Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 21, 2014

Day 70 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 70: Lady Winter’s Arrival

Greeting Lady Winter

Greeting Lady Winter

Whispering through the chilled night air

Winter announces her arrival

Stars fill the evening sky

To greet their beloved matriarch

 

She’ll cover the earth in fresh, soft snow

And create ideal settings for Valentine’s Day

With a freezing bite, she reminds us all

To wrap up close with those we love and stop to enjoy a nice cup of cocoa

 

She’ll leave us again in a few months time

And return when Fair Autumn passes the mighty leaf to Lady Winter – changing to a sparkling snowflake.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 41 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 20, 2014

Day 69 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Insurance Needs All Around!

Insurance Needs All Around!

Day 69: A Healthy Discussion

Our country is currently engrossed in health insurance discussions, issues that are of vital important to us every single day. We don’t just think about them during enrollment periods or at the start of a new year. They affect so much of our existence that it’s nearly impossible for us NOT to think about these topics.

In considering my position regarding our country’s medical dilemmas, I realized that whether employed or unemployed we all have health insurance needs that are worthy of our time and attention. The fictional exchange below sprung from that realization.

 

PERSON 1:

I leave the house before the sun rises, deal with one crisis then another before lunch, go to meeting after meeting, and haven’t been home by dinnertime in weeks. I’m overloaded with work, struggle to pay bills, and count the days until my retirement. Plus, I have kids in daycare, sports practices I frequently miss, and dance recitals I race to make it to on time. My career doesn’t excite or fulfill me, but I gain strength in the knowledge that I am providing for myself and my family. As much as I complain, I am fortunate to have a job and one that offers benefits. I need those perks for all the therapy, stress tests, and medication.

 

PERSON 2:

I’m at a crossroads in life, one that I didn’t anticipate. I must swallow my pride to accept help from others, I spend a typical work week tweaking my resume, putting together a portfolio, scouring the internet for jobs, finding one that looks perfect then  discover I’m under qualified. I pound the pavement, applying in person at local retail chains only for them to politely tell me that I must apply online. At this point, I am cutting costs and relying on generous rides from family or public transportation while my bank account dwindles with each passing week. I’ve been told that now’s the time to pursue that “dream job,” but I flounder between believing in myself and doubting that I’ll ever find employment in said field. I’m overwhelmed, stressed out, tired, and anxious, but I can only afford the most basic insurance plan, which means low monthly premiums but high deductibles and co-pays because my doctor and closest hospital is considered “out-of-network”. I need anxiety medicine to help focus and the counseling services bring clarity. At least I have some health coverage to pay for the therapy, stress tests, and medication.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 42 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 19, 2014

Day 68 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 68: Creativity Prompt #10 (Winter)

Winter Lights

Winter Lights

Create a piece of art (writing, sculpting, painting, music composition, etc.), using the image above as inspiration.

I’ll post mine on Monday. Please stop back and tell me about your experience. Happy creating!

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 43 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 18, 2014

Day 67 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 67: Sailing with MayMa (Part 1)

Cruising with MayMa

Ginny swayed back and forth. The tightly-wound curls bouncing on her bare shoulders. Never before had she felt so free. With her manicured hands grasped tight to the railing, she recalled the last time she’d boarded a ship like this one. “Too long,” she murmured. “Much too long.”

In the moment, she needed to embrace every sensation. The crisp winter air bit at her rosy cheeks, but she couldn’t care less. Not once did she suppose her actions would draw attention towards them.

“MayMa,” a young voice called, “the mean men are coming.”

Ginny’s eyes flashed open, and her hands reached for those of her grandson.

“Come, Travis, let’s not dally.”

She guided them back towards the steel frame entry and down the cruiseliner’s corridor. She kept her pace brisk yet not rushed for fear that she’d alert onlookers to her distress.

“MayMa, I need to go potty.”

“We’re almost there, love. Almost there.”

She repeated the words to herself and wished she could believe her own claims.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 44 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 17, 2014

Day 66 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 66: In Wrinkle in Hobbit’s Time

The last of the three films in THE HOBBIT series opens in theaters today across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and both THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, so I’m very excited to see THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. If you read my post on Day 59, then you know that I never read THE HOBBIT. It’s true – I admit to this gaping hole in my childhood.

However, I believe very strongly that we gravitate to certain novels or short stories for a reason, especially as children. Why does one move us when we can barely get through Chapter One in another book? My collection of favorite childhood books consisted primarily of fairy tales. I enjoyed the magical element and the characters depicted as kind, brave, hopeful, and moved by an unwavering belief in love. Yet, there was one novel in particular that resonated with me on an entirely different level – one I couldn’t fully explain during my juvenile years.

Photo from macmillan Publisher's website

Photo from macmillan Publisher’s website

A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle held my attention, kept me reading, and sparked my creativity. I could visualize all that she described and relished the fantastical and magical elements that drove the story. At the same time, it’s a story about love of family and love of self. I haven’t read this story since my teenage years, and I am curious as to whether my perspective will change two decades since the initial read. Whether it changes or not, the fact remains – if young girls treasure my fantasy novel as much as I did Ms. L’Engle’s, I will be quite proud.

First things first, I’m off on an adventure to see THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. Then, I’ll read the novel it’s based on followed by a journey back into Madeleine L’Engle’s inspiring novel.

*DISCLAIMER: No endorsement by anyone associated with the above-mentioned works implied!*

Tell me about your favorite childhood books? Was there one that stood out more than the others? Has your perspective changed when you read it again as an adult? Commence discussion…

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 45 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

 

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 16, 2014

Day 65 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 65: Crashing Against the Rocks

Crashing Against the Rocks

Anger, hatred, and violence infiltrate our world

Attempting to spread misery to all

Actions taken by few do a disservice

To not only us but them as well

 

Spirits diseased by the malicious actions their owners choose

End up tattered, torn, and ailing

For every act of violence, their spirit feels the pain

Each spout of hate-filled language adds another tear

 

Denying hate, gives it strength

Acknowledging it, gives you truth

Choosing to react without it, starts the healing process.

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 48 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 15, 2014

Day 64 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 64: Marathon and Business/Personal prompt results

Day 55’s Creativity Prompt was as follows:

Step after step

Step after step

You just passed the halfway mark of the marathon for which you have trained for months. You are tired, thirsty, and your body hurts in ways you didn’t know it could.  What do you do next?

MARATHON

Fatigue overwhelmed every muscle, inching closer and closer to my resolve.

“Keep going,” I demanded. “Just focus on each step.”

The need to look behind was so powerful, but I instructed myself to stare straight ahead.

“Move forward, not back.”

It’d be so easy to rest – to succumb to the pain, doubt, and exhaustion.

“Isn’t that what you’ve done before? How’d that work out for you?”

One step…and another…moving with intention and determination. No good will come from giving up once again.

 

Day 61’s Creativity Prompt:

Is business personal?

Is business personal?

It’s not personal; it’s just business.

Do you agree or disagree with the above statement? How does it affect you on a creative level? Use your artistic skills (painting, writing, baking, sewing, etc.) to best represent the above.

Is Business Personal?

Protected by bubble wrap

You make business decisions

When “we’re letting you go” is driven by disregard

One more POP of a bubble weakens your shield

 

With your heart on your sleeve

You show that you care

Dedication, passion, and love of what you do

Doesn’t equate to job security

 

Business strive to survive in a rollercoaster economy

While we thrive to succeed both professionally and personally.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 48 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 14, 2014

Day 63 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 63:  Un-Bridled Emotion (Part 2)

(story continuation from Day 38 of the pledge)

Life's Sunset

Life’s Sunset

She’d finally convinced the last well-meaning loved one to go home, giving her the much-needed quiet she longed for.

His presence was everywhere in the house. The ashtray he kept though he hadn’t smoked in years. The suits that hung in their closet, ones he insisted on pressing. He used to say, “You have your own clothes to iron; why would I make you do mine?” She loved that about him – his non-chauvinistic personality and the smile that could melt her hear every time.

She shook away the nostalgia and refilled her glass with the wine that his mother bought them as an engagement gift last year. She opened the French doors to the wrap-around porch and made her way to the glider they’d picked out together. Pulling her feet close to her side she gazed at the painted sky set against the sparkling ocean. The setting sun left a stream of red, orange, and purple across a canvas of blue. She raised her glass towards the sunset background.

“Cheers. Here’s to a new start first thing tomorrow.”

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 49 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 13, 2014

Day 62 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 62: Land and Sea

Ashore?

Ashore?

Limitless possibilities

Out of reach of these hands

How to navigate calm waters

With uncertainty at the helm

 

Mountains in the distance

A new start in tinted view

Is the destination within reach

Or will the journey prevail

 

Water heals yet water takes

Never doubt her power

Work with her not against

And find an ally to help guide you ashore.

 

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 49 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 12, 2014

Day 61 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 61: Creativity Prompt #9

It’s not personal; it’s just business.

Do you agree or disagree with the above statement? How does it affect you on a creative level? Use your artistic skills (painting, writing, baking, sewing, etc.) to best represent the above.

Is business personal?

Is business personal?

*I’m a week behind on posting my CREATIVITY PROMPT result, so this Monday I’ll post two – the marathon one from last week and today’s prompt.*

HAPPY CREATING!

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 50 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

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