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Giving With Joy

Bill Clinton once stated, “…when we give what we can, and give it with joy, we don’t just renew the American tradition of giving, we also renew ourselves.”  I know this to be absolutely true as I continue with my Gift of Love campaign. I have been giving each work of art, the hand painted bags, to individuals with joy; and, in return, I felt renewed and uplifted. I have not been giving out these Gifts of Love for this feeling. My greatest desire is to be able to give to the world what I feel in my heart…love and kindness, which are things we all need in order to create positive changes. It is my desire model the behaviors for which I would love to see in the world. I feel so blessed and grateful to receive such positive feelings in return for each gift I have given.

Whether it is a work of art from your heart, or a donation, a gift for a special occasion, an uplifting remark, or simply a heartwarming smile, you will find when you give anything with joy, you will get a sense of warmth in your own heart. This renewal or spark can be quite addicting. I encourage you to try it.


Holiday! What does this really mean? Broken into its two components there is HOLY and DAY, a holy day. For most a holiday surrounds a religious event like the birth of Jesus Christ with Christmas. According to Wikipedia, a Holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observance is warranted. It is generally an official (more common) or unofficial observance of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities. A holiday does not necessarily exclude doing normal work: the relatively minor Jewish holiday of Chanukah has been described as a “working holiday” and those who celebrate a holiday such as Diwali may have to work a normal schedule in countries where it is not a public holiday.

One can take a holiday or go on a holiday, which means taking time to go on vacation or a breakaway from one’s regular work or school schedule. Some holidays, like Christmas, coincide with vacation time like the winter break for schools and universities in the Northern Hemisphere. Thanksgiving is a holiday observed in the United States where most are off from their regularly schedule on the fourth Thursday in the month of November and that Friday following it so it creates a four-day holiday weekend for many.

Yesterday was a “holiday”… St. Valentine’s Day. How many really celebrated it? How did you celebrate it? Would it not be nice to have your own personal holiday? What would that look like? It could be a day devoted  entirely to one’s personal needs and wants. Take a moment and close your eyes; think about all your own personal needs and wants. What do they look, sound, taste, smell and feel like?

For many it could be taking an extra long shower or bubble bath using the most fragrant soaps he or she has. It could be indulging in one’s favorite meal or dessert. It could be taking time to do some arts and crafts, playing a musical instrument, singing or dancing. It can be relaxing in your favorite space, reading that novel you have put aside for summer reading. Why not pretend to have summer day right now, in this very moment. Who says you cannot experience your own personal holiday right at this moment. Take an hour or take a few minutes, and spend that time totally on yourself engaged in an activity, which totally delights every part of you. Consider having a holiday, everyday, even if it is just for a few moments to celebrate  yourself. 


Why is it so hard at times to accept praise? It is odd that it is easier to give praise than to receive it. Why have we been taught to be so humble? Praise should be embraced and cherished! There is nothing more satisfying to the giver of praise than seeing animated appreciation and gratitude with a resounding, “oh! thank you so much!” as opposed to a humble and shy, “oh, you shouldn’t have” or “really? thank you”. When one takes time to really show their appreciation for being noticed; people are going to notice that person more because they get delight in the praise, too! Keep in mind that most people do not praise others unless they are genuine about it. Give them the satisfaction that you appreciate the praise and shower the giver with gratitude and then pay the praise forward. Oh, what fun that would be.

When we praise each other it lifts the spirit almost as much as does when we praise God. Praise is a joyful experience that should be shared and relished. Celebrate the praise and uplift others in praise. Make certain, however it is not false praise. The undertones of false praise is negative and the intention of false praise will not go unnoticed. Praise needs to be sincere and genuine. The positive energy with true praise is great. One can feel it. Praise is an outward expression of love and kindness. Each and every person is praiseworthy at least sometime in his or her life. All the more reason for people to celebrate the praise when it is showered upon them. True praise takes a person’s spirit to a higher level of energy.

On a personal note, I wish to acknowledge and shower appreciation to Tristan of The Alternate Economy and Lesley of Sustainableutopia for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award;
Ann of Channel Comfort for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award; and Rose of Every Now and Then for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I am so tickled to be the recipient of these! I am relatively new to blogging and have only been posting since Dec. 27, 2011, which is only a little over 6 weeks. I have come across some phenomenal writers here on Word Press and will proudly nominate my current favorites according to the rules of each of these awards. If you’ve been a recipient in the past, please consider this nomination as validation of your continued awesomeness!

Rules of Acceptance of the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Share 7 intimate details about myself
2. Nominate 15 other blogs for this award.

Rules of Acceptance of the Kreativ Blogger Award are:
1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the award.
2. Post a photo of the award.
3. Share ten things about yourself readers don’t know.
4. Choose six people to present this award to.
5. Let the six bloggers know they have been awarded.

Here are the rules for the One Lovely Blog Award.
1.Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2.Pass the award to other newly discovered blogs.
3.Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

7 details about myself and 10 things you do not know about me:
1. I love pizza and authentic Italian cuisine, especially lasagna.
2. I love art and crafting supplies; and, I try to utilize it all.
3. I adore puppies and love dogs…Sasha my 3-year-old pup is my inspiration and support.
4. I am married to a phenomenal man, Rick Orobko and our wedding took place in Canada.
5. I reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia and I have lived in Virginia for most of my life.
6. I am a first generation American; both my parents were born in different countries (Chile and Germany).
7. I have a phenomenal sister, Monique, she is my best friend and confidant.
8. I am a daydreamer and intuitive thinker; I now embrace and celebrate those characteristics.
9. I feel connected with everyone; and, with the dawning of the Internet, the connection feels even stronger.
10. I appreciate and value everyone! Each person has unique traits that need to be revered and celebrated!

My 15 nominations for the Versatile Blogger award are:

  1. Andy Dooley

2. Mike Blocker Speaks

3. Channel Comfort

4. Starbear’s Weblog

5. Spirit Space

6. NeoBoha life via a neo-bohemian

7. Commentary – Peggy Lee Baker

8. Time to Wake Up From the Sleep

9. 2rainydaypeople



12. Life, by the seat of my pants

13. Artist Marketing Resources

14. Cynchronicity

15. The Spiritual Fool

My 6 nominations for the Kreativ Blogger award are:

 1. Starbear’s Weblog

2. Life, by the seat of my pants

3. Savannah Spacil ART


5. Flighty Artist

6. The Paper Phantom

My nominations for the Lovely Blogger award are:

 Spirit Space

Each Day’s Offering

My Life in Color

It is fun to praise others and pay it forward.

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