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Day 119 of 365: CHOICES


Day 119: Today’s topic is CHOICES! Life is full of them. You can make good ones or you can make bad ones. The choice is up to you! Life is too short to waste on making bad choices, so why not make good choices?

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely,” a great quote by Roy T. Bennett.

I am married to a guy that is not always the most positive person in the world.  He does have his happy moments however, but of the two of us, I am the more positive person. Sometimes I wonder about pessimism and how that might affect one’s health? I know that when you do something you enjoy or when you run or exercise that endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released. The outcome is positive on our bodies.

What happens if you are grumpy and a pessimist all the time? It can’t be good on one’s mind, body and spirit! Also it can be a “drag” to be around someone who is a downer all the time, right? I have been witnessing a lot of negativity lately and not just from my husband. It troubles me. I sincerely hope that with this new season of spring that people will take a long hard look at their attitudes. Maybe it is time for an attitude adjustment? It will help you AND those around you!

How is your attitude? Do you know someone who needs an attitude adjustment? Let me know.



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Day 118 of 365: Art Quote of the Day


Day 118: Here is an “Art” quote for your day by Pablo Picasso, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” This quote rings true for me!

Think of it, art is so liberating! My art is mainly photography, but the framed piece above is one that I did in soft pastels from one of my photographs. Whether it is pastels or photographs, art feeds my soul! When I have a camera in my hand or around my neck in an image worthy environment, I can get lost for hours framing and capturing my view of this beautiful world.

All sense of time goes out the window, it is like I am in a different world. A world away from the chaos, stress and “dust” of daily life. I believe that my passion is my art in its various forms. The definition of passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. I believe that everyone should have a passion. Something that fulfills, enriches and recharges you.

What is your passion? What washes the “dust of daily life off of your soul?”

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Day 117 of 365: SPRING!!!

tulips in a garden
Tulips in a garden

Day 117: Spring is here, at least according to the calendar! There are many signs that spring could be here.

I have a friend who has seen a robin in north central Montana. I have been hearing a plethora of different birds singing in the morning.

The official start of spring, known as the vernal equinox is today, March 20 at 12:15 p.m., for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Today the night and the day are exactly equal in length.

I thought spring would never get here! We can celebrate that those long, dark days of cold and snow are mostly in the past, for this year. That is not to say that we won’t get any more snow, which in Montana can happen any month of the year!

Even though I am fair haired and fair skinned, I love the sun! It doesn’t always love me though. The feel of the warm sun’s rays on my face and back is so welcoming! On close inspection I notice the grass starting to green up. The animals are frisky and people get a spring in their step, attitudes improve. It’s ALL GOOD!

Go out and enjoy the first day of spring! If you are in the southern hemisphere, go out and enjoy the first day of autumn!

What will you be doing today?



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Day 116 of 365: You got to have faith!


Day 116: You gotta have faith! Reminds me of a song by George Michael. Whether you are religious or not, I believe it is important to have faith.

The dictionary definition for the word faith is complete trust or confidence in something or someone. I am a person of faith and a Christian and when I am feeling weak I look to my faith to keep me on the right track.

Whether you believe in God or not, you need to believe in yourself! There are lots of forces in our world that will shake your faith. If you are optimistic and believe in yourself you can achieve a lot.

A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. helps to illuminate the meaning of faith, it reads,”Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

If you have enough passion, determination, hard work, belief in yourself and faith you become strong enough to battle the doubters and non-believers in your story! That is my story and I am sticking to it, as they say. Ha!

If you have any thoughts about faith, let me know!



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Day 115 of 365: We are hard on ourselves!


Day 115: We are hard on ourselves aren’t we? I am sharing a quote from Thomas a Kempis that sums this up, “Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.”

A truer statement has not been said! I know in my case, I beat myself up all the time! I had a show a few weeks ago and did not sell a single thing! I felt so dejected! I kept asking myself, “what did I do?” I actively engage with those that enter my booth and establish a rapport with them and no one buys anything. I would like to say that those people that I encountered were not my target market.

This weekend was an example of this happening all over again, except it did not happen to me, because I was not showing my work. It did happen to some of my dear friends however. I feel their pain and have been there more times than I want to admit! The moral of this artist’s story is NOT to give up! At this point in my photographic art career I am not willing to give up and I sincerely hope that my artist friends do not think, for a second, about quitting! The quote from Winston Churchill is my inspiration, “Never never never give up.” This same message has been in my dear Dad’s room in the nursing home ever since his strokes, given to him by my dear sister. It is a powerful message and all of us should take this to heart!

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Day 114 of 365: Irish Blessing


Day 114: I want to share an old Irish blessing with you today:

May God be with you and bless you,

May you see your children’s children,

May you be poor in misfortunes,

and rich in blessings.

May you know nothing but happiness

from this day forward.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you whether you are Irish like me or not!

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Day 113 of 365: Limerick and a Photo


Day 113: A limerick and a photo. Sharing a winter photo of some trees lining a driveway and a limerick that goes with it:

  • My eyes were instantly drawn to these,
  • these graceful, delicate, artful trees,
  • symmetry, symmetry,
  • a shot that speaks to me,
  • boasting of its beauty in the breeze.

Thought I would share this limerick with St. Patrick’s Day coming soon. Limericks are said to have originated in Ireland.

LIKE or COMMENT if you would! I would welcome your limericks if you have one!

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Day 112 of 365: Life and Art

misty morning fog (lg file)

Day 112: Life and Art. I often go to for inspiring quotes. Today I came across one about 2 things I care a lot about, Life and Art. “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one,” by Stella Adler.

Life is full of ups and downs as we all know. The stresses of life can and do get us down. I don’t know about you but when I get down and out I tend to look to Mother Nature to defuse stress. My soul is fed when I grab my camera, hop in my Jeep and go down the road in search of beautifully lit scenery. Other people may go to the gym to work off some frustration, while others might go to seek the solace of a good friend.

In my life art is invigorating! Art means something different to each of us. Art may mean a painting in a gallery, a sculpture in a park, graffiti on a train, a poem, a song, a flower in a garden or the sun setting over the mountains. The old saying that goes “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” holds true for art. Whatever we think art is, it is therapeutic. Art has a unique way of transcending us from this hectic and chaotic world both figuratively and physically to a place that feeds our soul and heals our mind, body and spirit!

Go out in the world today and choose happiness, make empowered choices, live in a spirit of gratitude, seek out art and be curious and creative!

What does “art” mean to you? Where do you go to find art?



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Day 111 of 365: Flowers

iris up close and personal
Irises up close and personal

Day 111: Flowers! One of my all time favorite things! I want to share a quote by Jean Giraudoux about the flower,”The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.”

The flower is one of God’s most beautiful creations. They are visually stimulating, attractive and enticing. These are words that describe seductiveness. The lines, shapes, and smells of a flower can be compared to a female for example. Just like a man is attracted to a woman, the bee is attracted to the flower albeit for different reasons. With the coming of spring comes the unveiling of nature’s flowers in all their glory.

Flowers are very poetic, as they are so expressive and evoke feelings in us that are strong and intense. Some synonymous words include elegant, artistic, symbolic and beautiful. Take the rose for instance, it is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of a rose expresses hope, promise and new beginnings. The many colors of roses each signify something different. Yellow roses symbolize joy and mature love, while the red rose is the traditional symbol for love and romance. The white rose is the traditional wedding flower, a symbol of purity, innocence and true love.

My favorite flower is the sunflower or helianthus. The sunflower is stunningly beautiful. They are rich in meaning. They symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Their meaning is derived from its namesake, the sun. To me they are the happiest of flowers as they always face the sun and have big beautiful faces.

I could go on and on about flowers, but I won’t. What is your favorite flower and why? How do you feel when you see flowers?


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Day 110 of 365: 7 Benefits of Strength Training


Day 110: 7 benefits of strength training. I think that strength training is just as important as aerobic exercise. Here are its benefits:

  1. Builds muscle. The more muscles you have the more calories you burn, even while doing nothing.
  2. Lose fat.
  3. Builds strong bones. Best way to combat osteoporosis.
  4. Decreases anxiety, depression and stress. Increases endorphins, makes you feel good.
  5. Lowers your bad cholesterol, raises the good cholesterol.
  6. Decreases your diabetes risk. Increases insulin sensitivity.
  7. Better sleep.

Who doesn’t want any of these things? Go out to the gym today and see how much better you feel after you do so!

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Day 109 of 365: Revisiting Limericks

road lined with sunflowers

Day 109: Revisiting limericks! When I first started my blog I was writing limericks and posting my photos. I thought I would share one I wrote about a year ago. It goes like this:

  • This gravel road is very dear,
  • as our new house site is quite near,
  • where antelope play,
  • and horses eat hay,
  • there’s no better place on this hemisphere!

Let me know what you think! Limericks are fun to write!

Dare to LIKE or COMMENT. Happy Friday!

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Day 108 of 365: Walking with Nature


Day 108: Walking with nature has so many benefits! Here is a quote from John Muir, “In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks.” I find this to be true every time I go walking. Here are some benefits of walking everyday:

  1. Improves your waistline
  2. Improves your hearth health
  3. Reduces arthritis pain
  4. Improves your attitude and boosts your mood
  5. Can lower your blood pressure
  6. Improves your balance and coordination
  7. Reduces body fat
  8. Reduces stress, check out my blog yesterday on how to decrease stress.
  9. Strengthens your bones
  10. Good for your brain
  11. Boosts your immunity
  12. Gives you time to think and sort things out
  13. Helps you sleep better at night
  14. Helps you appreciate the beauty of nature
  15. Allows you to go out and take pictures at the same time

There are more but those are the biggies! All these benefits can happen for you with just 20 minutes of walking a day:) Even if you can’t walk in nature, but have to walk in the city you can still enjoy most of these benefits! Do yourself a favor and go for a walk!