Happy 117th Birthday William H. Johnson


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Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 117th birthday of the artist William H. Johnson. His primitive style of painting African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance has become the visual record of the jazz and poetry that was created in…

Meet and Greet: 3/17/18


It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!  Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!  

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  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
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  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Empowered Women Empower Others


I’ve spent the last two months reflecting on my life and what I want from it. The last 1.5 years of my life were spent hustling so hard that I didn’t have time for myself. I had so much on my plate that I was at the verge of burning out, and I was slowly forgetting what I was chasing after to begin with.

Learning to balance out my life has been a struggle, but I finally feel like I’m starting to grasp it better. Working out every day for at least half an hour has kept me in check. Whether it’s after school or after work, I am now motivated to come home at a decent time to go to the gym so I can end the night feeling satisfied after a relaxing shower.

While I’ve been working on myself this past few months, I’ve been soaking up as…

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RIP, Stephen Hawking 1942 – 2018

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Like many others, I was deeply saddened by the loss of Stephen Hawking at the age of 76.

This is a man who was given two years to live in 1963, when he was first diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.   He proved his doctors wrong.

Hawking was living proof that no matter what obstacles or challenges you have, you can still reach for the stars.   He did in a big way.    Stephen Hawking’s body may have been a terrible burden to him, but he was blessed with a beautiful mind that allowed him to open doors to the universe and let the rest of us through.

I just saw this picture and had to share it because I was so moved.  I have no idea who the artist is, sorry.


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Grateful Thoughts: Christy Birmingham ~ When Women Inspire

The Purple Almond

Today’s Grateful Thoughts (aka: Thankful Thursday) is a bit unusual, in that I have TWO articles, highlighting TWO followers, instead one, as is the norm. I’m highlighting the winners of my CELEBRATING 2000 FOLLOWERS give-a-way. The first article was on the other winner, Jo Ann Maxwell, which you can find HERE.

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The second winner I’m highlighting is:

Christy Birmingham

When Women Inspire


Christy, a blogger, poet and author, is the founder of whenwomeninspire.com. Christy’s blog is dedicated to highlighting the endeavors of women from around the world, who are changing the world in positive ways.

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The idea began in 2014, when Christy became aware of amazing women “in action” around the world. She was also aware there was not one central place to find information about all of these amazing women and WHEN WOMEN INSPIRE was born.


Christy is also the author of TWO poetry books.

The first…

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February | Little Wins of 2018

Random Musings

I told you I was gonna write this one. Lol

  • Opened up to people who I think could be trusted about some things.
  • Galentine’s Day. Such a touching day. Empowering women all over the world. Need I say more?
  • Gave handwritten letters to my girl friends as inspired by one of my amazing best friends.
  • Oh! Oh! Oh! Sophia Bush liked my comment on her post. That was an ultimate fangirl moment! She’s the most amazing girl power role model I know!
  • And, well, Valentine’s. Thanks to friends who never let you feel alone on this kind of days. Not that it’s necessary to not be alone that day.
  • Feeling like I’ve matured over something I’d handled so poorly in the past. The operative word being: feeling.
  • Still bringing home-cooked lunch to the office!
  • Still using reusable bags in the market.
  • Oh! General cleaning, done! Been postponing that for quite…

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Life’s too short

Ethereal mind

Take in the smell of the wet pavement on a rainy morning and enjoy the good hair days. Stay strong and all your problems, instantly, the universe will care take.

And for a second, just for a fraction, get your head out of your phones and the long worn facade of disguise. To look at yourself and that soul in your eyes.

And life’s too short to be sitting in bed all day. Prance on those legatos and hop on those staccatos, just take yourself where your heart goes.

Life’s too short to be good at goodbyes,

So hold on to the dear ones that constantly lift you high.

Pop that bubble wrap and pop your worries too. Because no one know when it’s time to go.

Try not to deal with life lowly, savour that cup of coffee because life’s too short to not sip it slowly.

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There is this shop which I discovered in a small city in Italy, that I absolutely love. I have never bought anything from this shop as it’s always closed! But I love looking at the messy window displays and discovering something new and bizarre every time.


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This shop contains everything and anything. I always like to imagine what the owner looks like or what kind of life they lead. Why would they own a shop that doesn’t even have space to walk in but has signs saying the opening and closing times. How long has it been closed for? why is it located under a bridge? Is the owner even alive or aware they have a shop?…



Everything is vintage and second hand, all these objects are unique and have their own stories. It’s a beautiful mess of history and everyday objects which carry stories and might have been very…

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Painting “Tribal Garden”

North Liza Lane

Sketching in my notebook, I began to play with a design and listen. It felt tribal, and I thought of tattoos, but I also felt a garden, and realized this image would represent a combination of the essence, thoughtfulness, and the respect many cultures live by, deeply connected in reverence with nature, honoring the gifts of the earth, and that which created it.

Beginning Tribal Garden, Sketch

The sketch is a connection for me, and when I begin to paint, I get to listen and learn.

Tribal Design – Representing a way of choosing to live, spiritual beliefs, and could be seen as a transition in life, embracing wisdom and understanding the grace of being truly aware and alive.

Garden – The original paradise created by God as a safe enclosure. The soul, and innocence, consciousness, happiness, salvation, and purity. Gardens represent the essence of the space between people that is a…

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He seems to be my muse lately.

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Lately, I find myself staring at him 

                        Lurking my eyes with his

                  The grins from side to side

                  That smile is so captivating

                   Wow what a joy to behold this gift

                What did I do to deserve this priceless gem? 

My little baby seems to be giving me motivations to write. I must first say that the experience surrounding his birth is way different from his older brothers, that it looks like my first time. The birth of this child is my own rebirth so to speak.

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I am becoming more self-aware than I have ever been, Entering into that space where I am…

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