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Stuart Davis Meium Still Life

Have you painted, made jewelry or listened to an artist lately?  Do you feel refreshed or relaxed when time slips away and you lose awareness of time?  Take care of yourself by doing something creative.  Time slips away when you’re painting, making jewelry or listening to an artist.

You might enjoy the painting class at Spiral Dance Womyn’s Bookstore on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., http://www.thespiraldancebookstore.com/.

My good friend, Gloria Garrett, is teaching my jewelry class at Spiral Dance, Saturday, May 23rd, Noon to 1:00 p.m.  You might want to learn more about Gloria, https://catherinecarey.wordpress.com/2008/12/15/friends-remind-you-to-take-care-of-yourself/.

Sunday, May 24th Gloria is talking at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Read about Oral History Performance, http://artbma.org/.

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Conscious Choices

When was the last time you took care of yourself by spending time with people who make deliberate choices about their time and energy?

If this sounds appealing you may me interested in Evolutionary Women, http://www.evolutionarywomen.org/.

About a year and a half ago women at a retreat decided to write a book and Conscious Choices was born.  Here’s what the website says:

*Every choice you make has an impact; an impact that ripples beyond your immediate life and has an effect on the world. Conscious Choices shares the inspirational stories of 44 Evolutionary Women who realize the impact of their choices, and have leveraged
their life experience (both tragic and triumphant) to make choices that contribute to the creation of a world that works for everyone.”

Last night about 10 of the authors engaged us in a lively, fun, informative conversation at Mystical Voyage.  (www.mystickalvoyage.com)  We discussed:

  • Writing
  • Healing
  • Organizing projects
  • Gay bashing
  • Creating a new world

I missed the authors when they stopped at Spiral Dance Womyn’s Bookstore, (www.thespiraldancebookstore.com),  but I heard from friends that the conversation was fabulous.

A few weeks ago the authors started their book tour at Breathe Books.  (www.breathebooks.com/)  Many of the authors read excerpts of their work and we talked long past the scheduled end time.

I encourage you to take care of yourself , read the book and meet the authors.  Learn more at their blog, http://consciouschoices.wordpress.com/.

When was the last time you took care of yourself, getting a lift, because you made a donation to a charity?

What do you know about women philanthropists?  I hadn’t given the matter any thought until I read this Wall Street Journal blog today, http://blogs.wsj.com/wallet/2009/05/15/women-are-storming-charities/.

The Boston Globe writes about a study on women and giving, http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2009/05/fidelity_study_1.html.

Doesn’t it feel good to support an organization that you believe in?

When was the last time you decided to take care of yourself and listen to an inspirational, motivational speaker?

Me?  I have the pleasure of listening to speakers that inspire and motivate me nearly every week.  Each month I listen to one or more Arbonne vice presidents who offer practical wisdom along with inspiration and motivation.  Twice a month I hear from my fellow Toastmasters.  While covering a wide rnage of topics they inspire and motivate me to do better, feel better and be the best me.

You might think of inspirational, motivational speakers as exercise for your brain. 

Want to be my guest and hear Arbonne’s best inspirational, motivational speaker, Rita Davenport in the Baltimore – Washington area June 1st?

Learn about Toastmasters and find a group near you, http://www.toastmasters.org/.

What are your thoughts about the connection between happiness, feeling good and taking care of yourself?

I’m fairly certain we can’t schedule happiness, you know, put it on the calendar like a movie.

However, we can schedule enjoyable things that are likely to lead to happiness.

Five Enjoyable Activities

  1. Time with a friend
  2. An art show, ball game or other event
  3. A potluck dinner
  4. A walk in the park, on the beach or around the city
  5. Volunteering at school, church or in the community

What are some other ways we can ‘set ourselves up’ for happiness?

You might enjoy scientific principles for the pursuit of happiness, http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/blog/5634-principles-pursuit-happiness-21078.html.

Results from a recent harris poll about happiness, http://www.rocklintoday.com/news/templates/community_news.asp?articleid=7629&zoneid=4.

Ideas for being green and happy, http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/health/blogs/an-eco-guide-to-happiness.

I think time spent taking care of yourself sets you up for happiness and feeling good.  For me it’s tough to get past distractions like agressive driving, aggravated people and unexpected events when I’m not taking good care of myself.

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How often do you take care of your skin? 

Disclaimer: I’m blogging about Arbonne today.

Is there anything about your skin that you would change?

  • Dark spots
  • Under eye circles
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Dullness

Arbonne’s pure, safe, beneficial products address each of these concerns.  You might feel more confident because your skin feels better and you’re happier with the way you look.

FC5 is our wonderful, good-for-your-budget skin care line, http://www.arbonnefc5.com/

Stacey Molli gives a wonderful explanation of Revelage, http://tr.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Gd9G8S9r0.

You might like the anti-aging products that I fell in love with, http://www.arbonne.com/products/anti-aging/nutriminc/?.

Please contact me if you have questions or if I can help you.

How often do you take care of yourself by asking friends, family and co-workers for help?

Today is my 50th birthday and two friends persuaded me to organize a big do.  *Only if you’ll help,* I insisted.  About 10 friends are pitching in to make the party fun and memorable. 

I realize it’s hard for some people to let other people take charge.  For instance Dad asked about the live music at the birthday party.  He spoke faster and in a higher pitch each time I replied, *I don’t know, Dad.  Liz is organizing it.* 

Sara reminds us that it’s okay to ask for help, http://sarahealy.com/index.php/2009/04/30/its-okay-to-ask-for-help/.