Yearly Archives: 2017

Daily Journaling: A Transformative Habit

Kuan Yin journal featuring the beautiful artwork of Duirwaigh Studios. Click image for more info.

The beginning of a new year often inspires self-reflection. Journaling is an excellent way to capture this inspiration, track our emotions, or cultivate a routine toward mindfulness. Benjamin P. Hardy posted an excellent article on Medium about the many benefits of daily journaling as a keystone habit. Here is an excerpt:

Journaling Clears Your Emotions
Several research studies have found that writing in your journal reduces stress.These benefits include:

  • Reducing scatter in your life
  • Increased focus
  • Greater stability
  • Deeper level of learning, order, action, and release
  • Holding thoughts still so they can be changed and integrated
  • Releasing pent-up thoughts and emotions
  • Empowerment
  • Bridging inner thinking with outer events
  • Detaching and letting go of the past
  • Allowing you to re-experience the past with today’s adult mind

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Hygge: Savoring Winter

Image from our Present Moment 2019 wall calendar. Click for more info.

Hygge (pronunced HOO-gah) is the Danish way of embracing winter that embodies loving connection and ease. Dwelling. Savoring. Slowing down. Making ordinary everyday moments more meaningful, special, and beautiful.

I love how this philosophy mirrors the Taoist, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine paths of being in alignment with the season. With winter being so yin (cold, dark, wet and damp), it’s a time for deep rest, relaxation and restoration. We can balance this with some strong yang chi — fires, light and warmth! Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Katie Daisy: Painter and Wildflower

Image from our Katie Daisy 2019 wall calendar. Click for more info.

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Daisy to our family of contributing artists. Our Katie Daisy line currently includes a wall calendar, coloring book, and best-selling on-the-go planner.

Working in watercolor and acrylic paint as well as mixed media materials, Katie strives to capture the magic and beauty of a life lived in harmony with nature. She sells her high-quality prints through her website and Etsy shop, and has licensed her work for a wide-reaching variety of products.

Some of her notable clients include the Oprah Winfrey Network, Pottery Barn, Spirituality & Health magazine, Target, and Chronicle Books. Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — December 2017 — Free to Download

December is the twelfth and final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is the seventh and last month to have the length of 31 days.
Flower: Narcissus
Birthstone: Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic)
1 – World AIDS Day
3 – Advent Begins
7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
8 – Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
10 – Human Rights Day
12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)
13 – Hanukkah Begins (Jewish)
21 – Winter Solstice
21 – Yule (Pagan/Wiccan)
25 – Christmas
26 – Boxing Day (Canada, UK)
26 – Kwanzaa Begins (African American)
31 – New Year’s Eve

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Cultivate Gratitude with a Thank You

What are you grateful for? How do you practice gratitude? We love this list of 5 “Thank Yous” from Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. shared on the Psychology Today website. He suggests that we use this as a simple checklist to build our sense of gratitude which in turn will allow our sense of well-being to flourish. Continue reading

Giving Tuesday — Planting Seeds of Kindness

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is an annual opportunity for everyone to commit to supporting a charity that speaks to your heart. Support can come in many forms — some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to share the good works. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Barbara Dziadosz Loves to Cook and Draw

The Kitchen Art 2018 wall calendar features the charming illustrations of Barbara Dziadosz. The lighthearted 1950s-style illustrations featured in this calendar lend a retro feel to today’s whole-foods movement. Bright colors and fresh textures showcase imaginative food combinations that will have you experimenting with even your tried-and-true recipes — and will encourage you to include the most important ingredients of all: joy and love. Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — November 2017 — Free to Download

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fourth and last month to have the length of 30 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar.
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Birthstone: Topaz or Citrine

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian)
1 – Day of the Dead (Mexico)
2 – All Souls’ Day (Christian)
5 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
7 – Election Day
11 – Remembrance Day (AU, CA)
11 – Veterans Day
12 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
20 – Universal Children’s Day
23 – Thanksgiving

Free desktop wallpaper for November

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