It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

We always feel the summer is too short. We try to cram an infinite number of events into a very small, finite time frame. We practice the art of staying up way to late, then sleeping in ’til noon. This summer we had leisurely conversations on the porch eating our first meal of the day as MR CFO came in for lunch. And although the summer was awesome, and I love them to death — it is so nice to get those children out the door & back to school!

Happy WomanI am back on track and creating up a storm! I am very happy to share that my canvases are now available at a lovely little store in Uxbridge called Elemi Organics.  They offer naturally-made aromatherapy products ranging from soaps, bath salts & eco soy wax candles to cleaning products for the home. My kindred spirit, Ms Over-Analzyer, bought me my first Elemi product back when the store opened.

Owner/founder Ginny van Veghel has created a wonderfully, relaxed & tranquil setting in her store and I am so thrilled that my canvases have found a home there!  Just click the images to enlarge!

Here is one of my latest canvases and its corresponding greeting card. Just click the images to enlarge.

What Lies Within what lies within What lies within Canvas Card

Both will soon be in my etsy shop or contact me for further information or custom enquiries.

Although today is a sad anniversary of a horrible day, let us remember, but look forward to tomorrow.

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Do you know where you’re going to?

Hurt so good. John Cougar was definitely taking pilate classes when he wrote this song. I’ve recently discovered a new gym, well I can’t call it a gym, because that conjures up visions of treadmill, weights, spinning bikes. Yuck — I can’t do that anymore. The place I now go to whenever I get the chance has Pilates, yoga and restorative classes that have deceiving names like Blissful Hips (aka If-I-Had-the-Strength-I’d-Crawl-Outta-Here-Right-Now!) and Sculpted (aka Curl-Into-Fetal-Position-&-Silently-Sob). But that is only how I feel about halfway through the class.  I power through, clear my mind of everything else going on in my life and for an hour or so, just concentrate on my breath and listening to my body. Let me tell you, my body isn’t very happy with me, and if it could, would probably charge me with neglect and crimes against humanity. NEA_4291

We take our bodies for granted. We expect so much of it, we take, take, take and don’t often give back.  When we do listen, it’s amazing what it tells us it is capable of. We are so busy. We are racing, constantly on the go, and I have been wondering — where are we headed in such a rush? If it’s a race — are we winning?

By the end of my class, my heart rate is back to normal, I am tranquil and feel I can take on the world. (As long as my legs don’t fail me on the way out the door.)  My aim is to attempt to keep that feeling with me longer than it takes to drive to my next destination.

My assignment for you if you choose to accept it is this. Slow down, breathe and listen to your body today and do something nice for it.

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