weekly inspiration & joy: kindness and love

I LOVE sharing  weekly inspiration over on over on Instagram – next to my blog it’s my favorite online home! You will find lots of color, gorgeous flowers, quotes, affirmations and a peek into my creative process.

Here’s a recap from the week.

For those of you who aren’t on Instagram I invite you to  come over and join me! 🙂

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May 14, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? I was very grateful to have my parents down for a visit. Even though it was Mother’s Day weekend my mom spoiled @gaffkeb & I with the most delicious homemade strawberry rhubarb pie~YUM! I have learned so much about giving, kindness and love from her and would like to share some kindness of my own with you so stay tuned for something fun I have to share later this week! 🙂

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May 15, 2018

Found this little Buddha at the Brimfield Antiques Show and just love his peaceful demeanor and cute little bald head. 😊
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I have been reading “The Art of Happiness” and gaining insights from the Dalai Lama. This mornings take away was that every minute is precious and we need to make the best use of our time.
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He said,
“I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not at least refrain from harming them. I think this is the whole basis of my philosophy.”
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I think we serve people in many different ways. Every single one of us has our own unique gifts to share. Our gifts are what lights us up inside. For me this is photographing the beauty I see in the world and sharing the paintings I create. For others it may mean volunteering, cooking a nice meal or helping out a friend in need. They all contribute to the whole of humanity, don’t you think?

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May 16, 2018

I am always inspired by people who foster love and kindness like @featherandwild who created#atouchofkindproject. This project completely aligns with my heart 💞and values.
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I will be participating by giving away 3 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS 🎨🎨🎨(one each season for the rest of the year)! I will be sharing more about this project and why it inspired me in tomorrows newsletter and blog. I can’t wait to share it with you! ☀Join the newsletter to get the details (link in bio).

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May 17, 2018

I am honored to be a part of @featherandwild‘s #atouchofkindproject! I will be giving away 3 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS! One painting at the start of each season, starting with the painting I just shared on the blog for Spring. Pop on over to see it and read more about this project and why it inspired me. Link here or in bio: https://bit.ly/2Iq9fIK

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May 18, 2018

—>GIVEAWAY CLOSED <—
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Congratulations to Cynthia Shannon!
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Hello my friends! In honor of the #atouchofkindproject created by @featherandwild I am giving away this painting as a way to “pay it forward” for all the wonderful things I am blessed with in this life. (You can read more about this project on the blog-link in bio or here–> https://bit.ly/2Iq9fIK )
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It is SUPER SIMPLE to enter!
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HOW TO ENTER:
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Leave a comment in this (or yesterday’s post), on my blog or on Facebook by midnight, May 30, 2018 expressing what you will do to “pay it forward” if you win.
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*You can pay it forward with anything you wish to share: your time, a gift card to someone in need, your art/craft, giving your husband a backrub… whatever would make you feel good to give).
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That’s it! 🙂
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I will randomly select a winner on that day and post the results here, on my blog and Facebook the following day.
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*The winner will have to message me their address.
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The small print is that I must be able to send this to a US address. Of course this has nothing to do with Instagram, but you knew that anyway right? 🙂
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I can’t wait to see what ideas people have to pay it forward. Lets “polka dot” people’s lives. It always feels so good to give, right?⠀
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Best of luck to you!
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P.S. If you felt inspired it would be awesome to spread the word about this project by tagging someone in this post. Thank you so much! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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