Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Almond Blossoms Journal - Giveaway

I'm excited to announce a new Giveaway -- a copy of this journal with the name Almond Blossoms.

I bought a copy of the journal for myself and I so loved writing in it, I wanted to share the joy with you. This delightful cover is taken from the Almond Blossoms paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. Here's the quote from the back cover: "Symbolizing new, invigorating, budding life, this journal inspires 'our creative souls to bloom'."

Apparently flowering trees were special to Van Gogh as they represented awakening and hope. I'm glad he found joy in painting flowering trees because now we get to share the joy from the fruit of his artistic labour.

I like including meaningful quotes in my journals. Here are a few that seem to fit today's theme of writing and journaling.

"Happiness:  it lies in the joy of achievement,
in the thrill of creative effort."
~ Vincent Van Gogh

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"The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought;
this in turn makes us think more deeply about life,
which helps us regain our equilibrium."
~ Norbet Platt

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Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers
on the mountains;
God composes, why shouldn't we?
~ Terri Guillemets

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The beauty of keeping a journal is that it is your book.
 You get to choose not only when to write, but what to write.
~ Doreene Clement, from article on Old-Fashioned Living

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
~ William Wordsworth 

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Giveaway Now Closed

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Three Exciting Giveaways -- Next Week!

I'll be back next week with three exciting (at least I think they are)

1. To celebrate Spring (where art thou, O Spring?);

2. To celebrate the gift of being alive;

3. To create a 'stopping' moment in the busyness of life.

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Thought To Ponder

Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.
~ Chinese Proverb

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

No Signs of Green Spring But...

 Photo: John Price /

No, there are no signs of green around here yet. The snow piles are deep and the temperature still plummets to freezing levels at night, but I'll have you know, there is a change in air.  And, I hear it rather then see it. You see, the song of the chickadee has shifted from its winter whistle to its spring aria as mating rituals begin to stir.

Although the sky might still be gray outside, I am feeling like the little green shoots of my soul are poking out from under the cover of winter. Hope begins to stir. And I'm planning some little giveaways on this blog to inaugurate my own 'spring' season in writing.  And, of course, like any self-respecting woman, we're not only thinking about a spring wardrobe makeover, but something fresh and sprightly outfit to make it feel like spring here on my blog.

So stay tuned. In the meantime, here's something Marcel Proust once said that we can ponder as we scan landscapes for hints of spring:

"The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes."

Wishing you a beautiful day,