Operation Beautiful™

I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon this today, but what an incredible movement this is! The idea is to leave a “You are beautiful” message (post-its used most commonly) in some public place for a stranger to find. Imagine the smiles your note will create – and perhaps someone will even take your note and bring it home as a blessed reminder.

One of the fastest growing epidemics in this country is depression and low self-esteem. This movement really reaches out to help others in a creative and inspiring way. If you participate even just with ONE note, I guarantee you will feel uplifted, imagining who will discover your miraculous, encouraging note.

I had to do some errands today and decided to post some of my “BE-YOU-TIFUL” mirrors around town (a fun piece I made as a free download on my Create-A-Way website – see “fun freebies”). I ended up posting them in the changing rooms at Macy’s while trying on a few new things (see photo).

I also plan to write on the sidewalk in front of my house (I love sidewalk chalk).

I urge everyone to join this wonderful, playful movement.



We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight…

My mother forwarded an email to me today and it really struck me. One of those “chain letter” emails. Every once in a while one really hits the mark. This one sure did, enough that I felt I had to post it today, to share it with others in a special way, rather than simply forwarding it on. Native American is part of my heritage (I’m one-eighth Iroquois, though I don’t look it), so stories like this interest me a great deal.

The legend of the Cherokee Indian youths’ rite of Passage:

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.

He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises.  Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm.
The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.
It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is  reach out to Him.

Moral of the story:
Just  because you can’t see God,
Doesn’t mean He is not  there.
“For  we walk by faith, not by  sight.”

So many times I feel like the little Cherokee boy, blindfolded by fear and worldly concerns. And sometimes it is a scary thing to remove that blindfold, unsure what we will be faced with. Some of us go most our lives with that blindfold on, and sometimes we willingly replace the blindfold.

I hope this story rings true for you today, like it did for me.

ABC Creativity Interviews Goddess Leonie ~ “Stepping out of Your Day Job.”

Andrea Schroeder of ABC Creativity is undergoing a new mission to do a series of online interviews with the theme: “Stepping out of your day job and into your creative dream.”

Check out her first interview of the series with Goddess Leonie of Australia.

Perhaps you have already made the leap to quit your day job or go part-time. Perhaps you’re only thinking about it. Or maybe you’re like me, and have been given the ole cosmic boot in the rear OUT of your job, finding yourself in the scary but exciting position of facing your dreams head-on.

Regardless of your position, check out this series, and maybe something will ring true for you.