Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Third Season of Change, Examine Unfinished Business

Third Season of Change
Wisdom for
cards by
Caroline Myss
Today's Card
"Examine Unfinished Business"
Today's Lesson:
" Identify one piece of unfinished business(this could relate to a person or a task), then do one thing to bring it to closure. If you find that you're unable to do so, you've identified a major power leak and a serious block to you healing.
Yes this will give me plenty to do today....As the season turns colder and the days have already started to show less light, I see that I haven't made much progress on many of the things I was hoping to change.
Transformation of the physical has many levels of change.
While my weight stays the same, I find that my physical strength has increased. My desire to participate in continuing 5K's has increased to the point that I almost have a 5K event every weekend.
My learning to cook has been increased by the finding and enjoying Raley's cookbook. Unfortunately, these recipes our not low calorie, low sugar and even diet appropriate. But they sure are good.
My unfinished business is still to lose my 100lbs goal. It's now 80lbs so I can not stop.
That's the main goal. But to get there I have other goals that go along with it.
Exercise. Since school has started my daughter has gone back to work leaving me to exercise alone. AWE,,,,,big challenge .
There are plenty of more unfinished business's I have going on. But for this year that was my main one.
The next big business was developing strength in my back and knees.
Both are on track.
Unfinished Business:
Mentally: I have not read a single book this whole summer!!! Why?
Physically: Been very busy with yoga, walking, swimming.
Emotional: I need to get back on track, and be the lone exerciser.
Professional: Artwork. I have only been doing small sketches this year. I bought these little books of paper, 4" x 6" of pastel, acrylic, drawing etc. and they each have 40 pages. Do the math....that's close to 200 sheets of paper I have to draw on. It's keeping me busy.
But, these are not for sale. I can make zazzle note cards from the images and that works out well. But, not for exhibits, selling, or hanging them anywhere.
For that the artwork will have to be larger and framed.
Your Goal:
to understand that all experiences either make you bitter or better.
No I'm not bitter. I just know that all these unfinished businesses are up to me to complete. Yes the season is about to change. Yes, I have to get myself motivated yet again to start in where I left off. Sometimes I just want to stay home and hang out. But too much of that makes me lazy. So it's back to the scheduled calendar. The planning, putting everything into actions and setting goals.
I feel very incomplete right now.
Finding just the right piece to complete the picture.
Be Inspired,

Monday, August 18, 2014

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A Little Bit Of Heart , online art exhibit

Jean Hart Artworks
Art for the Heart......
Online Art Exhibit
I gave myself a little challenge to paint for an exhibit called,

"A Little Bit of Heart"
Jean Hart
Fall Girl, colored pencil 4" x 6"
Welcome to my online exhibit. Please enjoy my artwork and feel free to share my blog with others.
If you live your life from your heart.
Opening yourself up to share from your soul.
Your story will find it's way to touch and inspire
people's lives.
Be Inspired,
Imagine, acrylic

A Sad Day, digital art 

Everything Matter, acrylic 8" x 10"
He Loves Me, acrylic, 16" x 24

Meeting In The Middle, acrylic, 8" x 10"

My Heart, acrylic, 16" x 24"
Key To My Heart, acrylic,
Falling In Love, acrylic, 36" x 36"

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Paul Cezanne Well ahead of his time in the arts

Paul Cezanne

Well ahead of his time in the arts.

I have been reading about Paul Cezanne life. Why does art cause so much depression???

He was one of the first in the Impressionists movement, but still had no real success until after years of painting and again once he died.
Why does art create a temperament in painters that they become emotional and filled with self doubt?
It made me sad to read that his life was filled with such despair and sadness.
He is one of my favorite painters. Here is a gallery of his paintings.

Please enjoy

 Today would be a good day to do a still life painting
                                           Pick one of Cezanne or create your own set up.
I will be going into the studio today. At this time each year I start painting madly for the County Fair. I started showing my artwork in the fair when I first started painting. As of lately though I think it has been close to two years since I have entered a painting.
Much depression over the years has slowed my interest in daily painting. I have such empathy for how painters feel when they paint.
The bottom line, as in life itself, we all want to be accepted, and appreciated for what we do.
Sometimes when I can not think of something to paint, or I'm just uninspired I will look at the "Masters" artwork and try to paint one of their works. I have several master painting of my own hanging in my house. One of my first assignments in art class was to trace Masters artwork.
What would it have been like to have taken a lesson from them?
Often when I just need to jump start myself in the studio I will begin with mandala's, circles, and abstract design until something starts to take shape.

Be Inspired,

Here are just a few of my still lifes.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weigh In Day after the vacation

Weigh In Day
August 10, 2014
Started Jan, 2014

Beginning weight 250lbs

Today's 230.8

Total weight lost 19.2

BMI 38.5

cal. intake 1388

need to lose 83lbs

estimate date May 20, 2015
A gain of 1.4 pounds.
Vacation, that's what happened. I had so much fun on my vacation. The family, the food, the wine, the cakes....yes there were cakes.
Something else happened when I got home though. I was kind of depressed, totally unmotivated, and didn't exercise at all or plan healthy meals.
I also did not get on the scale until today, a week after I got home from my vacation!
I just knew I had gained weight so I avoided the scale.
As it turns out there is a real depression that takes hold of you after a vacation.
Turning to YouTube I found this:
Post Vacation Stress
On Friday we went to Twin Falls for my chiropractor appointment and I got great news. I have improved so much that I can now come in every other week for an adjustment and P/T.
I credit losing weight to exercising, planning healthy meals and meditating.
This motivated me to get myself back on track. As you can see I have a lot more weight to lose and a long time to do it.
I got back on track first by drinking more water this week. I did not drink enough water over my vacation. It is the easiest step to take when you're trying to gather yourself back from a gain.
Second, I started adding more vegetables to my meals. Fresh raw vegetables and cooked. Limiting my fruits for now.
3. I brought out my measuring tools.
4. Started to use my Lose It app on my phone.
5. On Monday the exercise will come back.
I still have some mental work to do. I have to get better at looking at food as Risk/Reward. The risk of eating or drinking something, is it worth the depression of a gain, or the happiness of the Reward. It's a battle with each meal. I love to cook. This is one of the meals we made this week end and in the right proportion they can be eaten a stay within my calorie limit.
Bacon wrapped pork with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce 4 oz, harvest peaches 1/2 cup, homemade red mashed potatoes 2 table spoons, green beans with shallots, bacon and walnuts 1/2 cup, and a Cesar salad 1/2 cup.
I can't eat only lettuce and meat. But I can eat this. So if you plan your plans and keep with the measurements you don't have to feel deprived of tasty food.
Be Inspired,

Saturday, August 9, 2014

What My Soul Wants Me To Know ~ Energy

 What My Soul Wants Me To Know

Being the change I want see
Soul Coaching
cards by
Denise Linn
Today's Card
"Healing energy and immense vitality flow through me easily and effortlessly."
Okay, let's talk about energy. I have great news about the immense healing energy I am now receiving. I went to my Chiropactor appointment Friday and to his surprise my hips and spine were laying almost perfectly. I am so improved that he suggested that I should now come for adjustments and P/T every other week. This is down from twice a day when I first started.
I just came back from a weeks vacations where I walk several miles, hiked, went up and down stairs, did not use ice, my TEN Unit, or even took Advil.!!!!
This is never done by me. This vacation showed me in every little step that my body is getting stronger. I contribute this not only to my chiropactor but to my daily routine of meditating, walking, and yoga.
Card meaning:
Vitality, health, healing, and passion, these qualities are expanding in your life! You're a healer and a channel for the life force of the universe.
Your ability to sense energy fields is increasing dramatically.
Here's what I know about vitality, if you don't have it, you don't have passion. Without a passion the quality of life and living are gone. My life has expanded ten folds since I started exercising. I started well over a year ago with a personnel trainer at a gym. My daughter forced me to do this with her. With every step I whined, and cried, because it hurt. Looking back I can see I had the wrong attitude. She didn't care, she made me do it anyways. Did it get easier? NO, never.
 Was I glad I did it? You bet. I could see the results when we started to walk around NASCAR that year. I think my daughter is a healer and channeler of life. With her I have become more active.
Your Soul wants you to know:
When you hold back and repress what you feel, your body and spirit become drained; when you try to please everyone and deny yourself, your life force wanes. If you strive to meet everyone's expectations but forget to honor your own needs, your energy field becomes dull. Allowing your emotions and needs the freedom to be spontaneously expressed, however, causes waves of energy to expand inside of you. Running on your own resources, it's easy to become drained, however, letting the divine light of the Creator flow through you easily replenishes your Soul.
Isn't that the truth of things. Expectations not only everyone else's but my own have stopped me from doing more things then you can imagine. There is a certain comfort level about putting limits on myself. I have allowed this injury to keep me on the sidelines for many things, and not just physical activities. Yes, it is time for me to get moving, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and professionally. All of which I have let go of over the last two years.
 "Healing energy and immense vitality flow through me easily and effortlessly."
What will I do this week with this information.
Get moving for one.
I have been on vacation and instead of coming home all relaxed and ready to go to work. I got a little lazy, dull and unmotivated. I don't know why that is but I haven't jumped right back on my diet, gone into the studio to paint, or even exercised. So I really needed to hear what my Soul had to say.
This weeks list is this.
1. get myself back to yoga, or at least do a youtube tape
2. start a painting, the Elko County Fair is coming in only a few weeks!!
3. weigh myself and get back to it. Suck it up I'm sure I gained weight.
4. plan my next 5K walks
5. make my home maintenance list.....oh there are so many things after 28 years in this house that need fixing and painting.
6. find my Vitality, health, healing, and passion
My movie pick this week is
This movie had me on the edge of my sit the whole time. Talk about controlling energy!!! Oh, man, I never want to move so quickly that I supersede time....
Be Inspired,
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

13,808 Beautifly Souls

Soul Song, 36" x 36" , acrylic, Jean Hart

Beautiful Souls have come to visit my art blog.
I'm very grateful!!
Thank YOU for allowing me to share my art, my stories and my life with you.

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