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Thoughts of the Day

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Why be weird alone when we can be weird together??

Though if we’re both weird, does that make us normal?

Words can heal or they can hurt, use yours wisely.

Looking for a miracle? Everyday is just that.

Storms change us, sometimes for the better and other times not, but they will change us.

The good things in life will change us too.

Alone, we’re wonderful, but together, we’re so much better.

Beauty isn’t or at least shouldn’t be defined solely on one’s looks. For me anyway, it’s not about how much make-up someone wears, the brand or style of clothing worn, the amount of bling someone wears, how their hair is done, how much they weigh, etc. Upon looking at someone that has outter beauty, I can definitely appreciate it. However, if I see that they’re cold, stuck up, cruel, etc, it’ll be hard to appreciate their outward appearance. Looks fade, but money can’t buy you a moral code or kind heart.

We are not solely one thing. We aren’t easily defined. We are not our pasts. We are not our illnesses. We are not our mistakes. We are not our jobs. We are not the various titles others give us. Yet we are all of those things combined and a lot more. We are made up of our dreams, flaws, strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, talents, emotions, thoughts, lessons learned, pasts, presents, ancestral roots, memories, and choices.

There is often not a “right” time to do things. Sometimes there is a wrong one. Many times though, we just have to decide we want something bad enough that we make a go for it.

Words like always and never should be used carefully. Also, the words love and hate carry a lot of weight and should be used only when truly meant.

Forgiveness isn’t necessarily about freeing someone else, it’s about freeing us from the anger and pain. Both can consume us, many times without realizing it. Forgiveness means letting go and moving forward. It means not bringing it up in the heat of an argument. It means not letting the pain or anger blindside us. It means truly letting go, even when we feel we’re in the right to stay angry and hurt. Free yourself….

We can have different political views, religious beliefs, come from different backgrounds, look different, act and think different, etc and still get along.

I disagree with the statement that respect should be earned and not freely given. I don’t set out to disrespect someone who has not caused me to do so. So, I feel it’s important to give respect first. If it’s not returned, I will still try to be the bigger person. I don’t always win that fight in my head, but I try.

The debates on what foods together make me laugh. You may not like pineapple on pizza or ketchup on your eggs, which is fine, but it’s also fine to like those combinations. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Why are we always finding ways to disagree and make others feel weird for being different? 😉

Art comes in many forms. An artist isn’t simply one who paints, draws, or sculpts. An artist can be a musician, singer, actor/actress, chef, fashion designer/seamstress, software engineer, web designer, interior decorater, teacher, etc. Art lives within us all, in our own ways. Live your art!

Be kind. You never know what another is going through.

Be you. Don’t settle for being like someone else. You’re not meant to be an echo. You’re meant to be you in full force.

Those are my thoughts today. I hope even one of them made you smile, think, or find inspiration. Go out and live the rest of the day to the fullest!

 

 

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1,000 SUBSCRIBERS, YOWZA!!!

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Oh Mylanta! I started my blog on WordPress in July of 2012, while I was going through a rough time. My friend, Courtney was reading my posts on Facebook about what was going on and she suggested I start a blog. She said that by sharing my story, it may inspire and help others. So, I did just that nearly seven years ago.

Sometimes, I wrote a lot, daily and even multiple times a day at times. Other times, I would not be on here for several consecutive months. I’ve written many things, from poetry to life stories and from hot topic posts to sharing my photos.

Being a part of this community has been a blessing. I’ve come across many talented writers, musicians, photographers, sketch artists, and great minds with a lot to share. I’ve been inspired, brought to tears, dreamed a little more, laughed, and felt a plethora of emotions while looking at my feed. I love WordPress! Thank you for including me as part of the blogging family!

I would like to think that my words have also touched others, that maybe the things I’ve shared have inspired you? I come here to share pieces of me, in the hopes that even one person who stops by that day will find joy, that they find a kindred spirit, or that they have found inspiration for their next blog, song, sketch, poem, or other creation. I come here to look at what you share with the same hopes for myself.

So far, it’s been a wonderful time! I enjoy contributing and also the contributions that many of you bring to this great community. From sharing our raw emotions to something funny we heard or read that day to showcasing our work, there’s so much wonderful content on WordPress. I’m thankful I get to be a part of this.

So again, thank you! Thank you to my 1,000 subscribers for being a part of my journey!!! Thank you for many great years and here’s to many more!!! I hope your day is filled with joy and love! Try to share a little kindness today!!! One person, one voice, and one act of generosity can make a difference!!!

The Art Within Us All

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His skills with paint are practically legendary

Hours spent in the studio whenever inspiration strikes

Passion flows from his fingertips into each brushstroke

What a gift his hands have, one that a heavy heart carries

 

Can you hear that almost angelic sound?

The music coming from Lady 88’s voice can silence any crowd

Words that only her mind understands flow from the keyboard

As her message reaches out its hand, our souls are found

 

Months have been spent writing, editing, and rewriting

Research and so much raw emotion bleeds through the pages

Set in fiction, but truth is hidden just beneath it all

A secret war within is one he is daily fighting

 

The $50 meal you’re eating smells of love & creativity

Take a picture and tweet about this work of delicious beauty

Did you take any notice to how much went into it?

Such hard work shouldn’t be met with passivity

 

Walking through the hand made arches & decorative halls

You gaze in wonder at the craftsmanship in every square inch

Is this it, the home you’ll choose to raise your family?

The one where your family’s story will adorn the walls

 

Art comes in many forms, even in ways others do not see

From designing cars and clothes & even writing computer programs

It’s all around us, in all we do in our everyday lives

I pay tribute to the artist within each of us, the ones we choose to be

 

Let us not ignore the beauty that surrounds us every single day

There’s so much wonder to create, share, & behold

If we but open our eyes to the world around us

May we let the art in our souls find all willing to look our way

 

Things Our Kids Should Know

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I was thinking this morning about classes I had to take in high school and how very little of it I’ve used in my adult life and I weighed it against things I didn’t learn that I do use.

I think classes such as Algebra and Trigonometry should be replaced with Taxes & Budgeting, D.I.Y. Home Repairs (minor leaks in plumbing, how to unclog your toilet, how to weather proof your windows, etc), and Basic Car Repairs (oil changes, checking and filling the fluids, brakes, change a flat tire, etc). I think we should all know how to balance our budget, do our taxes, and do basic home and car repairs.

The generations are getting lazier as they go on. We have machines, applications, and expensive services to do our work for us and so we let them. I say it’s time to reintroduce good work ethic and the desire to learn and do things for ourselves to the younger generations. Stop teaching them things that they won’t need in their adult life and highly promote things they will need to know.

Furthermore, let us as parents stop encouraging laziness and activities that keep them glued to screens. Video games, surfing the net, and the like are fun and there’s nothing wrong with participating in things like that as long as they’re age appropriate and we have them spend time doing other things as well.

What happened to spending the day outside with their friends, going to the park, swimming, arts and crafts, learning to play an instrument, enjoying music, being a part of a sport’s team, camping, reading, telling stories, etc?

I am trying to instill a passion for the arts and for staying active in my teenage son’s life. He’s so consumed by video games, YouTube videos, etc and so are many his age. I’m trying to encourage time away from all of that and broadening his interests. I don’t want my son to think the world revolves around technology, even though it seems to. There’s so much more out there to experience!

I also want him to be well taught in how to do things he’s going to need to know when he’s on his own. Sadly, he won’t learn many of those skills in school, so I’ll teach him what I can, have him learn what he can from his dad and step parents, and hope that college and/or his trade/military will help push him further forward.

We are our kids first teachers. Let us guide and teach them well! Let us prepare them, as best as we can, for their lives apart from us. And may we spend as much time as we can enjoying our time with them and creating wonderful lifelong memories.

Let us give them roots, show them where they came from, instill manners and good values, and teach them valuable lessons to take with them into adulthood. And let us help them grow up to be people that believe in themselves, people that are courageous, bold, and ready to follow their dreams. Let us teach them how to fly out into the world on their own. And never may we fear that they’ll forget us. They can fly away, yes, but they can fly home too and even if they live far away as adults, hopefully we’ve taught them too that we’re where their home is also. ♡

We Are Works of Art

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All that I am & all that you are is poetry

We are works of art for all to see

The way we move, the way our minds operate

What wonders we think of & create

 

God is the great creator, the one who designed us

How we wove us together, all the angels made such a fuss

How like He, we have been wonderfully made

In awe they stood, at the works of art He had displayed

 

He watches us as move about the great canvas called life

Celebrating with us our successes & helping us through strife

How do your words flow upon the pages of your individual story?

What you create leaves behind long lasting memories

 

I hope that upon my pages, you see beautiful works of art

Wondrous colors amidst descriptive words that capture your heart

May my life tell of heartbreak & sorrow, but also triumph & love

Let it inspire you & show you the one who loves us from up above

 

As we go through life, let us never truly cease to be

Let the lives we lead now leave behind beautiful legacies

Upon the book of your life, let your true character shine through

Be bold & brilliant and let love shine through in all you do

My tattoos and my reasons behind them

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This is a picture of my son and I, taken this past summer. The Z is not an L, I swear to it! 😉 The treble clef was done first when I was 22 years old, in the summer of 2001. I had it colored later that same summer. The ink used faded quickly, but I wasn’t able to get it touched up until March of 2008. When I had it redone, I also had my son’s name added to it. I figured I’d put two of my greatest loves together, my son and music. I have been singing since I was a small child, also used to play violin, cello, flute, and piano as a kid/teen. I never got to be great at playing any of the instruments, but that was because I was never dedicated enough to stick with them. The flute was the one I excelled most at and the one I spent the least time with. Perhaps I should play again? My son’s name is the only man’s name I will EVER get inked on my body. I could be married for 30 years and still wouldn’t do it, just doesn’t sound like a good idea. I love Doug with all of my heart, really think he’s the one I will marry. He is my boyfriend, but more importantly, my best friend. Still, I don’t desire to ink his name on my skin. He and I are in agreement, there are other ways to prove our love and devotion. I don’t know, the only way I’d consider it is if we were married those 30 or more years and he died, then maybe in memorial to him I might put something there to honor him. But, no, thus far I am just fine with having my son’s name on my arm. My son is my son now and always, no matter what happens and as he is my first priority and greatest joy, I feel no shame in having his name there. My son can drive me absolutely batty, bring me to the brink of insanity, but he is my greatest love now and always. He is so intelligent, charismatic, witty, talented, and when he chooses to show it…has a heart of gold. I am so proud of my son, it brings me to tears often. I love you, Zachariah!

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This is the first tattoo I ever got, done in November of 2000. I was turning 22 the following month. It has been my motto for a very long time: Peace, Love, & Harmony. Peace is something I strive for. I hate fighting, confrontation, and strife. I know all of that comes with life, but I do my best to avoid it. Love is and always has been a huge part of my life. My name even happens to mean loving, how odd and very cool is that? I try so hard to show those in my life how much they mean to me and to try to be helpful and caring to even those I just meet. I was like that even before I became a Christian. That resolve is stronger now. I know I am to show the love of Christ in the way I live and the way I treat others. Love and hate are both powerful, both have the power to change minds and lives. I may be one person, but I have seen what one person can do. Also, it’s not just me out there and the more of us who side with love, the better! Harmony was chosen because of my love for music. Again, it’s a huge part of my life. Writing has been a great outlet for me and a great source of comfort, but so has music. Music has helped me through so much. It’s brought about healing, perspective, joy, pleasant memories, a positive outlet for releasing anger and stress, and so on. Also, harmony can be looked at as how I want to live, in a state of harmony. That brings me back to peace. I want to live among people in harmony, not fighting. All these years later, I still feel the same way about these words. 🙂

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I got this in January of 2001, will admit that I wasn’t sober when I let my friend give this tattoo to me. *chuckles a little now at my impulsiveness.* Everyone in their immediate family has this tattoo, but the reasoning behind it for me is different. I got it to symbolize my faith so that everyone could see it. It’s crooked and not great quality, but what it stands for means a lot to me. Anyone who knows me well knows that being a Christian is a huge part of my life. I and others agree that this isn’t a sin, to put ink on our bodies as long as what we put there isn’t dishonoring him. I wanted a symbol of my faith upon my skin so that even when silent or passing by people on the street, they might see it. I am unashamed of my faith. Many in my life don’t agree and I respect others and do not bash their viewpoints, their feelings. I just of course ask for that same respect in return. Don’t believe in God or at least not the same one(s), that is your right, but please don’t put me down for how I feel and I won’t do that to you. 🙂 (Well, even if you do put me down for it, I won’t put you down, but I am hoping you’d be mature enough to give me that same respect. *smiles*)

I don’t have a picture of my fourth one. It’s on my right shoulder blade. I need to find someone to take a picture of it at some point. Anywho, it is a butterfly. The same person who first did my treble clef did the butterfly, so needless to say it needs to be redone as well. However, I still love it because of what it symbolizes. I love nature, especially butterflies. They’re first of all quite beautiful and majestic in my opinion. Also, I think of the caterpillar and how it transforms into a butterfly. That is what many of us do throughout life, start out as the caterpillar, take some time to learn and grow, and with time transform into that butterfly who flies into the sky, soaring with her dreams in full flight. I will share a picture of this tattoo eventually, hopefully it’s redone by then, but if that’s the case, it will be awhile because getting it redone is not on the top of my list of things that need to be done. Darn being an adult and all responsible like. 😉 Well, hope you enjoyed this little bit of insight! If you have ink, share with us your stories? 🙂

Thank you

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This is a picture I took at my friend’s daughter’s birthday party in September of 2012. The sun setting was just so beautiful. I thought I would share some warmth and joy with you before beginning my post.

I want to, again, say thank you for the support! Thank you for reading my stories, poems, and ramblings. Thank you for being a part of this! I have 70 followers now and I am so humbled by this. I feel weird calling you guys and dolls followers though, I am not some cult leader or something. So perhaps I will just call you my readers? Either way, thank you! When someone likes a post, it makes me smile. When someone leaves a comment, giving their feedback on what they think lets me know they really read what I had to say. When someone re-blogs what I posted, I know it made a lasting impression. 

I have said it before and I will say it again, I started this blog because a friend suggested that I share my life with others in the hopes that I might inspire and touch other’s lives. I don’t do this to boost my ego. The more people that subscribe to my blog doesn’t suddenly make me think I am just so amazing. I don’t do it for fame. I just want to make a difference. I want others to read what I have to say and to leave my page having felt something, having been inspired. I want you to laugh, smile, cry, hope, dream, and feel alongside me. 

A true artist doesn’t paint, sing, write, cook, etc simply for themselves. Yes, we enjoy what we do and it leaves us with pride and joy in our work. It brings us peace, makes us happy, allows us to express ourselves. But, we also want to share our work with others, to enjoy what we have created. A poem left unread, a painting left unseen, food left uneaten….that’s a shame. It should be enjoyed by others!

I view myself as an artist of sorts. My doodles leave something to be desired. I know I shall never have my work hung in museums. But as I said in earlier blog, art has many forms. I view my writing, singing, and photography as art. I even view my cooking as art sometimes. What I do is an extension of who I am. I share with you all so that you may get to know me. Look at the poems I write, the stories and even when it seems the main theme doesn’t fit me, if you delve deep enough, you will find a part of my soul within the words. Look at my photography, you will see what inspires me, what touches my life. Listen to me sing and you will hear my soul talking to you.

So yes, I share because I want you to know me and to make a difference and it seems that I have been able to accomplish both goals. Again, thank you for joining me in this. And of course, thank you for doing the same. I don’t do this simply to “hear myself talk” as it were. I joined this site to also join in on your journeys. I want to know you, to see what drives you, what inspires you. So, not only do I thank you for being a part of my life’s path, but thank you for allowing me to be a part of yours.

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