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Inspiration :: The TIG

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The TIG is one of those places I go to when I need to remind myself about the beauty in the world. Meghan Markle has created a breath of fresh air online that helps me stay inspired, grounded, hungry. The TIG described as “a hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty.”

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Let’s gloss over the fact that I am enamored with Meghan Markle. Let’s talk about what she brings to the (sometimes vapid) worldwide web. This is a site I can visit everyday to celebrate food and the bigger picture behind who we are, what we eat, who we admire, and what matters. Click over to The TIG. Stay awhile. Let’s share this breath of fresh air together.

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DIY :: Quick and Easy Gold Mugs

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  ::  Written by:

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I’ve seen mugs like this floating around Pinterest and since we all know about my obsession with gold paint…well, it was an obvious way to spend the afternoon getting my craft on. Yes, this one is super easy. Yes, I am jumping on the painted mug bandwagon again. But, friends, I love finding quick and easy DIY projects that are inexpensive and make great gifts. My husband is a coffee roaster so coffee is one of those gifts we give pretty frequently. Mugs are another because it is the perfect marriage. So anytime I can come up with a cute new way to decorate said mugs, I’m in. I hope you enjoy.

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I used Krylon Metallic Spray Paint. I would recommend adding a clear ceramic sealer on top and NEVER spray the paint where mouths will touch (or inside.) They will need to be handwashed delicately and forgive me for forgetting to mention that. I don’t own a dishwasher so handwashing is a given for me.

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The Lemonade Stand :: The Gospel According to Shug

Monday, September 22, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

My absolute favorite book of all time is “The Temple of My Familiar” by Alice Walker. I want to share with you an excerpt from the novel that holds a special place in my heart: The Gospel According to Shug. This is a piece of writing that soothes and comforts me and I hope it does the same for you on this Monday morning.

 

HELPED are those who receive only to give; always in their house will be the circular energy of generosity; and in their hearts a beginning of new age on Earth: when no keys will be needed to unlock the heart and no locks will be needed on the doors.

HELPED are those who love the stranger; in this they reflect the heart of the Creator and that of the Mother.

HELPED are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.

HELPED are those who love the entire cosmos rather than their own tiny country, city, or farm, for to them will be shown the unbroken web of life and the meaning of infinity.

HELPED are those who live in quietness, knowing neither brand name nor fad; they shall live every day as if in eternity, and each moment shall be full as it is long.

HELPED are those who love others unsplit off from their faults; to them will be given clarity of vision.

HELPED are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception, and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.

HELPED are those who love the Earth, their mother, and who willingly suffer that she may no die; in their grief over her pain they will weep rivers of blood, and in their joy in her lively response to love, they will converse with trees.

HELPED are those whose every act is a prayer for harmony in the Universe, for they are the restorers of balance to our planet. To them will be given the insight that every good act done anywhere in the cosmos welcomes the life of an animal or a child.

HELPED are those who risk themselves for others’ sakes; to them will be given increasing opportunities for ever greater risks. Theirs will be a vision of the world in which no one’s gift is despised or lost.

HELPED are those who strive to give up their anger; their reward will be that in any confrontation their first thoughts will never be of violence or war.

HELPED are those whose every act is a prayer for peace; on them depends the future of the world.

HELPED are those who forgive; their reward shall be forgetfulness of every evil done to them. It will be in their power, therefore, to envision the new Earth.

HELPED are those who are shown the existence of the Creator’s magic in the Universe, they shall experience delight and astonishment without ceasing.

HELPED are those who laugh with a pure heart; theirs will be the company of the jolly righteous.

HELPED are those who love all the colors of all the human beings, as they love all the colors of animals and plants; none of their children, nor any of their ancestors, nor any parts of themselves, shall be hidden from them.

HELPED are those who love the lesbian, the gay, and the straight, as they love the sun, the moon, and the stars. None of their children, nor any of their ancestors, nor any parts of themselves, shall be hidden from them.

HELPED are those who love the broken and the whole; none of their children, nor any of their ancestors, nor any of themselves shall be despised.

HELPED are those who do not join mobs; theirs shall be the understanding that to attack in anger is to murder in confusion.

HELPED are those who find the courage to do at least one small thing each day to help the existence of another – plant, animal, river, or other human being. They shall be joined by a multitude of the timid.

HELPED are those who lose their fear of death; theirs is the power to envision the future in a blade of grass.

HELPED are those who love and actively support the diversity of life; they shall be secure in their differentness.

HELPED are those who know.

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Weekly Wisdom :: Grace Murray Hopper

Sunday, September 21, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Maya Angelou

Friday, September 19, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Friday, dear Bright Siders! I found myself listening to this the other morning and it has stuck with me in a way that has helped me feel a little lighter on my feet. Hope you enjoy.

 

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Pinterest Roundup!

Thursday, September 18, 2014  ::  Written by:

Here in So Cal, we are in the midst of a serious heat wave. My remedy? Search Pinterest for DIY projects that keep me excited to stay indoors, in the air conditioning. Here’s a little roundup of some of my favorite finds:

 

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diy concrete candle holders. found here. originally from פמוטי-בטון-הדרכה.

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diy stamped clay succulent pots. found here. originally from Damash Love.

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DIY geometric clay pot. found here. originally from Delia Creates.

I’m sensing a pattern here. Sort of like when you go shopping for clothes and you realize everything in your hand looks like a variation of the same theme. Time to hit the craft store and get some clay.

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Favorites :: Brain Pickings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Do you have your favorite places on the web that you visit? Of course you do. We all do. One of mine is Brain Pickings. 

Maria Popova has created the kind of site that makes me think she is superhuman. How does she find all of these things? Exactly how prolific is she? Is there an end to the amount of amazing finds she can brings us? The answers seem to be: Magic, infinitely, no; no end.

In Popova’s own words:

Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.

 

Sign up for Brain Pickings newsletter. You can thank me later.

photo of Maria Popova by Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times.

 

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INK talks :: Jason Wishnow

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  ::  Written by:

Hello, lovelies. I love watching people give talks about something they are passionate about. This isn’t to say I love all talks people give. Big difference. However, watching these talks helps me open my eyes to a broader perspective and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Today’s talk comes from INK talks, a wonderful resource for eye-opening and enlightening perspectives. Please, enjoy.

 

 

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: Perception

Monday, September 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

Today, our Lemonade Stand is brought to you by Miss Brenda!

 

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Can you remember a time when you talked with a friend, a parent or your child about a past event and they remember it slightly differently or maybe significantly differently than you do? And in that moment you are confused because you remember it so vividly. How could they possibly not remember the same thing?

We see the world based on our perceptions – those thoughts that register internally as a result of our external environment. You see, there is unbiased Reality and then there is your unique perception of this reality based on your filtering system.

We see the world through our individual filtering system which is made up of our memories, beliefs, values, knowledge and basically all things we are familiar with. Our senses gather some 11 million bits of information per second from the environment but the human brain can only store between five and nine pieces of information in short term memory so we then delete, distort and generalize based on our filtering system. Our perceptions of right or wrong, and good & bad are also based on our memories, beliefs and values, and this includes the societal judgments, rules and values in the area and/or country we are raised.

I was vacationing in San Salvador a few years ago. San Salvador is the capital of the country of El Salvador and has a population of over 2 million people. We were in a taxi headed towards a beach community and needed to take the on-ramp onto the main freeway to get out of the city. Upon entering the on-ramp our driver suddenly pulled over to the side of the road. My friends and I were wondering what was going on and then we see this truck coming up the on-ramp going the wrong direction. Once he passed, our driver got back on the ramp and continued on to the freeway. Our driver’s perception of the situation was that it was no big deal. There was no yelling, no anger, just acceptance and courtesy. In the United States the perception would have been much different. Someone would have called the police, others would be yelling or angry, and many would have made judgments saying “that guy is crazy”, “he must be doing drugs”. In the US this situation would be an event. In San Salvador it isn’t even a second thought.

The purpose of this article is to remind you that we all see the world differently and are operating with completely unique memories, beliefs and values. If you notice that someone is acting in a way that does not make sense to you, just remember that they are using their unique filtering system and try to have empathy and compassion instead of judgment.

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Weekly Wisdom :: Mary Oliver

Sunday, September 14, 2014  ::  Written by:

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