weekly inspiration & joy: zinnias, appreciation & #atouchofkindgiveaway

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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August 27 , 2018

The zinnias are blooming in the garden and I cannot get enough of them! Their colors relay “all the feels” I want to send you as you start your week. Here’s to a good one! xo
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p.s. I want to give a big shout out to all my teacher friends (and all the kids) who start school this week. Having taught in the public schools for so many years I cannot help but think of all that goes into prepping a classroom and making it feel fresh and special for everyone. Teachers you are seen, loved and SO appreciated! 🙂

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August 29 , 2018

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe
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This is how I have been feeling lately with my own work. I have such a deep appreciation and reverence for the beauty in our natural world ~ especially for flowers. I love the endless color combinations I can create and how beautiful each and every flower is. They seriously make my heart swoon in a way that I cannot express with words. My latest painting for #L2TCollectiveis an attempt to share a little bit of my “inner world” and heart. You can follow this project @lauraTWOtina 🙂

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August 30 , 2018

Today is my birthday!!!
I have so much to appreciate and thought it was the perfect time to share my SECOND GIVEAWAY for the #touchofkind project.
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Its a wonderful project created by @FeatherandWild to promote random acts of kindness while sharing and supporting the work of artisans and independent businesses of all kinds.
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If you are an artist, you are asked to simply gift a work of art as a way of paying it forward. If you are not an artist, you can purchase or share a work of art to help promote and foster that artist’s success.
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It’s a beautiful exchange.
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You can get a sneak peek of the painting I will be giving away over on the blog (link in bio or here: https://bit.ly/2MHxHrz ) or wait until tomorrow for the “big reveal”. I am so excited to gift this painting to someone special! It could be YOU! 🙂

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August 31 , 2018

Here is the painting I am giving away for the #atouchofkind project. If you’re new to this Kindness Project then head over to @featherandwild‘s blog or my post (https://bit.ly/2MHxHrz) where you will be able to read more about it. ⠀
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HOW TO ENTER (It’s super easy!
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Simply leave a comment in this post or on my blog (link in bio) by midnight on Sept. 5, 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; it doesn’t have to be art*
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That’s it! 🙂
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If you felt inspired, tag someone you think may be interested to help draw awareness to this project and encourage more random acts of kindness in the world.⠀
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I will randomly select a winner on that day and post the results here as well as on my blog 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.⠀
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I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and being a light in the world! ⠀
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Of course this has nothing to do with Instagram, just me. But you knew that anyway right!

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September 1 , 2018

I truly believe small acts can make such a difference in the world. They are like little ripples of joy and you never know how far they will reach. ⠀
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*I invite you to take part in #touchofkindproject. It’s a beautiful project creating many “ripples” in the world. Details in yesterdays post 🙂 May something beautiful happen to you today! 🙂

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September 2 , 2018

Here is a little detail shot of the painting I am gifting for the #atouchofkindproject.
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The painting is called “Circle of Trust” and I chose it because it has a universal message to me. The leaves are flowing in a circle which is symbolic of wholeness.
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In essence, I believe we are all in this world together and are meant to help each other. It doesn’t always have to be a big thing either. It could be as simple as holding the door open for someone, calling a friend to offer encouragement, a simple smile, or taking the time to ask the girl checking out your groceries how her day is going. There are endless ways to foster kindness in the world and we each have our own unique gifts to share. ⠀
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What are ways people have shown kindness to you, or you have fostered kindness? I invite you to share your stories with me in the comments. Perhaps they will encourage others to do the same.
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I believe we are here to lift each other up! :)⠀
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*You can learn more about this project on the blog: https://bit.ly/2MHxHrz or by scrolling back a few posts.

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September 2 , 2018

I love all the shades of pink found in nature. My zinnias are putting on a delightful show of soft sorbet pinks that make me swoon. I’m fascinated with color meanings and associations and intentionally used a lot of pink in my painting for the #atouchofkind project. Here are a few things to love about the color PINK
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It represents:
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CARING
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COMPASSION
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UNDERSTANDING
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& UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
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It is also associated with giving and receiving which this project cultivates so beautifully. I am finding it very inspiring to see what people are doing to “pay it forward” in the world. I truly believe that what you put out in the world comes back to you. May something delightful happen to you today!
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P.S. If you felt inspired I would love for you to take part in the painting giveaway! Scroll back a few days for details or link to the blog: https://bit.ly/2MHxHrz

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