Art and Love from Me to You

When I am Appreciating

“When you are praising, when you are appreciating, when you are acknowledging value, when you are looking for positive aspects, when you are laughing, when you are applauding, when you are joyous, when you are feeling that feeling of appreciation pulsing through you, in those times, there IS NO RESISTANCE within you. You are, in those moments, vibrationally up to speed with who you really are.”

~ Abraham-Hicks

I saw this quote in Hannah Marcotti’s gorgeous course called Making Space (I super-duper highly recommend this course from the bottom of my heart.)  The quote made me think immediately of my gratitude project, A Hundred Thank Yous.

This is why gratitude feels so right, so good.

Announcement…after a brief hiatus over the holidays, I am back to my Hundred Thank Yous Project!  Yay!  I am two-thirds of the way through the project and I am working to schedule an exhibition of all 100 paintings that will happen in June.  (June!)  Everyone who gets a painting is invited and it will be open to any of my people who want to come!  I literally want to jump up and down with excitement about the event!  Of course, not everyone will be able to pick up their painting in person, so I am busy collecting addresses and putting little love letters to go with each painting that will be mailed to those who can’t make it.

I decide that February is THE month.  The month to work my heart out on the paintings and get them organized and finished so I can feel peace and bliss in the months leading up to the exhibition.

This project is the most JOYFUL thing I  have ever done.  I have come to realize that once my grateful project is finished, I may keep making paintings for people.  Maybe I will.  And give them away one at a time.  Or, I might do a different gratitude project.  Who knows.  But, I am very open to keeping this light of gratitude glowing in my heart.  It has deeply changed me.

On that note, here are a few things I am WILDLY grateful for in this moment:

  • Hannah Marcotti.  Love this woman to bits.  Her work for the world is angel-sent.
  • Goddess Leonie, my soul-sister of the Turquoise Ray (never heard that before and I looooove it!)  I am part of her Goddess Circle and (holy mother of Goddess) the wisdom and love pouring out of it all is epic.
  • My new Happy Light.  Oh, the glow of Happy Light sun in my studio in the depths of winter!  (You can see it in the photo up top.)
  • New Anthropologie mugs.  I truly LOVE them beyond reason.

I am headed to my mom’s this weekend and will probably be off-line most of the time.  A sweet little break at the end of January- then paint paint paint for everyone I love and adore!!!

Before I go, here is a sneak peek at my new Self-Love Prayer Flags series in the works!  The flags reflect what I believe is the most important thing we can do for the world- Love ourselves.  Can’t wait to finish and share.

Thank you for being here.  Much love.

 

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  • Michele Clausen January 27, 2012

    Wow! Such a beautiful post! I can’t say it enough …. You inspire me a million times over. Beautiful!!
    xo

  • Hannah Marcotti January 27, 2012

    That just melted my heart. You sweet one, are shining the path for such gratitude and appreciating that will be felt, paid forward and shot like light rays into the Universe.

    xo

  • Ruth January 27, 2012

    Oh, love! I’m so glad you’re in the Goddess Circle now and are loving it — have you joined a mentor group?

    I can’t wait to hear about this gratitude project. And the prayer flags! You so inspire me 🙂

  • Lisa January 27, 2012

    Ooh! Early order for Self Love prayer flags!
    Sweet post. Sweet friend. Wish you a soft weekend with Mom.

  • Liv @ Choosing Beauty January 27, 2012

    This whole post made my heart sing!
    I hope you’ll link up today on my site – the first Little Bliss List link party – because this, indeed, is a bliss list. 🙂 xoxo

  • Lisa Gonzalez January 27, 2012

    Lori, I truly love your blog, your words, your art, and your spirit. You are a gift. Have a great time at your Mom’s. I look forward to seeing your new finished flags!

  • kathryn January 27, 2012

    if Abraham-Hicks ever comes out your way you should go see them…very life changing too!!

    so awesome to keep that energy of gratitude going…it is amazing how much it changes your life!!! Good luck with your June deadline!

  • kelly barton January 27, 2012

    this has been exactly what i have been focusing on all day! that quote is killer.
    and you – you just make me happy.

    smooch.

  • Elizabeth Cottrell January 27, 2012

    Lori, you are unfolding like a butterfly before our very eyes, and you’re bringing us along for the ride! It makes me happy to take a minute to be pulled into your beautiful world.

    I am VERY interested in any exploration you might do on your statement “the most important thing we can do for the world- Love ourselves. ” That is counterintuitive, but I believe it too, and it’s one reason I have included Connection with Self among the four essential life connections I blog about at Heartspoken. I’ll enjoy hearing your insights and sharing them with my readers. And yes, that’s a guest blog post invitation if you’re ever interested.

  • Marcie January 29, 2012

    2/3 of the way thru?? Wow…must be exciting to see the light at the end..and to know that you have an exhibit in the making! You know I just love your work!

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