easter greetings


are you in?

this is an excerpt of a newsletter that i get from life coach extraodinare, cheryl richdardson… i thought it was worth reposting on the blog, especially as it pertains to valentine’s day 🙂


(& btw, i am so in!! 🙂 )

Topic of the Week :Valentine Love

 Earlier this week, a Facebook pal, Karen, shared a great idea with me on my Facebook Page. She wrote, “I’ll be spending the day on Monday giving Valentine’s Day cards to strangers with hand-written messages and affirmations (some I borrowed from you!), telling them they matter and are loved.” Karen invited me to join her (I’m in!) and this week I’m passing her invitation on to you. How about making this whole week a celebration of love?

Remember the little packages of Valentine’s you used to get as a kid? The ones you’d fill out and bring to school? Well, go out some time today, pick up a package or two, open it up, and write the words “You are loved!” on each card (and any additional message you feel inclined to share). Then, put each Valentine in an envelope, draw a heart on the outside, and put them in your purse, in your car, or in your briefcase, and get ready for fun!

Throughout the day, you can leave a Valentine on the windshield of a car, in the shopping cart of a stranger at the grocery store, on the desk of someone at work, in a book at the bookstore, or on a table in your local coffee shop. Each time you leave one, silently bless the person with love, and keep going until all of your Valentine’s have been given away. I can’t wait to get started and I hope you’ll join me.

We have so many people in our global community who will do this, that I’m sure we’re bound to create a groundswell of love. Who knows, maybe we’ll tip the scales and suddenly inspire world peace? Now that’s an intention I can wrap my arms around !

 Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!

happy chinese new year

they say the year of the hare (or if you prefer, rabbit) is supposed to be better, less tenacious than last year, which was the year of the tiger…

well, i hope that is true because i can do without the drama and chaos of 2010!  omg!!

also, i hope that we won’t be experiencing anymore monster blizzards anytime soon, like the one that just happened a couple of days ago!  it was nuts n bolts here &  whenever we get hit with some sort of storm, our internet and cell phone reception tank & we are lucky if we can get online or don’t drop a call!  whew, things are starting to go back to usual… well, not counting the frigid temps.  that we could def do without.  

i have to go into work tomorrow, as i wasn’t able to do earlier in the week on account of the blizzard…  i hope it will be a good day, free of stress and drama.  just like the folks say who come up with the chinese new year stuff 🙂 

wow! btw for all the lovely words people have left on my OWOH post below.  now that the blizzard business is behind us, i’ll be able to access the internet more readily and will def make a point to return your kindness by visiting your blogs this weekend. 🙂

alright, it’s a school night… thought i’d post the illio above that i did, which i then added some digital doodads … the chinese symbol supposedly means LOVE.  i hope that is true!  wouldn’t want to offend anybody…

have a good night! xoxo mary ann

snowy MLK day

it’s snowy here on this monday MLK day… & i whipped up this lil sketch this morning and then digitally colored in PSE.  i have been drawing these lil girlie illios lately and so it’s no wonder that another one of them popped up in this sketch 🙂

oh well, off to the store to get some stuff before the big snow really comes down!  enjoy your day and my lil cuppa warm wishes! xo mary ann

it’s 2011!

season’s greetings

hope you’re having the most wonderful time of the year! xo

thankful for…

my dh

my large extended family, including our kitty tribe

my health

my art

my life

my circle of friends

my education

my work & being able to make a decent living for us

my students

my passions (like art, welding and gardening, to name a few)

my yoga practice

my appreciation for nature & the world around us

the little things in life

all the basic necessities in life

my love & belief of a good and just God

all things that i hold sacred & dear

my little universe and everything in it.


wishing you and yours a very happy and blessed thanksgiving!

xoxo mary ann