Sunday, August 18, 2019

Mosaic Monday #41: Blessed










lessed.  I am a blessed woman.   My health.  Good friends.  Loving children.  A darling spouse.  To live in the spectacular state of Montana. A positive outlook.

Not a new revelation, but one that struck me again as I prepared this post.

I sat down to do some drawing this week, and I looked to my planner pages for inspiration.  (I did this once before - see my May 12 post.)  I don't often need a pep talk, but everyone has a down day now and again.  If nothing else, these catch-phrases are well-suited to lettering practice!

As the weekend approached, I decided to structure this post using the phrases from May, June, July and August.  

Pinterest provides a wealth of fonts and tutorials on hand-lettering and drawing.  I enjoy looking at the options and choosing styles that fit the phrase.  As I created "Embrace Beauty", I thought to myself "That's a no-brainer."  I am surrounded by God's beauty each and every day.  

One of my favorite pictures from July illustrates this better than any art I could create.  Here I am standing in the hay field on the farm of my Dear Neighbor Friend.  It's so tall you almost can't see me!
"Nurture" means to "care for and encourage the growth of someone or something".  What is the state of your relationships?

As I mentioned in my August 1 post, #1 Son has been in the UK visiting his paternal grandparents, and he continued to send us photos from his trip.  On the day he returned, he scheduled a Skype call with us to tell us how much he has missed us.  Awww.  Here are just a few of his photos.

On Thursday, I was thrilled to be sitting in the bleachers at the Fair with my Dear Neighbor Friend when her granddaughters won several events with their goats, including novice showmanship and the best goat at the Fair.  If it weren't for our friendship, I would never have had this fascinating, first-hand experience of 4-H kids competing at the Fair.

On Friday, my Dear Neighbor Friend came by to deliver fresh, warm cinnamon rolls.  We had a lovely chat on our front porch while a soft rain fell.  What could be more heart-warming than that?  


The August phrase is "Practice Wellness."  (And how ironic, given that those cinnamon rolls have disappeared in a couple of days.)  I thought it was interesting that the designer chose the word "practice" to pair with "wellness".  It is a word full of action, execution, implementation.  Even if you are in a state of good health (wellness), it implies putting that good health in motion.  It signifies routines, habits, customs - are your habits healthy and are healthy practices also your custom?

I think I can check the box on this one as well.   Healthy foods, regular exercise.  I keep an eye on my mental health, too.  What am I reading?  What music is playing?  Daily prayer is essential for me.  Heck, drawing, as well as writing this blog, are forms of practicing wellness, even if I am mildly stressed at times about what to write.  

As I looked back over my artwork, it occurred to me that I could rate myself an "A" or "B" on all of these admonitions.  On top of that, I function pretty effectively without the reminders.  Yes, I am a blessed woman.  A blessed woman with some new art.




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37 comments:

  1. A wonderful post with much for reflection, for I too find I. too, and a blessed woman. Sometimes we need reminders. Thank you and I'm glad to be back. Have a grand day.

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  2. Wonderful post today - wishing you a beautiful week!

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  3. It's a good attitude, to look sometimes on the life we have, like you have done in your Post. Yes, we are blessed for many things we have ...

    ... happy MosaicMonday, I wish you a very good week.

    Heidrun xxx

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  4. ...wow, what artwork. I can barely sign my name!

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  5. Your post was just what I needed to read today. Thank you Angie. Thank you too for your 41st Mosaic Monday.
    Joy

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  6. Your drawings are wonderful and they all work magically with the words. Of course the photos were terrific too.

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  7. I enjoyed your post, seeing your lovely art-work and reflecting on the points you make.

    Wishing you a happy Monday and a good week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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  8. So much beautiful inspiration in this post, Angie. It does us all good to take many moments to ponder and reflect how blessed we are. I would imagine sitting on your porch looking at all that glorious countryside that engulfs you is a reminder of this. Love your drawings and the beautiful words sprinkled thereon. Thank you for reminding me of the blessings of this wonderful life. Enjoy a beautifully blessed week.

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  9. Your positivity always shines through Angie and I suspect your good health follows from this. As will good friends, loving children, and a darling spouse. It is all connected for sure, then top off some good life decisions like living in a wonderful place like Montana can you see me grinning back at you?!
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for hosting.
    Wren x

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  10. Hi! I like your drawing with "think positively". Your son's photos are very beautiful. I like the following phrase very much," mother nature is truely wonderful." Thanks for sharing.

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  11. It does us all good to reflect on our blessings, and on our attitudes in life. I enjoyed your artwork and the thoughts that accompany the sketches. Thank you for continuing to host Mosaic Monday.

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  12. I give thanks every day for the blessings of my life. Your journal is a beautiful reflection of your life, Angie. I loved the photo of you in your neighbor's wheat field and your son't beautiful photos and sentiment. Summer is winding down, our grandchildren are back to school, but my favorite season is ahead! There is always something to look forward to!

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  13. An inspirational post,Angie. The artwork is beautiful and I was happy to hear all about your recent days with family and your neighbour friend. Have a lovely week.

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  14. Lovely inspirational post and my inspiration for today's Monday WRites at my blog. Happy Monday every one

    much love...

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  15. Hello, What a lovely post. You are blessed! I enjoyed your son's photos from England. Congrats to your neighbors grandchild winning the 4_h events. Your artwork is pretty, very creative. The cinnamon rolls look delicious, yum! Thanks for hosting MM! Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  16. What a beautiful post! Your art work and quotes are perfect! And it looks like we got together to decide a theme for this week! I'm going to try to add some quotes in my art this week too! Happy MM!

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  17. Time reflecting on our blessings is time well-spent, indeed, Angie. People nowadays are so consumed by hankering for things that they do not have (and mostly do not need or want!), that they completely miss out on enjoying the things they have...

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  18. Wonderful mosaics, and photos!!!

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  19. Lovely shots, thanks for hosting, Angie.

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  20. Thanks for the uplifting post! Nature nurtures me too. And dessert lifts my soul and weighs down my body. Oh well. Like you said: practice.

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  21. Your flower drawings and texts are splendid. I liked them a lot. Everyone should now and then think about the blessings and good things she/he has in life. Being healthy and loved is a BIG thing. Wishing you a lovely week Angie.

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  22. your illustrations are so very beautiful. So are you. LeeAnna

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  23. Wonderful post, thank you, all your illustrations are things we need to remind ourselves on a regular basis, we can get caught up in life and business really easily.

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  24. Angie, I love your lettering! Be grateful is important. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

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  25. Angie, were you both an artist and writer when you were younger and you chose path of the written word? Is art something that has bloomed inside of you lately? The latter is my truth. My times of shying away from art get shorter and shorter. Playing with colors and seeing pictures develop from my squigglys and doodles, sooooo fun. Your words and arts brought that out of me, Montana Angie. I'm blessed, too. :-)

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  26. Excellent drawings! I think the one for Nurture Relationships is particularly charming.

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  27. How interesting---your whole post for that matter. Sounds like a lovely life you are enjoying---and life is what we enjoy most I do believe.
    I do believe that Nasturtiums will do well in Montana. They are a plant that also thrives on pretty much no maintenance. The ones I posted are volunteers and comeback year after year although most plant them as an annual.
    Enjoy!
    MB

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  28. I see your son has inherited your good eye for taking photos!

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  29. Your drawings are delightful. Mom used to say if you don’t have good health you don’t have anything. Good health isn’t a given but a blessing, indeed, and worth pursuing in order to keep it.

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  30. Lovely artwork and photos ~

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  31. Wow, Angie you are becoming a fine artist. I love your artwork, it's nice and the words work perfectly.
    Have a wonderful day/evening.

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  32. Yes, you are very blessed. Did you see Glacier got its first sprinkling of snow?! It's hot down here today but a break coming tomorrow. Have a great week Montanan. Kit

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  33. Lovely post, we all need a bit of inspiration now and then :)

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  34. creating art around the inspirational sayings is such a great idea. And I really like the happy yellow sunflower!

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  35. I love how you go about doing things, so thoughtful and planned. And you have a really nice neighbor!!

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