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Coffee – My Life Would Suck Without You


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Sweet Nectar of Life

Go Juice


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Whatever way you say it, I simply cannot live without the stuff. I drink it black (no cream, no sugar) and lots of it. Most days about two pots, yes, I said POTS, not cups.  I’m actually sort of coffee snob.  When you drink your coffee black and so much of it, crappy coffee just will not do.  I mail order it.   A box of whole bean goodness arrives every three weeks.

By the time each of my kids turned five, they knew how to make coffee.  They also knew that the magical stuff turned the bed-headed (is that a word? Well, it is now), Medusa-looking, foaming at the mouth, mean ogre into a loving and happy woman who would bake muffins and shit.  They still marvel at the magical beans.


Yeah, yeah, I’ve read that coffee is bad for you, but I’ve also read that coffee is good for you and since I’ve always been taught to look for the good in everyone, I choose the latter.  It isn’t just good for me, I would die without it.  (No, I’m not exaggerating even a tiny bit) Once, I tried a cleanse which included no coffee for three days. The first day I had a headache, the second day my head was spinning and green foam was coming out of my ears, the third day, well..let’s just say that I’m not allowed in several businesses in Mercer County, NJ anymore.


Maybe it’s the day after Christmas sugar buzz wearing off or perhaps the therapy is finally working, but I’ve been thinking about how coffee is an analogy for life.

The coffee beans aren’t much on their own, but when you apply pressure to them and add water amazing things can happen. Pressure or stress can pulverize you, but instead of lying broken (or ground up), you can add what you have on hand (even if it is in short supply) to create something beautiful, invigorating and delicious.

I, like most people, have a story to tell, have had devastating life events and days where I have felt beat up, run over and wanting to hide.  Instead of curling up into a ball in my blanket fort, I have decided to add hard work, creativity and inspiration and on a daily basis create something wonderful.  Sure, some days my coffee and my life choices turn out bad:   too strong, bitter, burnt, but on most days the result is something fabulous:  warming, energizing, comforting.

Last night, I created this art journal page inspired by a YouTube video and my love of coffee.   Ok, yes, I know they are tea bags, but bags of coffee just didn’t work into the design.  Today, instead of worrying about how bad things are, what bills are due, what lies ahead, just take life “one cup at a time”. Trust me, all will look just a bit brighter (unless you run out of coffee, and then, my friend, sorry, but it’s every man (or woman) for themself.

One Cup at a Time

Until next time…



To Do Book or: Making Lists About Lists


Earlier this week, I wrote about making my way through the Leonie Dawson “Create Your Amazing Year Life and Biz Workbooks and Calendars”. For the past several nights, I hunkered down on the couch with a pen and pencil, my blankets and pillows and my puppies and started making my way through them.  It is an AMAZING experience..just to go through and identify what you love about yourself, what you want to say goodbye to, what big and small dreams you have for yourself and then go about planning on making them happen!  It’s such a beautiful feeling and one that gives me such hope.

Each year, I make resolutions that I, invariably, break by mid-January.  What’s the difference this year?  I have a PLAN to make them happen and dammit, I WILL make them happen!

One of the exercises in the workbook is to make a “To Do” book..where you will write your goals and dreams and the lists and plans to make them happen.  I am a list-maker.  Always have been.  I am even guilty of writing things down on the list that I’ve already done, just for the satisfaction of crossing them off! (come on, you know you do it, too!).  This method works perfectly for me.

Of course the artist in me refused to use a plain notebook so…I broke out the gesso, spray inks, acrylic paint, stencils, modeling paste and glass bead paste and went to town.  I created the cover in a grunge-like mixed media form.  I absolutely love it and can’t wait to get my dreams and lists inside that baby.



One of the exercises in the book that I just loved doing was the list of 100 things I want to do this year. They can be silly, serious, creative – anything!  Some of the items on my list (I’ve only written 39, so far) are:

Take ballroom dance lessons

Go hiking

Build a firepit

Send 52 cards

Learn to make cabbage rolls

Get a tattoo


Some of them are more serious:

Get house repairs done

Get new life insurance

Save X amount of money


But all of them are mine and soon I’ll have a plan to achieve them all.  It’s ok, if they all don’t happen..that’s life..but most will because I want them, I have a plan and they will make me a better me.  If you have big or small resolutions this year – whether you make them and break them right away or whether you have never made them – GET THIS WORKBOOK!  You will get happy pants just from doing the exercises!

Until next time..