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"Inch by Inch"
Someone wrote me to ask if the end of January is too late to make New Year’s Resolutions. The first thing I thought of was, "You know, I was wondering the same thing...", 'cause in this little corner of the world, January seems to have come and come with a baffling brevity.
The good news is that there is no New Year Police (at least I don't THINK that is what NYPD stands for!) We can make and morph our intentions any time, any date. The only thing linking resolutions with January is tradition – and let's be honest...artists are known to go against tradition.
But in addition to being rebels, we creative folks are a hopeful bunch, and so I'm sure that there are lots of us who have made resolutions for 2005. And now it's January 27. Which means that even though *I've* been ducking from the NYPD (see previous paragraph, lest you think that I picked up a few illegal tricks down in Texas), I really ought to write something encouraging about goals and resolutions.
I'd like to share an excerpt from a little eBooklet I wrote called "MoneyMorphosis: 10 Things Butterflies Can Teach Us About Money". The booklet presents 10 little stories the serve as parables for reframing our ideas about money.
Chloe the caterpillar slowly made her way across the garden, sighing as she went. Itsure did take a long time to get anywhere, in spite of her doing the "Limber LarvaLegs" video with her galpal-pillars for the past six nights. She glided along,slowly, slowly, repeating the refrain from the video as a mantra, in her best rap-beat:
"Each inch you're closer, not a moment too soon
You're on your way to making your cocoon
When you're a butterfly, my oh my
Then each inch multiplies through the sky."
"Yes, yes, these inches COUNT", Chloe thought to herself, motivated by her ownpep talk. "It's because of these inches on the ground that I can have THOSEinches in the air!"
What butterflies know: The inches on the ground, the small steps, are slow andtedious and it may not seem that you are getting anywhere. But every small stepmatters, and every penny adds up. Pennies dont get very far, but dollar billscan fly!"
Are you counting your inches?
p.s. – If you DO have a new goal for 2005 and you could use a little help from some good creative friends, we've taken $20 off the price of Goalar Energy, from now through February 6. See details in the Announcements, below.
And if you like Chloe Caterpillar's thinking above, consider signing up for a free two-week trial of The Wealthcare Program, beginning February 7. Details below.
THIS WEEK'S ART-SPLASH!
This week’s Art-Splash, "Inch-Word", is a play on a song I know from my childhood, called "Inchworm", which goes like this:
measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic
You'll probably go far.
If you know the song you can SING the Art-Splash! :-)
Whether you sing or read, you can view it at www.artellawordsandart.com/artic91.html.
1. New Year's Specials on e-Courses! As mentioned in the article above, we've got two very special opportunities going to make it easier for you to jump in with both feet and change you life with an Artella e-course:
For information on ALL of Artella's unique and groovy e-courses, teleclasses, and workshops, visit www.artellawordsandart.com/ecourse.html.
- Goalar Energy 2005: get into the 2005 groove and save $20 off our longest-running and most popular ecourse! Become a Member for just $3.00/month and save even more! All the information about the course and this very special price is at this link.. The price is good through midnight on Sunday, February 6.
- The Wealthcare Program: If you are a creative person ready to readically reform the way you view and attract money, abundance, and your own sense of right livelihood, now there's NOTHING to keep you away from The Wealthcare Program! You can take the first two weeks of this 3-month program at absolutely no charge. There's not any commitment to enroll in the full program, unless you feel it's the perfect next step for you. Get all the information about The Wealthcare Program, and the two-week trial, at this link... and look for the yellow-highlighted links to sign up for the free two-week sample.
2. e-Artella #e-7 is the best one ever! The comments have been dancing in, and the vote seems to be unanimous -- #e-7 is our best e-Artella issue yet! If you haven't seen it yet, allow yourself to be tempted by looking at the Table of Contents of the issue at http://www.artellawordsandart.com/e7_TOC.html.
With 80+ pages spilling over with creative inspiration, all for just $4.95, how can you go wrong? Order your copy here!.
3. New Bloggy Fun! The Artella News Blog now has a new component. In addition to almost-daily announcements for ALL the new updates to the Web site, I'm also posting archives from the 90 Articulation Art-Splashes in the archives, inviting YOUR words and art in response. Click the link above to come splishy-splashy!
4.The Secret Sprites of Spring! With about 500 participants worldwide, the Mystery Muse Project, was an immense success. We're now launching a new "anonymous gifting" project: a three-month swap to cure winter doldrums and bounce us into spring. It's called "The Secret Sprites of Spring" and you can get all the info and sign up at www.ArtellaWordsAndArt.com/secret-sprites-of-spring.html. Firm deadline to sign up is Thursday, February 10.
5. Newest Poetry Contest winners! The winners of our most recent Poetry contest are:
Congratulations to all our winners! Be sure to take a look at these poems and ALL of our past winners in The Poetry Gardens.
- First Place: Robin Huelsman for "At an Impasse en Route"
- Second Place: Ann McGovern for "HELLO"
- Third Place: Jos Munro for "South Canterbury Bus Ride"
- Fourth Place: Dawn Richerson for "Wild-Hearted Winter Queen"
6. Gads of new stuff in the Reading Room! We've added 7 new articles, resources, and fun stuff to do in the Reading Room. Grab a cup of tea and go browse our virtual shelves! And don't forget to enjoy further browsing by taking a look in the Community Bookstore!.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: There are still 3 more days to contribute to Artella's contribution to the Tsunami Relief fund of Save the Children, simply by shopping in The Shoppes of Artella! This month, Artella has donated its entire 20% commission of all Shoppes sales to the disaster relief fund, and a several artists are generously donating all proceeds from their products to the fund as well. We've raised close to $400 thus far, which is very close to my goal of $500 for Save the Children. Simply go shopping in the Shoppes to add to the contribution. 20% of ALL your purchases are donated, and look for the little blue "Profits Go To Tsunami Relief" signs, which indicate items for which 100% is donated. Thank YOU for helping Artella make a difference!
Our new featured artist is Jenny Ryan. Jenny offers a variety of energy healing services, as well as beautiful handmade color alignment bracelets that serve as tools for energetic healing and joyful living. I've already placed MY bracelet order!
We've made Valentine's Day Easy! Our new Valentine's Sampler page provides quick access to the 40+ Valentine's Gifts in The Shoppes!
Some of my personal favorites:
- Mary Wiseman's "Sweet Nothings" Journals - my hubby and I are already having fun with this sweet gifty
- Patricia O'Rourke's Valentine Cards - Love em, love em, love em,
- Deb Silva's "Vintage Valentine" shrine -- as always, Artella's beloved Deb brings vintage style to life!
- Tammy Vitale's adorable "Mine" purple dragon -- soooooooo precious!
- Frances Norton Honich's personalized paper dolls
- terri st. cloud's "A Vow to My Heart" bone sigh -- a true testament to loving ourselves first
- Spectacular jewelry that makes me salivate by Jan Bartlett, Melissa Chapin, KJoy!, and Tina Ramsy. Mmmm-mmmm
- And lots, lots more!
ART TIP OF THE WEEK!
You can buy cheap 1- and 2-penny stamps at the post office and use them in your artwork. Use them sticker-style as a funky adhesive, or alter them to make your own postage. Let's face it -- there are few arty embellishments that you can buy for a penny!
This tip was inspired by Gloria Page. When Gloria's awesome book, Holy Moly Mackeroly is ordered through The Shoppes of Artella, Gloria sends the book out in a very clever wrapping that incorporates a one-cent postage stamp. See it for yourself when you order this FABULOUS book...right now, it's on sale for LESS than wholesale prices at www.ArtellaWordsAndArt.com/GloriaPage.html.
WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK!
Calling up the senses is crucial when creating provocative, moving writing. Invite in the unexpected by juxtaposing different senses together, such as...
When she danced, it smelled like....
I'll never forget that sound; it tasted like...
A giggle lept from her mouth, looking like...
You can try this with things in your own environment. Take something that you can see in front of you, right now. How can you twist different sensory perceptions together to describe that thing?
1. Earlier today, I was so honored to be the featured guest of Delona Lang on HeartsArt Radio. Even before I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Delona, I have been an admirer of her work with HeartsArt, which has produced many insightful interviews with people involved in various aspects of creative and mixed media arts. You can hear the recording of my interview at this link -- but be sure to check out the other archived interviews, too!
AND...next Friday, Delona's guest will be our own Zura Ledbetter, Artella's Administrative Assistant and mixed media artist extraordinaire, who will be talking about her new eBook, Photoshop for Artists.
2. I've mentioned Creativity-Portal.com here before, but in keeping with the "new year" theme, I wanted to point you in the direction of their free Be Creative! Calendar, which you can download at http://www.creativity-portal.com/kindness/downloads/d_calendar.html. While you're there, be sure to check out all of their spunky freebies and other offerings.
3. I had a blast at www.PeterHReynolds.com. This artist/illustrator has a gallery that is really fun, and lots of inspiration about both writing and art sprinkled throughout the site.
~measuring the miracles,
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