Getting inspired could possibly be one of the easiest and one of the hardest things to do. When inspiration hits it’s like bam! and your ready to go. When inspiration decided to go for a walk and got lost, well it could take awhile for it to find its way back to you. As an artist I thrive off of inspiration. I need it, I live for those moments when an idea strikes. It can be incredibly frustrating when I loose my inspiration. Sometimes it is for a day, sometimes a week. It always finds it way back which I am always grateful for. Anything and everything can inspire me on any given day. It could be something I hear, see, or feel. My environment, senses and mood (when it’s happy) help me get inspired. What I initially am inspired about may not be close to the result but it gets ideas flowing and creativity happening. Inspiration can come at any moment, usually when it is unexpected. You can be inspired about anything. I love being inspired to do or create something, the excitement and energy that it gives you is a wonderful feeling. Inspiration is all around, we just need to let it in.
I love naps. They are amazing. My apologies to my mother if I ever refused a nap as a child. Now as a grown up I have become very aware of how precious those naps were. I have also learnt of something that is even better than a nap. It’s crazy I know, how can anything be better than a nap. Well I will let you in on the secret….. It’s called meditation. Yep that’s it, meditation. It can take as little or as much time as you want, and it is much more beneficial to your health. Here are a few extra tips to get you started.
What does age mean? As part of a Weekly Challenge I have decided to write about what age means to me. Age is something I have been thinking of recently as I have just passed my 26th birthday. On the day of my birthday I was fine, happy, excited. A few weeks ago was a different story. I had a melt down when I realized I would be closer to thirty than I would be to twenty. What about my golden years, I felt as though I was running out of time. Many things have expiration dates, they go bad as they age. Others get better with age. Which category did I fall into? Were the best years of my life over or yet to come? I think throughout our lives we change just as much as the years do. When we our young we are learning and growing and exploring. As children and throughout our teen years we are trying to figure out what we want to do and who we are. This basically continues until we figure out who we are and what we want out of life. But is there a time limit on this? Of course not. We are all different. We grow, change, learn and discover at our own pace. I know what I want out of life. The best years of my life are not over, they are yet to come. I’m am waiting for my golden years. They are not here yet but they are coming soon. Once they do I will cherish every minute of them and once they are over, well life will continue as I reach old age. I will remember my golden years, possibly relive them in some way. Our golden years can happen at anytime during our life. Life isn’t about how old we are, I believe age is just a number. Life is about what you do during those years. Fulfilling your dreams and enjoying your golden years. Make your years count. Getting old is not a bad thing. It means you have had more experiences, more smile and tears, more laughter and heartache. Yes I am 26, but I am only 26. For a moment I thought I was old and I am old, especially to someone younger than me. But I am also still young. Age is all about perspective. It is what we believe it to be at the time and can change as we do. Our age has nothing to do with the number of years we have been alive. Our age is about our experiences, our beliefs, our outlook on life, our goals, our dreams, our memories. I have been alive for 26 years. Somedays my age is 8, some days my age is 60. Today I was both. What is your age?
The first day of spring will soon be upon us, yet it still feels mighty cold out. While I love winter and the snow it’s seems to be lasting extra long this year. It probably isn’t, that’s just me going a little stir crazy. I want to go out for a walk, sit in the backyard, eat outside. But no. It’s too cold for that to happen yet so what am I doing instead, well curling up under a blanket with a book and a freshly made cup of hot chocolate. As I have started to lead a healthier life style some things have needed some adjustments. I love hot chocolate but with the amounts of sugar in most hot chocolate packages you buy it was time for me to once again experiment in he kitchen. The result, delicious and healthy hot chocolate.
1 cup almond milk (can substitute almond milk for the milk of your choice)
1 cup water
1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (can substitute for 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste)
1-2 teaspoons of honey
Combine water, cacao powder, and cinnamon in a pot and whisk thoroughly. Place over medium heat. Add milk, nutmeg and vanilla, whisk until mixed. Add honey and stir continuously until desired temperature is reached.
Pour and enjoy!
It has been two months since I made the decision to start my own happiness project. What has it gotten me? Well a little bit of happiness. During the first two months, January and February, I worked on establishing routine in becoming healthier and more organized (a better way of saying keeping my house clean). Now I am doing things out of habit instead of saying “oh I have to do that tonight, it’s for my happiness.” I have reached my goals and am proud of it, and happier too. It has become time to start a new month with new goals. I am going to continue with my theme of becoming healthier and more organized. I want to exercise regularly because apparently that will make me happy even though most days I am of the mind that being lazy is utter bliss. I would also like to become better at managing my time, which basically means I need to stop procrastinating every chance I get. Well hopefully I end next month a little bit happier and to everyone else working on bringing their lives a little more happiness a little effort goes a long way, no task is to small of an accomplishment.
For as long as I can remember I have been playing cards. I love playing card games and I probably get that from my family. Whenever my family gets together a deck of cards is not far behind. We have played all sorts of different games. Go fish, speed, war, pass the ace, and crazy eights when I was younger. Now that I have gotten older we play games like rummy, 65, Liverpool, rummoli, smear, and golf. My family is crazy, no doubt about it, but I always look forward to getting together as I know that a deck of cards will be pulled out. We always keep score and one of the big questions asked is “are we playing for money or for fun?” Either way it is always fun, and always serious. One of the first, and probably most important according to my mother, life lessons I was taught was no cheating in cards. No matter what you don’t cheat. I could play cards all day long, especially during the summer. So if your bored and looking for something to do, grab a deck of cards and play a round.