Too often we put limits on ourselves as we try to define who we are. In an era of branding ourselves, I believe we are putting limits on who we can become. Last month I focused on “New Beginnings” and did many art instructional videos…see link… as I explored various art techniques.
Although it was fun to make the videos, it was also confining and limited me. I became remiss in keeping up with my writing and other activities that I enjoy and wanted to do. This month I am going to break my mold, as I expand and spread my wings to see how magnificent I can become. I encourage each of my friends, family members and followers to do the same. Time to cut loose the ropes (brands/definitions) that bind us and test different waters.
As we kickoff a new school year in my hometown, I like to give myself a clean slate… A NEW BEGINNING. Starting Monday, September 1st, I am challenging myself to create consistently and regularly in many areas of my life. I will be expanding my imaginative spirit in art, writing and grate-full living. I plan on documenting my progress this year in writing, in expressive art, in photography and video.
The THEME I have chosen for SEPTEMBER is NEW BEGINNINGS; and the prompt for week 1 is: EXPLORING LINES.
As I embark on this creative journey, I will share my writing and grate-full living experiences here on A Kiss of Bliss; and, I will share my artwork and art techniques on Blissful Art.
You are invited to join me. You can share your progress in the comments here on my blog or join my Facebook group – Art, Buddies And Creativity: www.facebook.com/groups/ArtBuddiesAndCreativity. You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AKOrobko where I will be posting videos of my journey. Here is the link to the kickoff video of this challenge: http://youtu.be/YCODHqqsi-I?list=PLoCvvdbjmEyUfbBSUEXvqHU4v1uRSTGHm
by Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko (© May 7, 2012)
When you feel like you are in overdrive,
Feeling pent-up pressure, staying alive!
Then it is time for Letting Go!
Release, vent and breathe in some air;
Allow, permit, feel free to share…
Worries, fears…be gone, good-bye!
Invite in the love and the joy,
Positive energy, presently employ.
Embrace this time of Letting Go!
Stormy weather comes with its gloom,
But its rains help the flowers to bloom.
Mother Nature knows the wisdom of Letting Go!
Let go of the sorrows.
Let go of the fear.
With the tomorrows
Invite and choose cheer.
Now is the time for Letting Go!
- Determination (akissofbliss.wordpress.com)
I spent most of January creating these incredible acrylic paintings (each is 20 by 16 inches) for my art exhibition in my local library. I am being showcased for the entire month of February. It is such an honor!
All the effort did not go unrewarded as my immune system came to a screeching halt. Exhausted and tired due to running on adrenaline all last month, the FLU caught up to me. So, I listened to my body, because I had no choice and spent most of the weekend recuperating in my sanctuary, otherwise known as my comfy and cozy bed. Hot fluids, a few over the counter medicines and bed rest ruled the past couple of days. As promised, here is a digital collage of my artwork. I hope it brings you as much joy as it brought me when I created them.
More blogging when I feel better. Have a super-duper week!!!
Create new traditions to bring more joy and unity into the lives of you and your loved ones! ~ Dr. Angi K. Orobko
In December we celebrate love, joy, generosity, charity, Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, rebirth, return of light, and so much more. How we choose to celebrate the holiday is entirely up to us. We can choose to create new ways to celebrate the season. The possibilities are endless. Take the opportunity to invite input from your loved ones when you create a new tradition or two. Ask yourselves, how can you best celebrate? What will make this season for you and your family more meaningful?
My loved ones and I celebrate Christmas each year. Yes, we usually put up a Christmas tree and exchange gifts; but, more importantly we honor the birth of Jesus Christ, as well as, prepare our hearts for the second coming of our Lord. This preparation can be in many forms, but ultimately it is being Jesus and Love for others, whether it is in the spirit of giving gifts and/or sharing time and talents.
I love the idea of creating care packages filled with necessities and goodies for people in need. I love the idea of doing deliberate and anonymous acts of love and kindness each week in the name of Jesus and Love. These can become new traditions in my family. There are countless other things we can do and I am open to receive any ideas my loved ones have in mind. How about you? Are you going to create a new tradition this December?
- The View Today (babiesincommon.wordpress.com)
- Intentional Christmas (journeyofsteps.wordpress.com)
- Giving From the Heart for the Holidays (mystiblu.wordpress.com)
- What does Christmas mean to you? (responsiveuniverse.wordpress.com)
- Christmas Traditions (myblogexactly.wordpress.com)
- The Journey to Light (janetsunderland.wordpress.com)
- Holiday Month! (findinghealthafterillness.wordpress.com)
- Finding Christmas In Christmas (greatdaneservicedog.wordpress.com)
- 7 Ways to Reclaim Holiday Joy and Overcome Stress (psychologytoday.com)
- Celebrate a Vegan Hanukkah (sunsetdaily.wordpress.com)
The Winds… (of Sandy)
by Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko
The WINDS…they gust
with sinister lust,
powerfully bending the trees.
The full moon tides
flooding our lands willfully.
Heartfelt prayers and love
signaling the angels above,
to deliver us from hurt and destruction.
As time passes by
the wind still cries,
causing fear and dysfunction.
But we will soon see
through this melee
that we are more than just survivors.
Material things we can replace,
but not the human race,
so, let us hang on to each other.
As many of you know I am giving away 100 Gifts of Love, which are hand-painted lunch bags with the intention of spreading love tangibly and inspire others to spread love. I have given away close to forty gifts now. Here is a slideshow/gallery of gifts #31 – 52.
When I give away 20 more, I will post another slideshow. I encourage each of you to join in this campaign by going to HEARTS THAT CARE. I have a gallery of all the bags I have created from 1 to 30. I am adding more to the gallery each week. I have given most of these bags away. When you choose to do the Gift Of Love Campaign, you will be paying LOVE forward by creating your own beautiful work of art on paper lunch bags. I have a poem available on my website for you to include with your hand-painted/crafted bag. This is an opportunity to give others a Gift Of Love, express your kindness, connect with others in a meaningful way, value and appreciate who he or she is, and make his or her day.