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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
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“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
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“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
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“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 #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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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread . . .
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Thomas Merton quote
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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)

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“Imagination creates reality.” Richard Wagner

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

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“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 #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
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“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)
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“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.
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Deep Breaths
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Maya Angelou
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Over the Moon Link Party

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

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
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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

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)
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Langston Hughes, American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist (1902 – 1967)
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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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Pause and Revitalize #7

Today, let’s consider the objects we place around us — the items, large or small, that uplift and help us.

Albert Hadley, American interior designer and decorator (1920 – 2012):
Decoration is really about creating a quality of life and a reality in that life that nourishes the soul that makes life beautiful. That's what all this is about. Not just what's' in and what's out.
Louis Kahn, American architect based in Philadelphia (1901 – 1974):
Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration and love.
William Morris, English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist (1834 – 1896):
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
Ann Marie

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My words of encouragement for today —

Put aside the thousands of excuses holding you back and move forward.

Anais Nin, author (1903 – 1977)
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Wayne Gretzky, Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach (1961 – )
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Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer and author (1897 – disappeared 1937)
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Move forward.

Ann Marie

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I’m offering you a moment to pause and revitalize.

Sometime before Christmas I signed up for Melanie Duncan’s The Power of Pinning training  because I needed to learn about Pinterest. I created an account for Iris Abbey and set up my Pinterest boards showcasing our company’s interests.

Of the several boards Melanie recommended, I jumped at her suggestion for a Quotes/Wise Words board to post encouraging — revitalizing — statements.

In my previous life I would print out business-card sized motivational quotes and hand them out to my students. I usually had 3 or 4 available, depending the kind of advice needed.

After posting several quotes designed by others, I realized I could design my favorite quotes using Canva. Easy. Fast forward and I hope to offer a few of these quotes each week, in the hope they offer you strength and grace.

Anaïs Nin, author (1903 – 1977)
I'm restless. Things are calling me away.

Annie Dillard, American author (1945 – )
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Anne Lamott, American novelist and non-fiction writer (1954 – )
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To check out Iris Abbey’s Pinterest account, head over to https://www.pinterest.com/irisabbey/

Ann Marie

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