Daily Photos & Quotes

Natures is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.  ~ John Ruskin

The Dream by Langston Hughes

Bring me all of your dreams

You dreamer,

Bring me all of your

Heart melodies

That I may wrap them

In a blue-cloud cloth

Away from the too-rough fingers

Of the world.

Life is not about getting through the storms, but about dancing in the rain.  ~ Bunny Armstrong

Thoughts become words, words become actions.  Actions become habits.  Habits become character. ~ Author Unknown

What do you want to be 100% committed to to make your life more luscious?

Each of us possesses a creative self. Claiming that is a transformational art. ~ Eileen M. Clegg

Dream! Dream! And then go for it! ~ Desmond Tutu


Sometimes, you gotta toot your own horn! Go ahead, TOOT TOOT! ~ Heather Meyer


It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~ Lucille Ball


You are the colors you choose. ~ Vicky Wall

Attention is like sunlight and water for a plant. What we pay attention to will grow. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Believe there are no limits but the sky. ~ Cervantes

Declare outloud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

…sun…shower, alike they’re needed to the flower; and joys and tears alike are sent to give the soul its nourishment. ~ Sarah Flower Adams

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being. ~ Hafiz


Learn to find pleasure in simple things. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. ~ Dalai Lama

Come to the edge. We can’t. We’re afraid. Come to the edge. We can’t. We’ll fall! Come to the edge. And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire


You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person. ~ Scott Sorrell

To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten. ~ Arne Garborg

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beautiful things are unfolding! SO THRILLED to be working on my “Living Lusciously” Manifest for next Saturday’s BeautyShop!

You must be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathanial Hawthorne

The biggest thing in this world … bigger than the ocean and the sky … is your heart. ~ Do Hyun Cho


Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~ Omar Khayyam

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. ~ Georgia O’Keefee

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~ John Burroughs

To attract something that you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you. ~ Martha Beck

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless. ~ Pema Chodron

Follow your instincts. That is where true wisdom manifests itself. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for. ~ Lawrence Block

Every door is another passage, another boundary we have to go beyond. ~ Rumi

{Breathe consciously and deeply.} x repeat

I find home in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. ~ Dalai Lama

Vines making their way through a fence to find the rays of the sun they are seeking. It is possible to find a way to do what it is you desire.

What did you do to relax? How did you find ways to release & rejuvenate yourself?

Pure joy, appreciation & excitement around the growth of Create Your Own Beautiful!

I heart lavender! Pick a sprig or buy some oil to keep handy to take a big breath of when you need to relax and rejuvenate!

This work is dedicated to the joy…the beauty…the creativity…and the wild spirit… ~ Alvin Ailey

Sometimes, rainbows are also found when you look down. What inspiration is waiting to be found? Remember, it may be in a different place than where you think it is!

Sometimes you find love reminders in places you wouldn’t even imagine. Like this heart ‘flaw’ in the wood of a fence. Slow down just a bit, look around you and be aware of the beauty that surrounds you.

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. ~ Lyman Baum

How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking. ~ David Schwartz

Moroccan table.

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. ~ H. L. Mencken

I heart this bag. From Brooklyn Industries.

MMMMMMmmmMMMM. Home-made raspberry jam.

I heart tea parties!

Pattern in a bowl from Morocco.

B is for Beautiful!

From a pothole on the ground. I adore urban art!

Breathe deeply – and watch things fall into place. Letter to myself from the fabulous ‘Cupcakes, Cards & Compassion’ workshop by Beautiful Britt!

Shiny, happy flowers in the sun after a lot of rain!

Red bookshelf with beautiful Tibetan card.

Stop thinking; just make something. Express your heart and create your own beautiful.

Hope & beauty in newness being revealed.

A reminder of gentle strength.

Carved wood bowl from Costa Rica.

The sun casting shadows and light patterns on my floor.

Inspired to jot notes in my visual journal from Brene Brown’s video on The Power of Vulnerability. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/1042

Inspired Haiku:
Newness revealing
Unraveling beauty-full
Her heartbeat so strong

el corazon ~ the heart
from my visual journal

Photo SHARE from beautiful Audra. This has been up on my computer along with a photo of the clouds, acting as reminders to trust in change, even when it feels like a struggle.

Go ahead. Make a wish. Make it a big one. Exhale into it. Be excited by what is ahead.

This lavender spray is so calming! Ahhhhh. Lavender love ♥♥♥

While I would not have purposefully added blue paint to my work table, it’s a pretty cool look. Sometimes art messiness can turn into beauty.

Sometimes, I love taking a day to work from bed with candlelight ( ‘High Tea’ by Royal Apothic) while sipping on a real cup of tea. So heavenly.

Clearly, I’m going through a cupcake phase : ) Delish and perfect way to get some calories back in me after expending a trillion of them in Shimmy Pop!

What inspires you?
From my visual journal.

My fav way to hydrate! Hydration helps with energy & beauty. This brand, C20, tastes the best to me and it’s straight up 100% coconut water. Drink up!

Barefoot dancing can be super hard on the feet! This Body Time lotion is THE BEST for helping! If my feet are talking to me, I apply a bit extra before I go to bed and/or before I put my socks in the morning. I swear by the power of this lotion! Plus, you can get any scent you like. I’m fond of Gardenia and Rose. Yay for happy, beautiful feet!

I heart candlelight.

I got this card at a Mindfulness Day by Thich Nhat Hanh in Oakland way before I moved to this side of the Bay. Things like this remind us that we are on the right path.

I am in awe at the beauty of nature’s designs. Animal prints are so fabulously unique!

Even when the sun is not seen, it is still present. In the meantime, let’s enjoy the clouds.

Coconut Cupcake = Delightful Yumminess!

Did you know that you are FULL of BEAUTY? You are. Beauty-full. Truly.

Sometimes, we need to take time & reflect inwardly.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve received so many lessons about needing to go along for the ride and experience the journey fully. I admit I’m usually a gal who like instant gratification. When you have different details with the same message, it becomes really important to listen. Eyes on the destination, living in the journey.

Admire what is in full bloom. Release what is past. Look forward to what is about to be revealed. The cycle o

Such a wonderful reminder as I open/close the door.

Beyond boundaries. The space has been painted to extend the designs of a tapestry (to the left). Inspiring to think about extending beauty beyond boundaries.

Time to manifest dreams.

Beyond words. From visual journal.


Behind the storm and grey clouds, blue skies and sunshine exist.

Follow your heart and you will find happiness. Let’s remember this.

happy love day today and every day…
image from my visual journal.

When you feel things are not possible, find grass growing up through concrete and know that there is a way.

Rather than holding on tightly, release and let go. Have faith that things will be how they need to. Follow your heart, find your bliss. Breathe.

After a storm comes a calm. ~ Matthew Henry

Sometimes, life puts forward challenges; it is essential to come back to our heart and know that the calm will come.

Image from my visual journal.

Mother and child, hand in hand, walking with a water jug on her head. Made by my mom back in the day, inspired by her time in Morocco.

As a child, I had regular dreams where I would fly. Amazing feeling. As an adult, I can only recall one. Maybe this is why I am so attracted to feather earrings?

Querido Corazon / Thank you for being the place that I can always come back to, even when life feels challenging. I appreciate your perspective, wisdom, and sincerity. /Abrazos

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

I heart bubbles. Especially when the sun is on my skin and my heart feels as though it is radiating from deep within.

SURFACE to DEPTHS. From my visual journal.

I heart hot pink flowers.

Beautiful flowers for Chinese New Year. I ♥ new beginnings! May your year be filled with joy, beauty, love, peace, dance, healing, and whatever else you wish to bring into your life.

Blue skies. Red leaves. Golden sunshine. Beautiful day.

Hand of Fatima. My artistic mother made a series of these prints, which are symbolic of protection. She made them when she was pregnant with me while in Morocco.

Mosaic table, made with love, integrating different colors, textures, sizes, shapes. I also love the bits of mirror that have been been interspersed for reflection. It makes me happy every time I see it’s beauty.

Little things can bring such happiness. One of my signatures styles is a flowerish design on my left toe. I am always amazed at the detail, skill & beauty!

Table and vase from my table at dinner, along with a glass of sparkles with a fabulous friend. Is it time to reconnect with a friend? Go ahead, give them a ring and make a date! Friendships are invaluable & full of beauty!

A look in and down a skeleton from my massage class. The body is amazing! We need to recognize & appreciate all of our what our bodies do for us. There is so much depth & beauty underneath our skin! Let’s give our bodies the respect they deserve!

HOPE is a blend of wanting more, keeping faith, and being present & finding happiness with what is.
HOPE is in the silent spaces between our laughter.
HOPE lies in the depths as well as on the surface of our protected hearts.
HOPE is a reminder, a calling, a dream turning reality. 

“Living my life like it’s golden” ~ Jill Scott. Image from my visual journal.

Postcard of a Spanish dancer. Head held high, eyebrow raised, a knowing smile. And, sassy red heels to boot!

I have such fond memories of making wishing on these as a child, that I still officially call them ‘Wish Blowers.” What to you wish to bring into your life?

While I mostly sport flat boots and flip flops these days, I do love platform heels! These are *actually* amazingly comfy!

mirrors for reflection / lighting for ambiance

This is from a diorama that i made a few years ago. It still hangs in my house reminding me that LOVE SURROUNDS and to live life lusciously in a HEARTFELT way.

Mask of sunshine that hangs on my wall, reminding me of warmth, friendship, and beauty

…radiant love…

This is a close-up of a pillow my mother bought for me years ago that I just love. It adds a nice bit of color and texture to wherever it ends up. Today, it served me well since I had some serious couch time trying to get rid of this cold! Soft pillows and listening to your body are beautiful things!

“Just when the caterpillar though its life was over, it became a butterfly.”

I hella heart Oakland! I noticed this beautiful ‘manhole’ on my walk today. I almost walked by it without even seeing it. I love the design and color added. I also love the bits of greenery that have decided to move on up despite the concrete! What beautiful urban art!

Water = Life. Are you hydrating?
Photo taken at Encuentro, one of my fav restaurants in the Jack London area, while I was working on goals for the year.

I heart feather earrings! Peacockasizing, ya’ll!

Alvin Ailey has been my favorite dance company for so many years. They dance with heart, passion, love, pain, joy, soul, and history. They are artists to a new level and dimension. Inspiration beyond words. (I did not take this photo myself, but couldn’t help but include it when I saw it!)


This piece is a postcard that I framed from artist Mary Daniel Hobson. She says, “I am interested in what lies beneath the surface of the skin. It is not the physical structures that concern me – ligaments, organs, bones. Rather it is the emotions and experiences that are imprinted on our bodies – the places we travel, the music we listen to, the letters we read and write. Our past informs our cells.” I couldn’t agree more. For more art by Mary, visit: http://www.marydanielhobson.com/

I have admired clouds since I was a child, always finding it fun to see what pictures I can make out in them. As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate them on another level: an inspiration for change. Clouds are always clouds, but they are ever changing in color, patterns, flow. What is something in your life that you want to change?

A beautiful shell that was embedded into a stone bar, along with other bits and pieces of rock. I also ♥ the turquoise! Magical & Beautiful!

Awakening the Heart is a collage that I made for the cover of my visual journal. After I pieced together the images I wanted to use, I taped on clear packaging tape to keep it secure and to give it a nice shiny effect. What does art look like in your life?

Windchimes hang from my window in my bathroom. I love the sound the shells make when they lightly hit each other when the window is open, especially when I’m taking a hot bath and the cool breeze comes though! What ritual do you have to recharge?

Peacockasizing: The art of creating your own beautiful and flaunting it, for yourself, as a means of expressing yourself from the inside out. Intrigued? Beautyshops coming soon!!!

Collage: Beauty of Dreams / becomes real / al cielo / beyond / con fuerza / integral / vibrant / ven a mis brazos / effortless / centered / inspired / stripped / real / Beauty

This glass Coke bottle is in Arabic. My family lived in Morocco years ago, and I was intrigued by this bottle on my last trip there. It now acts as a vase, as I love flowers! In this photo, it holds my Happy New Year orchids : )


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