13 December 2017

Winter Walk

Yesterday, I went for a walk in the snow while it was snowing.

Peaceful, quiet.

Also wet as the snowflakes accumulated and melted on my jacket, fortunately waterproof.

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10 December 2017

How to Sit

How to Sit (Mindfulness Essentials, #1)48. How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A slim pocket sized volume about the basics of meditation. I thoroughly enjoy Thich Nhat Hanh's straightforward writing style.

I found reading it to be meditative and calming as well.

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03 December 2017

The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way47. The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though Cameron makes a point of saying you don't have to believe in God to benefit from the book (true), I suspect you'll get more out of it if you do believe in a higher power of some sort. You'll have more buy in for some of the affirmation language and exercises strewn throughout.

I checked it out from the library and was trying to plow through it in 6 weeks. I don't recommend this. I got up to week 9 of the book but then needed a break from it for a good while before checking it out again and finishing it.

If you suffer from low grade depression, there are a lot of questions in the book that will highlight it. Actually I recommend the book to mental health providers as many of Cameron's questions are better screeners for depression than the typical ones they always show on prescription drug ads.

This is definitely a what you put into it is what you'll get out of it sort of book. I have been good about writing in the morning (though not 3 pages worth) but I am not that great about doing the artist dates. I'm working on it which is apt/ironic since my mindset is more workaholic than I'd realized.

10 years ago on TTaT: Here's what's in it for you

01 December 2017

Life of Art SitRep #407 Cyber Week

Hmm, not too much to report this week. Mostly I've been promoting my designs and Cyber Week sales @RocklawnArts on Twitter.

Rocklawn Arts blogged Cool New OtterBox iPhone X Cases at Rocklawn Arts! and Cool New Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus Cases at Rocklawn Arts!

Also started a bit of research which will hopefully set me on the most useful track.

Created a Feminist ornament:

How was your week?

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25 November 2017

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life46. The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night's Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life by Meir H. Kryger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It contains a lot of good information, but the presentation bummed me out*, so my rating averages out to a three.

I'd recommend reading it out of order. Use the contents and index to find what matters to you and then skip to chapters 18-20 for some helpful info.

*In which case I mean how often he repeats that women are affected more by sleep disorders than men, are more likely to be misdiagnosed, and often suffer the consequences more when a male sleep partner is actually the one with the disorder.

There's nothing inaccurate in that assessment, but I didn't leave the book feeling more optimistic than before I started it.

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24 November 2017

Life of Art SitRep #406 Black Friday

It has been a busy week as I try to prepare for Black Friday.

Looking for sale info? Stop by Zazzle's Black Friday page* to see current sales and the countdown to Black Friday sales.

I shifted gears from reorganization to adding new products, creating collections, and revising tags on Metal Prints and Acrylic Wall Art after doing some research. Many things on my to do lists remain unfinished, but I made some decent headway.

I created several new Women's Plus Size Shirts with protest designs:

Added designs to and created a new collection of Cool OtterBox iPhone X Cases:

Also started adding designs to new faux fur Sherpa blankets. See the Cozy Classic Sherpa Blankets collection:

Finally, I started adding designs and photographs to new Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus cases. I love these because they fit all the iPhone Plus models between iPhone 8 Plus to 6 Plus: 8/7s/7/6s/6 Plus. See the Cool Speck Presidio iPhone 8 Plus Cases collection:

Stop by Zazzle's Black Friday page* to see sale info when it goes live!

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