Monday Moments: Translate Beauty

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Claude Monet: Translator of Beauty

“I love how Claude Monet, a French impressionist who brought us an entirely new way of seeing reality, literally turned his back on the Louvre to put his focus on nature. During the early years in Paris, while other painters would go to the Louvre to imitate the paintings of the greats who had found their way into this gallery, Monet would go to the window an begin to paint what he saw outside. Monet’s internal narrative was deeply rooted in the wonder and beauty of nature. He brought with his perceptions an astonishing use of color and movement.

Monet was mesmerized by the beauty around him. His work is the expression of a man drowning in a universe of overwhelming beauty. He saw the beautiful everywhere. He once wrote in his journal, ‘Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It is enough to drive one mad.’”

-Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

Do you discover beauty every day?  How do you choose to love?

The Language of Flowers

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”-Luther Burbank

Amaryllis: pride, splendid beauty, determination

Camellia: admiration, gratitude, perfection

Gladiolius: strength of character, moral integrity, love at first sight

Iris: faith, hope, wisdom, courage

Larkspur/Delphinium: beautiful spirit, open heart, big-hearted

Peony: happy marriage, good fortune, compassion

Pink Rose: love and compassion, gratitude, perfect happiness

Sweetpea: delicate or blissful pleasure

*Inspired by livehappy –Kris Wetherbee

I was recently inspired by the art of Claude Monet and how you can be fully present and inhabit every moment to discover beauty. Below is a pinterest board dedicated to artisan Claude Monet events.

Happy Monday!

Monday Moments: Never Dim Your Light

Happy Monday!

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Never Dim Your Light

“As you launch into the world with your own personal trajectory seek that which makes you comfortable even if it is not what others would choose.  Admit your mistakes with grace, find the power in humility as you revel in your accomplishments.  Spill kindness onto the world, don’t let forgiveness be a stranger, know that you are loved unconditionally, and never, ever dim your light.” -Marilyn Maciel

Monday Moments: Turn Your Light On

Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer!

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“You have a gift to give.  It doesn’t take lots of time or extra money or concentrated effort, because that gift is a simple one, and you give it every day.  That gift is your spirit-the brightest and truest part of you.  You give your spirit when you make time for delight, when you cherish yourself and the people you love, and when you see wonder in the everyday.  You give your spirit when you bring out the best in yourself, when you let yourself play, and when you revel in the present.  And every time your spirit shows, you give a gift of brightness and warmth.  You illuminate the world. So give that gift.  Elevate your spirit.  Turn your light on.” -“M.H. Clark

Monday Moments: Cultivate Gratitude

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“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” –William Arthur Ward

This Memorial Day count your blessings, seize the small joys of life, relax, remember and cultivate gratitude.

Today we honor the men and women who have bravely served in honor of our freedom. We are deeply grateful for your patriotism and sacrifice.

Happy Memorial Day Monday!

Tuesday Tunes: Happy

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Last Monday, NBC used “the Voice’s” twitter account to announce that Pharrell Williams will be replacing coach Ce Lo Green on the judging panel for the Voice’s seventh season.

In the meantime watch episode 17 of season 6 tonight on NBC at 8/7c video. “The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays!

Enjoy Pharrell William’s’s “Happy” video.