I am involved in a course called Business Fusion Studio with Laura West. This month the module has us creating Dream Cards. The first step is creating backgrounds. I had so much fun I thought I would share them. Later I will be adding my dreams on top as another layer. I will post those when I finish them.
I met Laura West at a NAMS (Novice to Advanced Marketing System) business training conference. She creates gorgeous murals from the keynote speaker sessions. If you are interested in free weekly online business training simply click on this link http://bit.ly/16hTbJw to be notified of the trainings.
If you are interested in more information about the Business Fusion Studio click below: http://www.businessfusionstudio.com/
Here’s wishing you a creative day!
This is a cool little tool that you can use to loosen up and jump start your creativity.
So go to the site and have some fun playing today!
WARNING: Drawing is involved…
Noah’s Ark — Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark.
I received this in my inbox today and thought it was so delightful that I would pass it on. I don’t know whom to credit as the author, but these are wise words of wisdom we could all use.
- Don’t miss the boat.
- Remember that we are all in the same boat!
- Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
- Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may
ask you to do something really big.
- Don’t listen to critics;
just get on with the job that needs to be done.
- Build your future on high ground.
- For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
- Speed isn’t always an advantage.
The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
- When you’re stressed, float awhile.
- Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs;
the Titanic by professionals.
- No matter the storm, when you are with God,
there’s always a rainbow waiting.
We went on vacation to Indian Harbour Beach, Florida this summer. While we were there the Super Moon made its appearance in the night sky. I forgot to take my tripod so I could get the best shot, however, I ended up with this shot. Along with my husband and my daughter, I frolicked on the beach in the moonlight and had a good time anyway. Perhaps I will get a better shot next time!
What does it mean to be inspired? Where is inspiration found? Who can be an inspiration to you? Is it even important?
To inspire is to invigorate or stir a person to creative action, to arouse or create a feeling or idea, and/or to direct, guide and influence a person to a particular state of being.
Who Can Do It?
Anyone can be an inspiration.
Is It Important?
Yes, it is extremely important. So important that without it people lose hope and live unfulfilled, meaningless lives. As women, we need a good dose of inspiration daily. It is what breathes life into us. It is hope.
Where Can Inspiration Be Found?
Inspiration can be found all around us. But you must look for it. Open eyes must be preceded by open hearts.
Okay, so How Do I Get Inspired?
5 Action Steps to More Inspired Days:
1) Choose a new activity you’ve been wanting to try. Salsa dancing? Getting a master’s degree? Even something as simple as a new restaurant can be a source of inspiration
2) Sign up for a class with your local junior college or community education program.
3) Explore a new hobby.
4) Keep a journal. This will give you a place to keep your thoughts together as you brainstorm, set achievable goals and put your inspirations into motion.
5) If we are out of touch with ourselves, sometimes it can be a process to find out what inspires us. Use that journal to close out your day. Record the best things that happened during the day and what brought you joy. Soon you will notice a pattern. Follow that road where it may lead.
Quotes to Inspire
This was my 4th Mission Trip to Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. My daughter, Sarah, went with me this time. It was an eye opening experience for her and her friend that came, too.
In Haiti, our team worked in the orphanage. I really enjoyed working with the kids. Their smiles are a joy!
The children loved playing pass the ball, blowing bubbles, and playing in the sand with the new sand toys (buckets and little shovels) we brought for them to play with.
Here I am holding two of the smallest children. It was hard to get these two sweeties to crack a smile, but when they did, the result was nothing short of beautiful. Just holding them was a joy, too!
These children swarm towards you when you enter the gate and don’t want to let you go. They enjoy just sitting in your lap getting hugs or are willing to play games.
If you love being with children, you might consider a trip to Haiti or another country to play with the children.
I believe in the God of the Bible, Sovereign, Almighty, and worthy of praise.
I believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son. John 3:16
I believe in the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I believe in the value of dynamic worship.
I believe in the power and value of prayer.
I believe in the Church as the sanctioned body of Christ.
I believe all followers of Christ need to be involved in a local church.
I believe all followers of Christ need to be involved in ministry and serving others.
I believe all followers of Christ need to be using their spiritual gifts in the Kingdom.
I believe we are all commissioned to reach out to others and tell them the Good News of Jesus Christ – salvation, and help them grow and develop a relationship with Him.
Leaving the nest is scary.
- Julia Cameron
Why do we self-sabotage our creativity?
When our child brings home a picture from school and says, “Look what I did!” As Moms we ooh and aah about it and honor it by putting it on the refrigerator. We sincerely value their efforts and wouldn’t think of criticizing our child’s honest work in being creative.
But what happens when it comes to ourselves? We nit pick and say we ‘aren’t creative.’ We don’t believe we can do ‘good enough’ work. What happened? We grew up. All the play has been knocked out of us. God never intended for us to lose our ability to be creative. In fact, He created us to be just that. We are created in His image. That means all of us have that creative spark.
Let’s start nurturing our creativity. Start today. Do something creative and then celebrate that creative act. Stifle the urge to judge your creation. It’s not about your creation’s value or quality. The act of creating is enough.
One of the purposes of this website is to help you create a rich creative life that nurtures and supports our God-given souls and the gifts He has given us to use on this earth.
Having a creative life isn’t a goal on your “to do” list. It is who we are deep down.
We often become too focused on the outcome rather than the process. Just start where you are and go create something. Creating fills empty spaces within us that can’t be filled with shopping or eating, or decorating or redecorating our homes.
God has given us the desire and ability to create an extraordinary life, but this only happens when we allow His Spirit to infuse our ordinary days with creative juice. The challenges and opportunities He places in our life are simple sparks to ignite and fuel our creativity to inspire us to be more like Him—the ultimate Creator.
Quotes for the Creative Spirit
I just returned from spending a week in Mole Saint Nicholas, Haiti with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. It was a good trip. A journey into another culture. The above photo is a gate I discovered in Haiti. I am attracted to gates, doors, windows, etc. They speak to me of beginnings, journeys, and opportunities.
This trip was an opportunity for me to learn, grow, and contribute. In the next few posts, I hope to share with you images and lessons I learned on my journey into the land of Haiti – it’s culture and it’s people.
I attended the 2012 “Among Friends” Conference on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6th with six other wonderful women from my church – Bowling Green Christian. It was held in Louisville, Kentucky.
The speakers were dynamic with Host Kathy Troccoli leading the worship music. She has a powerful voice and an incredible testimony. Ellie Lofaro, from New York, led inspirational messages from the Bible such as one on the Parable of the 4 Soils. Ellie is practical and also full of humor.
2012 Among Friends
with Liz Curtis Higgs
The other Special Guest, Liz Curtis Higgs, is one of my favorite authors. It was so exciting to finally get to hear her speak. Her messages about women of the Bible – Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Tabitha, and Ruth were excellent.
Amazingly, we were all laughing one moment only to be in tears the next. Wonderful experience – I hope we can go again next year!