PASSION

by lorikoop

in UPWORD

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(word 12)

It’s Easter today, and the word for this week is PASSION. Another happy “accident”.

Dictionary.com says passion is a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for something. I’ll add it’s a heart force that one commits to. Could be your family, a career, an artful expression, a sport, or all of the above.

So, we pick up in the middle of the story . . . you’re on a passion path, truckin’ along. Guess what happens next? (Hint: it’s the same in every story.) Something steps in the way to try and stop you. It may happen today, tomorrow or next week. That part is unpredictable. But the attempt is inevitable. Like, the next move may require lots of hard earned money. Your thoughts may start screaming “this is impossible.” Or, the family may be asking for more of your time.

You have reached a roadblock. Now what do you do? How will you continue? or will you?? The key in such an encounter is to know your why!
 
Why are you on this road anyway?

There are reasons, and it’s more than money. Write them down, loud and clear. Keep them close. They could be needed at any time. These are your whys, and they will give you the strength to move the roadblocks to the side.

A friend is teaching in a tough middle school. What pulls her through the hard days is knowing she is making a difference. Another friend is afraid to step up into a bigger dream, because she doubts. She remembers her why: the vision of others using and enjoying her ceramics. And I know a guy who was asked to sacrifice His very life for the sake of others. I’m sure He had a clear why when He agreed to such a request.

Lean on your whys, then “hit the road”. There are lives to be brightened! Including your own.

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STUDIO HAPPENINGS If you don’t know Etsy, let me introduce you. She’s a huge virtual mall with many individual shops. Everything shown in an artist’s shop is handmade. This is how I got started.

This week, I put together my first Treasury pages. A Treasury shows 12 things picked by a “curator”. You or I could be a curator. That’s the fun of it. What looks good together? What things do you like? Have a look at some : Treasuries. You don’t need a shop to create one. You just have to wait until there’s a spot. It’s tricky but oh so fun! Here’s the link for more instructions.

This week, I have been featured on the Etsy home page quite a bit. What an honor! THANKS, Etsy, for the applause ;-D

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HEALTHY

by lorikoop

in UPWORD

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(word 11)

When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy. Chinese Proverb

It’s all interconnected, the body, the heart and the mind. When one is out of whack, it will express itself through one of these mediums. With our eyes open, we shall hear.

A funny thing . . . as I was photographing the “healthy” plaquette and zooming into the texture, I saw the word “heal” within it. Hmmmm.

I wrote a friend “I hope I’m open to receive. You know, with my agenda and to-dos, I’m sure the channel gets pretty clogged.” (all my doing) Hmmmmm.

It’s a balance . . . or should I say “balancing act.” A challenge that is ongoing and active. For all of us.

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STUDIO NEWS

Candle pots hot off the press 🙂 A collaboration with a wonderful soy wax artist. I make the pots, she mixes and pours the wax. They burn beautifully, 4 hours for every ounce. Scents include Eucalyptus Lavender, Citrus Sage, Cucumber Melon, Gardenia Litsea Basil and of course, Fragrance Free. Send scent suggestions if you have any. Color? White in the midst of blue/green glaze. Look for them to hit the shop this week. (My studio now smells amazing!)

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PRESENT

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(word 10) “You must live in the PRESENT, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in every moment.” Henry David Thoreau

We hear it all the time “live in the moment!” Why?

They say 90% of our think time in spent on the past or on the future, either with regrets or on fears. Precious, nonrecoverable time spent miles away in the thought pond (remember that place). There are times when it’s good to be there, planning, organizing and making peace. But when we do, we remove ourselves from the present. It’s like when we get behind the camera and miss being at the party. Focus and thoughts go elsewhere.

When we live in the moment, we experience the richness of life. We feel, we interact, we contribute. We are wide awake, receiving the gifts being freely given. The gifts we couldn’t receive when far away. So how do we stay present and live the here and now? We engage one of the 5 senses. Here’s an acronym to help you remember…

P.R.E.S.E.N.T. = “Present” Reminders: Ears Skin Eyes Nose Tongue
What do I hear? What do I feel? What do I see? What do I smell? What do I taste?

Any one one of these questions will bring you back to the present. Use the face as a reminder. It contains all the sensory elements. Start at the ears and travel over the skin to the eyes, down the slope of the nose to the tongue.

Look into their faces . . . and really enjoy the people you love!

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STUDIO NEWS

In April, I will be defining/refining my product line. Any suggestions? I want to provide valuable additions to everyday. Email ideas to Lori@LoRiKooP.com. Thanks!

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JOY

by lorikoop

in UPWORD

Ceramic plaquette, www.LORiKOOP.com

(word 9)

Hmmmm. How do you talk about JOY?

Joy is like the California Oak. This native tree runs a deep tap root underground looking for water. It is instinctual. When it connects, the tree can drink. It doesn’t matter that it only rains 3 months a year. The river of water flowing deep underground is its source. And the leaves remain green all year.

So it is with JOY. Its tap root looks for its source within us to ensure survival and to flourish. And doesn’t give up until it finds it (you know that tension). When it reaches the heart, it can drink.

Our heart is our source of joy. Choosing from this deep place, we are the most authentic. Here, despite the storms and droughts, we can weather with strength. Joy fills our gesture, our interactions and our spirit. We are secure, content and peaceful.

Have you tapped in? or is it time for the root to go deeper? Today is an imperfectly perfect day to check.

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UPLIFT

by lorikoop

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(word 8)

Words contain the power to UPLIFT.

to ENCOURAGE
to CONSOLE
to TRANSFORM

Words plant seeds.
Words water dreams.

Words bring light.
Words coach and bless.

Free to choose + infinite.
Free to use + priceless.

Words plant gardens.
Inside and out.
Their color. Their fragrance.
Grow rich with care.

Water generously.

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ADDITIONS

Look for a few jewelry samples to appear in the shop this week, both sterling silver and porcelain. Just a few of the expansions underway.

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WILLING

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(word 7)

I have a confession. When something is bothering me, I reach for food. It

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GO

by lorikoop

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(word 6)

It’s a new week. Let’s GO!

I’m sure you’ve been swimming around in your head long enough. Time to lose those fins and walk on dry land. Look down, right now, right where you are. The earth beneath your feet stood under dinosaurs. And if we’re lucky, it will continue to serve long after we’re gone. To stand on it is a gift.

I heard a guy at the park the other day singing a familiar song “Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” For the first time, I heard the words. That simple song was talking about the journey of life, its movement forward and its brevity. A dream is a pretty short time.

Where will you leave your footprints? What marks are important? Make the targets clear. Each day we consume a very valuable, very limited resource.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

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RETHINKING

The “THIS WEEK” part of UPWORD has always disturbed me. It sounds like another “to-do” or another thing to feel guilty about not doing, so I’m eliminating it.

Here’s what I suggest. Add the weekly word to an UPWORD index card and remind yourself each morning. Set the intention to listen. Then wait and watch. Strange intersections will happen, someone will randomly mention the word or you will have a thought drop from the sky. It could be anything. The excitement of the adventure!

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THANKS

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(word 5)

The word for this week is THANKS.

From about 350 brainstormed words, I drew one at a time and filled the 2010 calendar of Sundays for UPWORD. Some really wonderful coincidences happened, like today. Happy Valentine

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COMPELLING

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(word 4)

The word for this week is . . . COMPELLING.

“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.”” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A passion is compelling. As a magnet, it attracts us with an invisible power. Like bees to honey, dogs to bones, and kids to play. Some of us are drawn to create, to counsel, to climb, to kids.

We can’t help it. It’s part of our DHA… Dynamic Heart Attraction. It is the thing we want to do on vacation, with our weekends, when the kids have grown. The thing that may have been passed over, because

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DISCOVER

by lorikoop

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(word 3)

You are a vast mystery.

Awesome and amazing. Filled with secrets even you do not know yet. How could the person living just inside be so allusive? So intriguing? So much to DISCOVER.

Dorothy fell asleep in a billowy green field filled with yellow poppies and expansive blue sky, the sun beaming and the wind delighted. This place? It

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