DESKTOP ART // FRIDAY PAINTDAY

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Today marks the first Friday that I’ll be painting for myself, because I can’t remember the last time I created for myself. Several months back I wrote a newsletter about this very thing and realized how much I missed painting. So to get back into it, I’m dedicating 1 hour each Friday to paint and create for myself. I’m calling it #FridayPaintday.

Typically when I paint – and when I say paint I mean spread out on the floor with a big canvas and get messy kind of paint – it’s in acrylic with an abstract approach, listening to dark music loudly. But I’m ready for anything. It’s been so long since I painted regularly – I used to paint weekly and have art exhibits monthly - that I’ll explore different mediums, combine them, try different canvases, textures and techniques, maybe even different styles of music. Because when I paint, it’s a release of energy from within. Not a practice of emulation or realism, it’s self-expression and therapy in a way. So whatever I’m feeling, experiencing and have buried within will be called out and turned into paint on canvas.

Watch the process unfold on instagram and keep a look out for future behind-the-scenes shots of me on floor painting and getting messy. To celebrate this #FridayPaintday, here’s a watercolor wash for your desktop, laptop, tablet and phones. Have a great weekend!

INSTA-LOVE // NASHVILLE SUMMER

Insta Love Nashville Summer

If you’ve ever wondered what Nashville, TN looks like during the summer time, now you know. It’s warm, green, open and filled with endless sunshine, beautiful people and wonder.

These fellow Nashvillians and instagrammers capture Nashville in such a beautiful way. It makes me so incredibly grateful to have such a lovely home.

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02. HEYWANDERER
03. RUBYANDPEACH
04. LADYKATEGAZAWAY
05. RUTHIELINDSEY
06. HEYROOSTER

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Cape Cod, MA was exactly what I expected. Bright white homes and picket fences embellished with colorful flowers, porches sprinkled with american flags and middle-aged folks dressed in pastel collared shirts with sweaters wrapped around their shoulders.

What I didn’t expect was how beautiful the beaches would be. Walking through the sand and snapping these photos got me thinking about the history of the beach and the homes. Why a bunch of boulders were placed along the beach as dividers every 2-3 homes, what these worn out wooden stakes were from and if it’s normal to see hundreds of horseshoe crab shells along the beach (I looked it up and it’s actually very normal – it’s the crab’s shell that they’ve shed during a process known as molting).

The home had a separate wing which appeared to be a maid headquarters. There were intercoms throughout the house for maids and the owner to speak to one another. I wondered who had built the home, if they were famous or just well off. What it was like to build a home on the beach and have maids serve you. If the home was top-of-the-line back then or if it was pretty standard. If the owner planted all of the beautiful shrubs in the backyard or if they’re the only things that’ll grow in sand diluted ground.

Regardless of the history, we enjoyed the time together with family, lobster rolls and the ocean.

FROM FEAR TO COURAGE

From Fear to Courage - how to be more daring, creative and successfull

What if you could be more courageous and positive about everything in your life? Would you notice a difference? Would you accomplish your goals? Would you be happier and more successful?

I believe so. I believe that if you turn your fears into courage and your negatives into positives, you’ll find endless joy, success, kindness, purpose and fulfillment.

Back when I was a kid I remember learning how to ride a bike. First I had a tricycle, then a bicycle with training wheels, then eventually – even though I still didn’t know how – my parents removed the training wheels. I’d position myself close enough to our house to hold myself up with one hand, get my feet ready, then push-off. I’d last about 5 seconds then fall. I was young and wanted so badly to ride bikes like my older sisters. I’d get back up, lean against the house, get my feet ready and push-off again. Over and over again I’d fall but each time I got up and tried again because I knew eventually I’d get it.

For some reason, as you get older, we lose this determination and courage to get back up and try again even though you know it’s likely you’ll fail. What if you could be more like you were when you were a child? Perhaps you’d be more courageous, fearless, creative, daring and successful?

Today you’re going to reclaim your childhood courage with a very simple exercise, developed Michael Michalko the author of Thinkertoys,  that helps you to identify your fears, substitute them with positive thinking then guides you to carve out your path to success with affirmations. It might sound a little heady, but I promise you it works. Print out the free exercise worksheet here

Change your thoughts and change your world - Norman Vincent Peale

Once you’ve filled out the worksheet I challenge you to affirm your beliefs; to make a positive statement that something is already so. It can be general or specific – the point is to actually write it out as if it’s a fact.Take a look at your “Tock” column and jot down some affirmations. For example “I am successful and happy because I do what I love”.

Once you have a few affirmations, remind yourself of them. I like to cut little square cards and write affirmations on them and stick them in my purse, on my mirror, in my desk, or in my notebook. They’re nice reminders and the more you affirm your beliefs, the more they become reality.

Take it one step further and jot down all of the things you like about and have accomplished for yourself and your business. The more you practice remembering your successes and forgetting your failures, the more you’ll experience success and happiness.

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. - Eckhart Tolle

Today’s blog entry is lesson borrowed from the Unlock Your Creativity Ecourse in session right now. To learn more about our Ecourses and to register for the next session, go here.

DESKTOP ART / PALETTE

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While working on an abstract acrylic painting for some friends who are getting married in just a few weeks, I accidentally created this artwork with my paint palette. As I mixed different colors and water with paint, I ended up creating this colorful and textural palette that exudes creativity and positive energy.

I had to make the palette something I looked at daily, so I scanned it onto my computer and created this desktop wallpaper. Plaster it onto your devices and see how creative and energetic it makes you feel. Show me your desktop art on instagram with #desktopartpalette. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

PS: I leave for a week long family vacation to Cape Cod tomorrow, expect beachy pictures.