Monday Gets Creative

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We’ve given our Mondays Purpose and Also Got Inspired…..Now let’s ‘run the moths out’ of the right side of your brain and let

Monday Get Creative……..

I have so many creative projects I would like to do; but never seem to find (or make) the time for any of them.   Got to get that dormant side of our brains churning!  There are so many cobwebs in mine that it is a huge effort to think in that mode right now.  Maybe sit down and make a list of what you would like to do and then just close your eyes and randomly pick one of them.

Here’s the “pick” on my list.  These are some of the cards I put together.  You can buy the card stock at just about any of the craft stores.  I had a bunch of ribbon and just cut it into strips and glued them on the card stock.  Nothing fancy or super original; but hope when they are sent to friends that they know I took a little extra time to make something special for them.  Nothing fancy here…just fun stuff.  The more you do–the better you get.  Hope you’ll have fun with your project too.

Okay that’s one project down.now only about 99,000 more to go.  But….The creative juices are flowing. 

I find it very interesting how so many times we have creative thoughts and ideas flowing through our mind; but we just don’t even acknowledge that they exist sometimes.  I have several artist friends and I really admire them for allowing their creative thoughts and abilities to surface daily.  Art is all around us.  We need to just stop our mind and take in all the amazing colors and sounds and shapes and miraculous creations that we are exposed to every day.  When I am walking my dog, Tramp, I love seeing so many different and colorful flowers.  I want to just pick them all and bring them home.  I do, however, resist the urge (most of the time) feeling that they should be left in their place to share with others.  I have a little flower garden started near my front door and would be devastated if someone cut them and took them home.

Creativity comes in all different forms.  What’s your specialty?   Maybe you would like to paint or maybe do a little pottery.  Or maybe decorate a room in your house or build a new shelving unit that you need for storage.  Maybe you want to write a book or even create some music or since it is the good ole IRS season, maybe you can get creative on your taxes……not too much though.  The ‘Gov” wouldn’t appreciate too much artistry.

If you feel it is just too overwhelming to even begin, then check out an art museum or local gallery in your area and take some time to appreciate work by others.  I find that can be great stimulation to get my creative thoughts started.  The main thing is to use the moment to put a little balance in your life.  There is a great book called ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’  by Betty Edwards that can help you understand all the reasons why opening ourselves to creativity can help us in everything we do.  The author conducts workshops and forums in lots of different types of workplaces; and has unearthed great results in the most devout Left Brainer!    I’m reading a book that a friend gave me called ‘At Left Brain Turn Right’.   It’s a fun book to read by Anthony Meindl, a local director of a well known Actor Workshop here in L.A.  He talks about how actors have to continue to struggle to keep Right Brain focused.  We don’t think of artist having some of the same struggles as us “closet” artists.

So…..got your list made?  Hope this is a start of something fun and inspiring and artistic and stimulating and rewarding…..all wrapped up into one!!  If you’re still hesitating, just grab your keys and head to the local art supply store and wander down the aisles for something to ‘jump’ into your basket.  At very, very least….grab one of those ‘paint by number’ kits.  They always remind me of my childhood and long summer days sitting on the porch working on one of those ‘masterpieces’.  Remember—it’s not about the perfection of the creation…..but rather about just experiencing the creative process and letting your Brain wander to a different  and more artful place.

Feel free to post a comment to let me know what the Right Side of YOUR Brain is doing!  I know I have some really amazing artist friends out there who can provide some great links to check out to help with inspiration.  I’m sure you have a few artist friends yourself.  Maybe give them a buzz to get together and help you get started on your path to a more creative and balanced life.

Happy Creative Monday!

Smiles,

Nancy

Monday Gets Inspired

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Okay….another Monday—another opportunity to start the week with a bang!!

  Last week we gave your Monday Purpose; so that’s a start.  But, if you’re like me….the Procrastination Queen….you got bogged down towards the middle of the week.  Well, that’s okay.  Another Monday–another chance for a new start.  Let’s get you back on track…….

Today—Monday Gets Inspired!!

Sometimes, when we are least expecting it, maybe riding home from work or taking a walk with your dog, or maybe (if you’re like one of my friends), you’ve filled up the bathtub with lots of hot water and mounds of bubbles and “brilliance” just pops into your head.

With Spring just around the corner, I had the opportunity to go with one of my neighbors to a beautiful (and very inspiring) flower and plant market here in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard.  The colors and the smells and the butterflies and bees and possibilities of so many choices was a bit overwhelming; but inspiring all the same.  Yippee! Spring!

We were there to buy some vegetable plants to put in pots on our back patio area.  My neighbor is a landscape designer; so it was this unbelievable educational moment as we were winding our way through all the flowers and plants and she could tell me exactly what they were and how they grew and how big they would get…..and, most importantly, why they weren’t meant to be put in our little pots on the back patio!     I, of course, pick colors more often than what will grow in certain places…..there IS a reason it says “shade only and lots of water”.  Nature created the rules and they are NOT to be broken.

High Hopes for a Bountiful Crop!!

Another neighbor joined us to get in on the fun.  He loves to cook; so high hopes that we will have some great dishes to try when our garden matures. As you can see from the picture, we just have containers for the plants; but have planted several kinds of tomatoes, bell peppers, hot Thai peppers (another neighbor requested it specifically—we were challenged to choose the hottest ones we could find), squash, cucumbers, and seeds of green beans, cucumbers and basil are there for the surprise of their peeking up through the soil once temperatures are right.  We continued to gather any size pots we could find and quickly our garden ‘grew’.  Added, radishes, carrots, beets, cilantro, and parsley. Will share some pictures with you as they progress.  The best part is to have others joining in.  We’ll take turns watering and fertilizing and probably battling a few bugs too.  It makes me realize how easily things get accomplished and how enjoyable they can be when others join in.  The three of us, together, made a difference…..helping the environment, growing vegetables to eat healthier and even saving money instead of purchasing the vegetables we’re growing…..all the while having fun!

So…..what are you inspired to do today?  Write a novel, paint a masterpiece, train for a marathon or (in true Hollywood style) produce an epic movie?  Those aren’t on my list this week (or probably not in my lifetime); but ‘go for it’ if you feel the rise of enthusiasm perking in you.  I’m more about just writing a short note to a friend or painting my nails or maybe feeling a bit more energized to walk my dog, Tramp, around a few extra blocks.  Remember, it’s got to be what makes you feel good about yourself.  Always remind yourself that “You Matter”.  It’s a very important lesson to learn.  And, soon, you will find that you want to share that feeling with others.  Are you getting the picture?  You make a difference in yourself—then you help others do the same.  Remember–You’re not alone.  The Every Monday Matters team is behind you.

So now….

close your eyes,

take a deep breath,

sit up straight (your mother had a reason for telling you to do that)

and, let the inspiration juices flow.

Make it happen……

Monday Gets Inspired!!!

See you next week.  Be sure to leave a comment of what inspired you….or maybe even what you did to inspire someone else.

Happy Monday!

 Smiles,

Nancy

JustStartWithMonday

Today is Monday and I want to make it something special.

Hope you will be a part of my journey.

This is my first blog and I’d like to tell you about myself and how this writing idea got started.

About a year ago, I was living in Tennessee and struggling to survive the cold, dismal winters.  Some of you are probably saying that winters in Tennessee are relatively mild compared to other parts of the country.  That may be true for you; but you see, prior to moving to the Smoky Mountain area, I had lived most of my life in the Sunshine State of Florida.  I was accustomed to a max of 3 days where temps might dip below freezing and snow and ice was a rare commodity.   Offering 95% of the days being sun-filled in Florida (sometimes even when it was raining), the Smokies presented quite the opposite weather….lots of dark and gloomy days especially during the winter months.

Perhaps, it was the weather, perhaps it was the lack of job satisfaction, perhaps the unsettled feeling that often plagued me, or maybe I was just a gypsy in another life and needed to move on to another quest.  Whatever was the cause, when my son suggested moving West to California, it just seemed like the thing to do.  “Chasing The Sun” became my theme and I packed up whatever would fit into my car and a small U-Haul trailer, loaded in my sweet dog, Tramp and we hit the road.

I had driven less than 100 miles, when the reality of what I had just done hit like a jolt of lightning!  Should I turn back, did I do the right thing, what if it doesn’t work out????…..’Visions of question marks dancing in my head’…..all spinning around and questioning the core of my sanity!!  As would prove to be the case, my physical being was stronger than my roller coaster mind.  All the while my mind was interrogating my actions,  my car continued to stay steady on course–headed West……I guess it was an interesting way to pass the time as before I knew it, I had crossed the state line of the great state of Tennessee and into Arkansas and soon Oklahoma.  No turning back now….I had committed to my path and I started to have more visions of the Pacific Ocean than fields and farmlands of Tennessee.

So this is how my journey to today began……

Today, I am now in California, settled in a Hollywood Bungalow, living and loving the California life.  I rarely ask myself “did I do the right thing anymore” but rather “why didn’t I had taken the leap of faith earlier?!!”

But wait….it gets better.

I have landed what I feel is the best job I ever had….and trust me, my resume is overflowing with job experience.  At each previous place of employment, I gave my best and worked hard to succeed.  Leaving each had many reasons….going to school, moving with family, company expansion, company downsizing, quest for more advancement or enjoyment.  And for some reason, for many years, I would get easily bored with doing just one job and often had two or three at the same time.

But….this job?  Well, it sometimes even seems unexplainable.  My place of employment is

………….Every Monday Matters……….

It is a social responsibility company that is making a difference….one Monday at a time.  It’s not about a dramatic show of banners and protests and bandstand politics; but rather a quiet movement of individuals who care about others; and each have learned that ‘caring’ starts with one’s self.  It’s about creating a culture of goodness that then becomes a way of life that makes you want to share the feeling with others.

Sounds like something that might last for a short stint and then slowly fizzle out, right?  Not in my World!!  Once you experience the ‘heart’ of this movement, you are hooked forever.  It starts with little things like caring for yourself by exercising or eating better or even drinking more water to be healthy.  It’s about doing things that helps others, helps the environment and creates a feeling of gratefulness about each moment of your life and each of the individuals around you.

And the best part for me…..Well, you see the Every Monday Matters team isn’t about a staff who creates things that they don’t believe or care about.

We don’t compete….we support.

We don’t look at failures…but rather strengths.

We’re not too busy when a team member needs a helping hand.

We aren’t afraid to share our ideas….no matter how, at the moment, they may seem ridiculous or minute.

We are what we are creating among others…..individuals who want to make a difference–in our work, our community, among our team mates and in ourselves.  We all are part of something bigger than ourselves and We All Feel that we matter.

Our purpose is simple…..We want you to feel the same.  We want you to feel You Matter too!!

So….today is Monday.  Want to join the journey?

Today You can make a difference.

Today……Monday Gets Purpose

What have you been wanting to do for some time; but just couldn’t seem to find the time to start it?  Start small.  Make it simple.  Just Do it!!

Maybe you need to finish a project at work.  Or maybe you need to clean out a closet at home.  Or maybe, you need to tackle doing your Taxes (awww! the dreaded beast).  Perhaps, you have a school project to finish or even there is a room that needs a new coat of paint.  Make it about moving forward to a better place.

Make a list, step by step, of what it will take for you to accomplish your goal.  Then, tackle the steps one by one.  Give yourself a date to meet your end results.  Put it on your calendar with the thought it will be a time to celebrate.  Each time you mark off one of the steps, you need to give yourself a pat on the back and remind yourself that you’re doing a good job.  We all need to have goals in our life; but we also need to remember to reward ourselves when we are able to ‘jump the hurdles’ to reach those goals.

I’d love to hear what you have given yourself as a challenge.  Feel free to share your goals here.  Or maybe, you’ve run into a roadblock and would like suggestions to keep going.  This space should be considered your community that supports you and makes you feel you are not alone and there is someone else here applauding your efforts and cheering you on.  Maybe others will offer suggestions or encouragement that you need to keep moving forward.

And remember…..once you give your Monday Purpose……you have become a part of the Every Monday Matters movement.  You have just made a difference!  Now, you’re part of thousands of others who have done the same thing.

So pass this on……to one, to five, to ten other friends.

Invite them to be a part of the Culture of Goodness that we’re creating……one individual at a time.  We LOVE having you part of our team!!

Remember—–You Matter!

Happy Monday!!

 Smiles,

Nancy