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There is lots of information out there about why it is good to follow your dreams, and I love the charming way that this quote expresses the message that it is good for your soul to follow your dreams.   Sure, following your dreams can reveal, nurture, and elevate personal characteristics such as motivation, discipline, determination, and dealing with setbacks, but on a much deeper level, our hearts, or spirits.   Although certain dreams may be meant to come to fruition,  perhaps it is not always about whether or not a particular dream is realized, but that it is by following it, walking toward that which we are passionate about,  that we are led down paths each with their own unique gifts for us which we may not otherwise have had the opportunity to receive.   Following our dreams keeps us in touch with some childlike qualities and we remain very engaged with life.  Learn to hear and listen to your heart’s whispers!  🙂

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I was out browsing in a trendy little area of the city, and came across a new little Bali boutique, and needless to say, I pretty much galloped in!  So many interesting and unique items!  I happened upon this cute little change purse, and since my decor is eclectic and global, I thought I should be too, and this would be a good little catch.  When I got home, I put it in my purse, and pulled it out as if to pay for something to see how handy it would be.  What I discovered was that, while I adored this item, it wasn’t right for me as far as fashion goes.  Disappointed and confused, I went to set it down, but the plant was in the way so I just hung it on the lampshade.  After looking at it awhile, I grew so used to the look, that it is now a part of my home decor!  It adds a little whimsy to the table arrangement, and I’m now wondering what else might look good hanging from a lampshade!  ps it was $9.99.

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All of us possess a creative potential unique to ourselves.  Creative expression is not limited to noble pursuits such as becoming a very talented artist, or musician.  One way our creative expressions are unleashed is through our daily activities.  Think of cooking, setting a table, arranging home decor, getting dressed.  Another avenue is considering hobbies we may take up, for some, you may need that extra sparkle of patience to find your path.   I had experienced what I think of as a dark night of the creative spirit.  Oh, the urge, desire, and passion was there, but over a few years I became so very frustrated at any lack of progress in my chosen activities.  Piano, guitar, embroidery, watercolor, acrylics, glass painting, sketching….Piano and guitar were great for a few years, but somehow the passion faded.  I was great at graphite drawings but longed for color.  Glass painting, watercolor, and acrylics were started with delight but try as I might, the fact that I couldn’t get results even close to what I envisioned was demotivating after a while.  There were times I felt despair that for all my creative adventures, I was not getting the joy that should result from such a pursuit.  I did finally find my way, so if you are ever in this boat, keep paddling!   

There is much written about igniting that creative spark.  A few things worth mentioning are to practice and be patient.  Have activities in your life that you really enjoy doing.  Give yourself quiet peaceful interludes, and always carry a notebook!  Give yourself permission to just putter about aimlessly from time to time, and know how to set up the ambience that is just right for you! Do you like music on or off?  What kind of music? Do you like white noise? The sound of a fan in the background?  And finally, disconnect from negative self-talk about your ability and keep going forward.  You ARE creative!  

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The natural, elegant beauty of the pampas grass will give your space an ambience unlike any other.  Think exotic, soft, flowing, dramatic.  Beautiful and captivating in natural white beige, rich dark brown, teal, maroon, and fuschia, to name a few, the tall pampas grass will make a striking statement in many areas of your home, including corners, entryways, and as a ‘divider’ between dining and living rooms.  This resplendent dried grass, reaching to the ceiling, enriches any decorating style.  An added benefit for the budget, is that this ornamental choice is very affordable!