I am gOOfy delirious about the release of my April Stamp Collection from Unity Stamp Company! These are my first ever journal stamps and I made ones I'd use in my journal - flowery swirls and words that aren't reminders of errands but the important tasks of life: How Did I Love Today?Whether it is yourself or the world, in the end, love is all there is.
I will be putting up examples of how I use these stamps quite soon.
In my Fairy Collection, Gracie-Glitter-Magic was made when my beloved shih-tzu passed away. His name was Finnegan Glitter Sunshine Magic and this fairy was made to protect him. I see them together running through fairy fields and chasing butterflies. She will run and play with you too, just ask her!
Rosie-Peaceful-Posie is a calming fairy and likes to watch over people. She loves flowers and being in the garden. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN to see what we do with her!
I would like to leave for San Diego on May 15th, so anything you purchase from my Etsy shop from now until then will go to my trip. It feels important to me to visit the place where I got him and gain some sort of closure. I need this road trip.
Every day I will post new art until I leave, and will document my trip while I'm on it.
My new hoodie made it’s debut in the Week 18 Paint and Chronicle: My Sacred Narrative video. You might have heard me mention before that Carol was sick and tired of seeing me in my old hoodie that I wore almost everyday and which was worn out and stained. This new hoodie was a gift from my friend, Bettina, and she got it from a free-trade shop that is owned by another friend of hers, Mandala Fashion. You can check out their awesome merchandise at www.mandala-fashion.com. My hoodie was made with non-toxic coloring and the textiles came from certified organically grown cotton!
You got to see the front of my hoodie in the video, but here’s a picture of the back:
If you think about it, the fact that we get to eat anything at all is a miracle. A seed had to be formed, and then grown, sunlight had to happen, and water. A person had to pick the vegetable and make it available for sale. You had to have money to buy it or know someone who does. You have to be healthy enough to hold a fork and raise it to your mouth, or know someone who will do it for you, and hopefully they won't think you are a pain in the ass. The fact that we get to eat and live is a damn miracle.
I don't feel the miracle though, so I'm going to need to pray. I found this Japanese prayer online and I think it is what I need to say before I eat.
"This food is a gift of the entire universe,
and the work of many people.
May I be the presence that deserves to receive this.
May I receive the energy and be protected from illness.
May I walk the path of wisdom and love.
When I eat, may I not forget the people
who are now suffering from hunger in the world.
In this food, I see the presence of the entire universe supporting me."
No matter what we eat this week, be it good for us food or bad, be thankful for it. Say the blessing and hopefully it will become a reminder that even though horrible things may go on in our lives, there are blessings to be grateful for still. We need only to push ourselves a little sometimes to see them.
Whether or not you believe Jesus was the son of God, at the very least he was an intelligent, kind, and gentle soul who taught a message of unconditional love and hope for all. He is someone I strive to be more like.
Support - v 1. To give assistance to, enable to function.
2. A thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright.
This week, and for the rest of our lives, we are going to make healthy recipes for ourselves. I chose the word support because collecting recipes is one thing - making them, and continuing to make them even on days when you want the bad stuff, requires a solid foundation. Hard to do without support.
If you don't have support from the people around you, you are not alone. You're not even in the minority. Most people do not have the right kind of support from friends and family because most people do not know how to be supportive. If people don't give healthy support to themselves, they have no idea how to give it to others.
We cannot look to others for emotional support, we must give it to ourselves. This way you are not dependent on others to carry you, in the roughest of times you will be able to carry yourself. But how do we do that? Constant affirmation. Start collecting sayings and write them in your journal all the time. Here are a few:
It's not that I can't eat that, I am making the healthier choice not to.
"Your body is a piece of the universe you've been given." Geneen Roth
"Women turn to food when they aren't hungry because they are hungry for something they can't name. A connection to what is beyond the concerns of daily life." Geneen Roth
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not in the branch but in its own wings.
This is why I started all of this, PNC My Sacred Narrative - to create the connections that will keep me on track, and share what I am doing with you so you can help you! So, one of the easiest way to do that is with the spinach smoothies. A high speed blender like my Nutribullet is perfect because it makes one perfect serving, and the blender turns into a cup to drink out of. EASY PEASY. I'd never eat that much spinach on it's own and the energy I feel from lots of greens is amazing.
This is one of my pages from last week and yes I had pancakes for dinner. I needed them. But, I did them in a way that was better than regular version which is white flour. I made Buckwheat pancakes and added Carob chips! This way I felt like I was getting a treat but carob is much better for me than chocolate. Carob has no caffeine but is a bean similar to chocolate and was CRAZY YUMMY melted in my pancake.
This is my set up for next week. I kept it pastel.
This is a page I made last week about sugar and being a crack head about it.