Your Canvas

Did you know?
You are an artist. We are all artists.

And this life we are living in, right here right now. That’s our canvas.

What we decide to do with that canvas is our choice.
It’s our choice to wake up each morning and paint something beautiful.

To see the beauty, the good, the extraordinarily ordinary moments… and embrace them until they become a vision on our canvas.

If you mess up, even better. Because life’s not meant to be perfect. And we all have a different way we want our canvas to look. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about staying within the lines of “what looks good” or what’s “right.”

It’s about grabbing that paintbrush, closing your eyes and saying, okay God, work through me. What will you have me paint today? Then seeing what happens from there.

What happens when you let go of the control and give it up to a higher power?

A beautiful piece of art.
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Don’t Worry, “Bee” Happy!

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This year for Halloween, instead of carving the usual scary pumpkins, I decided it’d be a lot more fun to paint them! It was so much more fun… and honestly, a lot less messy! Also, instead of painting spooky themed pumpkins, I decided to paint something that wouldn’t need to be thrown out after Halloween… something that would be fun to have around in November.

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You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

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My mom always told me, you never have a second chance to make a first impression. And often times, it will be the only impression you have to make on someone.

It was great advice, because it is so true. Every day, we have the opportunity to wake up, put a smile on our face, and share that smile with the world.

You will run into someone today on the street, at a store, or while out to dinner that you will probably never see again. They will go on with their lives, and you will go on with yours and whether or not you share a smile with them will probably make no difference to them – or you. But what if that one person was having a bad day, week, or even year? Could your smile really make an impact on their life? The answer is yes. The answer will always be yes.

Don’t worry if smiling doesn’t come naturally to you. You know who you are … a generally happy person that really just likes keeping emotions to yourself. Or maybe you feel uncomfortable with smiling at a random person because you don’t want to be stuck in an awkward situation. I get it, we’ve all been there. But trust me, it’s worth it. Because that one time you look up at someone and smile, and they smile back, and you can tell you’ve touched a life for the better – bam, those awkward moments slip away from your memory, and you’ve done your good deed for the day! Just like that.

So today, I challenge you to share a smile with someone. You’ll be surprised how much it changes your day for the better.

Permission to Shine

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“Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our biggest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine…and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

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Suspended Coffee

549506_435544839873873_789600496_nI recently came across a story about a small coffee shop that gives it’s customers an option to buy suspended coffees along with their own purchase to be held for someone who comes in off the street in need of a warm drink. This Italian tradition is making it’s way to coffee shops across the country.

 

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