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New Item For Sale | Yellow

Hey guys, I just opened a Shop on my blog and am selling this painting I did this afternoon. So go check out the details in the Shop!

Also, congrats to Arlene who won my ATC giveaway on my Facebook Page!  Make sure to Like my Facebook Page if you haven’t already ~ I’ll be doing another giveaway there in a couple of weeks!

Yellow | Angela DiGiovanni Art


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Giveaway | Angela DiGiovanni Art

Who wants it? It’s an ATC (Artist Trading Card) ~ 2.5×3.5″

The giveaway is on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaDiGiovanniArt

To qualify:
1. Like my Page
2. Leave any comment on the photo on the Facebook Page

That’s it!

The winner will be chosen by random (.org) on Wednesday after 8pm MST!

The portrait is done in Oil Pastels.

Good luck!

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Giveaway Winner For February: Hand Wash Cold

Thank you to everyone who participated in the February Giveaway for Hand Wash Cold by Karen Maezen Miller!  For those that knew about the giveaway but didn’t enter, would you mind taking a moment to participate in the poll below?  Your anonymous feedback is important to me so I can improve future giveaways.  Thanks!

And the winner is…

Wylie Hunt, who commented: “I would love to read this book. I have been following her blog for quite some time.”

Congratulations, Wylie!

Wylie was chosen by random.org:

February Giveaway Winner for Hand Wash Cold

In case you missed this one, be sure to subscribe to email updates so you never miss another giveaway again.  Giveaways are at random times each month.

If you are in need of some inspiration to find love for the life you have (instead of only for the one you pine for), I can’t recommend highly enough that you click over to Amazon and purchase a copy of Hand Wash Cold for yourself.

Thank you, Maezen, for your wonderful book and refreshing retreat.

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* Giveaway * Hand Wash Cold by Karen Maezen Miller

This giveaway is now closed – Congratulations to our winner, Wylie Hunt!

While I still feel inadequately ready to write about my retreat last weekend, it’s time.  It’s also time for my February giveaway and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate one than Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life by Karen Maezen Miller (who led the retreat).  It’s the book that has recently shifted my perspective, which has helped me embrace the freedom I have in my life.

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Giveaway details at bottom of post if you want to skip reading.
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Asilomar | Refuge by the Sea

Asilomar | Refuge by the Sea

I woke up much earlier than normal last Saturday as the sun was rising.  Set my GPS to Pacific Grove, CA – destination: Asilomar Retreat Center.  A playlist of specifically chosen songs to encourage grounding accompanied me and I sang my heart out as I drove for nearly two hours.  And then, it was time to be quiet.  I knew it was time to be quiet because the scenery commanded it.  Finally reaching the coastline, I knew I was near my destination.  The sun was out.  The sky was clear.  I continued down a tree-paved road right into retreat.

With the same butterflies in my stomach that have been with me since I can remember as a child, I found my way through the maze of the grounds to the Sea Galaxy conference room and entered the large vaulted room.  I spotted Maezen immediately in her black Zen robes, short and swift stature, inviting countenance.  She knew me right away, somehow, and said my name.  Confirming, I smiled. She smiled back, proceeded toward me gracefully and full of warmth, hugged and welcomed me.

An unknown angel gave me a scholarship to this retreat, and I’m really so grateful.  I’m not sure who to thank, whether Maezen herself (which, of course, I did), or someone else.  So, please consider my thanks, if you are reading.

During retreat we listened to wise words and ideas from Maezen, did a little yoga, a little meditation (which is really just paying attention to your breath silently), and explored the refuge by the sea and the beach.  My biggest take aways from retreat were:

  • paying attention – being present wherever you are, whomever you’re with.
  • attention is love – there is not greater love you can show someone than when you are paying attention to them fully.
  • your child needs an hour of your attention, every day.
  • if you stop running, they will stop chasing.
  • if you give them the hour they need, you have stopped running.
  • trust your life.

I also learned when it’s time to be sad, when it’s time to cry, when it’s time to mourn or grieve, when it’s time to be happy, when it’s time to feel joy.  It’s time when you are.  It’s time to be sad when you are sad.  It sounds simple, yet we make it so hard, disallowing ourselves to feel what we are feeling because somehow we feel we shouldn’t.

Asilomar faces the Pacific Ocean.  Pacific means peace.  If we want peace, we must face peace.

I can’t recommend Hand Wash Cold enough.  It specifically helped me on the road to embracing my life I have versus the one I pine for ever day.  And though my life is Ordinary – I can make it extraordinary by finding joy in the maintenance of it.


To enter the giveaway you must leave a comment on this blog post (any comment will do).  The winner will be chosen at random by random.org.

To receive multiple entries  you can also:

  • Like my new Facebook Page – leave an additional comment that you’ve done so.
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  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post – leave an additional comment with the link to your post.
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  • Simply Leave any comment – if you don’t want to follow me, like me, digg me, stumble me, etc… simply leaving a comment is good for one entry!

This contest will end Sunday, February 20th at 11:59pm (pst), so get your comments in before then.

Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry.  There are 9 possible entries.

Qualification for winner will be verified.  A new winner will be chosen if first winner’s entry could not be verified.

Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be announced Monday, February 21st.  Winner will need to provide me with their name and address.  If winner resides outside of United States an Amazon gift certificate will be awarded of equal value.

*** If you don’t win – please do yourself a favor and buy Hand Wash Cold ***

Hand Wash Cold

Thank you so much for visiting and playing!

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Flor Larios Giveaway Winner…

is… wait for it…

Kylie Fowler from Blissful Pumpkin!

Kylie was chosen by Random.org, a random number generator:

Flor Larios Giveaway Winner

Thank you all so much for stopping by and playing!  It was my pleasure and honor to share Flor Larios’s work with you.  She’s a uniquely talented folk artist.  You can see more of her work at her Etsy Shop.

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The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.


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