I know what I want to do when I grow up!

I woke up at 1:30 again last night.  Four-and-a-half-hours of sleep and I seem to need a break. So here comes a new line of designs, and at 4:00 I’m back to sleep to complete the 3 hours everyone says I need to keep my head on straight.

Last night I tried a little experiment to guide my dreams.  I wanted to take a very, very expensive vacation to a tropical paradise or just the oceanfront.  I never made it.  At least I don’t remember dreaming any such dream.  Isn’t that always the way.  Things just get by us without notice.

Today I’m going to try to watch closely for every opportunity of enjoyment, especially with others who come into my day.  I’m going to have a plush designer pillow of a day!

You know the old saying, keep your day job.  Okay, for now.  But I know what I want to do when I grow up!

Rascality Web Storefront Opened With Ease!

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I have been hit by the creative spirit addiction!  Weekends are now spent with stylus or even my fingers racing around the screen of an iPad or bamboo tablet.  Don’t get me wrong, this is most enjoyable.  Last night I could not sleep.  I had my handy iPad close by and I began to design whatever came to my mind.  ….nothing serious.  ….nothing pre-determined.  I just went with the flow and the flow took me for a fine ride.  I ended the time spent with the idea of creating cards with sentiments written within as the ones I would send.

So my newest store, Rascality, set up by Zazzle is coming along nicely.   I like their setup, page design and their support in making things look pretty organized.  If you are interested in putting your own “middle-of-the-night” creations up for all to see and even maybe purchase, go to Zazzle.com.  The service is free to you.  And if you are extraordinarily ambitious, you can embed your products on your own website and if someone purchase your goods, you’ll receive an additional 15%.  –at least that is my understanding.  I will have to see how this works as I go along.  I am happy, though, that I have a location to place the results of this new onset of creative energy!

I am linking my Rascality store if you have time today to visit.  Thanks for your support.

Best to you,

Barbara

Rascality

Sneak Preview of Monster Kid Stuff

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I know it’s summer and I should be lounging around a pool or beach somewhere, but you have to catch the creative spirit when it breezes through.  This store is inspired by my two grandchildren who keep me young and hopping.  I’m seeing them today and I’ll let them have a look and see if there is any interest.  I will bet they will want to participate in the designing of new shirts.  Imagine that!  We now have the technology and iPads to let our young ones design the clothing they will wear.  It keeps my head spinning with wonder.

Enjoy the day!

Addendum:  If you wish to visit my stores you can click here and here.

 

If I Am Honest

Comfort In My Own Skin

If I am honest….

My hands are big and bumpy with bulging veins.

My feet burn with mild throbbing, vibrating pains.

My stomach is unfeelingly large, old and lazy.

My vision blurs in and out and mostly hazy.

My arms are achy but able to lift.

My hair is thinning.  My scalp adrift.

My nose is large and itchy,  fighting to take over my face.

My memory plays tricks, hiding keys, taking a date to a different place.

My teeth vibrate with mild discomfort, disliking the dentist who brings more hurt.

My legs are swollen, marbled with veins. Is that the result of too much dessert?

My ears can hear, my nose smell, my eyes see, my tongue taste, my hands can feel.

I am in fine shape at 68, though if you ask me most days, I’d say not ideal.

 

So what happened to that girl of twenty-three, who loved and dreamed with glee?

Did she use her body to love them all?  Did she find the magic key?

Was she able to change the world with her love? Did she make the best of choices?

Did she take the roads less traveled?  Did she listen to her inner voices?

 

Am I like the Velveteen Rabbit who gave its all for love? You know,

I think I am.  I have been faithful throughout my life, now I’m ready to let go.

It’s not that I will die today,  tomorrow or the next, I have much more to give,

Let this  be a time to share, give thanks, receive, forgive.

It’s time to celebrate the life together and feel the goodness of all that has been.

So I won’t measure myself against celebrities and I’ll be comfortable in my own skin.

— Barbara Dean Aliaga

Back And Refreshed!

Keep Making Happy Choices

I wonder where the time has gone.  I’m about to celebrate the first birthday of Hugo Emil, our second grandchild.  We celebrated at the annual Tulip Festival, I’m still working happily at The Harman Eye Clinic, AND, I still have my mind set on writing more books.  I have a lot to say and hope to be able to increase my finances saying it.

So I’m back and refreshed.  There are so many attempts I’ve made at writing and know I’m not quite at the ready point.  So just like the tulips I patiently wait to bloom.  And bloom I will.

I’ve done a lot of reading about positive thinking, tapping, and self-actualization.  A book I would like to bring into reality is a meditation type book that sits on a nightstand and helps sleep accomplish great, positive changes throughout a night’s sleep. It’s purpose would be to replace worry and concern over the past day with happy, purposeful daydreams of possibilities for the next day, couched in love and harmony.

I hope I persevere and have faith that people will benefit from reading it.  I am getting ready.

Getting to Happy in Real Time

Happy EnergyBe your best, happy friend.  That may sound a bit funny to you, but it holds some great advice.  We all know that deep, quiet satisfaction is the very stuff we are made of.

Peaceful happiness is available to us at all times.  There is never a moment that it is not available.  Everything you need is in the quiet of you.

One of the tools for locating the happiness within is to listen to the sound of each breath, become aware of your heartbeat. What a loyal friend is your heart!  Consider your age. How many years has your heart been beating? It is estimated that over an average of a 66-year-lifespan the heart beats 2.5 billion times.

The heart beats and your lungs exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen to nourish your blood supply whether or not you think about it.  These systems are available to you free-of-charge throughout your lifetime.  So is peace, joy and happiness.  Happiness is always available to you, free-of-charge.  There is no external thing, like a new house, a new job, new clothes, a new friend or loved-one, that can bring you happiness because you already own an unlimited supply of happiness.  It is the fabric of who you are.  You are the energy of happiness!

You can restrict your flow of happiness with negative thoughts just like you can cover your airways to prevent oxygen to enter your body.  If you cannot experience happiness simple remove the clamps of negative thinking.  Pay attention to each breath and realize there is more to you than you ever imagined. Take a moment to still all thoughts and reach inward to your best friend, you.

Let go of the negative concerns, strategies, pseudo-defences that restrict your happiness.  Let go, become aware of your breathing until you can sense the happy energy that wishes to bubble up into your day’s reality.  Ask yourself often today, “How do you feel?” .  As you practice each day, you will become aware of the negative impediments you have placed on your well-being.  Little by little, remove these restrictions and get to “Happy” in “Real Time.”