Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February Food for Thought

·        You can’t leave where you are until you decide where you would rather be.

·        Everything in life is a lesson; if you keep repeating the same pattern, you haven’t passed the lesson. We move forward in life by getting the lessons.

·        Life doesn’t hurt, expectations do. Things don’t happen to us, they happen for us.

·        You must make a choice to take a chance, or things will never change.

·        You don’t always need a grand plan, just take a breath, let go and be open to what happens.

·        Progress will sometimes look like a lot of failures. We have to learn what doesn’t work in order to get to what does. Don’t give up, you are closer than you think.

·        There's a difference between giving up and knowing when you've had enough. Know when enough is enough.

·        Setbacks are miracles in disguise. Always believe that things are working out in your favor.

·        Your heart is to be trusted. It knows what your head has yet to figure out.

·        When you stop chasing what your mind wants you will get what your soul needs.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I'm back!

The days of January gone by! I sometimes wonder about how quickly life goes by these days...I guess that's what it's all about, right? I truly try to enjoy it all, but I'm telling you, it sure races on by when you're not even looking!

Usually in January I try to reflect on the previous year and make plans for the coming one. Well 2014 just slammed that first month down. The major change for me is that I am now working from home! This is such a sweet opportunity for me. As you may know, I started my own business in April, 2013 - DiGiulio Project. I have my own office (with a window!) where I can plan Art of the Carolinas (my main gig), work on promoting DiGiulio Studios (both for Joe and me) and then also try and expand on our workshop offerings and art around the country. In addition to all of that, I also create artwork in my studio when I can steal some time.

Plans are well underway for AOC 2014 with a few surprises in store. I have also been working on print material for DiGiulio Studios. I just finished my first workshop of the year and Joe finished his  first one last weekend in Calabash, NC! Click here to see the schedule we have so far. My big project and also my word for 2014 is ORGANIZE!

The story of my life...organize. That's a tough one for me only because of my interests. That's what an Aquarian is. Interested in EVERYTHING! I try to focus in on one thing, but it just doesn't work. I think I love a lot of things only because I get bored easily. That's why I do acrylics, collage, sew, work in encaustics, like to do things with my hands and power tools, I also have a thing for jewelry - although I haven't done that in maybe a year or so...

I've been meaning to go through my clothes and organize: aka - get rid of the stuff I don't wear... Well, that became a reality earlier in the week because my closet shelves fell down! Ha ha. Funny how the universe has to scream at you sometimes just so you'll listen. So I spent a good part of my time sifting through everything, trying stuff on, throwing stuff into bags to go to Goodwill and other stuff in a pile to go to consignment.

The good news is Joe fixed my closet shelves and that part of my life is back in order. My office is completely set up and functioning. I have my new "Command Central" and just love it!

One other thing that I have been doing new this year is making green smoothies in my Magic Bullet. OMG! These are pretty awesome. I'm feeling a ton better and have more energy that ever. My basic recipe is one part apple, one part kale, one part spinach, and one part frozen raspberries. Layer into the blender and fill almost half way with liquid. I use apple juice, cranberry juice, coconut water, orange juice or just water. Then I add just a tad of fresh ginger root for a little "zing". Blend it all up and enjoy! I always use apples, kale and spinach, then switch the other ingredients up: celery, carrots, avocado, peaches, lettuce, frozen mango, frozen blueberries, frozen banana...I like the "frozen" quarter of the smoothie because it chills the drink and makes it more like a treat first thing in the morning. Depending on the ingredients, it may turn out to be a god awful color, but will taste absolutely delicious!!!
Good luck and enjoy!
More to come as I play catch up...