Another year....

Yesterday was my birthday and I have also been fighting the flu so that is why I have disappeared for a few days.

My mom had a surprise for me and wouldn't tell me anything except that I had to wear cotton clothes and no synthetics. I was very confused and couldn't figure out what we were doing. I wasn't feeling great , but my mom said she had already paid and we couldn't get refunded so I decided to go and see what the plan was.

We went to learn how to do glass blowing. The name of the store was Live Laugh Love Glass, do you see where I got the name of this post from???

It was really fun! I love learning new things and trying different activities out. Since glass blowing is one of the few art mediums that I haven't tried I was excited to finally try it out. On Saturday I get to go back and see what my little creation looks like when it is cooled to room temp and not glowing with orangeness.
Then when we got back to my place we were just talking and having a good time when we got a tragic phone call. My mom got married last year and we found out that her husband's father suddenly passed away.

Although I did not know him well I was full of emotion. As I became one year older, he lost his life. I know that at my age I should be able to deal with death, but for me it is still hard to deal with. I LOVE life so much, the thought of it being taken form anyone that I know seems so sad.

I think what when need to realize is that life really is a beautiful gift that we have been given and we need to take advantage of it every single day. Each morning we are given another opportunity to live and share our lives with others and that really is amazing.

Yes, some days are not going to be great. Yes, some days you won't want to feel like doing anything.

Even sick days are blessings.

Love Joy Peace,

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. I sure did! Except I was missing my other half. I am picking him up from the airport today though so I didn't have to be without him for very long.

Now that Christmas is over its the time to start thinking about New Years Resolutions. I read a statistic stating that by April already half of people who made New Years Resolutions have failed.Why?

Why do people so quickly forget what they seemed to have wanted so badly?

This year make a resolution that you can stick with that you believe will make you a better person. For everyone this is going to be different some want to be more active, some want to get a better job, and some want to spend more time with my family.

The important factor in keeping your resolution is to make a plan on how you are going to go about reaching you goal and then tell people about it. The more people you tell, the more you will want to succeed. I know you don't want to tell people you gave up, so just stick to it this year.

My resolution this year is: To create a piece of art every week.

My plan is to draw or paint something that is meaningful to me every single week. The way that I am going to carry this out is to post the finished piece every Sunday for you to see.

So keep a look out for all my new pieces, by the end of the year I should have 52!

Tell me, what is your New Years resolution?

Love Joy Peace,



Give to a charity in their name.

I know that I would rather have someone give to a charity that I support than give me something I don't want or need.

Here is a list of some of the organizations that I love:

Happy Gifting!

Love Joy Peace,


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalia Lama

This quote means a lot to me because I see it happen way too much. Everyone has been hurt by another person for reason, it makes you feel bad about yourself and puts you in a bad mood. Even if someone is mean to you does not give you an excuse to do the same thing back. A terrible circle of hate will be caused when people harm one another.

Instead of combating hate with more hate, try to fight back with love and acceptance. It is very likely that the person hurting you was hurt by someone else, let's reverse the circle and start a cycle of love rather than hate.

Your love toward someone that has hurt you might not stop the problem, but it will definitely surprise them.

Try to help others as much as you can, what could it hurt?

Love Joy Peace,

I always hear about people giving up foods for a diet or working out like crazy at the gym. Going along with that I know quite a few people that eat way too much, sleep way too much, and work way too much.

Although eating, working, sleeping, exercising, and watching what you eat are all good things. Remember....everything in moderation.

I think this is the key to being happy and healthy.

Keeping a balance of all the parts if your life is sometimes difficult, but if you do manage to keep the balance you won't have to worry about each individual part if your life because they will all get taken care of. If you find your self obsessing over anything remind yourself that your life needs to be a balance between all parts, not just one piece of the pie.

For each person the balance is going to be different; some might eat 5 small meals a day, some might want 3 meals a day, some might exercise an hour and a half each day, some might work out twice a week. It is important to find your own balance that you can continue because if the balance if off you won't be able to stick with it.

But losing balance once in awhile is perfectly fine:

"To lose balance sometimes for love is part of a balanced life" -Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

Love Joy Peace,