Category Archives: Gratitude

Sunrise Inspiration

I live very close to the ocean.  This helps to make my soul happy.  I often head to the beach to clear my mind and get some much needed sand-between-my-toes therapy.  Last week I happened to be awake before dawn.  I said to myself that if I didn’t fall back to sleep within ten minutes I would take the opportunity to see the sunrise at the beach.

What a wonderful way to start my day.  About an hour after I took this picture the sky turned gray and the rain poured down in buckets.  Luckily I was able to find a handful of small treasures before the rains came.

I find a ton of inspiration in tiny sea treasures.  The varying colors of sea glass, the textures of shells, the smooth roundness of stones…there are so many little details in each piece.  I brought my pieces home and used them as inspiration for my latest tag.

I started by painting the tag black.  This matched the color of the stone.  I added a deep purple to represent the piece of clam shell.  I added some deli underpaper to mimic the color and texture of the white sea glass.  Stencils added even more color and texture.  I loved the swirls in the snail shells.   Rae Missigman’s Boxy Bloom stamp set offers the best flower for swirls.  I added acrylic paint on the stamp and then stamped the image onto a piece of scrap fabric.   Before sewing, I added a small piece of matching fabric to peek out from under the image.  Using my sewing machine I stitched a turquoise swirl in the center of the flower image and added two small purple X’s in the top left corner.

Last minute I decided to add organic elements by gluing a few pieces of sea glass to the tag.  I am still unsure how I feel about adding those pieces but I do love that these are pieces that will remind me of such a beautiful morning where I was able to find some peace and start my morning taking in all the beauty and quiet that is around me.

 

Appreciation Apparel is My Jam

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of apparel wear.  T-shirts and sweatshirts are my everyday uniform.  Apparel with a purpose however makes my heart do cartwheels.  I love apparel with a message.  Friends – let me introduce you to Work Social Co.  Created by Marc Bennett this apparel company not only has a stylish line of trucker hats (I love the grey and royal blue) and t’s – their message of “Work Hard. Live Simple. Be Happy” is one of sheer positivity and gratitude.  Take a minute and watch the video on the home page.  You’ll be touched right away by the message of living every day with a grateful heart.  Marc to me is a perfect example of someone living a Soul-Positive life.  You cannot be anything but uplifted listening to Marc speak about the appreciation he has for his life.  You can learn more about Marc and Work Social Co. here.  Follow Marc’s journey via Instagram and Facebook.

We all have the power to change the world friends.  It begins with our very own heart.  Living a life of gratitude allows you to focus on the positive of every day.  Negativity has no place to live when your heart is filled with gratitude.

  Hope you’re having a Soul-Positive Week! xoxo

Exciting News: A Rebirth

 

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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.

xoxo

Counting Blessings

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There’s no secret here.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  While I do enjoy the tremendous amounts of food that I lovingly prepare for my family,  from the big old turkey (I bought a 27 pounder this year – not sure who I thought was coming) all the way down to my can shaped cranberry sauce,  the aromas from our Thanksgiving meal are lovely but it’s the meaning behind this holiday that really makes me happy.  Having a heart filled with gratitude is a wonderful way to live this one beautiful life we are given.

I try very hard to have a grateful heart on a daily basis.  There are times when it’s a little more difficult then others.   When I do have a hard day I take a moment to pause and tell myself that bad days are temporary.  This brief moment of pause allows me the time I need to compartmentalize my problem’s smallness.  The little rough patches are so tiny in comparison to the abundant blessings that surround me.  I’ve made a choice recently to work harder on being open, light and more grateful.  Pettiness, small thinking and asking “why me” will never propel me forward.

I hope that recognizing and acknowledging our blessings allow us the opportunity to shine a little brighter, love a little harder and make our lives filled with joy one drop at a time.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  I hope you enjoy a beautiful holiday filled with a basket of overflowing abundance.