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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Van Damme State Park California



Two Minutes In Nature,

Relax and be still in the redwood forest

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Creative Life A thru Z ~G is for Graciousness

The Creative Life A thru Z

 Week Eight 

Grateful, by Jean Hart 

G is for Gracious!!

What does being gracious mean? 

According to the Word of the Day, which defines graciousness as :
  • pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous.
  • characterized by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury:
  • gracious suburban living; a gracious home.
  • indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, especially to inferiors.
  • merciful or compassionate:
  • our gracious king
  • Obsolete. fortunate or happy.
I've been watching "The Crown"on Netflix.
 While I didn't know much about Queen Elizabeth II,
I feel like I know her much better now. I can't get enough of the HRH and family. 
I would say that after watching The Crown, Queen Elizabeth II was certainly the definition of Graciousness. 

Writing Journal Activity:
 I can not do a week of G's without gratitude, graciousness , and generosity.
I leave this up to you to write in your journals about what you are 
grateful for,  gracious, and generous  about. 

Outdoor activity:
It is summertime here where I live. On that thought I must get outside while the weather is nice, although a bit too hot. Soon Fall and Winter will be here and I will be under a blanket of snow. 

"Earthing"
It's when you walk outside barefoot and make contact with the surface of the Earth. The electrons from the earth penetrates through the soles of your feet generating balance and good health. 
I did it all the time as a young girl, but now it not only has a name, but a good reason for doing it. 
Grass Walking 
Let's get walking on the grass barefoot. The studies show that there are many good reasons for doing this for your health. 
I started to do this, and I just thought this is fun, and what a great way to begin the day.
I went outside in the early morning,  and walking barefoot across my grass  I watched the sunrise. 

I love technology, and because this is a internet blog I'm just going to refer you to a YouTube video on this subject, it will list all the benefits for walking on the grass barefoot. 

I have one more fun Outside Activity.
Giggling 
If you haven't been giggling lately you are missing out on the fun!
This activity works best with a few people in a circle, but if you're really self aware you can do this alone. 
It's called Laughing Yoga. 
You can just start with little giggles and work up to big belly laughing. 
This too has great health benefits. 

As always have fun with this. 
Be Inspire, 
~jean 

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Creative Life A thru Z ~F's Big Question

The Creative Life A thru Z

 Week Seven

F is for Fun 
Jean Hart Artwork
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The Big Question?

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Who or what inspires your creative urges?

Yesterday afternoon I heard thunder, so I knew we were not going to go kayaking. 
I put my apron on and started looking through my magazines for something to bake. 
I went to Martha Stewart's Living Magazine and found a recipe for 
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes with Chocolate Mayonnaise Frosting. 
Martha never lets me down. 
She is my inspiration. 
In my mothers day it was Julia Child's cooking, and for my daughter it is Rachael Ray.
But for me it's Martha Stewart. 

When I started this blog I was looking for ways that I could bring in creative ideas and expressions into my life. 
Just putting on the apron alone would have done it, but baking a cake from scratch!!
Well this made me feel accomplished!!
It was well worth the little mess in the kitchen, and to my surprise it really wasn't that hard. 
Tell me what inspires you? 
Be Inspired,
~jean 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Interview with an Artist


Jean Hart Artwork
Interview With an Artist
Jean Hart , Artist 


Hello, first may I thank you all for following me on my blog, 
The Creative Life A thru Z
and  asking me questions. It's been awhile since I've introduced myself to everyone. 
Since I started this new blog  "The Creative Life A thru Z" I've had lots of questions. 

1. What is this blog about? 
After taking a Healing Arts class I had a chance to really look at my life and ask myself some tough questions. This blog for me started as a way of putting together art, creative activities, and doing self awareness projects.  It is the beginning of a course, workbook, or just a fun gathering of like minded people.
I am constantly adding to it as I find more interesting projects that reflect creative living to me. 
This blog is a work in progress. 

2. When was the first time that you remember realizing that you are a creative person? 
I think I have always felt I was creative. As a young child I would spend hours alone creating art, sculpting, sewing. But, as you get older you do others things to make a living. I started this blog as a way of getting back to the creative life I had as a young child. Many of the activities are from my childhood revisited. 

3. When did you know that this was what you wanted to do with your life? How did you get started? 
Being an artist was something that came back to me after I had a back injury. It was during that time of recovery that I started to draw again. I began to show my work publicly, and then learned how to market myself. It has been such a joy to have art back in my life. In the beginning I would put my artwork in competitions and I would win ribbons and awards, this made me feel confident. Outwardly, that gave me confidence knowing that other people liked my artwork. However, inwardly I was not feeling it. 
I had to pull myself out of the public for awhile, go inside myself and really ask how I was doing. 
That's when I started to take "Healing Art" courses, and psychology classes. I was still having to deal with how the injury had changed my life.  

4. What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative? 
Actually, I find that most people are creative. The difference to me is that the highly creative people take their ideas to a completion. 

5. Do you believe that training has influenced what you create? 

Yes! Training and or education is the best way to open yourself up to creative thinking? 
When you are with a group of creative people, it is so exciting to watch how ideas grow. 
My hope is for people to take what I have to offer and then expand on it to make it personal to them. 

Thank you for the questions, yes there were many more questions asked, but for now I think this will be enough.  I will put a question into the blog now and then to keep the conversation going. 
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Be Inspired, 
~jean 

The Creative Life A thru Z, F is for Flowers

The Creative Life A thru Z

 Week Seven


F is for FUN!!
Flowers and Candy

Tissue Paper and pipe cleaners

cut tissue paper 5 inches, 5 layers

Scallop the edges

Tie with pipe cleaner , peal back each layer of the tissue paper towards the center
Glue on the candy, and arrange in box

Have fun with this craft. 
Come back often as I am constantly adding to the page and you don't want to miss anything. 
As always, Have FUN  with this. 
Like, leave a comment, share. 




Be Inspired,
~jean 

Two minutes of kayaking

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Creative Life A thru Z ~F is for Fruit

The Creative Life A thru Z

 Week Seven


F is for FUN!!

This is a fun challenge for F.
What was the last fruit you ate?
Eat a different fruit for the next seven days.

Have fun, 
go to the store and pick out 7 fruits you have never eaten before.