Pause and Revitalize

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 –
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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
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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 #16

How are you doing today? We’ve made it to the middle of the week.

Keep breathing. Inhale. Exhale. No matter what you are dealing with, you have the strength to get through it. Here are words of encouragement:

Seneca the Younger, Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist. (4 BCE – 65 AD)
Seneca the Younger quote

Langston Hughes, American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist (1902 – 1967)
Langston Hughes quote

e.e. cummings, American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright (1884-1962)
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Thanks for stopping by, You can find more inspirational quotes at Iris Abbey Pinterest Quotes.

Ann Marie

A look back at Pause and Revitalize #14:
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Take a moment and inhale slowly. Now exhale. Keep breathing — today will be a good day.

J. K. Rowling, British novelist, screenwriter and film producer (1965 – )
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Annie Dillard, American author (1945 – )
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Confucius, Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher (551 – 479 BCE)
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To see more Quotes, head over to Iris Abbey’s Pinterest account at

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I'm restless. Things are calling me away. You will never change - Annie Dillard copy Pause and Revitalize

Ann Marie


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