Loving Kaleidoscope Reminder

This afternoon I colored this lovely kaleidoscope style heart mandala. I created this piece of art as a visual reminder to myself to always love myself. Especially on those days when I think I don’t deserve it.

For a while now, I’ve been keeping a running tally of the number of days I have consecutively given myself good treatment, love and respect. While I have that running tally of nearly two hundred consecutive days going, I know that at some point I’m likely to eventually slip up and be less kind to myself than I strive to be. I’ve learned over the years that times like that are when I need to love myself the most. So, this mandala is here to remind myself of this.

I hope everyone who reads this post will accept this mandala as a reminder to also give yourself good treatment, love and respect, as you give to everyone else in your life who you love. ❤️

The Spice of Life!


Dear Iris,

 I think you may have misunderstood my job in your life. I know you are a primarily a writer, but I am a Muse! I am your Muse. Like you, I have lots of interests, so I have lots of areas of creativity in which I can inspire you. Please don’t be so quick to disregard the ideas I send to you.

I know, you are primarily a writer. You keep telling me. That doesn’t mean it would do you any harm to try out these other creative arts areas that I send your way. Nobody ever found physical pain or emotional torment from spending time doing arts and crafts. Yes, arts and crafts. You usually write stories, but I assure you if you’ll only do what I recommend the stories you write will be richer for it.

You resist me, but believe me when I recommend spending time dancing, singing, creating needle work crafts, painting, drawing, or playing piano, that all of those activities are creative in nature, and they will enhance your writing. I know they’re not words on a page, but they are creative. You may not take to all of these other areas of creativity as naturally as you take to crafting stories, but you get to experience variety in your days.

Variety is good for you. You get to work different areas of your brain every time you do something creative that’s different than your strong suit. Besides, when you learn new skills won’t at least one of those characters in your stories learn new skills too? Surely you want your characters to have full lives. After all, you can’t write stories populated with nothing but writers. How dull would those stories be? The more other kinds of skills and experiences you have yourself the better off you’ll be as a writer.

I know you find cooking to be a chore. But, you must eat! And, if you would take the time to explore the culinary arts a bit more I think you’ll find that you will be able to enjoy some creativity in that enterprise as well. And when you’re creative in the kitchen you can eat your finished product.

You can do just about anything creatively, so if you’ll just hang in there with me and follow my instructions I think you’ll find that you will get to have a lot of fun doing many different activities that are all creative.

Remember: Variety!





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