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Tuesday
Aug262014

Let Love Flow

Hi Everyone,

LOVE is a force so powerful that it transcends time and space, and can transform those whose hearts are touched by the loving kindness of another soul. Sometimes I think of love as akin to the wind-- although we cannot see it, we know that it is there because we can feel it. 

We each have the capacity to reach out in love, to connect with others in a meaningful way. When we become aware of the love which surrounds us, it is easier to let that love flow through us, bringing the gifts of hope and connection to others.

We all know people who are facing challenges more serious than our own. Won't you take a moment today to reach out with love to someone you know who is dealing with a difficult situation and may be feeling alone? I know you can make a difference in their lives-- and I hope they will also make a difference in yours.

For those of you who would like to know how to create the Zenspirations® Dangle Monograms that I used in the word LOVE, here is a link to one of my new videos. Hope you enjoy!

As always, I'd appreciate your sending me an e-mail or leaving me a comment to let me know what you think.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Zenspirations Dangle Monogram Video

Tuesday
Aug192014

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

Hi Everyone,

Today was a filming day for me-- my friend Max Rousseau, who has directed all the videos that I've filmed for Sakura, spent the day helping me create a video to launch my first Kickstarter campaign. (If you aren't familiar with Kickstarter, it's a crowd funding platform exclusively for creative endeavors like the new book I want to publish.) I knew that Max would be able to help me, both because he's an awesome director, and because he has run his own successful Kickstarter campaigns.

Videos require a huge amount of time... Max spent five hours setting up the lights, cameras and sound equipment before we began filming. We did multiple 'takes' over then next several hours, before we took a short dinner break. After dinner Max repositioned all the equipment and started shooting the 'B-roll', which he'll intercut with the main footage to make the final film more interesting to watch. We didn't finish filming until 2:00 a.m.!

While Max was cleaning up all the equipment, I started looking through some of my recent drawings to see what I wanted to share in my blog tonight. There were a few designs that had promise-- but would require several hours of work to turn into a finished piece. Given the lateness of the hour, I decided to use a piece which didn't need much polishing... but I couldn't decide which one to use. So I showed them to Max and asked which one he liked best... and here's the one he chose. 

Please take a moment today to get grounded in gratitude, and then listen to the unsung melody of your heart. When you hear it-- really, truly, hear it-- SING! Sing the song you hear in your heart-- may it be a song which connects you to those you love.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Friday
Aug152014

Free Zenspirations® Border Designs!

Hi Everyone,

Several people responded to the last blog post by saying that they would love to create their own circular sentiments… so, being in a Zenspired ‘Frame of Mind’--I thought I’d share some circular Zenspirations border designs with you.

These are some of the designs I licensed to Trim-a-Rim, a cool new reversible magnetic whiteboard/mirror, which you can customize with your own art… or some Zenspirations designs like the one in the photo below.

At Trim-a-Rim's website, Zenspirations friends & fans have FREE access to their choice of downloadable Zenspirations designs (http://trimarim.com/design-ring-downloads/joanne-fink-zenspirations-designs), available in 7-1/2" and 10-1/4" diameters.  

And if you’d like to get a Trim-a-Rim to display your favorite design, my friend Philip Fleet, inventor of Trim-a-Rim, is generously offering 40% off all orders (and free shipping on 2 or more units!) placed between now and the end of August, if you use coupon code zen40. You can order at www.trimarim.com/store.

I’d love to know which border is your favorite— and to see what you letter in them. So please leave me a comment, or better yet, send a photo of what you do to me at joanne@zenspirations.com.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

PS Trim-a-Rim is fun for everyone, but it makes a great gift for your favorite student to use on their dorm-room door, or in their locker.

Tuesday
Aug122014

Today is a Great Day to be Amazing!

Hi Everyone,

As most of you know, Zenspirations is more than art accompanied by inspiring, hand-lettered text; it's about discovering our God-given talents and using them to make a positive difference in the world.

If we are able to stay grounded in gratitude, make a commitment to be kind, and continually reach out in love, amazing things result. 

 

 

Today is a great day to be amazing!

Reach out to someone you love today and let them know you think they are amazing... you'll be surprised at the difference you can make! 

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

PS I'd love to hear about your amazing day... please leave a comment below, or write to me at joanne@zenspirations.com.

Thursday
Aug072014

The Discovery of LOVE

Hi Everyone,

What a delight to be able to get feedback on a design-in-progress! I feel blessed that so many of you took the time to look for LOVE, and to let me know which version of the design you like best. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts, especially to Pamela, who commented that she liked the way "the word 'discovery' acts like highway supports on life's journey".  

This was the effect I had hoped to achieve; although I actually wanted to share the concept that the strength we need on our life's journey comes from LOVE... which is why I put the word LOVE in the middle of the word DISCOVERY (the 'C' becomes the 'L').

Based on your comments I realized that LOVE was not noticeable enough, so I made it a brighter color. Then, because I wanted to underscore the message that love is what makes our life's journey worthwhile, I added color to the the word life to create a visual connection between LIFE and LOVE. Do these changes help? Is the word LOVE too noticible now? As always, I invite and appreciate your thoughts...

May you Discover Love in unexpected places this week... and may you feel supported by those you love every step of your journey. 

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne