i stand on the threshold of something big...i know not what it is as yet...and that is the adventure...a surprise awaits me...it is a promise to be kept in my future...
my heart is full of joy and acceptance...i know that i am growing and stretching myself beyond any self-limiting beliefs i once held as truth...i am trusting that God will hold my hand and lead the way...
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
and my little dragonfly friend helped me drink my tea this morning...
then i came home and put on my party hair and makeup...
invited a few friends and off we went to visit the other partiers...
the fanciful miss has invited us to a tea party...
i picked some pink roses...
have brewed my fave tea - Latitudes Rooibos - YUMMMMMMM
a blended african red bush superior grade blended with apricot, mango, peach, marigold flowers, and red currants.,,,excellent for iced tea as well....
my fave tea cup is filled to the brim...
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The topping, a Whipped White Chocolate & Lemon Ganache using Valrhona Ivoire 35%, is both delicious and very easy to make. It is also a real joy to handle, and the ideal texture for piping - tinted a golden yellow, it makes for a rather fetching sunflower design.
i have tossed a fanciful salad...
and gathered fruit galore...
and created a few hors d'oeuvres...
there could be pink champagne on ice...
later i will put on my favorite dancing shoes...so let's dance...
and nibble on pink champagne truffles...
next year we will escape
Friday, June 26, 2009
Rebecca designs, handpaints, sews and fashions one-of-a-kind, purses, wallets, and jewelry out of canvas dropcloths from her mural and faux finishing days. She will personalize one with a quick doodle portrait, personal symbol or your favorite words or phrases,. It's perfect for jeans or that little black dress. They always get attention!
Each is made of sturdy #12 canvas and should last for years. The purses are fully lined and finished with a magnet closure and button and bead embelishments. E-mail email@example.com to order a customized purse incorporating your favorite colors and words. Prices range from $30 - $250 each.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Every situation is perfect the way it is. Every circumstance offers you a lesson that will help you become the person you're capable of being. What will you do? It's your decision as to how you handle it, Marianne Williamson says.
When you deliberately seek positive aspects of whatever you are
giving your attention to, you, in a sense, tune your vibrational tuner to
more positive aspects of everything. And, of course, you could tune yourself
negatively as well. But as you are deliberately looking for positive
aspects in yourself or in others, you will find more of those things:
"The better it gets, the better it gets," for you get more and more of
what you are thinking about whether you want it or not. --Abraham
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
i am building my wings...my art wings that is...here are some of my fave angel painting...
you can share it by clicking the share this link right now...ShareThis
"Do what you love, and love what you do. DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO!...I want you to go to the edge of the cliff, jump off, and grow your wings on the way down. Don't worry about having the wings, they'll come." -Ray Bradbury
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
for those of us in the midst of realizing that our plans for ourselves may be different from those of our destiny….life can be confusing, exciting, terrifying, enthralling…and more than a little off balance…so I ask for the ancient path…and walk in it…
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient path, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
“There are so many opportunities available to you in your world. All you need to do is be open to see them. Complaining about life and your circumstances blinds you to what is right in front of your eyes – and that is the possibility of you being “in-charge” of your life and not your complaints running it for you” -Yvonne Rice
this is a big one for me as i am struggling between trying to control everything and letting go and letting God be in control…and i am not even sure how to do this…
i remain conflicted…i know God helps those who help themselves and i also know i need to get out of the way and let God work…but i am unsure exactly how…how to get out of His way…
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
a beloved friend said this to me today...another friend told me i could not keep open a door God has closed...that's been me for a long time now...trying to hold open a door God closed...
For those feeling alone on their journey...
"God, I don't understand why you're allowing me to feel distant from you right now, but I trust that you will always do what is best for me. So I place my prayer life in your hands, and I accept whatever it is you wish to do with it. " Mark E. Thibodeaux, God, I Have Issues
from Neale Donald Walsh's I believe God wants you to know today...
....that the sage awakes to light in the night of all creatures. That which the world calls day is the night of ignorance to the wise.
The Bhagavad Gita says that, and it is right. This scripture means that when all creatures are living in the illusion of darkness, the sage sees things as they really are, and awakes to that vision, praising the perfection. Conversely, what the world calls "day" (or "bright" or "real") is an illusion...the "night of ignorance"...to the wise person who sees how pointless and worthless the shiny stuff of life that most people seek truly is.
Peer deeply into the darkness, then, and you will see the light. Yet turn away from the brightness of what others call "day", for they mistake the bright for the good.
Monday, June 15, 2009
This project began with a call for artists and when all was said and done, over 70 responses came in to Random Arts and our"premade" envelopes went out to each one. In that envelope was a single die cut bird image and a single die cut, handmade paper red heart. Each participant had complete liberty to use these two items (or not) to create a 5" x 7" journal page that we would eventually bind into a book and auction it on eBay for a good cause. Well, the good
cause came to us through one of our teachers, Louise Mc Clure of Saluda. She suggested that we consider Arts For Life North Carolina as our "good cause".
Arts For Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives and healthcare experiences of children and adolescents battling cancer and other serious illnesses. Arts For Life helps children all day everyday in four cities across North Carolina. AFL’s staff members and volunteers teach the arts to patients for over 300 hours each week. We work with more than 2,500 patients annually. Our visual art, creative writing, and music programs decrease patient stress and anxiety, keep patients active and engaged, and help families cope with the realities of illness.
That was enough for us to proceed with the focus of our efforts for this fund raiser. For those of you who do not know, our last book with 72 contributors sold for $500, and the entire amount went to the Saluda, North Carolina Senior Center.
Now the time has come for each of us who participated in creating this book to have the opportunity to bid on this "one of a kind" artist collaborative. In this case, our "book" is now a 2 volume set due to the size of the pages and the amount of contributors. That means you are not only bidding on ONE book but TWO!!! So, it's 2 for the price of 1!!! Please bid with both your "art" heart and your "compassionate" heart for the kids.
Pages from our books have been viewed by many, on our blog starting last October, and running through the end of last year. This year we added to the excitement by creating a "traveling" exhibit by taking 3 gigantic board walls from the shop to Inspired Artist Retreat in Concord, NC. Talk about excitement! Over 300 attendees applauded our efforts and took notes, pictures and asked a multitude of questions on various techniques on each of the pages. It was fun for all of us to show off your work to all in attendance there in Concord.
Thank you all so much for bidding.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I Believe God Wants You To Know by Neale Donald Walsch
On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know....
..that the greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.
Saul Alinsky said that, and he was right. In almost every case, nothing is stopping you, nothing is holding you back but your own thoughts about yourself and about "how life is."
Your personal freedom to experience yourself and life as you wish is not being limited. Step into your choices and stop telling yourself that you can't, when what you really mean is that you don't want other people to feel the way you think that are going to feel when they see you making the choices you really want to make. Got it?
Every morning I receive a note from Neale Donald Walsch. Do you see a pattern in the messages this week? I BeLieVe God is thumping me on the head!!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
MiracleThought: What Does Weariness Mean?
"Weariness means you're hanging onto something--it's time to let go. Shed your old skin and grow a new one. There's an old world falling down all around us, making way for the new," Marianne Williamson says. Hear the podcast.
Is there a spirit of weariness upon us?
we are all weary of being who we have been longer than we should have been...it is not longer appropriate to do so...you are holding on to something it is time to let go of...it is time to be reborn into something new...
it is no longer useful to hang out in weariness...to be the person i used to be...it's over!!! let die what needs to die...let be born now what is begging to be born...
be today who you were not yesterday...that you shall be tomorrow who you were born to be!!!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
from ali magazine June/July issue page 121 by ali brown...
This purpose is your destiny. You know it because you've shared it with me. Your playing small denies God, who created you. It also denies all the other people in the world who you are meant to help in this lifetime. If you stay where you are and keep covering up your greatness, they will never be influenced by your teachings. You are not only hurting yourself, but all those people who will never be graced by your inspiration.
Monday, June 8, 2009
David NeagleI just had a great conversation with a friend who was telling me about some business associates who have had a complete turn around on their dream.
A few months ago, they were enthusiastic and on fire for their future. Unfortunately, they didn't keep their mental doors locked ... and something negative slipped in, and they dropped the pursuit of their dream.
All failure begins this way.
People may have high hopes, but when their perceived circumstances suggest a lesser outcome is more likely (perhaps via an unexpected obstacle), this perceived discrepancy becomes the initial seed of failure.
Being unaware of how this process destroys the dreams of countless people, they fall victim to its seduction.
Take a look at what happens and how this process works:
1. We all have two parts in our thinking: One is our dream or goal, and the second is the belief that it might not ever happen. This is where most people start out.
2. Next, something begins to spark or inspire a person to take action on their dream. (Yet, not having a full understanding of the Laws of Success, they are actually moving in the direction of their dream with a great deal of ignorance. Ignorance is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as a person stays open to what he/she must learn along the way. The problem is many individuals are not open to growth and change.)
3. Their subconscious manifests an obstacle to keep them from experiencing anything "new". This new challenge is perceived as a point of failure.
It is at this point in a person's journey where moving forward becomes too painful or fearful, and a person usually chooses to stay "safe". The truth, however, is that this is also the point where moving forward would allow a person to see the bigger win they are hoping for!
You see, YOUR beliefs control your perception of everything in your world, which in turn creates your reality. If you want to change your reality, you must use new information to change your beliefs AND your perception. Until you see things differently, you will continue to makes choices that keep you where you are. And eventually, you will give up on your dreams.
In other words, your experiences reflect your belief system. This means that if there is anything in your life you don't want to experience all you need to do to change "it" is to change the belief that caused "it" in the first place!
In theory, it's really simple ... but in practice, many people find it difficult because they really don't understand all beliefs are nothing but illusions anyway. But these illusions are so strong people think that they are real when actually they are not.
The power of belief is astounding. I encourage you to study its mysteries for yourself and see what changes you truly do have the power to make.
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David Neagle, Million Dollar Income Acceleration Coach, mentors entrepreneurs to quantum leap their current businesses past the 7-Figure income level in just 12 months. David invites you to download--as his GIFT to you--his legendary "Art of Success" 4-hour audio program. This audio series is a tremendously compelling and comprehensive program that demonstrates--once and for all--that Success has nothing to do with "getting" or "achieving", and everything to do with WHO we much BE to manifest our hearts' true desires.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Let us pray with those who are anxious for the light at the end of the tunnel. "Only those who walk in the dark see the stars." Mark E. Thibodeaux, God, I Have Issues
well idea generation has never been my problem...i have a BIG imagination and can brainstorm with ease...and i have a seemingly endless supply of clever ideas pouring from me...but the piece i am struggling with is the belief...and belief is what is holding me back from achievement... believing at 50% will get 50% results...DUH!!!!
Friday, June 5, 2009
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And–which is more–you'll be a Man, my son!
sometimes you just don't get it right even if you try your hardest...i am feeling this today...
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I have created a business honoring my soul, my values and my vision. I stand firmly in the knowing that life and business are never really separate…so you will see that my approach to mentoring is holistic taking care of every part of you–spiritual, physical, emotional, social, intellectual, creative and material. This is the basis for my Lifestyle Business model.
I have a lot of business knowledge to give women, especially spiritual women business owners. I have been mentoring people for the past 15 years, usually on a one-to-one basis. I have helped them build wildly successful businesses doing what they love.
I keep talking about my path and journey, so you will understand the process I went through to get where I am today. And the Evolution Revolution I experienced.
Learning to embrace fully the creative part of me has always been easy–apiece of cake. When I was struggling to make money doing what I love, I made the conscious decision to become an expert in business management and practices. The student of all things business became my analysis addiction. And that addiction propelled me into expert status. With that hard-won expertise, I have helped thousands of people learn to be skilled entrepreneurs.
But too much of anything can be just that…too much! I realized I was spending so much time exercising and developing my business muscles that other areas of my life began to atrophy. And when a good thing causes paralysis by analysis, you have to (re)Group big-time.
I began to search for balance in my life and my business and gradually my business evolved into a lifestyle business–one that supports who I am, honors my way of life, and aligns my passion with my purpose.
About a decade ago, having mastered the creative and business paths of my life’s journey, I felt the stirrings of something else. Something that had always been an important part of my life and who I am…my foundation–my spirituality.
My spirituality has always been a part of how I operated my businesses because it could never be separated from the me I am. Although I never had the courage to verbalize it, my spiritual self managed to come across in my books, articles, speeches and teaching. People were coming to me to learn art making and/or business, and leaving with life-altering breakthroughs. These are typical responses of my students:
“I came to learn how to be a faux finisher, but Rebecca changed my life. She taught me how to value myself as a woman and honor the talent I have, plus so much more.”
“I still have my rock from your speech a few years ago.” (He takes a rock from his pocket and shows me) “That day was a turning point in my life and my business. I learned that I could charge what I needed to charge and not feel guilty about it. My wife and family call you our angel.”
“I was getting a divorce and was so depressed and afraid when I met Rebecca. The three days I spent with her mentoring, teaching and befriending me changed my perception, my life and my soul. I was able to reinvent myself and create a thriving business doing what I love. Thank you Rebecca from the bottom of my heart.”So I began integrating the spiritual, the creative and the business parts of me to form a new business model. During this process I learned three life-changing things in the past few years:
- My Life Purpose is…Visionary Spiritual Leader, Mentor and Healer with a Big (global) Job to Do. This means I am here to create new groundbreaking ideas and be a spiritual leader, mentor and healer on a massive scale.
- My Life School is...Love and Service. This means I am here to develop my ability to love myself and others while staying present with my feelings no matter the circumstance; not to stuff my emotions, withdraw or go out of control. I am also here to develop my ability to be in service consciousness while I learn to serve joyfully without an agenda; to help, not control; to service others without neglecting myself.
- My Life Lesson is...Emotional Authenticity and Self-Sacrifice. This means I must open my heart, feel the feelings and embrace fully all aspects of my personality while learning to nurture without burdensome obligation, self-sacrifice, self-indulgence or selfishness.
This all brings me to my new business model and the launch of my new business venture…
- Affirm & Live the Purpose of You
- Level Up from the default circumstances of your life
- Guiltlessly earn piles of money doing what you love
- Create your personal economy
- Honor your soul, your values, and your lifestyle