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New Year Inspiration

What if we replaced resolutions with inspiration?  What if instead of setting goals that we really won’t achieve because they don’t fill our hearts with joy, we simply decided to allow more inspiration to move us, guide our choices and nudge us onto new and more meaningful paths?  What if, instead of declaring an intention, we simply allowed inspiration and intuition to be our muse?

Over the holidays, I was given a magazine “Where Women Create” which so deeply inspired me I spent this whole day reorganizing and making my own studio more functional and inspiring.  I didn’t spend any money on it, (not yet anyway), I just re-imagined it so it would fit my life better, create a more nurturing feel and clear out some of the cobwebs in my mind that have developed over a year of working in it.  It’s not fancy, and certainly not ‘magazine photogenic’, but it works and I love it.

The view out the windows during the day is All Nature All the Time!
The view out the windows during the day is All Nature All the Time!

There’s more in my heart that wants doing.  I have so many dreams to fulfill, so many gifts that have yet to be shared. I really need a more serious space, a more private one, but this will serve my current needs.  As those ideas begin to blossom and space requirements dictate, I’ll revisit it and rework it once again.

What is your New Year Inspiration?  What is asking to be seen within you? What do you want to grow into this year?  What is your heart longing for?  Perhaps now is the time to give it light, to give yourself permission to listen to that still quiet voice that keeps nagging at you and won’t go away.

Let me know in the comments below.  Maybe your heart’s desire will inspire someone to move beyond their own fears and open to theirs.  Perhaps there’s a way I can support you in developing the courage to GO AHEAD and play!!!

Happy New Year!

Functional is Fine. Is that true?

Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 12.53.14 PMI was speaking with a customer service rep on Godaddy last night; and we started talking about this blog.  She told me that she loves to look at shelter magazines and is inspired by beautiful images of well-put-together spaces; but for her, “functional is fine.  It’s just me and the dogs, and they don’t care about anything but their dog beds and food bowls.”

We talked about this for awhile, and I encouraged her to find some way to make her home uplifting and inspiring, even if it just meant going outside and bringing in something from nature to spruce up her kitchen table.

She lives in Arizona, so there won’t be colorful leaves or pumpkins for her to use at this time of year. So I suggested succulents. Succulents, rocks and sand are plentiful in the desert.

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After we got off the phone, though, it occurred to me that I missed an opportunity to talk about something deeper that she was revealing to me.  She said that if she could afford it, she’d hire a designer to ‘do it for’ her.  She doesn’t want to do “all that work” on her own.  We talked about how there are a lot of ways to change up what you look at every day without hiring a designer, and I mentioned the natural, free, things growing outside again. Then she remembered she had some things in her closet she could bring out and set up. A pumpkin for Halloween, for example. YES! If that makes you feel good, do it!

But, still, we didn’t talk about the core issue I came upon later.  She doesn’t value herself as much as she values her dogs.  “They don’t care”, she said.  Well, what about YOU?    Surely the dogs don’t need an inspiring environment. They need food, love, safety and comfort; and she’s right about their lack of concern for anything beyond that.  But she didn’t see that she does need something more.  And she doesn’t allow herself to believe she can have it.

So, my point here is that EVERYONE, every single human being, needs to have beauty in their lives. Some form of beauty. Because beauty in one’s outside landscape will remind them of the beauty of their inner landscape. And every human being has beauty in their soul. Imagine the change that would take place in the world if everyone saw themselves this way.

It doesn’t have to cost more than you can afford. Find a way to include something beautiful and/or meaningful in your home, just for you, today.

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