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~ Thursday, September 19, 2013

Catching Up

I have been recovering from an unbelievably busy summer. I was away too much doing the things within my family circle that I thought would make a difference and much to my surprise, they didn’t. I was met with resistance. So I’ve decided to pull back now and do things within my immediate family that I know are appreciated and will make a difference. It has been refreshing to get back to work and make some changes with the things that I am doing. I decided that I would have some fun with decals and make one for a cup for my husband’s birthday that is coming up this fall.

~ Friday, July 05, 2013

The Psychology of Colour: Blue

The color blue is one of trust, honesty and loyalty. It is sincere, reserved and quiet, and doesn’t like to make a fuss or draw attention. Blue hates confrontation, and likes to do things in its own way.
In the clay world, blue is known as cash flow blue. People are drawn to it for its tranquility and calming quality.

From a color psychology perspective, blue is reliable and responsible. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence. You can rely on it to take control and do the right thing in difficult times. It has a need for order and direction in its life, including its living and work spaces.
Blue seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order - we certainly feel a sense of calm if we lie on our backs and look into a bright blue cloudless sky. It slows the metabolism.
The paler the blue the more freedom we feel.
In the meaning of colors, blue relates to one-to-one communication, especially communication using the voice - speaking the truth through verbal self-expression - it is the teacher, the public speaker.

The color blue is idealistic, enhancing self-expression and our ability to communicate our needs and wants. It inspires higher ideals.

Blue’s wisdom comes from its higher level of intelligence, a spiritual perspective.

Blue is the color of the spirit, devotion and religious study. It enhances contemplation and prayer. On the other hand, blue’s devotion can be to any cause or concept it believes in, including devotion to family or work.

Blue is the helper, the rescuer, the friend in need. It’s success is defined by the quality and quantity of its relationships. It is a giver, not a taker. It likes to build strong trusting relationships and becomes deeply hurt if that trust is betrayed.

Blue is conservative and predictable, a safe and non-threatening color, and the most universally liked color of all, probably because it is safe and non-threatening. At the same time blue is persistent and determined to succeed in whichever endeavors it pursues.

Change is difficult for blue. It is inflexible and when faced with a new or different idea, it considers it, analyzes it, thinks it over slowly and then tries to make it fit its own acceptable version of reality.

Blue is nostalgic. It is a color that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future to experiences in the past.

~ Monday, February 18, 2013

The Psychology of Colour: Red

I love the colour red.  It is very energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. It is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.
It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.

Being the colour of physical movement, red awakens our physical life force. It is the colour of sexuality and can stimulate deeper and more intimate passions in us, such as love and sex on the positive side or revenge and anger on the negative. It is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day, however it relates more to sexuality and lust, rather than love.
At its most positive, it can create life with its sexual energy, or use its negative expression of anger and aggression to fuel war and destruction.
The colour red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli.

Being surrounded by too much of the colour red can cause us to become irritated, agitated and ultimately angry. Too little and we become cautious, manipulative and fearful.
In Eastern cultures such as China, red is the colour for good luck. Although times are changing and many Chinese brides now wear white, it is traditionally the colour for weddings. In Indian culture, it symbolizes purity and is often used in their wedding gowns.

~ Monday, February 04, 2013

The Psychology of Colour: Turquoise

I love turquoise. I love its freshness and ability to brighten up a palette of colours. In terms of colour psychology it’s fantastic, if a little under-used at times. Turquoise is a mix of blue, green and yellow, and because of that communicates many of their attributes. It radiates the calm, communicative qualities of blue with the growth and balance of green, the hint of yellow provides the essential uplift that we associate so well with the colour.

Turquoise is known for inspiration, innovation and creativity. It denotes fresh ideas and efficiency. It’s great for communication, clarity of thought and is also calming. Turquoise can be compassionate, healing and self-sufficient, which is why it’s often used in the Mind, Body and Spirit sector.

Negatively turquoise can be perceived as aloof, demanding even, unreliable or deceptive. It can also be associated with boastfulness, so as with every colour and season, it’s essential to use with care. From the richest teals to the softest aquas, there is a turquoise for every season and so use this awesome colour to its fullest extent.

~ Saturday, January 05, 2013

Attitude of Gratitude

Well the end of 2012 was a bust for me. I had a cold which got better quickly and then ended up with bronchitis. All holiday travels plans came to a screeching halt.
Nonetheless, time heals with lots of rest and healthy food. I am eternally grateful to live in a country like Canada where I have access to good health care.

Overall, 2012 was an awesome year and I am so thankful for all of the work that especially local work which there seemed to be an abundance of.
Each and every day, I make it my intention to be mindful and thankful for all that I have. When I say that, I do not mean only material possessions but the love of my family, work that I am blessed to be able to do, good friends and a full belly each and every day.

Try counting your blessings. Jot them down. At least stop and think of as many things as you can that you’re thankful for right now. Give it a shot. If you want to feel happy, try on an attitude of gratitude for a change in your mood, your outlook and you.

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