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Exciting News: A Rebirth



Although I have not been writing about things in a timely manner, there are wonderful happenings over here at Soul-Positive.

A bit of background: With the growth of the #taggedbykindness project – I found myself at a crossroads.  I had received numerous requests to purchase my tags and to have the project shared.  This excited me as well as frightened me do death.  I didn’t have a crystal clear vision of where I wanted Soul-Positive or the #taggedbykindess project to go.  I saw bits and pieces and dreamed big for the future but how the heck was I going to tie it all together without freaking out?   How could I marry the two of these entities together without having overlap and probably mass confusion .  I needed baby steps and it seemed like things were moving incredibly fast. < Insert deep breath here.>

The most important aspect of all this was how to continue sharing #taggedbykindess while still maintaining the integrity of the project and not having it stolen right out from under me.  Sadly these things do happen and the more the word spread of #taggedbykindess, the greater the risk of losing control of the project growth or losing the project altogether.  From the very beginning I wanted the #taggedbykindness project to be a random act of kindness initiative where the only profit was that of positive vibes exchanged between the giver and the receiver.  I do realize that not everyone is “artistic” or “crafty” and many of my close friends were asking how they could purchase these tags to giveaway.  This left me scratching my head.  Is it wrong to make tags and sell them?  Would this be “selling out”?  Several friends suggested that I at the very least be compensated for the materials.  Is the integrity of the project going to be compromised by this?  Yes – as you can see I am an over thinker.  This is not always a bad thing.

So after much thought and a consultation with a patent attorney, I have decided to move forward with a few changes.  The biggest change is the name of the kindness project.  I will no longer be using #taggedbykindness as the project name.  Please allow me to introduce to you “The #Soulpositivefinds Kindness Art Project”.  This new name fits nicely under the big umbrella of Soul-Positive.  I thought long and hard over the new name and came to the conclusion that when I started this journey my focus was exploring different ways to keep my soul positive. My little random act of kindness project has grown (and I have grown in the process).  I felt that this project needed to be linked to the overall mission of Soul-Positive. The new hashtag is #soulpositivefinds.

What is the mission of Soul-Positive?  The mission remains the same as it did a few years ago.  I want to continue to find ways to keep my soul positive when there seems to be an overwhelming amount of negativity swirling about in the universe.  I, like most of the people I know want a full, happy life.  I want to love hard.  I want to be loved.  I want to make a difference.

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“Rosie” – Singer Featherweight

In addition to the kindness project name change….I have also reopened my Etsy store which is also called Soul Positive Finds.  See what I did there? In the shop you will find find art tags that are hand made with love, light and positive intention.  These tags are not a part of the #soulpositivefinds project.  These tags are more detailed and additional work is involved in the creation process.  These mixed media altered art tags are more a spiritual talisman of positive light and intention. I believe strongly in the power of words.  The art tags are hand painted, stamped and stitched on Rosie my Singer Featherweight machine.  In the future I will be adding small tag making kits and original canvas art as well as some t-shirts and tanks.

My work with the #soulpositivefinds project will continue.  I plan on sharing with more schools and community organizations in my area. I invite you to continue to share this project with others.  Please use our new hashtag – #soulpositivefinds.  If you are interested in having me come and share the project or if you need stamped tags please let me know.  I will gladly schedule a visit or send you blank tags that are stamped with our new name.  If you would like some tags made for you or for your group – please contact me through the Etsy shop. Or drop me a line here at Soul-Positive.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined me on this journey.  I never knew what to expect when I decided to open myself up and start actively working towards making Soul-Positive a reality.  You’ve encouraged me to dream big.  I am blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive community and for that my heart is immensely grateful.


Hits, Misses and a New Word for 2016


As I sit here the house is quiet except for the sound of the refrigerator motor humming.  I love mornings like this.  The quiet calm before the house awakens with immediate energy.

I am happy to finally have a chance to quietly reflect on my personal accomplishments from 2015:

  • The birth of Soul-Positive
  • Creating the  #taggedbykindness Project
  • The discovery of a new creative outlet through mixed media art
  •  Experiencing new artistic techniques
  • Welcoming vulnerability through open sharing of my creative endeavors
  • Embracing new adventures
  • Choosing positive self acceptance on a more regular basis
  • Letting go of perfection and embracing imperfection

Along with accomplishments comes the acknowledgment of tasks left undone.  In order to continue moving forward and keeping the momentum of personal growth – I looked at these tasks and reflected also on why they are still on my to do list:

  • Regular blog posts (missed this mark big time)
  • Setting up an Etsy shop
  • More physical activity
  • Completing prompts and online classes in a timely manner if at all
  • Reading more books
  • Controlling every situation (will always be a work in progress)

I know now after careful reflection that I need to work on my time management skills.  I need to refine my skills in the area of clarifying goals.  I need to confront fear head on and ask myself “what are you so afraid of?” And most importantly I need to give myself permission to fail and then dust myself off and rise again.

I’m looking forward to 2016.  The start of a new year gives me the kick in the pants I need to set new goals and put a plan of action into place.

As many of you know I have been a part of the One Little Word (OLW) Community for a few years now.  OLW is a year long monthly prompt driven workshop created by Ali Edwards.  You can learn more about this project here.

In 2015 my word was “Momentum”.  This was a wonderful choice and it really gave me a positive outlook into what I wanted to accomplish this past year.

For 2016 I have chosen the word “Step”.  I am looking forward to the many aspects of what “step” has in store for me.  My goal is to step up when faced with hard truths and tough decisions. Step up to more self acceptance and self care.  Step back from relationships that do not enhance my own personal growth.  Step back and listen instead of always needing to be heard.  Step out physically for walks, hikes, kayaking and bicycling to clear my mind, bring me inner peace and bring me back to center.

I hope you take a moment before the stroke of midnight and pat yourself on the back for showing up in 2015, fighting the hard fights and embracing all the good and even some of the ugly.  Thank you for being a part of my journey this year.  Wishing you all the very best that 2016 has to offer and more!



Following Through

Forward Momentum

The sixth month mark of 2015 is almost here.  Way back in December of 2014 when I was declaring 2015 the Year of Positivity I wasn’t sure just how things would pan out.  You see I have plenty of ideas and a whole bunch of “I’m gonnas…” but seldom do I have a strong follow through.  I tend to get all hopped up on an idea for a few weeks – maybe do a little research, pencil some notes and then quietly let the idea climb into the back seat never to really hear from it again but only to give it a quick glance through the rear view mirror.

My chosen word for 2015 is “Momentum”.  Hand on heart this word has changed me in 2015.  I still have a ton of ideas floating around my head but guess what?  I have been following through on many of my ideas and slowly seeing my dreams become a reality.  The best part about all of this is that it’s not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.  I’m still able to get all my other responsibilities done.  I still cook, clean, take care of my family and run my household.  But I also take the time I need for myself and work towards accomplishing my own set of personal goals.

How do I do this?  Well – first I have an ongoing handwritten list of things that I’d like to accomplish not just for this day, week, or month but for the actual year.  My list is grouped by the following ‘Goal Categories’ – Emotional, Physical, and Creative.  I keep this list posted on my refrigerator as a constant reminder of what I am working towards.   As most of you know I am a part of a year long workshop called “One Little Word” created by Ali Edwards.  The idea for breaking my list into these parts came directly from Ali and her prompts the beginning of each year.

An earlier version of my goal setting list

An earlier version of my goal setting list

This list holds me accountable.  By keeping my list and essentially my word ‘Momentum” so visible I am continually reminded what is important in my life.  I add to my list and check off items that I have accomplished.  The physical act of crossing out an item is a win for me. I like that satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.  I like adding new things to my list.  This keeps my momentum up and encourages me to keep going.

Now with that being said – does life sometimes get in the way?  Of course.  I have days and weeks where I am just completely swamped with other obligations and maybe cannot work on my goals as much as I would like to.  However, instead of making my goals take a back seat completely and letting life take control – I take the time I need, even if it’s only 15 minutes of quietly sitting on my bed, to reflect about my goals and how to make them achievable.

I will steal 30 minutes to complete an art journal page.  I will take the hour to write a blog post.  I will bring a notebook with me while I am out and jot down ideas that are floating around my head.  Small consistent steps are the key to my success.  That bears repeating – small consistent steps are the key to my success.  Being mindful of how life is trying to take control – this is what keeps me moving forward and in a positive direction.

These first six months of 2015 have been full of accomplishments and learning experiences.  I am looking forward to the next six months where I can achieve more of the goals that I’ve set for myself while moving forward with a positive mindset.  I have no doubt that you can achieve the same.  Set your goals, write your list and watch how small steps can ignite a fire within yourself to keep putting one foot in front of the other and heading straight toward your goals.

Keep it Positive!