Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Builders...

O' had I a golden thread and a needle so fine, 
I’d weave a brand new world of rainbow design…
Far over the waters, I'd weave this magic strand,
In every country, and every foreign land….
Bind up this sorry world with my hand, my heart and my mind… 

~The Builders by George Tooker

Daily Post: Peace, Purpose and Power...

I love this one, let's find our PEACE!

Most people think that once they've found their purpose and the power to practice it, they'll finally be at peace. Actually, though, it's only by starting in a place of peace that we find our purpose and power. 

Peace is the first step and the final lesson we all need to learn.

~Martha Beck

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 New Years Resolution ‪#‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬ #crazyrunninggal

In 2014, I made several resolutions that were new and "outside of my comfort zone." They worked out pretty well and the experience was amazing. These resolutions, like: Salsa dancing which I did lessons with my husband in the city once a week with a Salsa group on Thursday evenings or traveling to Belize and seeing if it might, just might, be a place were my husband and I will want to retire during the winter months or practicing Yoga on a regular basis. All of these and more have given me a whole new perspective on life. So this year, I am going to try some more new things, and post my resolutions for the next several days. Let's see what 2015 brings us this year!!!

(2015) New Years resolution number 1: Join a singing group and start singing my lungs out. ‪#‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬

(2015) New Years resolution number 2: Clean out items I don't use anymore, give them to goodwill, book exchange and throw them away. Take it one day at a time. Clearing out and Let those things go. Item-by-item in each room, room-by-room. ‪#‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬

(2015) New Years resolution number 3: Be kinder to myself, allow myself room to grow and explore my inner talents with food in the kitchen and try a new recipe at least one new recipe a month. Just because I think I can't do something doesn't mean I can't, just TRY and see what comes out of the experience. I am a grown up, let go of all those silly negative thoughts and stories I hear others say that I am not a cook, when really I AM! 

(2015) New Years resolution number 4: Stop with all the self denigratory thoughts already. They're not doing anything for you babe. You're an alright gal, improvements could be made. Enough. Forward ho!‪#‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬ (I got this one from Rachel, thank you)

(2015) New Years resolution 5: Go out dancing with my husband at least once a month. Any kind, Salsa is fun and even try something new! Just get out there! ‪#‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬

(2015) New Years resolution 6: Make myself something new that I can wear, that's special and stylish and plan a date to go somewhere special to show me off in it! Get that sewing machine out, dust off the buttons and lube the gears and have fun creating!

(2015) New Years resolution 7: Continue to keep the good things going. Keep the regular practices that have been working in my life! Those things like yoga, running, meditation, and writing daily. Try practicing yoga on my own. Let's see how this works for me! 

(2015) New Years resolution 8: Practice gratitude daily. Not only to practice being grateful for my own life, but offer a note of gratitude to someone once a week. Offer gratitude to a person, a personal hug in person, a special note that I notice about someone who I am grateful for!

(2015) New Years resolution 9: Make an effort to reach out to my close friends and sisters on a regular basis. I've been trying to do this more, let's keep the efforts going, and be there to listen more and talk less. (this will be an interesting effort).

(2015) New Years resolution 10: Last but not least, #10, Bring Back what I use to do, spend 1:1 time with family and friends - at least once a month or more! Reach out to someone new and ask them to meet for coffee, breakfast, or dinner, a new person at least one a month or more. I use to do this on a regular basis and my weeks were full of wonderful friendship and conversation. For some reason I stopped this for the past several years. I can't wait to start this up again. It might be you! Can't wait to hear all of your wonderful stories and gifts you are offering to your loved ones, friends and your communities.

Daily Post: Try trust...

Life is full of tough decisions, and nothing makes them easy. But the worst ones are really your personal koans, and tormenting ambivalence is just the sense of satori rising. 

Try, trust, try, and trust again, and eventually you’ll feel your mind change its focus to a new level of understanding. 

The problem that was tearing you apart will suddenly appear as a little puzzle, already solved. It will make you nod, or smack your forehead, or roll your eyes. 

It will make you laugh right out loud.

~Martha Beck.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Daily Post: Essential lessons from the Little Women

I didn't write this, but thought it had many very important life-lessons of people's expectations and a good reminder that each of us are individuals finding our way in life.  The judgement and expectations and pushing people into a box has got to stop.  For you uneducated people out there, it's time to pick up this book, Little Women, and read it.   I hope you gain some perspective about a person's holistic point-of-view and the heart of living.

13 Essential Lessons 'Little Women' Can Teach You About Living Well

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, a two-volume novel following the four March sisters through their adolescence and young adulthood, was first published in the late 1860s. Almost 150 years later, the book remains remarkably popular; in fact, the unassuming tale is one of the ten most beloved books in America, according to apoll released recently by Harris International. Little Women’s star is on the rise, as it did not appear on the list at all in 2008 when the poll was last conducted. This year it clocked in at number eight, while previous faves such as Atlas Shrugged andThe Da Vinci Code were, mercifully, knocked off the list altogether.
Little Women may not have appeared on a top ten list previously, but it’s a perennial favorite for children, especially girls. Most of us read it growing up, as did our mothers and our mothers’ mothers. We watched the movie starring Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst, and we picked a preferred sister with whom to identify (most of us fully believed we were wild and bookish Jo, and no one wanted to be quiet, self-sacrificing Beth). The book is inextricably woven into the fabric of American girlhood, and there’s no reason to believe that will change any time soon.
The story’s popularity persists in defiance of our modern age of snark. The book, a semi-autobiographical but highly idealized narrative drawn from Alcott’s own youth, is saccharine, frequently preachy, and fairly old-fashioned. The beloved matriarch of the March family, known by her daughters as “Marmee,” frequently admonishes her girls against sins such as “chasing men” (hussies!!) and urges them to embrace “womanly” virtues such as modesty in dress, quiet voices, domestic skills, and nurturing qualities. “Womanly” is used almost interchangeably with “good” in describing the female characters’ actions, and if the emphasis on modesty in the March family seemed slightly odd and old-fashioned at the time, it seems downright retrograde today.
Modern readers would not be alone in finding Little Women a bit fusty. The author herself notoriously described her children’s stories as “moral pap for the young.” She wrote the books not for artistic reasons, but to pay the bills. Yet it can’t be denied that her stories have spoken to generations of readers. Maybe because there are some genuinely good lessons for living in there -- as well as some sneaky progressivism, endearing characters, and funny stories of everyday life. All in all,Little Women may not be perfect, but most of us could learn a great deal about how to live today from this old-fashioned novel.
1. No matter how hard it may be, try to forgive. Some offenses may seem unforgivable, but refusing to accept a sincere apology usually leads to nothing but more suffering. When impetuous Jo refuses to invite obnoxious youngest sister Amy to a show, Amy vents her rage by burning the only manuscript of the book Jo has been laboring to write. At first Jo withholds her forgiveness, but when Amy almost dies in a skating accident, Jo realizes that her sister is far more important to her than even her cherished book. So close to losing Amy, she sees that holding grudges is more likely to lead to bitter regret than to a sense of righteousness.
2. Don’t give in to jealousy; there will always someone with more than you of whom to feel envious. The March family, unlike Alcott’s own, does not live in abject poverty, but their means are clearly not lavish. With four young girls in the house and little money coming in, there are bound to be occasions when the sisters yearn for the stylish dresses, European tours, and opulent parties of their wealthier acquaintances. But the Marches are constantly reminded that many live in deeper poverty than they do, and that they should be grateful for what comforts they do have.
3. Giving is a greater joy than receiving. Not only do the sisters get frequent reminders of their relatively good fortune, they also find it’s better to focus on helping destitute neighbors than to gaze longingly at their rich neighbors’ lives. In the very first scene, the girls sit around the fire complaining about their newly straitened circumstances: “‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. ‘It’s so dreadful to be poor!’ sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.” But only a few pages later, the girls have rallied and resolved to spend their small amounts of pocket money not on treats for themselves, but on presents for their self-sacrificing mother. To top it all off, they reluctantly take their own Christmas breakfast to a starving family nearby. Though the sacrifices are difficult at first, they are all more content than if they had been selfish.
4. Fine feathers often hide not-so-fine birds, so focus on what's underneath rather than external elegance. At any rate, having such fancy clothes and baubles might seem worthy of envy, but as eldest sister Meg finds when she’s gussied up for a party, it’s not all that she dreamed of. She notices that “there is a charm about fine clothes which attracts a certain class of people, and secures their respect,” but it’s a superficial sort of regard. The expensively dressed women she admired had gossiped about her and paid her no attention when she was in dowdy dresses, but their newfound affection can’t conceal the hypocrisy and shallowness hidden below their silk gowns. It’s easy to judge people by their clothes, but it’s a poor metric for discerning their true character. Alcott also throws a bit of snark at the imperative to suffer for beauty, remarking upon Jo’s preparations for a dance: “Jo’s nineteen hair-pins all seemed stuck straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable; but, dear me, let us be elegant or die.”
5. Figure out what you’re good at and stick to it. The March sisters might seem like little prodigies at times, but the reality is that none of them are particularly distinguished in terms of talent. They just don’t let their limitations get them down. Beth, the musical sister, practices her piano whenever she can. Amy, the artistic sister, is willing to put aside her vain obsession with her appearance to spend hours improving her sketching. Jo, the literary sister, scribbles constantly. And while Meg isn’t much of a creative she focuses on learning to cook and keep house -- domestic arts that are challenging in their own right. The girls aren’t quitters, and they aren’t dabblers -- they know their strengths and passions and they’re willing to dedicate time and effort into cultivating them. Accordingly, Jo eventually makes a tidy living writing, and Amy becomes an accomplished artist, though she never achieves fame with her skill, and Meg runs a tidy household. That investment in their talents paid off!
6. Everyone, even young ladies, should know how to support themselves. The two eldest March girls are only 15 and 16 at the start of the book, but both are already helping to feed the family. After the family fell upon hard times, Jo and Meg insisted on going out to work -- Meg as a governess, and Jo as a companion to their wealthy aunt. When Amy later supplants Jo as Aunt March’s companion, Jo earns money through her writing. Except for delicate Beth, the girls are all able to work and earn their keep, even in a time when young ladies from middle-class backgrounds would expect to do little outside the home and focus on finding a husband to support them. This gives the little women a sense of accomplishment as well as the very practical ability to provide for themselves and their family -- without needing to wait for a man to do it for them. This ability is more valued in the 21st century, but its importance always bears repeating.
7. And amuse themselves! Even without wireless Internet and cable TV. The March sisters lived in a time before video games and Snapchat, but they didn’t have much access to the easy distractions of their time, either. Without the money to fuel a lively social life, they largely eschew the party circuit. Instead of attending balls and making calls on society acquaintances, they stay home and put on amateur plays, create play newspapers full of their own writing, or work on their sewing, drawing, or music. This way their fun isn’t dependent on money or external sources -- they’ve cultivated the imagination and initiative to make their own fun. Think how much better you’d be able to handle the next cable outage if you could amuse yourself without turning on the TV or computer!
8. Keeping house is hard work, but the results are worth it. When Marmee and their maid Hannah take the day off, the girls are left to their own devices -- and they find that a cluttered house isn’t pleasant to live in and dinner is harder to cook than they’d realized. The foursome makes a royal mess of their day of housekeeping, but afterward they appreciate more than ever how much work Marmee and Hannah put into keeping the household humming along. Suddenly their little chores of dusting and tidying don’t seem so onerous, and more than worth it to keep their home clean and welcoming. Who among us hasn’t longed to let the dish-washing slip for a day, or to let our parents or partner pick up the slack while we watch TV? Little Women rightfully reminds us that everyone is happier when we all make sure to do the daily chores that keep things in order. (Okay, I still have dishes in my sink from yesterday, but I’m working on it. Thanks, Louisa May Alcott!)
9. Don’t get into debt for no good reason. For girls who were accustomed to a finer lifestyle, the Marches do pretty well at keeping their expenses down. But no one is perfect -- and when they mess up, the consequences teach them not to overspend so carelessly again. For example, Amy’s need to give her schoolmates pickled limes in repayment for the ones they’ve given her results in Amy being punished in front of the entire class. Later, Meg impulsively buys expensive silk for a dress, and her husband must give up getting a new, much-needed winter coat due to the shortfall in their funds. Her embarrassment and regret alone are enough to prevent a repeat: “A week of remorse nearly made Meg sick; and the discovery that John had countermanded the order for his new great-coat, reduced her to a state of despair which was pathetic to behold.” It’s easier than ever to spend wildly beyond our means, but if it’s a question of putting new clothes you can’t afford on a credit card and racking up debt, it’s better to make do with your old duds -- who wants to be paying off a designer jacket a year after it’s out of fashion?
10. Don’t obsess about dating. Little Women adheres to 19th-century norms when it comes to marriage, though Alcott herself never married. Though all three girls who survive until adulthood do marry (even Jo, who declares once, “I don’t believe I shall ever marry”), they don’t spend much time flirting with, gossiping about, or dreaming of men. As Marmee remarks to Jo, “We ... had better not get ‘romantic rubbish,’ as you call it, into our heads.” Instead, the girls all focus on their family life and personal development, develop real friendships with good men, then make wise marital choices. If only we could all be so calm and practical about our romantic lives -- it probably would have saved many of us many hours of moaning and chocolate-eating.
11. Love is a wonderful thing... The love of the Marches for each other, their friends, and their eventual spouses and children is the most aspirational thing in the book. There is a warmth and purity to their affection that is rooted in true regard for others, not in a desire to gain from them or use them. Though they befriend the wealthy boy next door, Laurie, they offer him unlimited fun and companionship with no expectation of any financial reward for their embrace of him. Meg has some wealthy admirers, but she happily chooses a poor husband because she loves him for who he is. As a result, they are always surrounded by those who love them and who appreciate their authenticity and openness. Real love, given without expectation of gain, is the most truly rewarding part of life.
12. ... So be careful who you give it to. Compatibility is more important in marriage than passion. Love can befuddle and bewitch us. It’s hard to resist going for it with someone we desperately love -- but passion can only get you so far. True compatibility of character will usually get you a lot closer to a happy marriage. Meg rushes into her engagement faster than expected, but not before she feels sure that her future husband is patient, kind, hardworking, and reliable -- all ideal traits for someone like Meg. Accordingly, though they go through rocky patches in their first years of marriage, they are able to work through their disagreements together and grow into a stronger couple. On the other hand, Jo comes close to making a bad match, as her best friend Laurie has fallen in love with her. Though it’s hard to deny her dear “Teddy,” Jo realizes that they are both too headstrong and impulsive to be happy together over a lifetime: “[Y]ou and I are not suited to each other, because our quick tempers and strong wills would probably make us very miserable…” Because she’s strong enough to say no, they both eventually end up in happy marriages with compatible partners, and they all live happily enough ever after.
13. Family should come first. We live in the age, and the country, of the individual. Little Women should remind us that, if we’re lucky enough to have loving families, we should appreciate and care for them. Family love is the heart of the book, whether it’s sisterly love, parental love, or marital love. The Marches don’t cavalierly end friendships, disown family members, or play fast and loose with the hearts of romantic partners. Even unpleasant Aunt March isn’t neglected. But when she offers to adopt a child to alleviate the family’s financial struggles, she is gently refused: “We can’t give up our girls for a dozen fortunes. Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another.” What a beautiful thought.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Daily Post: Holiday Reflection...

As I sit here, during the early morning hours, sipping my morning tea.  Tea that is a little more special today because it is a gift from my daughter.  The tea is Spiced Caramel Apple from the Fava Tea Company.

I reflect on my little family and our Christmas traditions.

Every Christmas Eve, we relax around the roaring fire, enjoying our specialty drinks, playing trivia and other traditional board games.  Eating a simple dinner.  At these times, sometimes I wish, "I liked to cook so that I had a table full of fun tasty foods for my family."  But, we make do.

On this eve of the represented day, nightfall arrives, both of my favorite people look at me with cute little smiles.  They have knowing looks, "Let's open just One gift.".

They look at each other and laugh, with knowing that the one gift will lead to more  (This is OUR tradition).

Every year they know their first gift will be pajamas  (This is OUR tradition).  I love giving each one of my favorite people snuggly pajamas.  Because it stays with them each day of the year.  I see them wearing those same PJ's, from this year and previous years, knowing they too remember it as a cozy gift from the heart.  This reflects true, warm-love, the care that was taken when selecting, "just the right" Pj's for this year.

Yes, it's Christmas, a celebration on the 25th day of December, chosen by a pope many moons ago.  (Christmas was originally celebrated on January 6th for over 380 years, and changed to December 25th by the Pope, because this day associated Jesus with the 'sun of righteousness' relating to a 12th century tradition to celebrate the sun god and celebrate the winter solstice. )  

This is a season of advent, celebrated by Christians throughout the world, a day to remember the birth of Jesus, on May 20th, 

It's nice to have a designated day to remember all of the spiritual disciples who forged the path of enlightenment all of those years ago.

This holiday brightens the longest, darkest, most dreary time near solstice.  Christmas is magical, gives a sense of wonder and hope.

May all of the sweet magic
 of Christmas bring joy to your hearts and fill you and your loved ones with every desire.

~From our house to yours.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Daily Post: Change comes from inside...

We meditate to discover who we are, our own identity, our right place, our personal truth. 

Through meditation, we gain a connection to our inner source.  

It is through this connection that we can also facilitate changes to our outer world.       

Daily Post: You really can....

As your own dreams materialize, I suspect you will come to know that you don’t need much. 

Just your tribe, your inner guidance, and the evidence that tells you that you really can create a magnificent life.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Daily Post: Renew, Be Kind & Joyful...

The holidays are about renewal, kindness, and joy. Judgment and oppression are the enemy of these sentiments. Just see how much more genuine holiday spirit you’ll generate when you follow your own bliss, rather than someone else’s holiday traditions.
~Martha Beck

Monday, December 22, 2014

2015 Line-up - Running Goals #‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬ #Crazyrunninggal

(Apr. 25) Saturday, Crazy Legs, 8K*
(Apr. 29): Fair Hills NRMA, Maryland
(Apr. 30): Lums Pond State Park, Delaware
(May. 2): Spruce Run, New Jersey
(May 17): Green Bay half  
(Jun. 21): Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Alaska
JULY - Temp-half (Utah) * PR * Need to sign up
Oregon TBD
(Aug. 24): Half Maine
(Aug. 25): Half New Hampshire
(Aug. 27): Massachusetts 
(Aug. 28): Connecticut  
(Aug. 29): Rhode Island
(Sept 6) Hawaii Celebrate my 50th state * Goal Achieved!!!!!
(Sept 26) Sheboygan Harvest Fest Half  
(Oct 18) - Detroit marathon (Oct 17-19)  

Daily Post: Step-by-step...

Today, look upon your life, your bank account, your family, each person you meet, as a wild horse. If a problem looks difficult, relax. If it looks impossible, relax even more. Then begin encouraging small changes, putting just enough pressure on yourself to move one turtle step forward. Then rest, savor, celebrate.  Then step again.  You’ll find that slow is fast, gentle is powerful, and stillness moves mountains.

Daily Post: The Rain Will Come...

Whatever your personal drought (a love drought, a health drought, a money drought), I know how awful it feels. 

I’ve been all the way through all those droughts, and come out the other side. 

I’ve learned that one day, when your hopes are so low you finally stop grasping at them, the rains arrive.

~Martha Beck

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Daily Post: Accept Responsibility...

The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can gain the POWER to change anything in your life.

We are the only ones that can change our lives, nobody is coming to do it for us. And when we take responsibility for what we have done and do we shift out of 'victim energy' and empower ourselves to create a life we want. Any thoughts?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Daily Post: Leap of faith...

Anyone who embraces the mender’s way of life must proceed through continual, infinite, breathtaking leaps of faith.

Each time you face an unknown future with creativity rather than grasping at known quantities, you leap.

Each time you dare to believe your art can sustain you financially, you leap.

Each time you trust your tribe of menders, you leap.

Each time you embrace a love that lays you bare in body, heart, or soul, you leap.

And whenever you begin to disbelieve in yourself, your destiny, your ability to heal some part of the world, you must leap instead into the branches of magic.

Daily Post: Your real power...

Peace is more than just a feeling. It's the mental and physical frequency where you'll find all your real power.

~ Martha Beck

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Daily Post: Take the observer’s stance

During the next couple of weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player watching a three-year-old learn the moves.  Notice when you become stressed, manic, demanding, anxious, or seized by any of the other emotions that fly around with such vigor during the holiday season.  

The moment you take the observer’s stance, you will already feel the beginning of peace.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Daily Post: Morning Wake-up!

Morning Wake-up!

Hello morning,
Time to glow.
Pretty sunshine, 
Let me know.

Wake-up morning,
Time allows.
Today it's time,
To lift your brows.

Look out the window,
With all your might;
See glistening trees,
Oh! What a sight!

Stretch your arms,
Clear your head.
Lift and yawn,
There's things ahead.

Take this moment,
Look inside.
"You're beautiful!"
You say with pride.

It's time, right now,
To head on out.
The day is fresh,
Give a loud shout!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daily Post: Love the hugs...

Question every thought that causes suffering and test it against your own sense of truth.
~Martha Beck

Monday, December 15, 2014

Daily Post: The Love Zone...

Many legendary leaders—Buddha, Mother Teresa, several characters played by the young Shirley Temple—have shown an amazing ability to hold the energy of love, and hence became leaders even when they had none of the social trappings of power.  I call this “staying in the Love Zone.”  It’s an essential factor in all Team leadership, the only way any of us can fulfill our personal destinies, and help save the world.  When you’re “leading up,” staying in the Love Zone is especially crucial.  The less power you get from the material world, the more you need to draw on the power of the Zone.
~Martha Beck

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Daily Post: The path of no resistance...

Resisting what we can’t control removes us from reality, rendering our emotions, circumstances and loved ones inaccessible. The result is a terrible emptiness, which we usually blame on our failure to get what we want. Actually, it comes from refusing to accept what we have.

~Martha Beck

Daily Post: How to Stay Sane This Holiday Season...

Take a few minutes to write down every holiday custom you feel you should follow. Start with family patterns, but don't end there. Offices and friendships have their own traditions. Looking over your list, visualize each activity. 

Notice how your body reacts. 
  • Do you tense or relax, feel like smiling, snarling or weeping? 
  • What creates a genuine sense of enthusiasm? True enthusiasm makes us feel divine, whether we take that as a religious reality or simply a wonderful emotion. 

The holy days are the best times to focus on real enthusiasm, the inner source that lightens and sanctifies our lives all year.
~Martha Beck

Daily Post: Nothings perfect...

Your relationship is not supposed to be perfect all the time, your business is not supposed to do well all the time, your soufflés are not supposed to raise perfectly all the time. Everything is designed to go wrong so that you can gain the skills of rediscovering your tracks, even in difficult or frightening circumstances. Especially in difficult and frightening circumstances.

~ Martha Beck

Ornament Exchange 2014: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Here is the recap 
I hope you enjoyed, watching
Ideas materialize.

Some handmade, some bought,
Ornaments I will treasure,
Picked out by skilled hands.

12-days of Christmas
Ornament exchange, is done.
Happy Holidays!

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

This shows some of our ornaments from our 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange, provided by individuals who either crafted their own ornament or selected one that meant something to them.  #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

* My deep belief is that all of us have the same lifelong work: to learn honesty, courage, and love. To learn, in other words, how to be our best selves.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 12 - Wreath Rainbow

Wreath Rainbow

This little wreath has,
Bright colors like a rainbow.
Orange, green, yellow, red.

Delicate and neat.
Wrapped up tight around the ring,
With a tiny bough.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Wreath Rainbow ornament, Day 12, was provided by Susie Goneau.  #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

Happiness runs in a circular motion. Everybody is a part of everything anyway. ~Donovan

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 11 - Swirling Snow

Swirling Snow

Second to the last,
This is such a blast, you know.
Peaking inside hearts.

This one's no different.
A round-stuffed base, with bough, 
It's another match. 

This one of a kind,
Ornate, adorned crafty art, 
Like the Swirling Snow.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Swirling Snow ornament, Day 11, was provided by Candy Spencer-Dobson  #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

What a wonderful world!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 10 - Special Angels

Special Angels

Two Special Angels,
their cute wings are perched upright.
Happily grinning.

These Special Angels
Ready for the Holiday.
Gifts for everyone.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Special Angels ornament, Day 10, was provided by Mary De Wolf #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

* Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters. :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 9 - Christmas Sleigh

Christmas Sleigh

Look here, we have a,
Cute little Christmas Sleigh with
Powdered snow a-top.

This precious fine sled
Carries a tightly tied tree
Covered powder snow.

Christmas Sleigh, just right.
Simply wonderful joyous.
Revel with delight.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Christmas Sleigh ornament, Day 9, was provided by Jean Wodach Handrow #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

There is joy in work.  Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 8 - Soft little Snowflake

Soft Little Snowflake

This is a fun soft 
white little snowflake, that is 
wonderful disguise.

It fits in the tree, 
The Christmas pine needles allege,
Just the right size.

This quaint little craft,
plays pleasing tricks on ones eyes.
Soft little snowflake!

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Soft little Snowflake ornament, Day 8, was provided by Bill Hoernke. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

Seek freedom and happiness. Awake, reflect and watch. 

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 7 - Christmas Star Hanger

Christmas Star Hanger

Christmas Star Hanger.
The card says, "Hang on your tree."
Crystals have meaning.

A symbol for Christ.
The Star symbolizes Christ,
Who led the Magi.

Silver purity,
Signifies wisdom and hope,
Aspiration, trust.

Ruby Quartz assists,
Acquires spiritual wisdom,
Enlightenment, love.

Faceted Crystal,
Enhances energy flow,
Triggers energy.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Christmas Star Hanger ornament, Day 7, was provided by Deborah Shaffer. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 6 - Tin-Can Angel

Tin-Can Angel

Can you believe it?
Look close at this ornament. 
Yes, it's an angel.

Look even closer,
you will notice it's design,
from soda-pop can.

Believe it my dear.
Pressed with precious sentiment,
our Tin-Can Angel.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Tin-Can Angel ornament, Day 6, was created by Traci Keller. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

More happiness, More blessings.  ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 5 - Snowman Delight

Snowman Delight

Opened a package
and screamed with delight
I see what's inside.

"It's a cute little
snowman, who's cheeks are snow white!" 
I tell with insight.

A bow under chin 
and his charcoal mouth and eyes,
a bright little nose.

Out of his mouth, 
he quips, "I'm happy!"
This cute little guy,

He's wrapped up real tight,
a bitty scarf keeps him warm, 
all throughout the night.

Just quickly hang him
on top of the tree. Purely, 
a snowman delight.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our snowman delight ornament, Day 5, was delightfully created by our friend Mary Lowisz. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

* Be original, spontaneous, loving, crazy, proper, loud, daring, classy, unique and kookoo!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 4 - Super Cute Crafty Santa

Super Cute Crafty Santa
Wait, I think I saw a wink.
and a twinkle in his nose.
Yes, this is Santa.

Sparkle, fluffy beard, 
Super Cute Crafty Santa
jingle-bell, ho-ho!

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.  Our Super Cute Crafty Santa Ornament , Day 4, was created by the loving hands of Kim Groshek. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ღ Live Life Positively ღ

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 3 - Puffy Pillow

Puffy Pillow
Red puffy pillow
is fluffy as a niche,
leaves flutter all around.

A tiny little tree
tops everything off, you see,
with a final touch.

Finally, a ribbon
tied simply in a bow.
Easy just like that.

Features lark about.
This handy Puffy Pillow
capers all around.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.  Our Puffy Pillow ornament, Day 3, was created by the crafty hands of Maryann Buma. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

* Don't forget to smile.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 2 - Ornate Detail

Ornate Detail

It looks like Christmas,
Bubbly, color, popping,
a glimmer of hope.

A ball of color.
Every detail is glimmer.
spectacular work.

It's ornate detail,
makes you feel very allure.
Glistening, shining eyes.

Delicately pinned 
with all the ornate detail,
it's crafty and fun!

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.

Our Ornate Detail glistening ball ornament, Day 2, was created by the creative hands of Keena Spencer. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love

* Your individuality is the most valuable thing you have. ~ Martha Beck

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ornament Exchange 2014: Dec 1 - Frosty in AZ

Frosty in Arizona!

Inside, wrapped up
in dark and light blue tissue.
First, I see glitter.

A crystal glitter ball.
polka dots, frosty,
red ribbon, white, pink.

Crystals glittering.
A delicate bow settles
on a bed of snow.

Atop, the bulb capped
a refined silver bulb cap.
Glossy light, reflect.

A gift from afar.
Holiday, Frosty 
in Arizona.

This Christmas Haiku was written by Kim Groshek.  Our Frosty in AZ snow ball ornament, Day 1, was created by the delicate hands of Jennifer Craine. #‎ornamentexchange2014 #‎christmas2014 #‎holidays #friends #family #craft #fun #love 

The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results. - Norman Vincent Peale