Tuesdays Promise: Accountability

Tuesdays promise

True accountability is making a conscience decision to fully own everything that happens to you in your life. It means you comprehend that you and only you, are responsible for your attitude, actions, communication, reactions and relationships. This also means you are able to hold others accountable for the commitments and effort they give forth.

I believe that there is nothing more important than accountability. Accountability depicts authenticity, commitment, compassion, honesty, integrity, and it builds deeper, more meaningful relationships.

There is nothing more powerful than solving your own problems and fixing your mistakes. Owning your attitude and making a choice to be positive helps you see challenges as opportunities.

 

•Only make promises you intend to or know you can keep.

•Ask for clarification where instructions, duties or expectations aren’t clear.

•Respect other people’s time by showing up for appointments a few minutes early, or at least on time.

•Set reminders on your smartphone to remind you of planned tasks or events.

•Be sure you have a deep, internal commitment to following through on your obligations.

•Solicit feedback from peers, coworkers, friends, and family regarding your strengths and weaknesses in regards to personal accountability. Don’t argue with them, but really listen to what they have to say and suggest.

Choices + Behaviors + Actions = Accountability

I am accountable means you are able to count on me: if it is to be, it’s up to me.

Great leaders who are bound by their word are liberated by their accountability.
Lead From Within: You are the leader of your life. Consider the importance of accountability and work to incorporate it in every area you influence.

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Determination, a promise for Wednesday

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When it comes to determination, we all have a choice. We can choose self encouragement or we can choose self pity and defeat. It’s a choice each and every one of us possess. We all encounter hard times, heartache, disappointments, emotional pain and sometimes physical pain. What we need to realize is that it’s not what happens to us, it’s how we choose to respond. If you try anything in your life, if you strive to improve yourself, to lose weight, try to eat healthier, to love unconditionally, to forgive, or to make the world a better place, you already have achieved something remarkably wonderful, before you even begin! Forget about failure, even if things don’t work out the way you would like, remember to hold your head up high and be proud of yourself.

When demoralizing and overwhelming thoughts creep into your conscience, never allow them to build and fester. These are simply tests of that teach us what we are made of, they convey our conviction and determination. Only you can mitigate your reaction to such intrusions, large or small.

Here is a great motivational video:

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Be determined to have a fabulous day!

Daily Promise: Resilience

Fridays Promise: Resilience

Resilience is the process of adapting graciously in the face of adversity, threats, trauma, tragedy, or stress.

Life can be hard and knock us down in the blink of an eye, no matter how strong we are, no matter how successful we are, or how many friends we have. The truth is we have little to no control over the world around us, but we do have control over how we handle what life throws at us. We must learn to become resilient, this means picking yourself up and making the best of the day, no matter how discouraged you may feel. Resilience is about not letting how you feel stop you from living life to the fullest.

Resilience is about continually striving to be your best self, no matter what life may throw your way. It is remembering who you want to be and who you can be, even when people judge or don’t support you, when you feel as if you are failing, or chaos invites itself into your life. Taking action even when everything may seem hard, but remember that finding the right next thing to do and taking action is very powerful. It may not be the thing that solves a problem, but by creating positive energy through taking action can dissipate feelings of adversity and despair.

We are stronger than we know, and we are able to withstand more than we think we can. A wise person once told me, “life is tough, but so my darling, are you”.

Here is a great video on resilience!
Short video on Resilience

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Interview with shelikesthis on Etsy

Interview with SHELIKESTHIS on Etsy

What made you decide to open a shop on Etsy?
I just loved making ‘stuff’ and I have always wanted a store so when I left work it seemed like a lovely thing to do. I love the hands on approach It also helps to pay for my creative streak:)
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Why do you think it is important to support handmade?
Totally support handmade, items are lovingly designed, created and produced by true artisans rather than mass produced items that just cannot ever compete with unique qualities of true handmade arts and crafts
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What inspires your creations?
Ooooo that’s a hard one! My husband says my head just never stops but I do love colour and fun so maybe that’s my inspiration that and playing with lovely materials.
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How would you describe the creations in your shop?
Describe my creations boy you pick hard questions!! Different Unique Fun and lovingly made
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What projects are you working on now?
New book designs in fabric maybe quilted maybe applique or patchwork maybe all
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Whats the most indispensable item in your studio?
Light! That’s easy, I love a light airy space but also a big bag as I always carry my journal around with me with pencils and pens…
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What one artist living or deceased would you like to hang out with for a day, who would it be?
Only one… gosh maybe Giacometti or Rotho can I have a day with each??? Please that would be fun..
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What are your thoughts about being an Etsy shop owner in this day and age?
Different than before the recent etsy changes but I have made friends across the world swap ideas and thoughts so I love the community of it and the help that I have received from others has been amazing
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What do you think about social networking, do you think its vital for selling your artwork and why?
Vital in this day and age the world has shrunk and we have to embrace a worldwide social network it allows our work to be seen by much wider audience. Of course it has problems like ideas being abused by others but its part of being out there.. il_570xn-909936793_jzog

What is one important piece of advice you could give a new Etsy shop owner?
Ask for help! Great photographs, great descriptions and on etsy join some great teams and don’t be afraid to share your hearts!! il_570xn-1043780215_qd6g

Where else can we find you on the web?
uk.pinterest.com/alijb/
aliblikes.tumblr.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Shelikesthis/
twitter.com/alibshelikes
http://www.instagram.com/alibshelikes/

Wednesday Night Shopping on Etsy

I love unique, handmade items. That is what I love about Etsy, you can find the most amazing and “Must have” items and know that you are supporting an artist and helping make their dream of entrepreneurship come true.

I want to share with you this great Etsy shop that has handmade paper art beads! The Etsy shop is shelikesthis,  check out these gorgeous beads:

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2 cream, black and gold ART tube beads, each one is unique, a little work of art, guaranteed to be a little different for all your art and craft projects.

As each art bead is individually hand rolled with handmade papers, hand painted, with added decorative paper, they do develop a unique character making each bead is a little different. The beads are a little over 1 inch long and approx 1/4 inch thick with a 4 mm hole.

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2 pretty pink and brown ART tube beads, each one is unique, a little work of art, guaranteed to be a little different for all your art and craft projects.

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6 black and white hand rolled tube beads, each one a little work of art, guaranteed to be a little different for all your art and craft projects.
6 patterned beads.

If you get a chance stop by and check out her shop! Here is a little about her shop:

This is my shop, a dream I’ve always had and now able to follow.

I love creating with colour and texture, mixed with a little fun.
Selling on-line means that I am free to create art wherever my heart leads, it also enables me to be involved in the whole process from my studio to you.I love creating with colour and texture, mixed with a little fun.
My usual week normally takes me into town at least one day where I indulge myself in my favourite museums often sketching and looking longingly at my favourite pictures.. maybe a Renoir, Degas or Cezanne not missing the only Modigliani in the collection….dreams are so sweet!
I draw every day, my art materials, papers and paints, are always out ready to use. I do have far too much stuff, loads of quirky things, bits of old wood, odd shaped stones, feathers, bits of curled up papers, fabric threads, odd bits and pieces that are just far too yummy to not pick up and treasure.

 

Interview with Studio Gauthier

I’m LeeAnn Gauthier at Studio Gauthier. LeeAnn is an urban adventuress in beautiful Portland OR. I specialize in vivid eye candy, classic cars, Cuba, pirates and oddities.il_570xn-819197070_4uyd

I am a wedding, portrait and wedding photographer in Portland, OR. Please visit my portfolio at: http://StudioGauthier.Zenfolio.com

and Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioGauthier?ref=l2-shopheader-name

. An Instamatic 110 camera got me started photographing my adorable mo-hawked baby sister. Etsy drew me in because it’s the world’s greatest market of cool art.

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Pink convertibles in Cuba, waterscapes and rainbow oddities are a few of the fine art photos I create. Pink peonies adorn pillow case covers, and naked ladies in the Caribbean make the perfect shower curtain — so sexy that a printer censored these stone statues as “sexually suggestive.”
I plan to create more original transfers on canvas or bamboo with beeswax.

2016 Hippie Chic Jewelz Model “India”

I am so pleased to announce the reveal of my official Hippie Chic Jewelz model for 2016!  Introducing INDIA, she will be modeling my 2016 line of jewelry designs.

 

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SUNDAY FINDS ON ETSY

Why do I love Etsy?  There are so many wonderful handmade and vintage items, you can find something for everyone on your gift list!  The best part is that your purchases are helping artists make their dreams become a reality.

Here are some gorgeous items I have found from some awesome Etsy shops, I hope you will take a moment and visit their Etsy shops, you wont be disappointed!

I found this beautiful sterling silver midi heart ring by MinimallyMeJewelry

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Minimalist, thin, delicate heart ring. Lovingly hand forged, soldered and polished.
I’m not sure about others, but to me it works perfectly as midi ring, pinky ring and toe ring. 3 in one kind of ring 🙂   The interior diameter of this ring is 1.5 cm – size 5. Please convo me if you need a different size.  My daughter loves hearts. I love my daughter. Therefore, math says I must love hearts…
Part of my “Heartbeat” collection.

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If you are a lip balm fanatic you will love the Lip Butter from VictoriasBoutiqueArt!

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WHAT IT IS
Luxurious lip butter with orange flavor goes on super smooth and adds a *mild* tint to bare lips or cheeks. With a variety of nourishing butters and oils, this lip balm is sure to become a must-have in your daily routine.

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Get cooking with these awesome wood burn spoons from HummingbirdCraftsLLC!

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Give the “cook” in your life a unique gift with handmade wood burned kitchen spoons. A truly special gift that will be remembered daily with love. This makes the perfect housewarming gift or hostess gift! A great addition to any kitchen! Wood spoons are strong, look nice and are able to handle high heat. Each spoon is wood burned by hand with a Pyrography pen and given special care to ensure a unique design and effect. A Hummingbird Crafts LLC original design! Hand washing is preferred. Both spoons have been sealed to protect.

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I know many of you love your pets and pampering them is a must, you will love these adorable cat beds from CatHouseRU!

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Cat bed easy to fold, you can take with you to the exhibition of cats and dogs, as well as on the road.- The lower part of the pet bed sewn from Raincoat fabric, which is enough to wipe with a damp cloth, if stained. – Pet mats Inside two layers of Padding polyester, making the pet bed soft and warm. – The upper part is made of strong Coarse calico, it is environmentally friendly, long does not spoil. – Pet bed is bright, colorful, practical – your Pets will be happy!

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I have a confession…I am a tea fanatic!  When I saw these beautiful tea post from CeramaStudio I had to share with you!

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This Black Owls tea set made of clay and painted by hand.
The owl is a symbol of prosperity, wealth and wisdom. It is believed that the image of an owl protects people from excessive and unnecessary spending.
Tea kettle with pottery mugs – a beautiful and useful things in everyday life, a nice gift.

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I love art prints, and anything that is unique and has to do with coffee!  This BT FIRST COFFEE print from MyColorMood is a must have!

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BUT FIRST COFFEE printable poster – ampersand sign digital print. This modern and minimal black and white typography print with an “Ampersand girl” drinking the tastiest morning drink will be an excellent decor for your living room or office. Start your morning with coffee, start your morning with ampersand, start your morning with beautiful printable wall art! 🙂

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Need a unique gift?  These teacup planters from flowerfilledweddings are beautifully unique!

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Grapevine teacup planter with grapevine forming a saucer and cup attached together. Rim and handle are covered with green moss and trimmed with natural rope. Sewn in liner.
Create your own tea party, bridal shower, luncheon or gift floral centerpiece with these trendy planters.
Set of two teacup planters.

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For the music lover why not a Music Notebook by Sunbrilo.

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Music notebook, Moulin Rouge, Handmade recycled LP vinyl record notebook, vintage vinyl handmade journal music, retro wedding guest book.
This original vinyl record journal is completely handmade with love by me.
It could be a perfect gift for a musician, a music lover or anybody who loves making notes on paper and appreciates handmade objects!

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I hope you will visit these wonderful Etsy shops and show your support by buying handmade!