Emotions

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Emotions…

What is their purpose?

Are they good or bad?

While I don’t have all the answers, I’d like to share a current experience and my personal knowledge with you.  This experience isn’t necessarily happy but it is real. It takes courage to share and I do so with the intention of helping to inspire you.  After many trials, I have learned to be more open. Our lives are full of happy, fun, and amazing blessings but life also offers pain, fear, and struggles. All of these emotions have their place.  I’d like to share my emotional experience… here it goes…


Conner-Suprised“It was my 5th day stuck in bed. I had permanently indented the mattress below me! My lungs ached as the muscles worked double to usher air in and out.  My chest rose painfully with every breath. I yearned for some true rest.  My legs were heavy. They constantly reminded me they were still there as I felt an odd tingle that I had only begun to be acquainted with.

I’ve included pictures meant to make you smile! The emotion in the first photo is surprise, second sadness, and last embarrassment.

I knew if I attempted to stand, as I so badly needed to, my legs would shake, shutter and bring me towering to the ground.  This alone would start a train reaction.  The exertion and effort of standing would force my lungs to panic and quickly close, starting another horrible asthma attack.  Then my thoughts turned to fears– would this lead me to the ER? Could I get help quick enough? So I forced myself to sit still and concentrate on breathing.

Conner-SadMy mind was slow from the work and distress placed on my body, yet my mind flooded with busy thoughts of survival.  How can I make it through this again? I can’t do this anymore. How can I feel better, I would think to myself. To survive emotionally, I sorted through my thoughts to find which were helpful verse those that needed to be discarded. I needed hope.

To put it simply, I was tired.  Tried of restrictions.  Tired of feeling numb, especially in my legs. Tired of trying to stay happy even though I was consumed with doubts, fears and sadness.  Tired of relying on others for my daily needs. Tired of monitoring and controlling my breathing.  Tired of taking medicine that never helped and so very tired of waiting in Doctor Offices knowing the result, they’d try to treat my asthma with the same damaging methods and refer me to a specialist only to have that specialist refer me to another.  I have been at the other side of guesses, trials and diagnoses with no real cures as of yet.  I felt lost, scared and hopeless.”

It’s healthy to express our emotions… it isn’t weakness because they allow us to cope and connect with one another!

Why do I share this singular experience with you today?  Because it’s healing.  It’s healthy to express your emotions.  Emotions are a part of us and a part of life.  They are not weakness, they allow us to cope and connect with one another.  I know there are so many people in this world that have similar emotions and don’t release them.  They hold on, thinking it’s a noble thing (just as I often have!)… those emotions weren’t meant to be held onto.  They are meant to be felt, used to make us stronger, and discarded or shared with those we love.

Conner-Embarrassing pants down!We are to be transformed by our hardships and accompanying emotions. Let them do their job by using them to mold or shape us into better people.  In my opinion, emotions are neither good nor bad. They have a purpose… to be felt, understood, and to be used as a refiner.  We need to have patience with ourselves and our human emotions. They are normal and a part of life. I say all this to help you and myself overcome these hard emotions, as I am very much human.  I have a need to grow and learn from each new experience, just as anyone does. Emotions are real, they can’t be ignored or wished away… but they can be felt, registered, understood or discarded.  They will leave their effect, we can choose if that effect is helpful or damaging.  Do we change fear into lasting anger or change it to hope and understanding.  This is not meant to be an easy or quick process. For me, this will be a lifelong pursuit. I am up for the challenge!!!

Emotions are neither good nor bad… they have purpose. Let them shape us into better people!

I have faith and hope that the destructive and hard moments in our lives have a time and place.  There’s an end to all trials.  Believing is not seeing… you’ve heard that phrase. It’s a simple aspect of faith, it is courage to proceed without knowing the result.  Think of all those who have inspired you… in books, movies, history, etc… they continued on with some form of hope, faith or courage even though they did not know the result. That in itself is a miracle.  In the trials you face, believe and keep going.  Despair, fear, anger, and hopeless will be there… will you see them for what they are and move forward?  I hope so.  As for me, I promise to try and try again!  I will always look for hope and joy in the face of hardship, even if it’s only after I feel the despair.Silly

Thank you for listening to my simple story and outlook.  I hope to grow and learn more!  Please feel free to leave any comments, as I would love to hear from you.  You may leave these comments on my Face Book Business page, https://www.facebook.com/cmcstamps/. Thanks again!

Feeling SILLY!

 

 

 


Dan-happyI dedicate this to my love and number one supporter, my Husband, Dan Williams.  You mean the world to me. Thank you for a supportive ear, great hugs, and many years of fun to come.  I am a lucky gal! Love you always!

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Foxy Friends Kit

Foxy Friends- Online Class Preorder

This set features the popular WOODLAND THEME!

It’s fun to mix and match creatures! It’s perfect for kids!

Is it already next month and time for another kit?! Oh yeah!

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Here’s how it works:

  • Look for next month’s kit, Decide which kit you’d like…I offer a “Beginner and GO” kit with ink pads and the stamp set.  Check out other options in “Stamp like a PRO”. For details, see CLASS tab.
  • This Class is currently closed.  Stay tune for next month’s kit!!!
  • Includes an exclusive FREE video tutorial, I will email once payment is received! This can be watched repeatedly. Make sure you put your email in the notes section or email me your address.
  • Also includes, a free PDF of all cut sizes and a list of materials needed.

Class Materials:

  • Foxy Friends- Stamp Set
  • Calypso Coral- Stamp Pad
  • Smoky Slate- Stamp Pad
  • Gold Metallic Thread
  • 2- Vanilla Classy Designer Buttons
  • 1 Yd- Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon
  • Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral and Pool Party Card Stock (CS)
  • All other cut material needed, cut and ready.  Makes 6 cards (2 of all three)!

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Swirly Sails!

Hey There!

Happy Summer to you!

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I got out my NEW Swirly Bird Stamp Set this week to make this Swirly Sun and Sail boat.


Man, this is a versatile Set!  You can make Flowers, Birds Nests, Kites, Sail Boats and more!

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Start with 4 Water Color Paper pieces cut at 1-3/8″ by 3-5/8″, 1-1/4″ by 3-5/8″, 1-1/8″ by 3-5/8″, and 1″ by 3-5/8.”


Watercolor each piece with the aqua painters. I used Soft Sky and Pool Party ink pads. Let them dry, lightly stamp (stamp off) the bubbles with Dapper Denim, & glue. Hint: stamp the higher bubbles lighter than the bottom ones.

 

Swirly Sail Boat

I used my Big Shot Machine and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Die to cut the inside Sun, outer Swirly Sun and water. I then stamped the Sun with Daffodil Delight and the Sail Boat with Soft Sky, Dapper Denim and Real Red (the boat is hand-cut). Stamp the Thank You phrase using Thoughtful Banner Stamp Set. Paste the inner sun flat with Snail Adhesive and using the NEW foam adhesive strips to the outer swirly sun. Adhere the water flat, and use regular dimensionals for sailboat.

Have fun!

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Blossoms

Blossoms-FAV

The grass is green, the trees have blossomed and the flowers are magnificent! Spring has come and growth has followed. Now in summer, we get t0 enjoy lots of green. I love to smell the freshness in the air, see the beauty of each crisp leaf, and really take it all in.  Summer is my favorite, but symbolically Spring holds the most awe-inspiring hidden treasures. It’s a symbol of renewal!

I am drawn to nature, both outside and in my stamping.  I love the sight of cherry blossoms, they are stunning in their white or pink contrast against the dirt, branches, and sky!  I love the deep vibrant green that reminds me that all wounds can heal, to become new.  I want to talk about hope and healing today!

Are you like me, and sometimes your days just blur? In any given moment, you realize you are surrounded by a deep fog of T0-Do Lists? There’s so many things to do… so little time.  It’s easy to see the list of things to be done and not list all the beauty that surrounds us. In the same way, isn’t it far to easy to see the imperfections of those we love, instead of their amazing qualities. It’s natural to get lost in our lives.

“I am beginning to understand, that what we seek in life, we will find. Do you look for hope and love?”

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I am beginning to understand, that what we seek in life, we will find. Do you look for imperfections or do we stop and sincerely smell the roses?!  I will take this moment to smell the roses! To have hope, to wish for something more, to really heal.  I don’t need anything profound, although it may sound like this as you read!!

I want to choose beauty, see the best in others, take time to do what matters, and to heal!

I had many opportunities to heal in various ways… physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. All healing is hard.  It takes time and patience.  Sometimes, I don’t allow myself much of either of those!

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I have a chronic illness that I deal with daily.  I get easily worn and need to pace myself. To find the perfect balance of rest and stretching, has proven difficult. I need help often, this can be humbling! I have a 2 year old son who I love dearly! I have needed help to attend to his needs, as my own were diminished. For anyone who has a chronic illness, you know what it is to lean on someone consistently and to wake up each day knowing what you face. I either have hope or despair.  Both of these emotions are very normal in all of our lives, however; which do we allow to grow within us and which do we just let fade away?  This is where I have learned to consciously choose hope!  To let the despair and tears fall and pick myself up. This is one reason I am inspired so much by nature. It naturally runs it’s course.  What a fabulous teacher!  It lives vibrantly… full of life, then it’s begins to decay, it then hibernates in the cold, and later it springs back to life. It is truly an example of hope and growth.

“Choose hope today… let life run it’s course… but choose to believe that there IS LIGHT and HAPPINESS through the trials you face.”

My plea for you today is– Choose hope today… let life run it’s course… but choose to believe that there is light and happiness through the trials you face. You can do it! The hard times will make you stronger.  This is a daily lesson for me!  Thank you for letting me express it. Please leave any comments you have about the topic.  I will further cover all types of healing in my later posts.  Have a wonderful week!

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I am behind on posting my Easter Card,

but I want to share it anyways! Enjoy!

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