Lawsuit Filed! #BernieSanders2016

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Lawsuit Filedclick here to read!

After knowing about a software security issue for months, the current head of the Democratic National Committee *and* former *Clinton campaign chairperson*, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, suspends Bernie Sanders campaign to voter data access. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be removed as DNC chair for gross misconduct and her inability to remain neutral as stated in the rules and bylaws. #BernieSanders2016

Hold Your Ground… Be That Nut!

Hold Your Ground! Be An Acorn...

Hold Your Ground! Be An Acorn…

I saw a quote-y thing this morning and immediately was inspired to do this tiny little mixed media project as a reminder… if you’ve ever been referred to as a nut, absolutely go with that and just guard yourself from any ravenous squirrels… “The tallest tree in the forest was just a little nut that held its ground.

Happy February!

I'm going through some of my teen art that had been put away. It's a new start to a new calendar month and I'm here getting ready to start watching the Puppy Bowl... while most of the world is watching the Super Bowl.

I’m going through some of my teen art that had been put away. It’s a new start to a new calendar month and I’m here getting ready to start watching the Puppy Bowl… while most of the world is watching the Super Bowl.

Eat Pray Love… Art?

I have been saving these McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal tins for a while now with no ideas… they’ve been sitting above my oven – where they had looked sort of strange as they were without any purpose. The truth is that because of the way my oven’s cord sits in this older home (in need of a kitchen refinish) there is a space between the oven and the wall that is a bit larger than I like… and I don’t want things to be put up there to fall behind the oven. So, these tins were an excellent reminder for me. I also was trying to add a specific Feng Shui element to enhance the area… and one night before going to bed I took all of five minutes to paint these with chalkboard paint and a sponge brush and looked at them the next morning wondering what to do next, since I didn’t like the look of them!

Not feeling very creative, and being one of those people that won’t finish something because it’s not perfect, I decided to change that and grabbed a piece of chalk. I do have chalk paint, but wasn’t ready to commit… so I grabbed a piece of plain chalk and wrote the first things that cam to mind – fitting for a kitchen… and this is what I came up with:

Eat Pray Love

 

I didn’t clean off any edges at this point… and I still have some design work to do… I would like to refine the lettering (it’s my natural handwriting – and written very quickly)… clean up the edging and probably pain some edging details.

The Feng Shui element is that these are metal painted charcoal (almost black) above a freestanding stovetop/oven range. The mouth of the stove faces South East… and the kitchen sits in the northeast bagua (traditional)… so even though the objects are metal and painted charcoal… I have given them some intentional fire sustaining elements… the woodsy-looking branches (wood) and the charcoal paint itself… which can sustain a fire. so much of Feng Shui is intuition and intention.

Feng Shui Stove Mouth

Once I refine my work, I am going to post an update.

The reality is that  McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal tins are amazing. They are wonderful storage for someone who grows a lot of their own herbs, teas, and spices… or for someone who simply buys them in bulk.

But I am so happy to have done *something* with these, finally… no… they remain unfinished but really (besides that I need to clean up some sloppy edging) I don’t think many would notice that!

I hope this helps to inspire someone else who doesn’t know what to do with these!

Be inspiring!

~Phyllis Ida Concordia

62 Days Until Spring

62 Days Until Spring

We have 18 days until Imbolg (or Candlemas, if you prefer)!

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Show The World Your Magic

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Change Through Perception

Change Through Perception

Whenever you feel hopeless, like you can’t change, just remember that you have the ability to change your perception… and that changes everything.

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Communication

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Certain attitudes can also make communication difficult. If you want to truly communicate, as opposed argue, make sure that you are open to learning. If you check in and discover you are not open because of emotions or that you have an agenda, then you either need to shift your intent from being a controlling “listener” to an open communicator or temporarily delay the communication. You may need to tell each other that for now we cannot talk about this because we are “stuck” in a mode of unhealthy communication and need to try again when settled and ready to try being open. If you find yourself repeatedly stuck then you can only do what is healthy for yourself and your own well-being… and do the best in doing what you feel it is right for everyone involved. Realizing at least for the moment, you need to stick to what needs to be done.

Help One Another

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Today I am speaking out about something that is often swept under the rug and it’s quite upsetting each time I think of it.

This world, and our fellow human inhabitants have a lot tolerance and acceptance for a lot of crap.

Sexual abuse… I understand that it is widespread and so many people go on to live their lives having dealt with it, it can be devastating in ways that some people who have never experienced it and don’t understand.  Also, each person’s story is different making it difficult to lump it all into a simple way to understand it as a specific issue.

When a child, or a teen doesn’t come forward with their problem being which they have been abused (depending on age, and other factors) it is sometimes because they don’t even understand what is happening to them or why.  Other times they understand exactly what is happening but are afraid to say anything – this could be because they are afraid they will be blamed, or that they will be told they are liars, or because they are afraid that something bad will happen to them or to someone they love just for simply have spoken out about it.

Very sad is that often the “victim” (I typically don’t use that word because I feel it sometimes creates even more of a set-back the healing process) is dealing with the act of the abuse in a healthy way but the main problem often becomes that their relationships change because of the people who either don’t want to accept that this could have possibly happened..

Parents and caregivers… please trust what your children are telling you. And try to set get through the denial and the feeling that it is somehow your fault.  It is the direct fault of the abuser.

Don’t let a person who has been abused suffer furthermore by neglecting them, their feelings or sweeping it under the rug.

And by all means trust each other and learn to trust yourselves.

Even the abuser is not always a *bad* person – they sometimes have been abused too… and need help.  Sure sometimes the abuser is simply a horrible person… but it’s never a black or white situation.

We all need to help each other – don’t spread any further hurt.

People live through years of self-hate and feeling damaged simply because they feel that people see them as an insecure victim – the people who they know and love… the people that they should be able to trust.

While, I am not a professional, I know this issue… and if you want to talk about it please feel free to contact me.  I cannot promise I will fix you all up!  But I promise to listen and to help you find the resources you need. So, if this speaks to you, whether you are a small child or a grown adult contact me via my blog.  comments are moderated so they are not public. I will reach back out to you. You can also message me on Facebook or Twitter. Just look for my name: Phyllis Ida Concordia

Kick It Out

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“A good rule of thumb is that whatever someone says or does to you, it’s not about you… it’s about them, what they see in the mirror, and how they see the world. Don’t let a person’s sense of what they perceive to be their value of you impose on your own sense of self-worth and abilities. Give these people a gentle nudge (or maybe even a firm kick) out the proverbial door.” ~ Phyllis Ida Concordia

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