Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Share the Joy: Who You Are




I found JOY in this magnificent video
made by my friend Jan Phillips.
It’s 5 minutes long 5minutes of pure inspiration.


Where did you find JOY?




To play along,

1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. Capture the URL of the specific post and paste it
into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.
3. Then click the NEXT box (or the link)
to choose an image from the post to hook to Mr. Linky's list
so that people are enticed to visit your blog.
If you just can't get it to work, send me the info
and I'll try to link it for you.
4. Visit other players -- as many as possible --
and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment, because everyone enJOYS
getting positive feedback.



Let's start an epidemic of joy!




Saturday, May 26, 2012

Advice from a Life Coach



(the life coach would be me. . . .)


created on Polyvore by me @merimagic

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Share the Joy: Bittersweet




I have to admit, I’m feeling JOY
mixed with a little loss this week.

I’ve finished the last intensive “residency” weekend
in my coaching program and I’m thrilled about that
but I also just had my last memoir writing class.

After sharing important life stories with class members,
It’s hard to let that go.

JOY can have a bittersweet element.


One thing I have to look forward to
is starting the e-course MONTAGE
with Vivienne McMaster
and learning to make kickass videos.


How about you? Where’s your JOY? 




1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. Capture the URL of the specific post and paste it
into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.
3. Then click the NEXT box (or the link)
to choose an image from the post to hook to Mr. Linky's list
so that people are enticed to visit your blog.
If you just can't get it to work, send me the info
and I'll try to link it for you.
4. Visit other players -- as many as possible --
and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment, because everyone enJOYS
getting positive feedback.



Let's start an epidemic of joy!





Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thought-Shifting: Fear




Marianne Williamson, an eminently quotable woman, said:


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
  

created by MeriMagic on Polyvore.com


Fear can incite paralysis.


It can drown your dreams.


Like those chattering gremlins in your head

(the ones that make you feel worthless or stupid

and tell you your idea would never work)

fear can make your light flicker.


But here's the thing:

fear is just a thought.

You created it.

You can choose to rethink it,

to do things differently,

to acknowledge the wisdom the fear is concealing

and double-check to make sure your foundation is solid.


And then

LEAP.



What would happen if, just for today, you stepped into your power?
Acted as if nothing could stop you?
Took your dreams seriously?

Stop playing small.
Shine your radiant light so the darkness in the world diminishes.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Share the Joy




Oh me, oh my. . . .
I’m still on my collage kick.

Instead of writing morning pages
(which seem redundant since I’m writing
 like a fiend anyway in my memoir writing program 
at the University of Washington)

I’m creating a visual “morning page,”
letting my subconscious express itself through image choice.

OK, that’s not totally honest.

Sometimes I have a little obsessive-compulsive episode
and do more than one.

It’s not like they’re MEN, after all.

A girl’s gotta grab JOY wherever she can.


Where are you finding you JOY this week?



1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. Capture the URL of the specific post and paste it
into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.
3. Then click the NEXT box (or the link)
to choose an image from the post to hook to Mr. Linky's list
so that people are enticed to visit your blog.
If you just can't get it to work, send me the info
and I'll try to link it for you.
4. Visit other players -- as many as possible --
and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment, because everyone enJOYS
getting positive feedback.



Let's start an epidemic of joy!










Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Share the Joy: Reach Out




Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
and take it
when it runs by.

-   Carl Sandburg (1878 1967)


I hope you’ve found some joy to keep.


 To play along 
1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. Capture the URL of the specific post and paste it
into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.
3. Then click the NEXT box (or the link)
to choose an image from the post to hook to Mr. Linky's list
so that people are enticed to visit your blog.
If you just can't get it to work, send me the info
and I'll try to link it for you.
4. Visit other players -- as many as possible --
and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment, because everyone enJOYS
getting positive feedback.




Let's start an epidemic of joy!






Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Collage: Vintage Detail







Some of you are masters of the art journal.
Having had an unfortunate experience in elementary school,
I’m always uncomfortable drawing “real” things,
though doodling is okay.








Collage is fine, because that’s design, not drawing.
So, I guess what I’m getting at is this:
Even though I love looking at your creations,
I can’t see myself creating an art journal
Unless it’s a record of my “virtual” art journal creations.

This one (a deviation from my preference for more abstraction)
is called. . . .

wait for it. . . . .

Vintage Detail.

How imaginative! (The title, I mean.)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Postcards from Paradise: Imagination





No journeys hither and yon,
pulling myself from a warm bed
before the sky hints of light
beyond the Cascade range.
Not for me, not recently anyway.

My travels this week have been
soujourns to the imagination.




Saturday, May 5, 2012

Collage: I See You








What a treasure it is to be seen,

"I See You" - © 2012 Meri Arnett (MeriMagic)



to be finally, fully known
and loved because and in spite of
all that you are.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Leaving Joy Behind When We Go




There are souls in this world
which have the gift of finding joy everywhere
and of leaving it behind them when they go.
-   Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

"Moon Maiden" - one of my Polyvore creations (Polyvore.com/MeriMagic)

I want to be one of those souls.
I’m cultivating JOY every time I create a new image.

How are you cultivating JOY?
  





1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.
2. Capture the URL of the specific post and paste it
into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.
3. Then click the NEXT box (or the link)
to choose an image from the post to hook to Mr. Linky's list
so that people are enticed to visit your blog.
If you just can't get it to work, send me the info
and I'll try to link it for you.
4. Visit other players -- as many as possible --
and let their joy infect you.
Leave them a comment, because everyone enJOYS
getting positive feedback.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!