“Happiness is a journey, not a destination….”

Happiness is a journey, not a destination…
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. –souza

I love this quote – I have it on a greeting card I bought when I really “shouldn’t have spent the money”, but I am glad I brought this message home.
I have been doing some mixed media pieces – always try to include a touch of glass – maybe stained, maybe dichroic, whatever seems right for the rest of the piece…
The next mixed media piece I do, I would like to feature this quote. Maybe I will accent it with a glass butterfly, like this one – because butterflies float from one flower to the next, sipping nectar when they can, facing the elements when they must, but always fluttering by the moment.

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Did You GIVE What You Wanted for Christmas?

Another Christmas come & gone – did you GIVE what you wanted to for Christmas?  Not Did you GET what you wanted – I meant GIVE.

I found more joy in giving & surprising people this year – people who did not expect it – way more than in the nice things I received as gifts.

I don’t regret anything I gave – my gift was how it made me feel so good.  I am thankful to have an art form (glass jewelry) that most people appreciate receiving. 

I started out this holiday season to give handmade & homemade – and I did, and it brought joy!  I love the handmade, homemade gifts I received as well – much more than the things box stores were foisting off on people.  (Enough with the microfleece already!)

I would have liked to give more to those in need – but at least I gave some, in my corner of the world. when and where I could.

My Christmas moment this year came in AUGUST – writing 15 letters “fromt Santa’s elves” to school children for a friend’s friend who is a teacher.  I had a jolly time, and the kids who got them enjoyed them too I heard…

Spreading joy and kindness – that’s what it’s all about…even if it doesn’t help the bottom line – it helps each heart.

May you always delight in simple things and give from the heart!