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We are not able to change what happens to us, but we can change how we view it. Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life! is a collection of reflections focused on many of the life issues we all face. Each of the offerings is meant to inspire you, and help you see how you might make a positive difference in your own life.

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Do You Make Fun A Priority?

You would think it would be an easy choice between working or having fun, right? Not for me! I was born and raised in Minnesota, a typical Midwesterner by most standards. I am also of the German and Norwegian ancestry. I’m telling you this because I, like many of us, grew up with a strong work ethic. In fact, in my family work always came before fun. So as many of you already know, the work is never done, which means the fun times are few and far between. An even bigger stretch was the idea that work and fun could go together and it was not an either or; both could actually happen at the same time! Who knew?

Given this strong work ethic that was hard wired into my brain, I clearly had something to work on. It was hard to move from making work the only priority to incorporating fun into the things I did. Even though I knew how important it was, I still found it hard to balance fun with work. Just as I had learned growing up, work was still first priority.  I knew that is not what I wanted and I would have to find a way to make another choice.

That is when I heard about the 50 Fun Things workshop. A friend of mine was going and although I was still skeptical I thought I would go and give it a try.

I enjoyed the workshop, brought home the 50 Fun Things Chart and laid it on my desk not quite ready to dive into it. Every now and then I picked it up and thought maybe I could add some fun to my life. I started small, but the more I did, the more I liked it. Before I realized it, searching out things that were new and different had actually became part of my life.

One of the things I searched out was how to paint the beautiful Mandala Stones that you see on Social Media. It took quite a while to find a teacher so I could learn how to paint them, but when I did had so much fun that I decided that others might enjoy this too.  That is when Painted Mandala Stone Workshops were born. I have loved creating these workshops and people are having such a great time creating their own stones.

I know for a fact, that if I had not made an intentional effort to seek out it out, I would have continued to fit fun in when I could. This helped me to change my belief that work is not the only important attribute to have. Even for someone like me with an embedded work ethic, this changed how I think about what I do and how I do it.

If you are interested in coming to a workshop I have two more this fall. Both are held at Jo Jo’s Rise and Wine in Burnsville and are $25.00. Register by replying to this email and I will send you an invoice to pay online as payment is due at the time of registration.

You can also check out my Facebook page – click on the events tab to for future workshops.

https://www.facebook.com/Painted-Mandala-Stone-Workshops-111167386941319

 

 

 

 

 

Creating More Joy in Your Life

This is probably not news to you, but Americans are at an all-time high when it comes to stress, worry, and anger. It has been said that if you want to gauge the emotional climate of people look at what is happening locally and nationally; is it any wonder we feel this way!  Watching the news on any given night offers more anxiety and things to worry about than it does hope. The 2018 Gallup Global Emotions Report states that about “55% of Americans felt stressed about their lives which is a record high for this country.” People are feeling anxious, stressed or angry about the state of the things that are happening in their lives and in the world.

This of course is not everyone, but on a daily basis many will say that they we are experiencing a high level of anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, we don’t come with a guidebook that can help us maneuver through these emotions.

Where do you turn for help when things get overwhelming? I know for many turning to faith in God is an important way to deal with the stress and uncertainly of the world.  This is a favorite Bible verse that I like. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13

Over time, I have also learned that in addition to having a strong faith, you must also act on your own behalf to improve your situation. Our ability to face stress, worry and anger allows us make decisions about daily living that allows you to look beyond current circumstances and foster joy. This is our greatest asset to living with more abundance and joy. For many, it is not automatic to see joy when things are hard; it is something that needs to be practiced by:

  • Make a daily intention to invite joy into your life.
  • Give yourself time to play and to do the things that make you happy.
  • Express gratitude on a regular basis for the goodness that is in your life, including those who love and support you.
  • Choose to look at life with a sense of awe and the wonder of a child.
  • Connect regularly God and practice your faith.
  • Send blessings to anything that is causing you discomfort, and refuse to carry any anger by taking steps to resolve it.
  • Acknowledge and connect to the LIGHT that is within you, and allow that to flow from you out into the world.
  • Expect the miraculous to happen.

It is easy to get stuck in the hard places of life. However, it is with faith and awareness that we have the knowledge to choose to practice ways that helps us move past stress and into cultivating joy. Wishing you joy in your life!

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I Challenge You To Try Something New?

If you were to ask me if I was someone that is motivated by challenges, I would say no. But when I look back on my life circumstances, I can recall many instances when someone would tell me I could not do something, only to have me prove them wrong. I did that because as someone whose whole life was challenging, it was the only way to move forward. We all face challenges but if we can develop the mind-set that they are there to either hold us back or push us forward, they can work to our benefit.

I have learned that every challenge presented to me has pushed me forward. In the writing of my second book I was given a challenge by a friend and editor to have the book done by the end of summer. If I was not presented with this challenge, the book might not still be done.

Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves, especially if everything is getting to feel routine and stale. A year ago, I heard a speaker talk about how challenging the last year of her life had been and she decided something different was needed. To change that she challenged herself to find ways to add fun into her life. What she had to say struck a chord with me so I began to challenge myself to find not only things that were fun, but were also new. That is how I decided to learn how to paint Mandala stones and now teach the classes. This challenge will pushed me forward into unexpected opportunities.

If I could leave you with a take away, it would be that I challenge you to try something new…it does not have to be big, just find something that gets you excited to try it! You never know where it may take you!

If you decide you want to challenge yourself with learning to Paint Mandala Stones you can find the registration information below:

CLASS INFORMATION:

Come and learn how to paint these beautiful Mandala’s stones for yourself. This is simple and easy, plus it requires no artistic skill or experiences. Painting these beautiful stones taps into your creative side and it is fun and relaxing. This is open to adults and children 9 and older.

Each class is $25 and includes: instruction, demonstration, handouts, a time to practice and then paint 2-3 stones during the two hour class.

I’m offering these classes in September & October: Both classes are the same so come to one or both:

SEPTEMBER 17 FROM 10:00 AM to Noon   8 SPOTS OPEN

SEPTEMBER 24 6:00 – 8:00 PM  THIS CLASS IS FULL with a waiting list

OCTOBER 7 6: 00 – 8:00 PM  THIS CLASS HAS OPENINGS

Class Held at: Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine – 12501 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, MN 55337

To Register: Send an email to sthibault12@msn.com with your name, which class you are coming to and the best email to send an invoice to pay online.  No refunds

Class size is limited to 12 people so register early. You can purchase something to drink to bring into the class but please limit food items to before or after the class.

I am so excited to be offering this class to help people find ways to relax and have fun! It is much easier than it looks and you will love it and I promise go home relaxed! Want to come with a friend? Just pass this on but you should register together to be sure there is room for both of you.

LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN EVENT! SEE YOU SOON!

Sandy