Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Getting Real

If I had a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit I'd reread it now.

Sharing this article with you -- it's a good one.

"The Law of Attraction In Action with Eva" - 1 new article

By Eva Gregory, CPCC

Talk seems to be plentiful about "getting real" and "keeping it real" these says. But what exactly does that mean? One of the definitions of the word real is "being or occurring in fact or actuality; not imaginary or ideal." So basically, the talk is about dealing with what actually exists and not putting a happy spin on things. While it is definitely a good idea to know what is going on around you, being real is not the complete solution. Striving for your ideal, your passion, and your purpose -- is. Comprehension of the present situation helps lay the foundation for the ideas that follow, but your present is just that. Dreams are imaginary until you've put action and purpose to them to make them become realities. A goal is nothing more than that until it has been achieved.

How many instances can you recall of people who made incredible contributions to society based upon their acknowledgement of their reality, and their fierce dedication to the pursuit of their passion and desire to change said reality? They weren't afraid to stray from conventions and follow their own course. Think of something on a smaller scale, like Sadie Hawkins Day. Granted this day was created in the comic strips, but it was such a novel idea that it caught on in real life more than half a century ago. It was a huge thing for a female to ask a male out on a date. The creation of such a day alleviated the stigma and made it perfectly fine for a girl to ask a boy out. Think of the possible ripple-effects of such an esteem-building event. Women feeling free enough to take more of an active role. Think of how many lives have been shaped by something that was not real, but an idea conjured up by a writer. On a larger scale, look at the United States. This country was founded by people willing to break free of the norm, willing to embrace their passion and create a new reality. Our forefathers were definitely not lacking in purpose.

Your dreams may not have as widespread an impact, but they are just as important. Aren't you worth having a life full of purpose and rich with passion? No one should be stuck in reality, unable to allow yourself to each beyond your present towards a future full of passion and purpose. Take a lesson from someone you admire. Very few people reach their desired goal without first dreaming of how to get there. Even if your dream seems farfetched, never be afraid to step outside of the box. Real need not be a path on the straight and narrow, but a journey to destinations only you can chart.

Take some time in the coming month to review where you've traveled and determine if or how it differs from where you want to be. Remember it all starts with you. What are your dreams and goals? Explore them, learn them, list them, and make them real too. You can achieve reality, but only if you're real and honest enough with yourself to determine what it is you really feel passionate about. Just have fun with it and remember to keep it purposeful.

You're welcome to use this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the "About The Author" info below:)

About the Author:
Eva Gregory, CPCC, is a master coach, speaker and author of several programs and books including The Feel Good Guide to Prosperity. She has instructed tens of thousands in person, on the radio and in teleconferences, seminars and workshops on how to deliberately create a life by design using the Law of Attraction. As co-host of The Jeanna and Eva Show and The Law of Attraction Show on Exceptional Wisdom Radio, she has interviewed some of the most powerfully successful motivational experts today. Her new book, Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction, co-authored with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson and Jeanna Gabellini, can be found in bookstores everywhere.

Copyright @2009 Eva Gregory. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wood Fired Pots

Here are some pots I made using the "squishing method" I learned from the late David Miller. The pots, which are in the Art Gallery of Prince Albert's permanent collection, were tumble stacked and fired in the kiln that Randy Woolsey built in Ruddell.

The aura around the shells is from St. Rose Red clay (yum!). Thanks to Christian Barr of Wildwood, Alberta for bringing that clay and suggestions how to use it.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wood Fired Kiln Opening

Pots, big and small, along with the potters.

My neighbour, Robert (who participated in the firing), and I are off to Meacham tomorrow for the kiln opening of the anagama kiln "L'agamine"1 pm, Charley Farrero's studio, 2nd avenue, Meacham. You don't have to be a potter to enjoy this. Join us if you'd like and check back later for pics of the event.

Here's a pic of Sharon Esler and John Boyd stoking the kiln.

Tile Commission

Here's part of a tile commission I've been working on. The tiles sure take up a lot of space in the kiln. The whole process has been a enjoyable learning experience...and I've even made notes for future projects.

This section is on the north wall and is about 28 inches across and 15 inches high; the tiles on the west wall are just less than 100 inches wide and 15 inches high. It is for a back splash for a paper maker's sink.
I'm looking forward to the finished project.