July 21

SHED – Part 6

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I’m working my way through the book SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern.

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SHED – (Separate the Treasures, Heave the Trash, Embrace Your Identity, Drive Yourself Forward)

When I first saw this book, I immediately thought of my “stuff,” but SHED’ing involves more than that. There are three areas where you work the SHED process…physical space, time and bad habits.

When you’re ready to examine how you use your time, you begin by identifying your roles, responsibilities, commitment and tasks. Which ones are depleting your energy rather than fueling it? After making those identifications, Julie asks you to stop and examine why you made those commitments in the first place. Her contention is that unless you understand why you assumed the roles and made the commitments, you are at risk of replacing them with others of a similar nature.

So what is your attachment to these roles and commitments? Burdensome commitments make their way onto our calendars and to-do lists in three ways:

Obsolete need – Made sense when you first took on the responsibility, but now it isn’t relevant.

Right impulse, wrong activity – It seemed like it would fulfill a meaningful need in your life, but it is draining and the wrong activity.

Insecurity – Sometimes you take on things because of your own insecurities.

SHED - Part 6

Once you’ve identified your attachment to the commitment, you can better choose how to eliminate it. Julie gives you tips on how to proceed.

Delete – Cease your commitment to the task, responsibility or role altogether.

Delegate – Assign the task or responsibility (or some part of it) to someone else.

Do it (but diminish the task) – If there is no escaping the task, responsibility or role, figure out a way to do it smarter and faster.

For myself, I don’t have a lot of roles and commitments that I need to eliminate or diminish. My biggest challenge has to do with tasks I’ve set for myself. I’m reviewing my to-do list. One task my husband and I eliminated from our to-do list is mowing the grass. Neither one of us enjoyed it or wanted to do it. After years of fussing over it, we decided to hire someone to do it. It costs us money, but we decided it was worth it because it ensures that it is done regularly and nicely, and we don’t fight over it. In this instance, we delegated the task.

As with all the books I work my way through, my blog posts only touch the surface of the material that’s presented in the book. I encourage you to checkout the book if it sounds interesting.

Oops…I promised a SHED of some “meaningful treasures.” I’ll have that for next week.

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July 20

Stone Mountain, Georgia

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Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

Stone Mountain 1

For the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing some of the stops we made during the road trip I took with my mom and one of my sisters. This was our final stop…Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Stone Mountain 2

Stone Mountain is a a quartz monzonite dome monadnock. I had to look up those terms…quartz monzonite is the predominant type of rock Stone Mountain is composed of, and a monadnock is an “isolated rock hill, knob, ridge, or small mountain that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain.” Not only is Stone Mountain known for its geology, it’s also known for the enormous bas-relief (a projecting image with a shallow overall depth) on its north face. In fact, it’s the largest bas-relief in the world. The carving depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America: President Jefferson Davis on Blackjack, General Robert E. Lee on Traveller and General Stonewall Jackson on Little Sorrel. The entire carved surface measures 3 acres.

Stone Mountain 3

During the 1800’s, Stone Mountain, Georgia supported a quarrying industry. Its granite was shipped all over the world and was used in the federal gold depository at Fort Knox, the Panama Canal, the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and in the foundation of the Lincoln Memorial. Virtually every state has a building that uses Stone Mountain granite.

Stone Mountain 4

In 1915, Gutzon Borglum, a famous sculptor, drew up the first sketches of the memorial, for Mrs. Helen Plane, a charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Borglum envisioned a carving with seven central figures accompanied by “an army of thousands.”

Stone Mountain 5

Lack of funding and World War I delayed the start of the carving until 1923.

Stone Mountain 6

In 1924, Borglum finished the head of Robert E. Lee and unveiled it on the general’s birthday in January. Later that year, the committee overseeing the construction of the Stone Mountain memorial voted to cancel Gutzon Borglum’s contract after a dispute. Borglum went on to carve the figures on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

Stone Mountain 7

In 1925, Augustus Lukeman took over the project. He suggested that Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis be enshrined on the face of the mountain.  Gutzon Borglum’s work was blasted off the face of the mountain, and in 1928, Augustus Lukeman unveiled his work. Lukeman was only able to partially complete the figures of Lee and Davis before the owners of Stone Mountain reclaimed their property, ending any attempt to complete the sculpture.

Stone Mountain 8

The State of Georgia purchased Stone Mountain and the surrounding land in 1958 to create a 3,200 acre park.

Stone Mountain 9

During the early 1960’s, attractions opened up and in 1964, carving resumed on the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial under the direction of Walter Hancock.

Stone Mountain 10

The Stone Mountain carving was completed in 1972.

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July 19

Poetry & Kindness 28.0

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Every Friday, I share a poem. Friday is also the day I post a prompt of something you can do to make the world a kinder place. I call this the Kind is Kool challenge.

I offer both the poem and the kindness challenge without any obligation, so “Comments” are turned off every Friday. Enjoy.

Poetry 28

 

The Unseen Miracle

The Angel of the night when night was gone
High upon Heaven’s ramparts, cried, “The Dawn!”

And wheeling worlds grew radiant with the one
And undiminished glory of the sun.

And Angel, Seraph, Saint and Cherubim
Raised to the morning their exultant hymn.

All Heaven thrilled anew to look upon
The great recurring miracle of dawn.

And in the little worlds beneath them–men
Rose, yawned and ate and turned to toil again.

Theodosia Garrison

 

Kind is Kool Challenge

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Week 28 Challenge – Think of something nice to do for someone and do it.

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July 18

Inspiration Results – July 18

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Every Monday, I post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

This week’s inspiration was GENTLENESS.

Gentleness Girl 1

I’m still working on her, but she’s close to done.

Gentleness Girl 2

This is my first girl with closed eyes.

Gentleness Girl 3

How to be HAPPY!

HTBHappyBadge

Every Thursday, Jay of The Depp Effect, posts something that makes her happy, and I’m playing along. She encourages us to look around and notice the things that make us happy. I enjoy this challenge because it makes me consider the things that make me happy, but are easily overlooked. It’s a wonderful exercise in attention and gratitude. Please grab the badge and join in.

Here’s something that makes me happy…SHARP SCISSORS.

Sharp Scissors

I was thinking about things that make me happy, and right away I thought of the satisfaction and ease that comes with using a pair of sharp scissors. This is my collection of “good” scissors. By “good,” I mean “hidden.” I have a special box where I keep these scissors so they’ll be used for the purpose for which they were intended, as opposed to purposes for which they weren’t intended…like cutting open plastic clamshell packaging. Not that this has ever happened in our home. I received four of the six as presents. Scissors actually make a very nice gift. The right tool makes the task a pleasure.

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July 17

Postcard Collection

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I’m spending time in July (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) writing about the road trip I took in June with my mom and one of my sisters to visit relatives in Tennessee and Georgia.

New Postcards

One thing I’ve done all my life is pick up postcards, but what to do with them?

Postcard Album

I have an old postcard album where I keep some of them.

Pages From The Postcard Album

I’m thinking about incorporating some in my Project Life photo albums and storing the odd ones in a box. What do you think? What’s the best way to enjoy and have access to a postcard collection?

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July 16

Frozen Treats

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It’s summer! and time for frozen treats.

Frozen Treat Ingredients

When we first adopted Casper, he had trouble with dairy products, so I started making him this special treat.

Casper’s Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Houndie Ice Cream

2 cups rice milk

1 can pumpkin

1/2 cup peanut butter

Stir together pumpkin and peanut butter.  Stir in rice milk (1/2 cup at a time) until smooth.  Pour into individual containers.  Freeze.

Frozen Treat Containers

Super simple and delicious.

Yummy Homemade Treat - Casper

Another way to get frozen treats…win them.

Sweet Note From Wyatt

Freedom, Casper and Nikki were super lucky and won a Frosty Paws Prize Package from Wyatt and Stanzie. If you love all things green and growing and super good looking pups, you’ll love Wyatt and Stanzie’s blog, Gardening with Wyatt.

Frosty Paws Prize Package

The Frosty Paws Prize Package included an insulated backpack, a water bottle for the pups, a pop-up bowl, an insulated food container, a plastic bone filled with waste bags and…

Special Frosty Paws Coupon

a Frosty Paws coupon!

Yummy Frosty Paws - Freedom

Frosty Paws is so yummy!

All Gone - Nikki

Thank you, Wyatt and Stanzie!

Whether homemade or purchased, frozen treats are the best!

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July 15

In My Studio – July 15

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Here’s what’s happening in my studio:

This Week’s Inspiration

In 2013, I’m doing Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration.

Last week’s inspiration was LOVE.

Love Girl 3

This week’s inspiration is…GENTLENESS.

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July 14

SHED – Part 5

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I’m working my way through the book SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern.

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“The four steps of SHED (Separate the Treasures, Heave the Trash, Embrace Your Identity, Drive Yourself Forward) provide a framework for proactively managing change, transition, and the feeling of being stuck and unsure. By releasing the defunct, extraneous, and burdensome objects and obligations that are weighing you down, you create the space to discover what’s next and gather the energy and courage to move forward.”

There are three areas where you work the SHED process…physical space, time and bad habits.

I’m starting with my physical space, keeping in mind my theme…Caring, Artistic & Free. Having a theme is particularly helpful because it gives me something to focus on and inspires me to part with things when I waver.

Last week, I outlined the process Julie gives you to SHED your physical space. This week, I started on some drawers and cabinets. I chose to start with drawers and cabinets because I can get through one quickly, and it helps me build momentum for larger projects. They’re good practice.

Here are two examples…my candle drawer and my collar drawer.

Candle Drawer Before

Candle Drawer – Before

Candle Drawer After

Candle Drawer – After

I burn candles several times a week, so this is not a stagnant drawer…just messy.

Candle Drawer Move

I pulled out items that belong somewhere else,

Candle Drawer Toss

and I pulled out items I no longer want.

Collar Drawer Before

Collar Drawer – Before

Collar Drawer After

Collar Drawer – After

Collar Drawer Move

Again, I pulled out items that belong somewhere else,

Collar Drawer Toss

and I pulled out the items I no longer want.

All of the items in these two drawer were “practical treasures.” Practical treasures are “objects that are useful to you and can contribute to your ability to fulfill your new theme.” I find dealing with “practical treasures” easier than dealing with “meaningful treasures” that are “symbolic or sentimental objects that bring you pure and unambiguous joy, energy and inspiration.”

Next week, I’ll do an area that contains “meaningful treasures” and review what Julie says about working the SHED process with your time.

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July 13

Senoia, Georgia

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Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

Senoia 1

For the next few weeks, I’m going to share some of the stops we made during the road trip I took with my mom and one of my sisters.

Senoia 2

After our lovely time in Juliette, Georgia, we headed to Senoia, Georgia.

Senoia 3

Senoia is a picturesque small town. Many movies and television series have been filmed in Senoia, including a very popular current television show…

Senoia 4

The Walking Dead. Senoia is Woodbury!

Senoia 5

Although most of the buildings on Main Street house shops, businesses and eateries, a few of the buildings are “sets.” Recognize this?

Senoia 6

Photo Source

The movies and television shows that have been filmed in Senoia are marked by metal plaques set into the sidewalk paving stones.

Senoia 7

Surprised to see Fried Green Tomatoes after my report from Juliette, Georgia? The Threadgoode family home is located in Senoia.

Senoia 8

To see a list of the movies and television shows filmed in Senoia, checkout this link.

Senoia 9

Finally, I spotted a Greyhound cult member…yet one more reason why Senoia is a wonderful place.

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July 12

Poetry & Kindness 27.0

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Every Friday, I share a poem. Friday is also the day I post a prompt of something you can do to make the world a kinder place. I call this the Kind is Kool challenge.

I offer both the poem and the kindness challenge without any obligation, so “Comments” are turned off every Friday. Enjoy.

Poetry 27

 

Better than Gold

Better than grandeur, better than gold,
Than rank and titles a thousand fold,
Is a healthy body and a mind at ease,
And simple pleasures that always please
A heart that can feel for another’s woe,
With sympathies large enough to enfold
All men as brothers, is better than gold.

Better than gold is a conscience clear,
Though toiling for bread in an humble sphere,
Doubly blessed with content and health,
Untried by the lusts and cares of wealth,
Lowly living and lofty thought
Adorn and ennoble a poor man’s cot;
For mind and morals in nature’s plan
Are the genuine tests of a gentleman.

Better than gold is the sweet repose
Of the sons of toil when the labors close;
Better than gold is the poor man’s sleep,
And the balm that drops on his slumbers deep.
Bring sleeping draughts on the downy bed,
Where luxury pillows its aching head,
The toiler simple opiate deems
A shorter route to the land of dreams.

Better than gold is a thinking mind,
That in the realm of books can find
A treasure surpassing Australian ore,
And live with the great and good of yore.
The sage’s lore and the poet’s lay,
The glories of empires passed away;
The world’s great dream will thus unfold
And yield a pleasure better than gold.

Better than gold is a peaceful home
Where all the fireside characters come,
The shrine of love, the heaven of life,
Hallowed by mother, or sister, or wife.
However humble the home may be,
Or tried with sorrow by heaven’s decree,
The blessings that never were bought or sold,
And centre there, are better than gold.

Abram Joseph Ryan

 

Kind is Kool Challenge

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Week 27 Challenge – Send a card to a nursing home addressed to “A Resident Who Needs A Card.”

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