A Mood Boost A Day

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Happy New Year!

I know, we’re almost halfway through January already but here’s a question…  What springs to mind for you when you think of the new year?

Somewhere in the mix for many is the “R” word – RESOLUTIONS. Did you make any new year’s resolutions this year? If so, have you been able to stick to it so far?

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Produce Art For Better Brain Function

Maciej Frolow via Getty Images

Maciej Frolow via Getty Images

The “Arts” have many benefits to kids and it’s sad when these subjects are limited or removed from school curriculum. But the arts can, and maybe should be a lifelong pursuit. At some point we may outgrow the classes, exams, etc. of our youth but we don’t out grow the benefit that can be reaped from the arts.

Turns out tough that something can be said for actually DOING IT. It doesn’t matter if you see yourself as creative. You don’t need to do it for anyone else but you. It doesn’t need to be a show — just an experience! Dive in and give it a try.

~  all forms of “the arts” have benefit but the link below is an interesting article pertaining specifically to visual arts  ~

Producing Art Can Help Keep Your Brain Functioning

Art Can Heal You

They are out there! I know they are…but there are moments that it seems I’m the only one who is overly passionate about the power of art, the arts and creativity.  I nearly stood up and cheered when I read Heidi Easley’s newsletter that showed up in my inbox this morning. My heart is full. ❤   🙂

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Thank you for making 2015 so great!   I have meet many of you in person and have connected with tons of you via email, FB, etc.   I am so glad that our paths have crossed and am excited about 2016.

I wanted to take a minute and reflect on what I learned this year and how it can help you.

At each event I meet new people and learn new things.   The common thread among every event is the healing power of art.     click to read more

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The Science Behind It

  Have you tried colouring?

Yeah, sure, maybe when you were a kid…but I mean lately. Or perhaps you ARE one of those hip and trendy people with your favourite colouring book(s), pencils, markers, etc. and partake often.

Simple Blessings colouringI confess, I haven’t done it much until recently. And I even got a colouring book to do it in. I wasn’t that surprised but I found what has been said about it to be true…it was relaxing. In some respects it was even more relaxing than my own painting.

If you’re not sure and don’t want to invest in a colouring book you can search online for colouring pages and even download many of them for free. Give it a try!  It comes with benefits…  🙂

book by Karla Dornacher

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Beautiful

picgifs-beautifulWhat’s beautiful to you?

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that’s probably true.

During my art class a couple weeks ago there was another event taking place in the building at the same time and a couple of the fellows were gracious enough to help me clean up. One of them commented “Wow”. It wasn’t wow, how nice or beautiful but more along the lines of wow, what a mess. And from a certain stand point it was a mess…but it was a beautiful mess.

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Pray for Paris – Pray for the World

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