Pause and Revitalize

Pause and Revitalize #27: Let the Ladies Reassure

How are you doing? It feels like I’ve put in a lot of effort lately without much to show. Just spinning my wheels with nothing tangible to hold in my hands. Today I talked with my college friend, who always cheers me, despite her dealing with a horrible cold.

So, as Barb did for me, I want these encouraging words to make you feel better. Today’s messages all come from women. Let the ladies reassure us, now and always.

I wholeheartedly ascribe to their calls for more enthusiasm, risk-taking, and imagination.

Colette, French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. 1873 – 1954
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. — Colette

Erica Jong, American novelist and poet. 1942 –
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And the trouble is if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong

Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer. 1924 – 2014
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Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. Lauren Bacall

Thanks for stopping by,

Ann Marie

A sampling of more Pause and Revitalize posts, which I try to post on Wednesdays. They get me through the mid-week hurdles.

William James quote
Pause and Revitalize #26
Yo-Yo Ma quote
Pause and Revitalize #24
Encouraging Words
Pause and Revitalize #20
Langston Hughes quote
Pause and Revitalize #14

Pause and Revitalize #26: I Work Hard

I just returned from a visit to my physical therapist and, let me tell you, I work hard. It’s still the torn rotator cuff, but I’m improving. As soon as I got home I took a couple of Ibuprofen to get a jump on the pain.

I can still accomplish tasks today, but I want to reach to those of you who work hard and share words of inspiration.

So, let’s do this. I’ve thrown in a quote from Winston Churchill, the man who inspired the people of England to keep on keeping on while the Germans dropped bombs over their cities.

William James, American philosopher and psychologist. 1842 – 1910

William James quote
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact. William James

Colin Powell, American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. 1937 –

Colin Powell quote
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin Powell

Winston Churchill, British Statesman and Prime Minister. 1874 – 1965

Winston Churchill quote
If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Work hard, at least as best you can, torn rotator cuffs and such notwithstanding. Hope you have a productive day!

Ann Marie

Pause and Revitalize #25: Do not stand at my grave and weep

As the year winds down, In Memoriam lists crop up to remind us of life’s fragility. In the spirit of hope I share a poem I first encountered in 1989 when my brother died of cancer.

At the time the author was unknown, but has since been identified. Mary Elizabeth Frye, an American housewife and florist, wrote it in 1932.

A while back I created this image for Pinterest, For everyone who has ever lost anyone, I share this with you:

Mary Elizabeth Frye, American Housewife and Florist, 1905 – 2004

Do not stand at my grave and weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.   — Mary Elizabeth Frye

Happy New Year,

Ann Marie

A sampling of previous Pause and Revitalize quotes:

Celebrate Creativity
Pause and Revitalize: #23
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Pause and Revitalize: #22
Motivational Quote
Pause and Revitalize: #21
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Pause and Revitalize: #20

Pause and Revitalize #24 – Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts: This is the day of preparations — traveling to see family and friends, last-minute grocery shopping, baking delicious creations — because tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. I want to extend my gratitude to our customers, readers of my blog, and those who pin these words of encouragement on Pinterest.

A big thank you goes to Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Productions for her artwork. Mary Beth shared a few pieces of her art and I’m thrilled to use them with this week’s motivational thoughts.

Today I’m quoting a musician, writer, and surfer, all currently living. Here we go:

Yo-Yo Ma, acclaimed cellist and songwriter, U.N Messenger of Peace. 1955 –

Yo-Yo Ma quote
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma

Joan Didion, American author. 1934 –
Joan Didion quote

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. Joan Didion

Bethany Hamilton, American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack. 1990 –
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Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of. Bethany Hamilton
Happy Thanksgiving.
Ann Marie


Pause and Revitalize #23: Celebrate Creativity

I want to celebrate creativity today. I’ve started a couple of projects lately but — because everything takes longer than expected — nothing has reached completion. Alas, my paint projects languish.

Instead, most of my time focuses on bookkeeping, boxing items for shipment, taking photos, writing blurbs, visiting estate sales. I will argue that art can envelope any of our endeavors but, let’s face it, some tasks are less exciting than others. The good news is that we are selling things on our Etsy shop.

David and I will transport a gorgeous Mid-Century Modern dining table set from our warehouse today to the booth. It will be fun to arrange things, but I’m itching to get back to those painting projects and finish them.

So today, let’s celebrate creativity in all forms with these inspirational quotes.

Søren-Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author. 1813 – 1855
Celebrate Creativity
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” Søren-Kierkegaard

Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. 1928 – 2014
Celebrate Creativity
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou

Joseph Chilton Pearce, American author of books on human development and child development. 1926 – 2016
Celebrate Creativity
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce

I try to post Pause and Revitalize posts on my blog every Wednesdays. Here are a few previous ones:

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Pause & Revitalize #6
Eric Schmidt quote
Pause and Revitalize #9
Henri Matisse quote
Pause and Revitalize #13
Motivational quote
Pause and Revitalize #16

















More quotes can be found on the Iris Abbey Pinterest page.

I wish you a very creative day, if not today, then someday soon.

Ann Marie

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Pause and Revitalize #22: Watching Hurricane Matthew

It’s raining Tuesday evening as I check the weather reports on Hurricane Matthew. Tomorrow we’ll gas up the SUV and shop for bottled water, canned goods and batteries. Preparation plans advise stocking up on supplies for 3 to 7 days in case we lose electricity and water.

I just read that canned cat food is better than dry during these storms because it helps cats stay hydrated and they’ll drink less water, a precious commodity.

I imagine thousands of people along the southeast coast bordering on the Atlantic Ocean will be asked to evacuate. Because we’re about 12 miles from the beach, we’re advised to shelter in place. We’ll get plenty of rain and wind — and our creek may flood. Hurricane Matthew will visit us on Friday. Watchful waiting.

Let’s shift over to comforting and encouraging thoughts for all mental health. Remember, whatever you need to do, not only can you do it, but you can do it well. Two of today’s quotes deal with courage — we always have it, thought sometimes we must dig deep. The final quote asks us to imagine we’re angels.

John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer. 1907-1979
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Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne
Sir Winston Churchill, British Statesman and Prime Minister. 1874 – 1966
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Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. Sir Winston Churchill
Luciano de Crescenzo, Italian writer, film actor, director, engineer. (1928 – )
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We are all angels with only one wing. Only when we come together can we fly. Luciano de Crescenzo

See you next week,

Ann Marie

Here are a few previous Pause and Revitalize posts, if you want to immerse yourself in encouraging words as I prepare for Hurricane Matthew.

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Pause and Revitalize #1
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Pause and Revitalize #3
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread . . .
Pause and Revitalize #4
Thomas Merton quote
Pause and Revitalize #14


Pause and Revitalize #21: Hope Dies Last

I read Studs Turkel’s final book titled Hope Dies Last (2004) when it first came out. A journalist, Turkel collected oral histories from people of all walks of life. His book’s title comes from a comment made by a farm  worker — and I embrace it. On the occasions I’ve found myself in seemingly hopeless situations, I repeat this mantra. The flame of hope may flicker but it never goes out — and I want to believe, never will.

Here’s Jessie’s quote:
With us there’s a saying, “La esperanza muera ultima. Hope dies last.” You can’t lose hope. If you lose hope, you lose everything.—Jessie de la Cruz, retired farm worker

Now, on to today’s inspiration.

Alice Walker, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. (1944 – )

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“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make for yourself.” Alice Walker

Aldous Huxley, English writer, novelist, philosopher. (1894 – 1963)

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“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley

Sir Tom Stoppard, British playwright and screenwriter. (1937 – )

Motivational Quote

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” Tom Stoppard

Thanks for stopping by today.

Ann Marie

A few previous Pause and Revitalize quotes:

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Pause & Revitalize #8
Ralph Waldo Emerson motivational quote
Pause & Revitalize #10
Goethe inspirational quote
Pause & Revitalize #11

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Pause and Revitalize #20: Content with Thunderstorms

It’s pouring rain right now, thanks to a Severe Thunderstorm called 93L. We’ll see if she turns into Tropical Storm Julia. When thunderstorms pass through, we don’t blink an eye because it’s still hurricane season in Florida. We blink when a hurricane churns directly toward us.

That’s my good news for today: we’re dealing with a thunderstorm but not a hurricane. Not only that, I accomplished a lot of work today and feel . . . content. I wish you the same.

Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and patron saint of writers and journalists (1567 – 1622)
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“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.” St. Francis de Sales

Richard Wagner, German composer and conductor (1813 – 1883)

Encouraging Words

“Imagination creates reality.” Richard Wagner

Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist (1928 – 2014)

Encouraging Words

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
Ann Marie

A sampling of previous Pause and Revitalize posts:

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Pause & Revitalize #2
Voltaire quote
Pause and Revitalize #9

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Pause & Revitalize #19: For the Frazzled

I’ve returned from a day of errands and feel frazzled. Let’s all take a minute to pause & revitalize.

How about words to inspire? These are especially for something new that you’re pursuing.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote

“Everything is hard before it is easy.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Carl Sandburg, American poet, writer, and editor, 1978 – 1967
Pause and Revitalize

“I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” Carl Sandburg

Marge Piercy, American poet, novelist, and social activist, (1936)
Marge Piercy quote

“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not to be done.” Marge Piercy

I’m beginning to feel more relaxed. How about you?

Ann Marie

A sampling of previous Pause and Revitalize Posts:

I'm restless. Things are calling me away.
Pause & Revitalize #1
Deep Breaths
Pause and Revitalize #5
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Pause & Revitalize #6
Maya Angelou
Pause & Revitalize #12

DIY Vintage Chic

Over the Moon Link Party


Pause and Revitalize #18

We’re facing rainstorms all week — tomorrow is expected to be the worst. With that in mind,  I’m tossing inspiration to you for whatever storms you’re facing.

Alan Rickman, English actor and director. 1946 – 2016

“If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.”
Alan Rickman quote

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet. 1803 – 1882

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 1863 – 1945

“There is no greater mistake than to try to leap an abyss in two jumps.”

David Lloyd George quote

You can view more of quotes at my Pinterest page. Have a fabulous day.

Ann Marie

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