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Fables and Flora and TEDx

Passion for the things we love can take us many places. My love of flowers led me to photography which has taken me on journey of wonder and discovery and recently led me to the stage at TEDx Emerald Glen Park.

Butterflies in the Poppies:

Butterflies in Poppies Watercolor

My passions for storytelling, community and all things floral collided in a blissful moment that urged me to encourage others to follow the paths where they seek to make a difference.

If you’re waiting for a sign to take a leap out of your comfort zone then please take a moment to view my TEDx Talk – Community, Connection and the Art of Storytelling.

It’s not for everyone but it might just be for you.

PS: Flowers at the TEDx Event:

TEDx flowers pincushion

Amazing that it included a pincushion bloom from the Western Cape in South Africa! Stocks symbolize a happy life and contented existence. Orange roses represent enthusiasm, passion and gratitude. The Feverfew daisy-like flowers are a medicinal plant for treating headaches so this is a perfect TEDx bouquet!

Happy Earth Day!

 

Nature: Care a whole awful lot

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss

My thought for today – we are fueled by the things we care about and we benefit from things that others care about.

Nature nurtures us all and we will all be better if we care about and for her a whole awful lot.

Photo 1: Better is Beautiful

Daisy profusion

Photo 2: Daisy Profusion

Daisy profusion bw

 

Winning, shipping and “Tiny Miracles”

“Tiny Miracles” has won 1st Place and Logo of the Month of June 2017 for the Beautiful Flowers group.

Absolutely delighted that the image of a yellow spider Chrysanthemum in bloom has been selected as a winner in the Beautiful Flowers Group on Fine Art America. The comment by group administrator Maria Urso “Exquisite work, detail, color and clarity. Absolutely stunning.” is the kind of feedback that every artist thrives on.

As Seth Godin says we need to keep inventing our future “not all of it, just a little part. But enough to make a difference.” This post is dedicated to all those who ship their art and make a difference – whether they receive recognition or not.

Tiny Miracles

Mum 1 yellow

“Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them.” Mike Greenberg

What sparks a light in you?

There are few things that excite me as much as discovering a beautiful bloom. It has no expectations of the world but revels in the elements whether it be sunshine, wind or rain. When it is at its peak the glorious light of living shines forth spreading beauty where it finds itself.

Quote 1: You have to find what sparks a light in you so that your own way can illuminate the world – Oprah


Quote 2: Each new day is an opportunity to try again! Embrace it!


Quote 3: To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.


Quote 4: There are always flowers for those who want to see them.


Quote 5: Bloom- with all the enthusiasm you can muster!

Quotes and Blooms

It seems to be a philosophical and gratitude filled period for me so I’m sharing some pics and quotes. Enjoy!

Quote 1: Truly perfect is becoming friendly with your imperfections on the way to doing something remarkable ~ SethGodin


Quote 2: Notice life’s most precious moments as they happen


Quote 3: Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit. We cannot flower without it. -Jess Lair


Quote 4: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. ~Melody Beattie


Quote 5: We are not affected by events but by the view we take of them. Event + Response = Outcome ~Jack Canfield

HAGS: Have A Great Summer!

It’s a stunningly beautiful morning in Northern California today. As my children excitedly anticipate the start of the summer break the mood is jovial and we pay attention to little details on the school run. We spotted a swallowtail butterfly fluttering between the emerging white agapanthus and its wings were catching the morning sunlight. There is so much we can be thankful for and these small moments remind me about the joy to be found in living.

Photo 1: Be thoughtful. Be Kind. Be Considerate.

Photo 2: There are small moments of beauty in every day of you choose to find them.


Photo 3: Each new day is an opportunity to try again!


Photo 4: Surround yourself with positive people who nurture your dreams!


Reading my children’s yearbooks and seeing all the good wishes made me want to share them too – so HAGS to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere and HUGS to everyone in the South!

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