Inspired by…a little bliss

I love Fridays and the beginning of the weekend. A time to access all that has been accomplished during the week. A time to breathe and enjoy. For us as a family, a time to reconnect after a busy week full of activity and travel.

I recently stumbled upon Liv Lanes  Little Bliss List. I also love it.

In her own words, it provides us a chance to celebrate the little things that brought us hope and happiness this week.

I am going to try to participate on a weekly basis. If you would like to play along it should be fun and I bet will add a nice,warm, little fuzzy feeling to your day.

I found many things to be grateful for this week. I try to take a moment everyday to stop and reflect. I think it makes for a happier me.

This week I found a little bliss in…our delightful little house guest, Ella.

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The house was filled with a song and a dance or two all week. I love the sound of birds…especially in the dead of winter. What surprised me most about little Ella was just how sociable and loveable she was. Trust me, she had no interest in her cage, but was happiest perched on a shoulder or head. At one point I had left her on top of her cage only to discover her climbing up my leg a few minutes later.  We had a little painting session together. Dog at my feet, bird on my shoulder…a sign of things to come?

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Cariboo also loved her. He sat at her cage all day long just watching as she sang and danced for him . She loved tossing all her bird seed at him. Try as we might, Cariboo decided he wanted no part of Ella perched on his shoulder.

Found a little bliss…in time for a little daily collage. Always happy in my studio playing with paint and paper. I am really enjoying this new project. I can get my creative yayas out in just one session. Sigh of relief….

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Found a little bliss…in my new book The Style Statement penned by Carrie McCarthey and Danielle Laporte. A compass for creating a life that reflects you in every way. This is deserving of a blog post on its own.. watch out for more to come! 
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Found a little bliss in…good, healthy, wholesome food (always…) Pop over to my girlfriends blog In Pursuit of More . She is a wonderful writer and inspires me daily with her wonderful recipes. I love her post today. She has found a little Bliss of her own and one that I could relate to wholeheartedly… exactly why she is one of my bestest!

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Please join us over at Livs blog with your own little Bliss list. By sharing it gives each of us a chance to reflect on all the different things that make people tick. I would love to hear and see what turns your wheels!

Its a bluebird day here, the sun is shining bright and the snow is spectacular.

Have a happy weekend my friends!

Inspired by…a hit of sunshine

Relaxed. Refreshed. Rejuvenated.

The Big Island of Hawaii is very much alive. Snow capped mountains, volcanic deserts, waterfalls, black sand beaches and fields of black lava. All of this  interspersed with big, bold colorful flowers and pockets of white sandy beaches and tourquoise water.

A sensory overload. A vast canvas waiting to be explored.

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Beautiful, soft shades of green, blue and gray mingle together

Whats on the other side?

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Texture. Sand, lava rock, coral, old weathered wood, bamboo

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Big, beautiful, bold organic shapes and colors

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Fresh, juicy fruit off the tree. Mangoes,Papaya,Starfruit. The unbelievable taste of butter avocado.

The never-ending song of the surf.

I wish I could bottle up all of this goodness for the long winter months ahead.

Inspired by…a different way of life

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Long tangled stalks of garlic. Green, leafy bunches of broccoli, The orange of a carrot gently nudging its way out from the earth… the taste is like no other.

fresh,flowering zucchini

I am surrounded by all natural goodness here on Gabriola Island just off the B.C. Coast.

Here, living is slow and the distractions minimal. It takes time for the body and mind to unwind and embrace the quiet. The antsy, urgent feeling of being connected slowly melts and is replaced by a much more pleasant,relaxed, softer way of being. That of being disconnected. A feeling that appeals to the senses.

Here, I dont have to look far for inspiration. I find it within the community.

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I find it within the view.

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I find it within a simpler, carefree life.

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And I find it within the food.

all fresh produce from the island

Here, I want to slow down,consume all the goodness, let my mind wander and explore all possibilities…