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Time to Take Your Life a Little Lighter

“It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips.”
– Fred Allen

We could all use a laugh every now and then but we can’t all carry our Monty Python DVD box set with us to work or have our funny bone tickled by Trevor Noah YouTube clips when the main honcho isn’t looking. This being said, you can print out some tasteful quotes and stick them to your desk when you feel you need to take a quick chuckle break.

To have a good belly wobble has been proven to reduce stress and boost your feel good frequency. Point is, you’ve got to get in a decent laugh every hour or so (with a bit of luck) and that’s no laughing matter! Laughter is serious business — you’re health is at risk if you don’t have a good guffaw on a regular basis (tell that one to the boss!).

On That Note

I’ve selected a smorgasbord of funny life quotes that ring absolutely true but are delightfully dichotomous and just plain pant-wetting. You’ll see what I mean…enjoy:

  1. sub buttonAlways remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. — Margaret Mead
  2. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. — Elbert Hubbard
  3. People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. — Isaac Asimov
  4. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. — Theodore Roosevelt
  5. I can resist everything except temptation. — Oscar Wilde
  6. I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand. — Charles M. Schulz
  7. All generalizations are false, including this one. — Mark Twain
  8. It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. — Thomas Sowell
  9. Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves? — Robin Williams
  10. Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it. — Joyce Meyer

Hope you had a good giggle 😀

  • Which one was your favorite?
  • Do you have a favorite quote to add to the list? Please share in the comment box.

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CRDCherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment — for article updates). She also has just recently launched her official art Facebook page (Cherie Roe Dirksen – for new art updates).

Cherie posts a new article on CLN every Thursday. To view her articles, click HERE.

This article (10 Hilariously True Life Quotes That’ll Make You Chuckle) was originally written for and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author Cherie Roe Dirksen and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.

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10 Spiritually Provocative Quotes From David Bowie — No.7 is Something We Should All Ponder!

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We lost a musical genius at the beginning of 2016.

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Loving the Alien

My earliest memory of the legendary David Robert Jones was when my mother bought a record of his and I saw the cover (I think it was ‘Space Oddity’). I was 9 years old and fell madly in love with this androgynous, mysterious, beautiful, outrageous looking creature.

He was the poetic and rebellious inspiration I needed in my teens and I never outgrew his innovative and ground-breaking style of music. He inspired me to write, to be a musician and to be insanely weird…and proud of it.

Under Pressure

I have been practicing madly this week for a David Bowie tribute concert that I have agreed to do (I play the bass guitar) next Saturday in Cape Town. Within a couple of weeks of the show being announced it was sold out — a real testament to the popularity of this British musical icon even in the Southern most tip of Africa!

I had the privilege of seeing him live in action at Wembley Stadium, London, when he was on his ‘Reality’ tour. He was well into his 60’s at the time but his performance was monumental — an evening I shall never forget.

Rehearsing for this gig has given me a new-found respect for Mr. Bowie as his songs are some of the most complicated and difficult I’ve ever attempted. But what speaks to the soul must be pursued.

So, having Bowie on my mind — I’d like to share some zany quotes from the Thin White Duke:

  1. “I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.”
  2. “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘F*ck that. I want to be a superhuman.”
  3. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
  4. “On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.”
  5. “Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.”
  6. “Speak in extremes, it’ll save you time. ”
  7. “I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.”
  8. “I’m a real self-educated kind of guy. I read voraciously. Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. It’s physically impossible to leave my hand! Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself–I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘F#ck, I can’t read two-thirds of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.”
  9. When asked what the quality you most like in a man? “The ability to return books.”
  10. “You can neither win nor lose if you don’t run the race.”

Okay, no. 8 and 9 aren’t exactly THAT spiritual but I liked them anyway. Anyone with a fetish for reading and books would understand the hair-pulling anxiety of lending books.

I love no. 7 because we should all strive to please ourselves and stop trying to placate those around us forsaking our own needs and creativity. That should not be taken as a selfish thing but a self love thing. When you’re happy, you’re going to exude joy and that will affect all of those in your sphere.

Thank you, David Bowie, for all the inspiration and boundary pushing!

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Money, Money, Money

Oh boy, ABBA got it right — it is a rich man’s world!  Financial flow is a sticky and uncomfortable topic.  We all want a constant stream of income to live well, whatever your version of ‘well’ is.

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” — Ayn Rand

Personally, I care not for Porches, Gucci handbags or Mansions — I want money to travel and enjoy the finer things in life (haute cuisine, theater and Belgian chocolate are more up my alley). But no matter what you want to do with your money, we all want that financial security at the end of the day because money brings choice — the spice of life!

Even better, we want to earn this money in a capacity that fulfills us. A show of hands from all the people who want to earn cold hard cash doing what they love!

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Your Free Ticket to a Healthy Wealthy Attitude

So with that in mind, I knocked up this little visual money affirmation.  I hope it helps to shift your attitude or feelings towards money. Give it a try — you’ve got nothing to lose.

“You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which ‘clicks.'” — Florence Scovel Shinn

After all, the sky is the limit!  We are the only ones who put restrictions on our earning capacity (ask Richard Branson).

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Pin it to your vision board (I have :D), save it as a desktop wallpaper or print it out and stick it to your forehead — anything to hammer this affirmation home!

Let’s do this together and see if it works!  Here it is (see below picture for download instructions):

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To download, click on the picture — right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer. You can print it out and use it about your home or office as mini posters or you can use it as your computer desktop wallpaper.

Doubting Thomas?

If you still have reservations as to the power of affirmations, I don’t blame you. I, too, struggled with just repeating phrases over and over in the hope that they would come true.

That kind of parrot fashion manifesting didn’t seem to strike a chord within me until I questioned:

  • all my inner dialogue — I got real about the thoughts I was projecting when I wasn’t in affirmation or meditation mode,
  • my feelings — were they in alignment with what I was saying or was there a tampering emotion emerging that needed to take a back seat? Aka — doing a wealth affirmation but feeling poor, and…
  • what was it I truly wanted — sometimes I would think I wanted something but probing further into my desire, there was an underlying reason for it. In other words — I wanted money only to realize I wanted to go on holiday or buy some new clothes, etc.

Vicki Howie may have some real solutions to your affirmation doubts in this article: Why Affirmations Can Be Bad For You (and What To Do Instead).

“A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.” — Jonathan Swift

“Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being, an outgoing affirmation of life.” — Alex Noble

Cherie-Roe-Dirksen_172x200Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author and multi-media artist from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can also follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment).

Cherie posts a new article on CLN every Thursday. To view her articles, click HERE          

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As we see the old year out and get ready to welcome the new year in, let’s try to make our new year’s resolutions ones that will stick.

It’s easy to make big plans for gigantic change but not so easy to stick to the program, especially as the best laid plans are usually made in the peak of our festive celebrations where the punch, and not the person, is talking.

Here are the simplified 10 steps I wrote about in my manifesto, ‘New Life Resolutions’ (which goes into more detail of how you can practically apply these steps — you can download it for FREE when you sign up HERE).

These are changes anyone can introduce into their life in a sustainable manner.  Even if you start off by doing 1 of these things a month, by the end of the year you will be a new person.

Good luck and may 2015 be a most magical year for you!NLR Quote by Cherie Roe Dirksen

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Hunting High and Low

Most of us strive to gain a better grasp and understanding of life and the meaning of it all.

We all know of or have heard about those magical ‘a-ha’ moments.  You know the ones — when some great profundity just clicks into place like a key sliding into a lock and opening a door to a dazzling new way of thinking…

These epochs can happen at different times and with different events, conversations, books, movies, articles or whatever else happens across our paths at that special moment.

I want to share a few inspirational quotes from some of our greatest spiritual teachers.  I hope they help you to live a more joyful and fulfilling life.

1.  On Taking Responsibility (or the ability to respond)

“Wherever you are, be there totally.  If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options:  remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.  If you want to take responsibility for your life you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now.  Then accept the consequences.” — Eckhart Tolle

2.  On Meditation and Mindfulness

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” — Lao Tzu

3.  On Integrity

“Be impeccable with your word.  Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” — Miguel Angel Ruiz

4.  On Forgiveness

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else, you are the one who gets burned.” — Buddha

5. On Unity Consciousness

“If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Theresa

6.  On Feeding Positive Outlooks

“Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace.” — Rhonda Byrne

7.  On Joy and Purpose

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” — Maya Angelou

I have left out about a gazillion glorious quotes here — if you have a quote that you live by or gave you your ‘a-ha’ moment, please share in the comment box below. :)

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Click on the picture to download and use as a desktop wallpaper reminder or feel free to share on your social networks! Let’s all start getting clear on the world we’re trying to create.

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Find Me Somebody to Love!

“Love is a many splendored thing, love lifts us up where we belong…all you need is love!” ~ Elephant Medley (Moulin Rouge)

hand on heartAh, who could forget those magical three lines as tuned to us by that scrummy little Scotsman, Ewan McGregor?

But what exactly is love?

We all need to love and be loved.

Our entire existence is pretty much centered on falling for it, attaining it, looking for it, trying to keep it, giving it away, getting very upset if it doesn’t come our way — so what is this powerful force about?

The Be All and End All

The dictionary defines love as the intense feeling of deep affection.  A rather dull and disappointing description for something that rules our lives but it is very apt.

Intense (‘in’ and ‘tense’ — very tense at times!) feeling of deep (perhaps even bottomless, infinity) ‘affect’ (tion) —the process of being affected.

Crapola, words really don’t even begin to get to the bottom of this profound and exquisite sensation.  As Eckhart Tolle once said, ‘words are only pointers to the truth’ (paraphrasing).

Science and Love

Science tries to explain love as a chemical reaction in the brain.  That’s all — cut and dry…next problem please!

It makes me chuckle.  Everything in this existence can be explained by science but only a tiny, infinitesimal fraction of what its true nature holds.

You can describe the fertilization of an egg as the fusing of sperm and ovum in a ‘chemical reaction’ but that hardly explains the miracle of the entire process.  Bah humbug, says I!

I can hold up my middle finger to science and say explain this!  “Yes, well, that is the muscular encoding of the brains signal to clutch ones first, second, fourth finger and thumb into a holding position to carry out a point.”

Yes, but that point is far greater than the explanation, isn’t it?  The sheer force of my will and intent in raising my middle digit is to send you all sorts of messages that couldn’t possibly be said in such a reputable blog.

The Energy Matrix

Love, although it can’t be proven in a laboratory, is the glue that binds us together.

Without it we are lost.  It’s what makes life in 3D bearable and adds to our staying power here.  It’s what keeps us tethered to beings on the other side of the veil.  It leads us back to Source (or God) in a very inexplicable way.

“I need to LOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!” ~ Madness (Muse)

Without love, what would the point be? Love is what holds our form together, the egg to our cake — the binding ingredient of existential life and beyond.

What is it exactly?  Beats me!  All I know for sure is that we can’t do without it.  Love is formless, wordless but it sure as hell ain’t meaningless.

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A Tale of Two Settee’s

Alice in Ugg BootsMy  neighbour (and close friend) and I were discussing momentous children’s books on my couch the other day and the rich and bountiful impact such incredible literature has on our lives.

“After I’ve been dead five years, no one will read anything I’ve written.” — C.S. Lewis

She is reading the Narnia series to her daughter at the moment.  I also grew up with the magic of C.S. Lewis’s profound wardrobe world.  And, let’s face it, what woman (or man, for that instance) hasn’t fallen in love with James McAvoy in his role as Mr Tumlis?  Yum yum.

Lions, Hobbits, Pooh, Hallucinagenic Mushrooms, Muggles and Metaphors

“To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious. But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going.” — J.K. Rowling on her Harry Potter Book Series

But on a serious note, there are tons of books, aimed at both children and adults, that are spiritually profound.  Have you noticed the incredible metaphors woven into these tales of good and evil, morality, justice, love, compassion and comradeship in the following books?

  • Frodo by Cherie Roe DirksenLord of the Rings Trilogy (or any other book, for that matter, by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
  • Harry Potter Series (J.K.Rowling)
  • Alice in Wonderland/Alice Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll)
  • Winnie-the-Pooh (The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne has sparked off other books such as the ‘Tao of Pooh’ and the ‘Te of Piglet’ by Benjamin Hoff to ‘Positively Pooh (Timeless Wisdom from Pooh)’ — all of which liken these characters to Taoism and the Tao Te-Ching)
  • Dr Seus and his plethora of thought-provoking, humourous teachings that inspire sound and solid moral footing

Some Interesting Facts and Religious Tones

  • J.R.R. Tolkien was born in South Africa (Bloemfontein) in 1892.  He was raised a Roman Catholic but had a spiritual vision beyond the confines of Christian religion.
  • C.S. Lewis had strange dreams of lions and pictures in his head of a faun carrying parcels before he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were friends.
  • Lewis Carroll was a deeply spiritual man.  At the time of his passing, Carroll was working on an essay applying his skills in logic to proving that a benevolent God would not allow eternal damnation to exist.
  • When he was known simply as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Pope condemned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, writing that their “subtle seductions, which act unnoticed … deeply distort Christianity in the soul before it can grow properly” (and, as most of us know, if the Pope condemns it, it must be good!).  Rowling said she’s proud to be on numerous banned-book lists. She said, “I go to church myself.  I don’t take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion.”

Falling For Potter

Dumbledore QuoteI have to admit that, although many spiritual writers and  books helped me along my path, I also drew much information and wisdom from the Harry Potter Book Series.

J.K. Rowling has an incredible knowledge of all things spiritual, legendary, astrological and magical.

Her wisdom as carried out through the characters in her books, never fails to bring me to my knees.

She is much more than an English Billionairess who writes children’s novels — no, she is a bloody genius!

Cover Up Those Covers or Go Under Cover!

When the Potter books were first released, so many adults were reading them that the publishers had to bring out an ‘adult’ cover for these more mature and somewhat embarassed readers to disguise the fact that they were immersed in children’s literature.

I couldn’t have given a rat’s arse about that as I read the ‘kiddies’ version as blatantly and publicly as I could.  I loved the fact that they were being condemned and ‘black-listed’ around the globe — this usually means that they’ll spread like wild-fire and they most certainly did.

Now children and adults all over the world have been exposed to the wonders of magic, spirit, love, compassion, astrology, herbology, courage, morality, wisdom and a plethora of other esoteric teachings — whether they know it or not!

Drawing on Endearing Dumbledore

Dumbledore Quote 2There are so many terrific words of sheer enlightenment that sprout from the Headmaster character, Dumbledore in the Potter Series.  I often find myself in times of trouble and it is not Mother Mary who comes to me it is Albus Dumbledore — speaking his words of wisdom.

“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things which are worst for them.” — Dumbledore (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

My favourite one being (when I am receiving some ‘not so nice’ mail/comments), “If you are holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.”  It always makes me laugh and then I don’t take myself or what other people think of me so seriously.

Thank you J.K. for taking that first step, even if it was writing on serviettes!  You’ve done the world a huge service.  And to all the other magnificent authors — you are legend!

Believing in a New Perspective

It doesn’t matter what book or doctrine you read that helps you to find Source (‘God’) — just as long as you get there in the end!

Finding your Truth — a belief or idea that resonates with your soul — is unique to every individual.  Be happy for others who find their divinity in their own way and know that it is appropriate even if it is not the way you have found it.

  • What books/movies/TV series have moved you spiritually?  Please share your favourites with me!

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2 Musical Quotations To Take Note Of

To download as desktop wallpaper or to print and use around the home/office as mini-posters — just click on the picture, right-click and 'save as' to your computer.  All rights reserved.

To download as desktop wallpaper or to print and use around the home/office as mini-posters — just click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer. All rights reserved.

To download as desktop wallpaper or to print and use around the home/office as mini-posters — just click on the picture, right-click and 'save as' to your computer. All rights reserved.

To download as desktop wallpaper or to print and use around the home/office as mini-posters — just click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer. All rights reserved.

Both these pictures are taken from my paintings which can be purchased as prints (see below — click on pictures to take you to the print store):

RHAPSODY IN BLUE by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Musical Mural - Cherie Roe Dirksen

I use RedBubble for all my art prints — read more about why HERE

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Be Who You Were Born To Be

I’ve compiled 2 quotations for you today (which can be downloaded as printable mini-posters for around your office, home or studio and double as desktop wallpaper too).

I want them to serve as reminders of your sheer potential when you can remember to stay grounded and true to yourself.  Here they are:

Integrity QuoteIn other words, work from a place of source — what have you got to bring to or offer the world?  Play on your strengths, differing perspectives and unique interpretations of life. You can be inspired by others but make sure you are an original and not a copy.

Wisdom vs Pride QuoteSometimes we feel the urge to defend ourselves in spite of what could be right.  We can shoot ourselves in the foot by digging our heels in where situations may not serve us just to prove that our way is the way.  We need to put pride on the back-burner in order to listen to what is innate — that voice of wisdom that can steer us onto the path that is correct for us.

Be still and see if you can hear the voice of wisdom that longs to be heard.

To download these quotes just click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer.

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The Secret to Excellent Living

2 Musical Quotations To Take Note Of

 

Your Passionate Quote of the Day

Passion Quote

To download as a desktop wallpaper just click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’.

Your Love For…

What’s your passion in life, that one (or two or three…) thing (s) you just can’t do without?

 

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The Magic Ingredient of Life

Inspiring Life Quote

To download this desktop wallpaper just click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer (same goes for the e-card below or you can just ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ into an e-mail):

Love gives Life quality ecard

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Dripping Art, Dragonflies and Mood Enhancing Facebook Timelines

What Magic Mushroom Have I Licked Today?!

Couldn’t think of what befitting title to give this Fridays artsy fartsy freebie blog — that one was quite a mouthful…now let’s see if it’s a visually compatible with your palette (whoops, it’s a pun!…art palette, mouth palette…oh OK, I’ll shut up)?

I was tinkering about earlier this week with some of my paintings, photographs and digital art and came up with these 3 rather different Facebook timelines.  Feel free to use them at will, Commander. (To download, click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer then upload them to your Facebook timeline for all to gawp upon.)

Facebook Header Art in my Veins Facebook Header Dragonfly Facebook Header Spectacular

What’s in a Picture?

I thought I would include the original pieces used to create these, just so you can see how they started off and how they eventually turned out…rather interesting, me thinks.

ART missing link abstract

The first Facebook timeline (above) was taken from a section of this painting of mine called ‘The Missing Link’.  It was an experimentation with abstract art and the inner workings of our biological system.

Little Buddy original photo

The next picture is a photo I took on one of my mountain stream walks.  This cute little blue dragonfly just came and sat on my foot for about 5 minutes…too precious.  Look at his cute little face!

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The last Facebook timeline was also taken from one of my paintings called ‘Cosmic Love’.  It is just a tiny section of the painting that has been digitally modified and colour enhanced — can you see which segment the timeline picture has been taken from?  You’ve got to look real close to see it.

As much as I love good old-fashioned traditional painting, I have a lot of fun digitally mucking about with my art and photo’s on the computer.  So much to do so little time!  Oh well, that’s all for today folks…

Have a great weekend!

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The world could always use a bit more compassion…

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The Best Christmas Present Ever!

Merry Christmas!

Let’s not lose sight of what the real message behind Christmas is. Let’s all pray for…

Possibly the best present anyone could ever wish for!

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The End of the Mayan Calendar but a New Beginning for Us!

Today is the last date on that infamous Mayan calendar.  For me, this is a symbolic ‘reboot’ day.  I feel it is the start of a new way of thinking and life as we know it, on this beautiful planet.  How?  Why?  What the hell?  Who knows!

All I can tell you is that change starts one person at a time.  With that in mind, make sure your attitude is positive and life will blossom all around you.

In keeping with the spirit of new beginnings, I conjured up this laptop/computer wallpaper for you this fabulous Friday:

Happy Friday!

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Zen Christmas Wallpaper

In keeping with the theme of having a simple Christmas this year (see ‘The Zen of Christmas’).  I created this wallpaper especially for your laptop/computer desktop to serve as a subtle reminder.  🙂

Happy Friday!

What Excuse is Keeping You From Your Creativity?

This is going to be short, sweet and to the point because I’m in a ‘no bullshit’ kind of mood today.

I’m Pointing my Finger at You!

If you are someone who knows they have an artistic streak buried inside (and believe me, this is aimed at most of the global population) and is not expressing it due to failure of inspiration/motivation/so-called ability or inability/having time/blah blah blah…This blog is for you!

Yes, you know who you are.

Extricating All Obstacles from Every Crevice

There is really only one way to put this.  Either go get a box of matches, erect a neat little pile of kindling, light it and hover your backside over the flames (aka. get a fire lit under your arse!) or you can gently remove the finger that is plugging up your nether regions (i.e. pull finger!).

No seriously, this is a no-brainer, if you want to get creative you will find a way.  If you make excuses  you are shooting yourself in the foot — you are the only loser in this game of if’s and but’s (or butt’s, as this case may be).

There is no need to ‘think’ about it, there is only a need to act.  Simple.

Well?  What are you waiting for!  Get going!!!  As Yoda said, ‘do or do not, there is no try’.

If you need a further push and reason to get creative, read this:

9 Great Reasons for Getting Creative (No Artistic Experience Needed)

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Incredible Inspiring Art by Stephen Wiltshire

How to Get Your Creative Space Working For You

I had not picked up a paint-brush in ages.  I decided a few months back to devote my time to writing and the site.  But, to be perfectly honest with you, I am missing the art side of things like crazy.

I suppose you can’t just switch something off in you that is innate and is trying to bash down the walls to come out again.

My Studio — the Graveyard

I was also feeling trapped and confined in my creative working area — my studio and office space are one room.  It had become a dumping ground with boxes bursting at the seems full of, well, for want of a better word…crap.  There were also boxes in there for donation that had been sitting there for at least 6 months.

My studio had become a morgue, a place for things to come and die.

When I made my decision to stop painting for a while, I still allowed myself personal time to paint and get creative for myself but not even this was happening.  It’s a case of ‘no-shit-Sherlock’ if you had to take a look at my studio.

I had my painting desk facing the corner of the room like I was in the ‘dunce’ timeout zone.  A really stupid place to put a table where you are going to hopefully create works of fine art.

Making the Artist Retreat Respectable

Last week I got a huge yellow and black bee up my bonnet and decided to make a concerted effort to beautify, clear up and simplify my space to best work for me.

I buzzed hither and thither on my mission of organization and beautification.  I even made it into a little spiritual retreat with fairy lights dangling from my curtain rail to candles and incense burners dotted around.

After this was done, I actually got a bit of painting in!  Can I hear a ‘whoop whoop‘?

Let the Creative Juices Flow…

I wanted today’s creativity/inspirational blog to be about why we need to create, what get’s us going?  What do other artists and masterminds have to say.  I stumbled upon this great blog called ’15 Famous Quotes on Creativity’ — well worth a read.

Here are my top 3 favourite quotes from this article.

And last but not least…my childhood guru, Dr Seuss:

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The Zen of Life

We make life complicated.  The key to true happiness lies in our ability to simplify our lives, not to busy them.

Peel away the onion layers…find the innate within.

(To download the above quote as a desktop wallpaper, click on the picture — then right-click and ‘save as’)

I’ve come up with a Christmas card design — going with this ‘zen’ theme.  🙂  Here it is:

Have a great weekend!

Check out the ‘Zen of Christmas’ HERE

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2 Commonly Accepted Lies that You May Believe

Lie no. 1.  You should fit in and be normal like everyone else.  You know the story, white picket fence and two and a half kids, 9-5 job, etc.

REALITY — Do what YOU want to do with your life, be who YOU want to be and live under a bridge if it makes you happy!

Lie no. 2.  Following your dreams will not earn you enough money to support yourself or your family.

REALITY — It takes time to build the foundations of your dream life — Rome wasn’t built in a day — but taking baby steps towards your vision will see you reaping the rewards for the rest of your life.  Just remember, when you do what you love, you will never work another day in your life (according to Confucius and I happen to agree).

This world would be a happier, brighter, more peaceful place if we all plucked up the courage to flaunt our deepest, inner-most creative expression.  LIve your Truth!

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The Simple Pleasures in Life

Flower Power

I was out walking with a friend yesterday, we noticed some beautiful gardens.

Among the gorgeous, colourful flower beds, my eye fell upon some wild red poppies.  It brought back memories of my poppy painting days.  So I took a trip down memory lane and pulled out some of these quotes to accompany my poppy art.  I hope you enjoy them.

“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.”  — George Carlin

Let’s try to remember beauty and the simple pleasures of life — don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

To download the images below, just right-click and ‘save as’:

Flower Quote Nature Quote by Cherie Roe Dirksen

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.  Because only then does one feel  that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.  As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.  And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”  — Anne Frank

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Why You Need to Claim This Present Now!

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Let Nature Guide You to Health and Happiness

Our Natural State of Bliss

When we are in nature, we are in our natural state — in our ‘element’. That is why it feels so joyful, a state of inexplicable bliss.

We are made up of the dirt of the earth and will return there some day.  The ingredients of our bodies are made up from Mother Earth, we are part of the same system. When we honor and respect Her, we honor and respect ourselves.

We are One and the Same

The food you eat to make up the content of your body, is of the earth.  The house you live in, the car you drive, the computer you sit at, the ground that supports you is made possible by the planet you inhabit.

Take some time out to engage in your senses and nature:

  • Touch — Taking a walk among trees, touching the rough bark
  • Smell — Sitting on a park bench or in your garden, can you identify all the different aromas? Can you smell the sweet scent of the flowers?
  • Feel — Strolling on the beach, letting the water wash over your bare feet
  • Taste — Biting into a freshly picked berry or sprig of parsley
  • Beauty — Appreciating the world around you — look at how magnificent the wing of a bee is!
  • Hear — Listening to the sound of birds singing in the trees
  • Vision — Marveling at the sunset or sunrise or a cloud formation

Here are some inspirational desktop wallpapers/posters for you to download (click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’):

Here are the accompanying e-cards (click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’):

   

(all for your personal use only, i.e. no re-selling please)

These are 2 of my paintings (originals are, alas, sold), they can be purchased as posters below.  I also have some other unique items that hold this design, come take a peek:

    

To visit my Spiral Design Gift Store click on the picture below:

 

Writing is Just Painting with Words…

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Heading To Your Dreams via Positively Positive

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Source:  Heading To Your Dreams « Positively Positive.

I just had to quickly share this blog I found today with my readers…a little boost to your Monday!

Heading To Your Dreams

Don’t ever forget how much courage it takes to just begin stepping out of the box!