Tag Archives: positivity

simple reminders

14 Apr

I’ve been going through a hard time lately, as you all know from my quiet nature and previous post. In attempts to find the positivity, lately I’ve found that the simplest reminders about life, happiness and well-being are often the most effective. This morning I stumbled across a little collection of images while doing my regular blog reading… after my post about life springing from death, sharing these pictures on the blog seemed even more poignant. Taking time to appreciate all of the beautiful things that exist in your life is scientifically proven to boost your mood, (and I’m pretty darn sure looking at adorable photographs of woodland creatures is also a happy inducer). So, let’s do as they say: stop, smell the flowers, breathe it all in, and smile.

things to be happy about

20 Oct

I was searching all over my house frantically this morning, looking for a specific art supply. I couldn’t find it, but I did come across something that was much more useful to me…. 14,000 things to be happy about.20131020-105152.jpgMy sister gifted me this book almost a year ago now, and since the move, I hadn’t seen it. Discovering it on this particular morning, after months of being hidden in a drawer of craft supplies, brought me a much-needed boost… This last week was a little hard for me; I have been feeling overwhelmed and a bit stressed out with too much on my plate and future worrying about upcoming events. It was so comforting to stumble upon this bound pile of reasons to be happy. Barbara Ann Kipfer, the author of this wise little volume, has a real way with words. You can’t help but conjure wonderful images in your mind that will inherently make you smile and feel happy. Flipping through the pages, it’s easy to see that there is a lot of inspiration and happiness that lingers in the most seemingly simple places. Making note of these positive influences that are hidden around me has helped me melt away some stress. I selected a few of my favorite word-pictures to share and I hope you also smile.

The gorgeous outdoors: “reed-fringed lagoons, a lake catching the last flecks of sunlight coming over the pines, dreaming on a river bank…”

Comforting feelings: “eight hours of sleep, lying on your back in a snowy field, watering your garden…”

Life’s silly nuances: “the position of your head as you bite into a taco, eating all of your snacks before the movie even starts, escaping from an overwhelming department store…”

Our senses: “the feel of a rug under bare feet, smelling freshly-picked strawberries, pulling warm laundry out of the dryer…”

Material things: “a new canvas, magic eight-ball, stationery…”

Food and drink: “vanilla cupcakes with multicolor sprinkles, light beer on a hot day, cheese cubes with frilly toothpicks…”

too good tuesday 10

9 Jul

lifeisgoodFLOWERSEverything has been too good lately. John and I did the big move over a week ago, and couldn’t be more thrilled with the upgrade to our new house. We hosted both sets of parents this weekend, and enjoyed sitting in the sun on¬†the brand new patio furniture, and dreamed up recipes for the newly acquired BBQ (many inspired by a gifted cookbook & its feature beer can chicken). Sunday, we watched John play softball, while eating a picnic dinner that consisted of our fresh catch from the Columbia River in an amazing cold bean salad. I found a bit of time between innings and taught my little cousins how to draw owls! The weather in the Kootenays has been ridiculous… hello summer! With all this sunshine, I can’t wait to get on our beautiful bikes and cruise around the new neighbourhood. Yesterday, I started a new part-time job, working for a dragon; After two happily engaged years, my beau and I have been finally talking plans about the wedding, the prospect of owning our own home, and maybe someday even raising a family… all of these things require money! We have been doing well for ourselves, considering we’re both chasing careers that are fueled mostly by passion, but the prospect of saving up for a brighter future has me excited to also put in some work away from the studio.¬† I’ve also been continuing to paint under the open sky, as you can see above, adding to my adventures with watercolours. Life is good these days.