Monday, February 8, 2016

Rustic Hearts Collection Updates Tueday

Rustic Heart Collection _ Simple Heart Necklace

Rustic Heart Collection _ Aquamarine Gemstone Earrings

Rustic Heart Collection _ Aquamarine Layering Necklace

Rustic Heart Collection _ Aquamarine Bracelet

Aqua Sea Glass Hessonite Gemstone Earrings

Rustic Heart Collection _ Layered Heart Necklace
coming Tuesday 2/9
Peace!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Feed Your Sould _ Animals _ Week 3

Feed your soul week 3 - Animals

I adopted Molly dog about 2 weeks after loosing one of my moms to a long illness. I think she would have loved Molly. I wish she could have known her... 

I adopted Molly from the Oregon Humane Society on August 22nd, 2013. She came to them as a stray, lost dog. Wandering the streets of Portland. We don't know anything about her history or where she came from. Only that she needed a home and love

I remember the day I brought her home. She was so excited. She quickly went around the house sniffing every corner of every room. And finally she came to the kitchen where I was working on something... almost smiling at me, wagging her tail. My thought was... am I going to live up to her expectations? Will I be fun enough? 
She makes me want to be a better person. She takes me away from my own worries and I can focus on her and her needs. I can look into her eyes and see a pure, sweet heart that wants nothing more than to sit with me and be loved. And, maybe a treat now and then! 

Sometimes I think about how short her little life with be. It makes me want to give her the best life I can possibly give her. Her life is in my hands now and It's up to me to make sure she has all she needs and as much love as I can offer. 

And to me, that's why animals feed our souls. My heart literally feels lighter when I hold her, when I look at her or when I think of her. Dogs are creatures of Joy and of Love. When treated correctly, they can be your best friend, and your protector. 


 
If you live somewhere or for some reason you can't have a pet, I suggest visiting a shelter anyway. Volunteer, and get to know the animals. They will lift your heart and bring you away from anything that's holding you down now. If only for a day, it will be worth it. Most shelters will welcome your much needed help and support. Getting the dogs out of their kennels for a walk may be the only joy that dog has for it's stay. 
  
And, finally I just want to say please adopt and don't shop when looking for a pet. Three million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the US. Spay or neuter your pet. 

I love this video because it's so heart felt but also because this is exactly how I felt when I brought Molly home. Will I be fun enough? Is exactly how I was feeling too. We hope we can live up to our dogs expectations and be the best dog moms we can be! 
 
   
peace and love,
Cindy





Monday, January 25, 2016

New Beads Coming Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Earrings Everyday: Of The Earth

Earrings Everyday: Of The Earth: Hiking at Cape Disappointment, WA 2012 It's winter here in WA state. The landscape is a lot of gray, and muddy browns. I'm not ...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Feed Your Soul Week 1: Watching the Sunrise

My normal day starts with making coffee, getting on my phone to check notices, e-mails, and messages. Five minutes later, pour coffee, move to the office and get on the computer. Work on listings, check orders, print invoices and mailing labels, answer emails, post updates and edit photos... 

I think I am ready to makes some changes and start a new routine. Get up just a little earlier and greet the sun when it comes up. Enjoy the peacefulness of morning, meditate, exercise and start work after I have looked after myself.  Parts of myself I feel have been neglected.

Saturday January 2nd, 2015. I set my alarm to wake early to view the sun rising. I have been up at sunrise (a few times!) and know I wont have much of a view from the upstairs window. My plan was to wake an hour before sunrise and drive to the lake near my house - have my coffee there and enjoy the view. However that is not what took place.

Reality. I left my phone on the couch when I went to bed. And although I didn't hear my alarm go off, I did wake up at 6AM. I did not get out of bed till 7AM. Sunrise was coming at 7:20. No time to get dressed and drive to the lake. Okay, I'll make my coffee and go upstairs where there is no view but I can still see the sky brightening. 


I sat with my coffee. Sipping. The first thing I noticed was the silence. Beautiful stillness of the early morning. So peaceful. The sky began to brighten. More so to the right of my window was a pretty golden red...  

Again, noticing the stillness. That was my favorite part of waking up so early in the darkness. I tried to be there with it but my mind kept wandering to work or family issues... things I need to do. I find it difficult to be still, to quite the mind. Finally I decided to put on a Depak meditation from my phone. I listened to his words and the soft pretty music and finally relaxed and cleared my mind to meditate on the moment. 

In just 10 minutes of quite still beauty, my mind was clear, my spirit recharged. Soul-fed. I feel like I accomplished what I set out to to and enjoyed the moment.

Why? I believe it's important to pause daily or at least as much as we can to view what's happening with the Earth. Letting go of our mundane worries for a few minutes. Just stop, be still. We can ground our spirits and recharge.

Eventually (within the hour) I did dress and go to the lake. I had one of the happiest and most uplifting walks I've had in quite some time. And I did see the sun rise about 8:20. A beautiful sunny morning. I am so glad I was there to enjoy it. Really there

Until next time, peace.