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Tuesday
Jan272015

Seek, Savor, Sanctify

Hi Everyone,

The beginning of every year is a good time to do some soul-searching, and I have come to the conclusion that rather than trying to DO more, I'm better off when I do less, but am more MINDFUL. When I take time to connect with those I love, make time to create (which keeps me whole), and try to break myself of the habit of filling every moment of every day with busy-ness. 

Often, in my attempts to get things done, I forget to slow down enough to Seek, Savor and Sanctify, which is something I hope to rectify this year. I'm also trying to answer the question:

 "If life is a gift, who or what are you giving yours to?"

Have you thought about this? If so, please leave a comment letting me know what is in your heart.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

 

 


Tuesday
Jan202015

Sharing our Dreams

Hi Everyone,

Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I try to listen to the famous "I have a Dream" speech Dr. King gave in 1963-- the year before he won the Nobel Peace Prize. I have always admired Dr. King's commitment to equality, freedom and justice. One of my favorite quotes from his speech is "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Wow!

Throughout my life I have had many dreams... some have become reality, others have been replaced by new dreams. I've come to the conclusion that what you dream is not nearly as important as the fact that you have a dream. Dreams give us purpose; they keep us interested, passionate and connected. I believe dreams are essential to living a meaningful life. 

Thinking about Dr. King's speech compels me to ask-- 'Do you have a dream worth devoting your life to?' I do-- and you are all a part of it! Zenspirations® is the outgrowth of my desire to make a difference in the world by helping people tap into their own unlimited creative potential. I like to encourage people to 'dig into their soul' in order to discover their unique 'core truths', and then to share the wisdom they have earned on their life's journey with others. The tag line for Zenspirations, "Live by inspiring others to fly", speaks to the INTENTION we set when we want to make a difference. My dream-- Zenspirations-- helps me stay grounded in gratitude, and enables me to continually reach out in love with the hope of inspiring others to do the same. 

One of my dreams for Zenspirations is to create a community of 'Zenspired' individuals who can support one another in working towards the fulfillment of our dreams. Sharing dreams is a great way to connect and to inspire... and to make a difference. If there is something you feel passionate about, I'd like to invite you to share your dream by leaving a comment. If you know someone whose dream you believe in, please invite them to share it with the group. And if you have suggestions for how to make someone else's dream a reality, please leave a comment letting them know your thoughts... together we can make a difference.

Keep dreaming, keep hoping, keep believing...

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

PS For everyone who wanted to see more photos from CHA, please check the Zenspirations by Joanne Fink Facebook page on Thursday... (https://www.facebook.com/Zenspirations). If you haven't 'liked' it yet, I'd appreciate your hitting the 'like' button while you are there!

Tuesday
Jan132015

Live Creatively.

Hi Everyone,

I'm attending the Craft & Hobby Show in Anaheim, California, and have spent the past few days delightedly reconnecting with old friends, signing books, teaching workshops, doing demonstrations and giving 'make-n-takes'. The photo below was taken at Sakura's booth during the make-n-take I gave Monday afternoon. 

Attendees tried their hand doing 'rainbow lettering' with Sakura's awesome metallic gelly roll pens on Strathmore's wonderful black ArtAgain paper. Artist Sharon Belknap shows off the lovely 'Peace' she made in the photo below.

My talented friends Jennifer Priest and Debbie Cole both came by... 

as did the ever-delightful Marisa Pavelko.

One of the highlights of the show was seeing long-time friend Suze Weinberg, who was one of my first friends in the industry. Suze and I decided that we've known each other for more than 30 years... which is definitely worth celebrating.

Sakura is also celebrating... so in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Gelly Roll I used Moonlight Gelly Rolls to create a special sign.

Another BIG highlight of CHA 2015 was seeing all the new Zenspirations rubberstamps that Impression Obsession just introduced, on the central panel of their booth!

The energy at the show has been amazing, and there have been lots of creative connections to celebrate. If you'd like to see more photos from the show, and hear about some of the other CHA highlights, please leave a comment to let me know.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Tuesday
Jan062015

Beginning Again

Hi Everyone,

I was deeply moved by the comments that were left in response to the CROSSROADS piece I posted last week... thank you to everyone who shared from your heart... especially those who shared the lessons they learned on their 2014 journey... STILLNESS... GRATITUDE... STAYING GROUNDED... KNOWING GOD CARES... If you haven't had a chance to read the moving comments people posted, I hope you'll take a few moments to do so. We can all learn from one another, and I see 2015 as an opportunity to BEGIN AGAIN... grow, to learn, to connect, to create and to make a difference for others. 

On Thursday I am headed to the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Show in Anaheim, California. I'm looking forward to connecting with old friends, visiting with Zenspirations fans, searching for new tools & trends, and of course, teaching Zenspirations in workshops, make-n-takes, demos and book-signings. If you'll be at CHA, I hope you'll stop by to say hello. Here is my show schedule:

 

FRIDAY:

8:00 – 10:00                        I’ll be leading round-table discussions on Art Licensing for the CHA Designers

SATURDAY:

10-12                                    Book signing & demonstration at Fox Chapel, booth 1421 (my publisher)

1-4                                         Sakura Make & Take, booth 1734

SUNDAY:

10-12                                     Fox Chapel Demo & book signing, booth 1421

1-2                                         Demo at Westcott, booth 1706

3:00 – 5:00                           Zenspirations® Dangle Monograms workshop, room 210 (ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!) 

MONDAY:

9:30-12:30                           Sakura Make & Take, booth 1734

1-4                                       Sakura Make & Take, booth 1734 

 

One of the things I'm really looking forward to is visiting Impression Obsession's booth (2825) to see all the new Zenspirations rubber stamps they are introducing. For those of you who won't be at the show, here is a 'sneak peak' at the new line. These samples were created by the mega-talented Dawn Winburn.

 

 

Most of the stamps from this release are Valentine's and spring themes. I love how Dawn used the same stamp to create the tone-on-tone background for the card above and the box below.

If you like to rubberstamp and want to see some of the other Zenspirations stamps, visit http://www.iostamps.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&Category_Code=ZEN. If you make anything with one of my rubberstamps I'd appreciate your sending me a picture of what you did. And now, I'm going to share photos of what I did tonight... draw the prize winner for the CROSSROADS print. 

Briget, please e-mail me at joanne@zenspirations.com to let me know where to send your print... and I'll send it when I get back from CHA.

I'll be posting next week from California... please leave a comment to let me know if you'd like a report on the show, or would prefer an inspirational piece...

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne


Tuesday
Dec302014

Crossroads 2015

Hi Everyone,

Life hands each of us challenges that we'd rather not face... and yet it is these very challenges which often cause the greatest spiritual growth. I wrote the piece below for the many people I care about who have been facing serious challenges this past year, in the hopes that it will make the next stage of their journey a little easier. If you know someone who has been going through a rough time recently, please feel free to share this piece with them... I call it "CROSSROADS".

As the New Year approaches, I try to take time to reflect on the lessons I've learned in the year past so I can greet the year ahead with hope in my heart. This year I have learned that I am NOT in control of anything except my attitude... and that when I am grounded in gratitude it is easier for me to have a positive attitude. I knew this on some level before... but 2014 was the year that I learned to live it.

I'd love to know what lessons you learned this past year that you feel are important... so please take a few minutes to reflect, and then share from your heart. I will send a print of the piece above to one (or possibly more!) of the people who leave a comment. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, healthy, and 'Zenspiring' New Year.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne