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Happy Anniversary Lovers!

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Here we are. At a pretty big milestone.

Lots of ups and downs. Somedays were easier than others.

I admit, I was to blame for all those moments where it seemed like the relationship was losing its magic, as well as its momentum.

I’m so sorry for any promises I may have broken, or any moment when I simply didn’t show up like I should have.

But here we are! And here I am. Ten years later.

Yes, you read that right. TEN YEARS later.

Happy 10th anniversary! Sunday Is For Lovers began September 8th, 2007.

It’s kind of a long story, but it was originally an accountability blog for my creative projects.

When I was living in New York, I’d have Sunday brunch with my friends Genevieve & Charlie. We would discus personal projects, ideas and things we wanted to create, that weren’t part of our professional careers. (I was doing creative work and making art full time, but not usually my own art. You can see what I mean via this link.) During brunch I would discus my ideas and my progress, and they would hold me accountable for them. I loved this routine! But it was short lived.

Genevieve & Charlie decided they wanted to move to Los Angeles. Great news for them, but not good news for me. I was losing two best-ies, as well as my creative accountability partners. When I expressed my concern to Genevieve, she came up with a great idea. She convinced me that I should blog. That I could use it as a vehicle to help me stay on track, and a way to stay in touch with them.

It sounded like a great idea. I thought maybe I could use it keep to contact with other friends and family at the same time.

Well, the blog pretty much became an eclectic journal from day one, and then a positive news feed for a while, and then an eclectic journal again. I never used it as a creative accountability log, but it has been a fantastic way to stay in contact with both family and friends.

And to my surprise, I have made lots of new friends online as well! So many amazing things and wonderful people have blossomed out of this blog. The relationships I’ve made through Sunday Is For Lovers have lasted for years, and continue to this day.

This blog has been such a big part of my life. I know it will continue to grow roots and limbs and blossoms. Sometimes it hits a lull (because I get too busy with work and fall into blogging dry spells), but I’m certain a major upswing is on the horizon. I can feel it in my bones. So look out for that!

And… I’ll tell you a little secret. I started another blog on September 8th — this year. It’s not ready to share publicly, yet. I’ll reveal it soon. It’s going to be my weekday blog, to compliment this Sunday blog. For anyone that is interested in lots more posts, or weekday updates — this new blog will be for you.

Happy 10th anniversary! Thanks for reading this blog, and thanks for being a friend.

Thanks for being part of this crazy journey. It’s only the beginning.

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Creating Some Headspace

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Vincent Van Gogh: String of Failures

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“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

“Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.”

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”

“Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.”

All quotes by Vincent Van Gogh

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Is Your Mind Dirty?

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A dirty mind is like a dirty glass.

What if you never washed your glass before drinking your next drink?

Or your bowl/plate before your next meal?

Can you visualize how your leftover green smoothie would contaminate your tea or coffee?

Or how the juicy melon salad you had for breakfast would not mix well with the savory curry noodles you’ll be having for dinner?

If you don’t clear out and complete your previous experiences, you will not be able to fully enjoy the present.

What is presently happening is something totally new and different, but if it’s viewed or created through the filter of your past, it will look like more of the same — or worse — a muddy mess, because it’s smothered by your past.

Ask yourself if you struggle with the same things you have been working with for years.

Clean your mind. Don’t be afraid to wash the glass until it is completely clear. You’ll now be able to pour in something new and savor the experience fully.

Be the space for something amazing to happen. Accept this moment for what it is (unique and special) and completely let go of what was.

This blog post was written in 2011. I thought it would be great to share it again.

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Change Your Focus, Change Your Life

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Want your relationship to fail? Focus on what isn’t working.

Want your life to feel like drudgery? Focus on what isn’t working.

Want to feel like there’s no way to win? Focus on what isn’t working.

When Mario Andretti (super-famous race car driver) was asked, after all of his years of racing and success, what his greatest lesson and piece of advice was, his answer was very simple… “Don’t look at the wall.”

If you are blazing down a racetrack at 200 miles per hour — don’t look at the wall! Keep your eyes on the road. Don’t waver, don’t worry. Keep your focus on where you are going, and where you ultimately want to be.

Your car is like an extension of your body, and your body follows the same principles as your life — your focus leads the way.

If you focus on what isn’t working, or what you don’t want, or what you don’t have — that’s what you’ll get! And lots more just like it.

You have to put your horse blinders on and have faith. Focus on what’s working for you. Focus on what’s great. Focus on what you love. Focus on what you want. Hold your attention there, repeatedly. Trust where it’s leading you.

Where your attention goes, it grows.

Like begets like.

Someone asked me once what advice I have for people that are going through a bought of depression. I said there is only one thing that works to swiftly change a negative mind-state… Gratitude.

As quickly as you can, begin to move into a state of appreciation. Even if it feels contrived at first. You have to immediately change your focus to what is good in your life.

Maybe your girlfriend left you — but the couch you are sitting on feels so soft!

Maybe you lost your job — but your still have your legs!

Try as best as you can to embrace and love what’s working in your life.

How does the perfect temperature water feel on your skin when you take a shower?

How good is a cold refreshing drink on a hot day?

Get your mind off of what isn’t working and keep it on what does work. As best and as much as you can.

Your attention really matters.

If things are really hard for you right now, what’s soft? What’s good? What do you want more of?

Focus on the road you want to travel. Focus on where you want to be. Focus on what’s good. Focus on what you love. …You’ll get lots more of it.

I know this advice seems silly or super-simple, but people thought the same thing about Mario Andretti’s advice. What! After all those years of racing, and all of that success — all you have to offer is, “Don’t look at the wall”?

Yep. Believe it or not. Sometimes the very answers we are looking for are the ones that we completely ignore. Because they seem too simple, too good to be true.

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MOM = WOW :)

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This Sunday’s post is dedicated to Mother’s Day. If you are a mother, you know that it’s not an easy job. It’s for life and its tough. I send my heart and thanks to all mothers. Just think of the scope of mothers to be grateful for! We have the ultimate… Mother Earth, as well as mothers of all types of beings; the kind that fly, swim, walk, crawl or jump! Mothers come in all shapes, sizes and species. They also mother with different temperaments and philosophies — there is no rule book. I love the quote that says something about hindsight being 20/20. I’m a firm believer that we all have the mother that we needed to be who we are. Everything makes sense after we can fit all the puzzle pieces together and see the big picture of our lives. Somehow, in their own way, every mother did exactly what was needed for their child’s personal growth and transformation (without knowing it at the time.) I’ve written about my mom before, you can read about it in my Happy Birthday Mom! blog post. There is no doubt in my mind that I have the exact mother I needed in this lifetime. I owe so much of who I am (and the blessings I have) to my mom. The gratitude I have for her is immeasurable and beyond words. Even now, as I sit here writing and thinking… I’m speechless. I am simply filled with love and gratitude. There is no way I could ever show her how I feel, or put my feelings into words so that she can clearly understand how much I cherish her. All I can do is love her. In my own heart, in my own way… (*sigh*) simply love her. I wished it looked like more… like a boisterous parade down 5th Avenue, or the flashy fireworks on 4th of July, or like when a big prize is revealed on The Price Is Right and everyone goes nuts with excitement! I wish my love looked more flamboyant and eventful. But it doesn’t. It’s quiet and earthy, creative and silly, open and grateful — like me. :) I love my mom in my own way. As every kid does. And it may not look perfect, it may not be eventful… but it’s love. L-O-V-E, love.

I love you, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for all that you do, and thank you for always accepting me and being so supportive of me. I am so very grateful. And thank you for being YOU! :) I love you. So very much.

PLEASE NOTE: This blog post is reposted from Mother’s Day 2016. I’m sharing it once more! Today I’m with my mother. :) So I’ve taken the day off from writing. Wishing you all a fabulous holiday! 

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Pablo Picasso: The Chief Enemy of Creativity

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“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.”

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

“Youth has no age.”

“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”

All quotes by Pablo Picasso

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