As if I didn’t already have enough to do …

Why is it that passion often overrides common sense? About six weeks ago I was approached by someone whom I believe will become a good friend. She asked me about designing a website for a local non-profit. Our local art center, in fact. A place I would love to call home and I’m not even an artist. But, something draws me there. Maybe it’s the people. Maybe it’s the building. Maybe it’s how I feel when I’m there – surrounded by the art of local artists, the almost musty smell … the kind of smell that reminds you of what once was. It’s a good smell. Comforting and yet, refreshing. High ceilings, wood floors, and the ever-present art on the walls. It’s a simple place. A place where one can breathe one of those enormous cleansing breaths that make you realize you’ve been holding your breath for too long. Our stressful lives can do that. Breathe. Suck in the aromas of yesteryear and let your creative juices run through your fingertips – maybe someday something you’ve created will find its way to the walls of the Ann Rudd Art Center in Ozark, Alabama.

So back to passion vs common sense. I knew I already had a full plate with working part time, volunteering for the Ozark-Dale County Humane Society (ODCHS) as their treasurer and calendar fundraiser chairman, handling my aging mother’s monthly financials, grandchildren, yoga, meditation, cooking, cleaning, blogging, walking/hiking with my dear husband, Tom, and there are always those grandchildren. Life is good. Busy, but good, very, very good.

But, I have a passion to help and I love to design websites and help non-profits develop a presence. So, there you have it … I’m hooked. And, it’s not always easy but I’m up for the challenge and like ODCHS, the people are awesome … so there you have it.

And, no … I cannot design a site for you. But, ask me another day. ¬†Who knows?

Keeping it simple

Keeping it simple

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a “simple button” you could press to instantly simplify your life? It may be easier than you think. Most of us do something that can easily act like a ‘simple’ button. And that is BREATHE. Proper breathing can reduce stress and anxiety. It can lower blood pressure, and lessen a stress headache.

Next time, take several cleansing breathes … simplify your space. It works for me most of the time. Or, just taking a bit of time for myself.

Of course, this is no substitution for serious conditions and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. But, it’s a good place to start!

Need a link or three? Here you go:
http://www.onepowerfulword.com/2010/10/18-benefits-of-deep-breathing-and-how.html
http://www.spinachandyoga.com/5-hard-to-resist-benefits-of-breathing-deeper/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/92264-benefits-deep-breathing/