Saturday, January 15, 2011

Affirm This . . .

My box of affirmations

I have begun my Mondo Beyondo e-course this week and already it has been reaching out to my heart!
I am so excited to be taking this course online with Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen.  It is an online class about Dreaming Big and it causes me to reach inside, be still and contemplate my very own personal dreams.  

Dreams for our lives can be a powerful and healthy thing.  I needed to take the time to think about my life, my goals, my inspirations and the things I want to accomplish in this life.
I started the year thinking of my own usual 2011 list of goals, but now since beginning this course I have begun to make a new list . . . my own Mondo Beyondo list

a list of my most outrageous and amazing dreams
a list where I let my mind go wild with possibilities about my future
WOW this is powerful stuff!
I am here to share with you that the two lists are not the same!

I have especially loved the affirmation 
"You can try something new"
I have been anticipating a life change and this just spoke to me today!
I can't wait to see what unfolds during the next few weeks,
I know I am in for an incredible experience.

We were given a gift, we were able to download affirmations and they encouraged us to put them in something special.  Each day we were to return to our container of affirming words and pick one.  So each day I will look forward to picking a new affirmation from my 
"artsy created by me box"
for special words that speak to me and allow me to know
"You can Trust your open heart"
as I learned from my lesson this week
I can return to these words anytime I need them.

I encourage you to visit Mondo Beyondo website and
see what these incredible women are doing to change
the lives and mindset of so many people.
Thank you Andrea and Jen

Monday, January 10, 2011

I come from . . .

Entitled . . . I come from

I have just begun my new year taking Misty Mawn's "Stretching Within Workshop".  This is an online five week class, it was a Christmas gift I gave to myself!   I know it is going to cause me to reach deep within and find areas of creativity I didn't know I had!  When I was attending Squam Art Retreat this past fall, Jen Lee had us find some quiet time and listen to the words that came from within.   My word was Reach.  I have carried that word into 2011 and truly believe I will be reaching new heights in my creative awareness and talents in this new year.
Before our class actually began Misty has us do an impromptu poem called I come from . . . Sharing your private words with others can be scary (even in a blog!), but it can also give strength and confidence to the one who has released it.  There are almost 200 participants in this online class of Misty's, so you can imagine, each one who was willing to share their poems online with each other experienced moving and very deep feelings from reading each other's work.  It brought us together before our classes actually began.  I think we all knew we were in for an incredible five weeks together.

So my friends, I chose to share mine with you as my blog entry for this week.  I encourage you to take the same words and see what you come up with!  Let the words fall where they are mine.

I come from . . .
italian grandparents who arrived from italy
a mother from north carolina
and a father who was a jersey boy

i come from a family filled with love
who taught me to be who i was
the comfortable middle child
the peacemaker middle child
the tender middle child

i come from a navy family
moving from place to place
settling nowhere for very long
we were passionate italians
my zeppieri family and me
finally settling in virginia beach

i come from a place 
of marrying at nineteen
and still in love today
after all these years

i come from a place of care taking
two very sick parents and loving them
through their life journeys

i come from a place that sees me as
passionate yearning artistic private
sensitive caring and curious

i come from a place yearning for more
seeking for new and loving the person
i have become

Love to you!  Donna