face. When you turn the tapestry over a beautiful piece of art is revealed, the artwork of our lives that God is creating. After all He is the ultimate “artist” and “creative”!  So I conclude that I am an “artist” and “creative” since I am the daughter of the most high “creative” of all.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

We are all artists in our own way and I’m excited to follow Willy and Meghan’s series and be inspired by the creatives that are featured. Won’t you join me?  Please discover, claim and remember that You, yes YOU are an artist!

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