Sunday, February 07, 2016

For the Right Reasons I will Creep

Week #6  * DO52  *  CREEP

My word for the week is CREEP!

First thing to my mind is being a creep.... which is a noun.  Wipe that off the topic.

Creep: move slowly and carefully, especially to avoid being heard or noticed.

Well, I definitely want to be noticed ...for the right reasons!  
 I certainly move slowly and carefully when I walk my dogs when it's icy outside during winter in Chicagoland, I wouldn't speak if I avoided being heard, why bother!!

I will have to dig deep to bring a little creep into my life.  Maybe you have ideas to help me?
For now:
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.



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Saturday, February 06, 2016

A Step Up

Pinterest Success?? Sure

Makeover?? Could be.

Redecorating?? Yes

So, here is the before of a cute step stool.


And here is the after.

It was really a quick reupholster job. The only issue I really had was reusing the tacks.  Since I had taken them out and wanted to use them again, most of them were bent.  I tried to straighten them out the best I could... that took the most work.

Next time, I'll go buy new upholstering tacks!


If you want to see the almost step by step, you can click on the YouTube video that I made, below.



And here, side by side, is the before and after.  I had the material on hand from another project, so the total cost for the renovation project $0.00.
I think I could do this again.  So yes.... two thumbs up for this one!!



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Monday, February 01, 2016

The Elephant in the Room



Week 5   * DO52  * ADDRESS

it's very interesting how some things can be so dang difficult and others, easy peasy.  This week as part of cultivating a good life, I am continuing to create muscle memory and I am working on so many things to help me grow.

Challenging myself through the House of Shine I've picked  this weeks DO52 stick.  My verb for the week: address.

Maybe I shouldn't admit this.... but I've got this one!!!!

Waiting in today's mailbox to go out is a card I'm sending to a new friend with a check in it.  It was interesting karma.  A book was suggested to us a few weeks ago by a mutual friend. Completely *randomly, my husband had picked it out at our local library.  After a busy-ish 3 weeks, I never got to it, and sadly it went back to the library unread. That evening, a friend left an open message on Facebook that she accidentally purchased 2 copies of the book.And one was for sale.  I gladly said I would purchase it, and right away addressed the envelope with check enclosed. *this serendipity moment will have to be written in another interesting post.


Two other things I know for certain will happen this week.  I will be creating some funny valentines for my adult children and I will have to make some sort of entertaining greeting on the front of the envelope when I address it to Kansas and Missouri.  And finally, I've been asked to assist a kindred spirit who has a small mass mailing to do.  My job is to box the goodies and stick on the address labels.

Too easy..... right??  

When you DO52 it doesn't mean that you have to search HIGH and LOW to find the challenge in a new verb. It can be the little prompt to live your SHINE mindfully.  

And as I said before, I am an overachiever.  I will look for other opportunities to address the elephant in the room!



Stay tuned!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Ruffling a Few Feathers



Week 4   * DO52  *  ROUST

I'm not sure I like my new verb for the week.  Boy, right there, I'm not going into the week with a positive vibe.   Researching ROUST does not seem like something I would do on a weekly basis like some other fun verbs.  It's not like I'm going to ROUST the chickens and get some feathers flying.



Can't simply find any quotes with ROUST in them.  It keeps asking me if I want the quotes from Marcel Proust...a French novelist from the early 1900s. Or then my search takes me to fashion designer Olivier Rousteing who clothes people like Justin Bieber and Kendell Jenner.(no, I don't think so.)

Ok, who picked this word????

Maybe I need to rally up and ROUST you DO52-ers.

We are almost at the end of month one of 2016.  Do you want a challenge? Can you SHINE a little brighter?  As Parker Palmer says, this allows your head to receive feedback from your soul at a pace and depth that suits you. The weekly verbs are the metaphors you need to live mindfully.

Today, I am here as an Ambassador to the House of Shine to prompt you to take action.  Don't worry if you missed the first 3 weeks of the year.  Jump on in and pick a DO52 stick right now! Open up and welcome that word into your week.  Then come back here and share your story.

I need to ROUST the House of SHINE peeps.  Go pick your DO52 stick for Week 4, start moving to the action and just see where it might take you!!!
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Heart Across the Globe

It's all about the journey, right?
When you practice every day you get better at what you do.
I practice doodling.
I practice writing.
I practice converting hand doodles into electronic color pictures.
I have fun when I practice!

Below is my original 8-1/2 x 11 doodle picture representing Hearts across the globe.  As you can see, I take some things quite literally. 



After I took this picture, I uploaded it to Photo Shop Elements 8 and 'colored' it in. Shh, I found a mistake.  See if you can find it. 

I don't need to print it off, because now that it is in the computer, it has become digitized and can be up/downloaded wherever I want it to go.


The un-colored version is going to the Doodle Institute as a contribution to the next coloring book.  

Not sure what I'm talking about?  A few months ago I signed up for online classes at the Doodle Institute.  It's an online community of doodlers, artists and like minded creative types.  As part of an on going project with our leader Diane, she decided to create a published coloring book with our artwork.  In doing so, she took us along with the process, showing each step of the way. 

Our collaborated coloring can be found on Amazon here.


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Sunday, January 17, 2016

I Will Contribute

Week 3  *  DO52  * Contribute

About a month ago, Claudia asked me if I would be willing to contribute some of my talents to the House of Shine, specifically facilitating the DO52 Facebook page.  I'm not shy. Some of my strengths are that I am organized, devoted and dependable.  I said yes!  How can you not say YES to Claudia! What is one word a week.... compared to all the things that go on in the day of a life?

Outer order contributes to inner calm - Gretchen Rubin



I'm sure many of you have heard of The Happiness Project?  The quote above and the book are written by Gretchen Rubin.   Throughout the past few years I have read her book and followed her on social media, as well as many other... personal help gurus. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown, and The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch, and The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren. That list goes on and on and on!  I think their insightful help books are fantastic.  My problem is.... whose plan do I follow?

New Year! New You!  What to do?  Well DO52 of course!  But how?  You're busy right???


I've said it before... I love to learn.  I love quotes that fit into my life. I love finding 'signs' that let me know I'm on the right path of my journey.

Bottom line... I don't have the end all answer.  But what I do have is a lot of 'spunk' when it comes to encouragement.  I believe in validation.  I believe in positive re-enforcement.  I believe there is a lot of good in the world.  We just need to take time to see it!

If you have accepted the challenge at the House of Shine to purposefully jump start and enrich your life, take a moment right now and select your next DO52 stick.  Think about your new verb. And take action!

Finally, please contribute here on Facebook... I'm prompting you to SHINE a little brighter. Remember to have fun with this!!

If you are an over achiever like me, click the link below for some further insight from Gretchen Rubin ... to help clear the clutter...

http://gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2013/10/do-you-fall-for-any-of-these-common-clutter-clearing-myths/

The powerful play goes on and you will contribute a verse - Walt Whitman


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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thumbs Up!

I needed some quick, one dimensional, simple.... yet cute cards!

I used ink and my thumb print... and then added a few doodles with pen or marker, to make these quirky:

 tweety birds.


funny frogs.


silly snowman.

and the rest.

Doodle cards are the most fun!  
Simplicity is great.
Stayed tuned, more cards to come!!!


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