OF POODLES, EASTER EGGS AND THE GREAT SMELL OF BREAD

SO here at Carrot it’s all about the nurture. What do you do to stay motivated, positive (I feel I often need a disclaimer here of “as possible”), and doing the things to bring yourself forward.

I have been trying to exercise more and find I keep being thwarted by circumstances of health. Currently, I have a killer respiratory infection (“killer” is just a euphemism I promise.) Like, I’m typing this from bed. It’s not that I can’t go sit at the desk but, I have to recommend this method. It’s great to lie in your bed on your stomach and type away!

Anyhow, I find myself kvetching constantly about not exercising. When I do catch myself I try to do something else so I don’t have to listen to the internal voices of doom…. SO what have I been doing? Nothing specific this month, but there are a number of things that really help…

In some circles he is known as Doug, but here he is Skip and either way “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  He helps immensely. He is quite elderly as you can tell by the bald spot that starts at his neck and ends at his tail. But he is my favorite little old man and he wakes happy and is happy to see me after five-minute absences, and appreciates that little stuff that I would take for granted if I didn’t get to see them through his eyes once in a while.

Before I got the respiratory thing I was baking bread which for some reason I find calms me down. I’m not sure if it’s the process or the great smells, but either way it works.

6c4be29c-21cb-4fe9-9674-71c5f7a73a66I’ve been adding to an art journal … rather slowly… and working on a few other projects that I haven’t taken any photos of yet….  and well, some things just come along at certain times of the year… but I have to admit as silly as it sounds I have been known to die an egg or 12 even if it’s not Easter…

SO what keeps you going? Have you been writing? dancing? play championship ping-pong? Let us in on it!




 

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WELCOME TO THE SECOND MONTHLY HEART AND MIND MONDAY…

TODAY MARCH28TH IS

HEART AND MIND MONDAY!

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AND YOU’RE INVITED!

  • IT’S AN EXPRESSION OF ANY FORM OF CREATIVITY THAT YOU FIND HELPFUL TO YOU…
  • WHETHER IT’S WRITING,
  • YOUR KID’S ARTWORK,
  • MAYBE YOU PAINT, SEW,  OR SING,
  • PERHAPS YOU HAVE A QUIRKY LITTLE WAY OF WHISTLING WHENEVER YOU FEEL AFRAID
  • MAYBE YOU PRACTICE IMPERSONATIONS
  • ANYTHING!

LINK IT IN HERE!

IF YOU HAVE A BLOG OR WEBSITE THEN YOU CAN LINK IN TO THE HOP…

IF NOT, AND YOU WANT TO SHOW US YOUR STUFF ( CUZ WE WANT TO SEE IT!) THEN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS EMAIL ME WHATEVER YOU WANT TO POST AND I WILL BE CREATING A PAGE FOR NON-BLOGGING FOLLOWERS …

 EVERYONE CAN DO THIS!

C’MON LET’S DO THIS!

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BE PART OF SOMETHING AND SHARE A LITTLE PIECE OF YOURSELF!

THE LINK IS OPEN ALL WEEK!

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WELCOME TO HEART AND MIND MONDAY @ CARROT!

What better day than February 29th to take the Leap of Faith into a new Blog HOP!?

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*The badge for Heart and Mind Monday is a multicolored drawing of a brain made up of continuous swirling lines. It has a black frame and the quote from Aristotle spanning it …”Educating the mind, without educating the heart is no education at all.”

WELCOME TO THE FIRST EVER HEART AND MIND MONDAY

HERE AT CARROT!

What is Heart and Mind Monday you ask? Well, it is an opportunity to share whatever creative endeavor you find emotionally therapeutic. What nurtures your soul? Is it the written word, illustrations, painting, music, your kids creativity, mentoring others, or maybe you like to doodle in work meetings, or color?

We also have a Blog-less Online Gallery (the BOG) for those followers who would like to share but don’t have a way to link up… just email me your stuff and if you want include a quick blurb (not necessary though) and I will include you in the gallery!

If you have a blog or webpage and would like to link in, click on the froggie blue box below and follow the instructions!

Enjoy posting your creative endeavors…. whatever feeds your soul!
come back on the last Monday of every month and show us what you’ve been working on…
link up and hop around! You may find some like minded people and plenty of creativity and support!

And did I mention the link is open FOR A WEEK!!!!!?

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Heart and Mind Monday the Non-blogger Edition!

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a photo of  a bunch of carrots

 

 

Here on Carrot there are a good number of followers who do not blog, and have also served as inspiration for the idea that motivation could be improved with a group support approach. I want everyone to feel included so I put out the word and if you are one of the nonbloggers I was unable to reach, and would like to post something on Heart and Mind Monday, just email me what you would like posted and I will be happy to post it here in the

 BLOG-LESS ONLINE GALLERY

(aka the BOG)

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photo of an A-style round mandolin

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man with a beard holding the above mandolin

First up is Rebecca: ” I have recommitted to playing my mandolin, plunkity-plunking, every day.  It really gives me so much pleasure and it is very relaxing.  And the dog doesn’t howl, which might be a good sign I’m improving.  Not sure ’bout that!”

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german shepherd with tongue lolling out!

I know Rebecca pretty well and I’m fairly sure that isnt her in the second photo… (her beard is a different shade of brown…). And while that may be true, I am just as sure that her dog is a good judge of musical talent… I mean… lookit that face…

Next up is Barb: She is a talented painter and says,”New painting I am working on.Trying to keep the creative juices flowing.”

*side by side images of abstract paintings in orchid , golds, reds and white… also teals and blues are evident

 

Then Stephanie has some cool stuff she is working on as well… She says:
I have two pieces that I made here.
First we have the Octopus of Approval.
Secondly I have a Montana Agate pendant with a wirewoven bail and a braided leather necklace.
I’m putting them on my Facebook as well🙂 …
Looking forward to Monday!

Stephanie

*photo collage of four photos. All are pieces of jewelry. The top two are of a charm with a wired gem on one end suspended off a braided jute chord and the other end has a brass toned octopus charm. The bottom two are of a large spotted gem stone shaped like a tear drop it is suspended on a black chord with a silver clasp.

Heidi has been kind enough to send me the work of two  budding young artists Lucy and Owen aged 7 and 9… I KNOW!  cool huh???? Let me tell ya … fun kids … and know how to use their creativity to their advantage in more ways than this… Owen is the king of dance and Lucy does a mean British accent…just ask Lizzi!

A photo collage of drawings of an African American man in pencil, a bright blue , orange , pink and green drawing, several cartoon characters and a drawing of a young white man, also the name LUCY is written in capitals and bright spring green color.

and let’s not forget Gavin who  helped out with the original project page….

*There are two photos of children’s art. One is a collage made of things like sticks and burlap and a bright piece of christmas like silver garland , they all form a squirrel with the garland as the tail . There is a label entitling the art as “rotten egg.” There is also a Cat in the Hat painting in reds, oranges, greens and white and an ink drawing of the cat.

 

Remember Candy from Six Sentence Stories? Turns out she doesn’t just work the magic with words…3515e541-b910-4c50-a108-70cc94beb1f9

*The photo is of four small rabbits carved in light pine colored wood sitting on small bricks of the wood they are carved from. They appear to be carved all in one piece each. Each is holding a small post for a sign that can be added.

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Creative Endeavors

As I said in the past, my creative endeavors tend toward the visual. I do some writing, but it’s not where I’m the most comfortable or what gives me the most satisfaction.

When I need a quick regrouping, or distraction you may find yourself on the receiving end of a stupid graphic (my poor dog!)

The photos are placed in a collage . They are several pictures of my dog saying silly things, one is imitating the sphinx, another is hogging my bed, another he has eaten my newspaper and the other he has Clark Kent glasses on and complaining about cell phones and no phone booths.

Sometimes I may feel like I want to illustrate a point, but it takes a process:0d59d541-222c-4fb6-9c4f-97c2e8a22260

This is a collage of the logo of the brain for Heart and Mind Monday in four different pictures each a progression of the other. It starts out black and white and ends as the actual logo of a multicolored brain made of continuous swirling lines.It is framed in black.

Then I also just need release on a regular basis… sometimes it takes weeks and is a very gradual process. This is the one I prepared for this post:

This is a photo of a piece I made of matchboxes each covered in different types of papers and lined up side by side in a grid format of 6×8 boxes. Each has a different paper and multiple small items I have collected over the years. For example there are scrabble letters, small cross sections of branches, bottle caps, lockets, peace sign charm, foreign coins, empty miniature spools and gem stones.The first picture is the draft of the project and the second photo is the project framed in a black shadow box frame.

 

I ended up cutting it down for the end result. I often don’t finish things but that’s part of the process too, yes? That’s how it flies for me… I do art when I need a release and can’t get it through exercise for a plethura of reasons…exercise has always worked best for me. I try not to keep art only for the uptight times as I don’t want to associate it with my moodiness… but no denying it does help…

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THIS IS YOUR REMINDER!

MONDAY FEBRUARY 29TH IS THE FIRST

HEART AND MIND MONDAY!

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AND YOU’RE INVITED!

  • IT’S AN EXPRESSION OF ANY FORM OF CREATIVITY THAT YOU FIND HELPFUL TO YOU…
  • WHETHER IT’S WRITING,
  • YOUR KID’S ARTWORK,
  • MAYBE YOU PAINT, SEW,  OR SING,
  • PERHAPS YOU HAVE A QUIRKY PERSONALITY THEORY ALL YOUR OWN
  • PRACTICE IMPERSONATIONS
  • ANYTHING!

COME BACK ON MONDAY!

IF YOU HAVE A BLOG OR WEBSITE THEN YOU CAN LINK IN TO THE HOP…

IF NOT, AND YOU WANT TO SHOW US YOUR STUFF ( CUZ WE WANT TO SEE IT!) THEN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS EMAIL ME WHATEVER YOU WANT TO POST AND I WILL BE CREATING A PAGE FOR NON-BLOGGING FOLLOWERS …

 EVERYONE CAN DO THIS!

C’MON DO THIS!

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BE PART OF SOMETHING AND SHARE A LITTLE PIECE OF YOURSELF!

SEE YOU MONDAY!

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FINALLY!

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So, I have been sitting… and thinking… and sitting some more… and well….mostly sitting to be honest… NOT TRUE! I have been thinking and feeling like I abandoned Carrot and this amazing idea of Motivational Blogging as a way to not only stay accountable but, have some fun doing it.

I am still setting  up the accountability model, however in the interest of not losing too many readers (cuz let’s be honest…just started when I took a sabbatical, so how many did I have?), I wanted to start something else that may be some fun.

When I groaned and moaned about the sabbatical to think things through, I stated I was turning to art in the hopes of finding a deliverer. I heard from quite a few people, on the side and in comments, about how art often soothes the ailing beast in them as well.

I know that it gives me time to separate and regroup in a new way. I see things differently in- and after art.  So I thought why not start there?

Some of you are familiar with blog hops… some aren’t, but you can learn and join in.

I wanted to introduce the concept that art can be anything to each individual.

You may find your art in writing: bacon-heart

Deadly Nitrates

Ask any vegetarian
what they miss the most
They will tell you, “bacon.”

Ask any cancer patient
what frustrates them the most
They will tell you, “the exhaustion.”

Ask me how I want to die
I will tell you,
                                                                                      “From the sheer exhaustion
                                                                                                 of eating too much bacon.”   Z~

It may be more modern in its stylings: 28dd7f9c-aa74-4f9d-a455-90b063ba90c2 or more like a piece 88e21887-1480-4f35-9c8f-50bcc8da9702from your kid’s art class… (Thank you Gavin!). Maybe the visual arts aren’t your bag at all! 710346c4-34ee-4c10-856e-bb37e25f9a5bMaybe you’re a master of the impression… (thanks Skips!)

or photography…IMG_4172Thanks Richard!)

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or really cool ones like these (thanks Sarah)

…or really cool ones like these (thanks Sarah!)

Perhaps you make jewelry or design clothing, maybe your creativity takes you into different mediums like glass (thanks Tara!) or you cook and make weird little baked goods … Whatever artistic endeavor floats your boat.12063845_10205658376880310_4439739867922415839_n

Either way come join in and post to the link on the first Heart and Mind Monday here at Carrot….

I don’t think it will be a weekly thing but maybe twice a month or once a month… What do you think? Would  you come and display a little piece of yourself in a post? No worries if you’re not familiar with how a hop works… I will provide a tutorial as need be…

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How about we make the first one Monday the 29th of February… That gives you a little time to be creative…

What do you think? Let me know will ya?

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