Ever have one of those days that’s creative, inspired, productive and calm? They’re so rare, so beautiful. And lucky for me, I had one of those marvelous days!

I had the house to myself this morning – which really, truly, absolutely NEVER happens! My amazing husband took our kindergartener to school, and took our pre-schooler to the zoo for the day. He did this so I could get some much needed me time. And what did I do with that precious time? I should’ve been running around the house like Tom Cruise in Risky Business, but alas, I dove into my craft space, organizing and listening to a scrapinar, ”Live Your Life On Purpose!”

I’ll be participating in Layout-a-day (LOAD) next month, so I thought it would be perfect to get some items in order. My desk and craft/office space in general are a mess, still not squared away post-Christmas. I can’t imagine starting February’s LOAD in this state. So I took time to catch up with some tasks. Felt great to indulge my crafty and organizational sides, creating a swatch book of all my embossing powders, and made an at-a-glance booklet of my Slice Design Cards. Over the top? Of course! But totally works for me!

I could’ve spent the afternoon cleaning, organizing and crafting, but had to rush off to my kindergartener’s school for Fine Artist Training workshop. I wasn’t thrilled to give up my personal agenda, but did it for the kids’ benefit. But really? I totally benefitted from the lesson. Learned about Vincent Van Gogh – did you know he was only 37 when he died? totally thought he was so much older! and did you know he was an artist for only 10 years? most of his art was created his last year of life? so much to learn! – and created an art piece, a landscape with crayons and watercolors.

Today was one of the calmest days I’ve had in a long time. I wish everyday could be so calm, rejuvenating and nurturing. I’m always so focused on time, as in “hurry up, or we’ll be late to school,” “get dressed now, before we’re late,” “we’ve gotta hurry, mama’s gotta get some studying/work/homework done before dinner”, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera… It’s days like today that help me remember to slow down and savor the moments. Here’s to a year filled with flavorful, savored, wonderfully fulfilling moments!

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