What Touches and Inspires You?

 

A link to the bulletproof musician blog was posted on my Facebook Page this week.

I enjoyed reading the post about “Why It’s Better to Be Better Than Different” and thought about Dr. NOA KAGEYAMA’s comments:

 

“Take a moment to think about the things that touch and inspire you…Consider how you might then take these elements and create something memorable of your own, something uniquely you, requiring the unique blend of talents, experiences, and perspectives that of the 6.93 billion or so people in the world, only you can bring to the table in quite that way – where transcendence, beauty, and emotion is the target, rather than novelty or originality per se. Something that you are proud of, tickled pink about, can’t wait to tell the entire world about – and not because it’s “perfect” per se, but because you think it’s just so darn cool and can’t imagine a world without it.”

 

For me, the thing that touches and inspires me is COLOR! Using it in my own unique way.  Communicating through it.  Telling stories from it.  Finding beauty in the unexpected because of it.  And maybe…just maybe…changing the world (or at least a few people) by sharing it my own way.  My hope is that my journey and my voice will inspire you to share whatever touches and inspires you.  And that you, too, will find a way to put YOUR “color” into the world in YOUR own unique way.

I can’t imagine a world without THAT!

 

Matteo Negrin’s Inspiration

Take a few minutes to watch the Music Painting video from the post.  It is beautiful and inspiring!

 

 
Another example of coloring (and “playing”) out LOUD!  A great message and very creative way of communicating it.

Comment below and let me know what inspires you and how you share it in your unique way. I want to know!

 

 

Doodle Lesson – Questions

In the journey of life there are lots of questions that arise.

Big ones…

Little ones…

All important in the path we are creating.

When we find the answers to those big questions, the perfect fit that fills the space and feels just right, the questions become works of art.

Question As Art in oil pastels and colored pencil

A treasured lesson.  A reminder of our courage and perseverance.  A trophy of accomplishment.

Something worthy of hanging on our “wall”.

Doodle Lessons – When The Shoe Fits

If we are lucky in life, we find something that really fits.  Even luckier if we find multiple “somethings”  I suppose.

Maybe it’s a purpose, or a passion that we feel strongly in our soul, or a relationship that feels destined to be…or the perfect pair of shoes.

Whatever it is, when we find it I believe we should embrace it and be grateful for it…even if attaining it is a challenge.  I heard in a movie once, “I’m not going to miss out on something great just because it might be hard.”

 

Today’s Doodle “scribble” message came to me as a shoe.  It started as a line that now makes up the top of the red shoe and the curvy line that is now the “heel”.  As I was filling in the colors and bringing the shoe to life, I got these words in my head:

“When the shoe fits…”


Doodle #2 in oil pastels

 

Following the morning Doodle, I opened my email and was presented with a new opportunity to reach more people and share the power of the “Doodle”.  After a few moments of the ego voice making itself known, the Doodle Voice spoke up.

“When the shoe fits…”

I think I’ve found a shoe that fits.

Stay tuned…

 

Doodle Lessons – Meet My “Shiny” Inner Critic Buster

Today I kicked off the 2nd “Do The Doodle” 30 Day Challenge.  If you haven’t already, you can sign up here.  It’s going to be great fun and we’ve got a lot of NEW Doodlers joining us.

I have a Doodle routine.  Most days.  I Doodle first thing in the morning.  Before I get my day started.  Opening up to listen from within and coloring out loud with my inner voice’s message.  Some days the Doodle comes late and when it does there is usually a reason for it.  A message that wasn’t ready yet or a day that was sure to need a Doodle sanity break.

This morning I Doodled early.  It wasn’t the usual Doodle experience of relaxation and fun.  I was awash in left brain, “ego” land.

 

My Doodle Superhero in oil pastels.

 

“I don’t like it.”

“The head is the wrong size.  The head is the wrong color.  Why does it even HAVE a head?”

“And, that hair?”  “????????”

“You’re going to post that?  For others to see?  Really?  No, REALLY?”

That led to:

“Why are you doing this?  You can’t do this?  Who do you think you are?”

Then I realized my inner critic has been YELLING at me for days.  I’ve been in this conversation in several areas of my life.

 

WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE, MS. CRITIC. I have something to say to you…“STOP!”

“Stop berating me.  Stop intimidating me.  Just STOP!”

And further…

“I am doing this.  I can do this.  I think I’m a pretty cool and shiny chick.”

 

This morning the Doodle spoke and we KNOW the Doodle doesn’t lie!  Today’s Doodle message from my inner voice was just what I needed.  “Shine Your Light”.

 

Do your thing.

Do it with confidence.

Do it with your unique “color”.

Do it with passion and joy.

That’s what matters!

Shine Your Light….

 

For all you new Doodlers out there who may be struggling with your inner critic (in the Doodle…or in LIFE), just let it go.  Defy it and Doodle.  SHARE your Doodle anyway.  You are coloring out loud and the world wants to hear you!  No matter what!!

 

And truly, do you think any less of me because my Doodle’s head is weird?

I didn’t think so.

 

 

Dreams, Boats, and Jonathan Adler…

Maybe a strange combination….maybe not….A few of my favorite colorful inspirations for the week.

I discovered the colorfully talented Jessica Swift on Facebook this week.  I love her story and her big, colorful dreams!!  Check it out below and send her a little color love (in the form of green) if you can!  I’d like to wear these boots one day.  She’s a color diva after my own heart with secret messages hidden in the boots.  I had a similar, yet very different, idea for my pillow line.  THAT you’ll have to wait for…

I saw this awesomely whimsical, right up my alley harbor decor idea on Apartment Therapy this week.  LOVE IT!  The big question for me….does the inside show…or the BOTTOM?  I have the perfect boat in mind for my ceiling.  I can find it on Martha’s Vineyard!

 

Apartment Therapy

 

 

A favorite boat on Martha's Vineyard!

 

 

 

Jonathan Adler has a new limited edition furniture collection.  I’ll take these two for my next home office.  Punctuate with some orange accents (like an orange Moroccan pouf…also available from Jonathan Adler) and my creative life will be completely fulfilled!

 

 

 

And finally, this is definitely my favorite color of the week. This wall paint has my name written ALL over it! HEAVENLY!

 

House To Home

 

 

Interestingly enough, they would all go nicely in a house together.  THAT was a coincidence.

I hope you are having a colorful week and are finding your color inspiration in the world around you!

 

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