Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Music Monday! Best Day Of My Life

The perfect way to start a new year!
 
I heard this song on the radio yesterday, as we were moving things into our new booth at the Antique Tobacco Barn here in Asheville.
It was a long road there, one we worked hard for and waited for, and it finally came.
 
It is an awesome place to wander (77,000 sq.ft.), there are lots of vendors there, and loads of really cool stuff. 
 
And now we, Blue Rage of Asheville, are a part of it. 
Awesome. 
Lots of work, yes, but it has already paid off! 
I couldn't be happier, things are finally falling into place.


So, the best day of my life? 

Maybe not the best of my entire life, but certainly the best lately. 

It was around this time too that I made a commitment to myself. I vowed to remove everything that brings negativity to my life, and concentrate on only the positive and things that make me happy and feel good. My one and only resolution, but one that I think will make a huge difference in my entire life. 
No more dealing with negativity, at all. Just won't do it. 

Goodbye anyone or anything that brings negativity. 

It is the perfect way to begin a New Year. 

Hopefully, a much better year than we have had lately, maybe even the best.  Have a safe and Happy New Year!
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Music Monday! Jingle Bells

We got the crap scared out of us Saturday night, just as we returned from our family portrait sitting.

We had mistakenly made the appointment at the photo place at the mall for the Saturday before Christmas, so our nerves were trying to recover. Note to self, avoid mall the weekend before Christmas!

We were were just getting home, still had coats on, standing in the kitchen going through the mail. I had just sent my oldest out with the smelly garbage, and hubby and daughter and I were reading the much awaited acceptance letter from App State. (Yay!)

The door was open so we didn't notice the 3 people that appeared in the doorway. Out of nowhere, they burst into song (very loudly)! 

"Dashing through the snow...in a one horse open sleigh..."

I jumped, the dog started barking, and they continued singing like nothing was happening. We were trying to figure out what in the heck was going on! All we could do was just stand there, confused, while we tried to deal with this onslaught. 

We realized these were friends of our daughter's who stopped by to wish her a Merry Christmas. A surprise show of what Christmas is all about.

So in honor of all the Carollers out there who try to bring Christmas Cheer to the rest of us, enjoy Jingle Bells by some real (dressed in costume) Victorian Carollers.


In reality, we thought they could have picked a better song. There was no snow here for one! Plus, we don't have a tree or any decorations up because we are celebrating Christmas in a new way this year, so it was all actually kind of weird. (We are forgoing the crazy rush of buying useless gifts, and celebrating just family and good food.)

And, they weren't even dressed up in Victorian wear! 

But I am still glad they brought some Christmas cheer into our house. It was so unexpectedly thoughtful, a reminder of how the holiday season isn't about gifts and things, but friends and family.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday, full of fun, love, and good food! 
Merry Christmas from the Raige Clan

Monday, December 16, 2013

Music Monday! These Boots Are Made For

Original Artwork by Paige
These boots were made for art class actually, by my daughter.
But how can you see a picture of boots and not think of Nancy Sinatra and These Boots Are Made For Walkin'


It didn't help that we found Austin Powers on the telly last week.

It is a good tune to start the week, especially when last week was sort of my 'week off' and I really could use a boost to get some crap done this week! 

Last week,
-I took the week off from running (and even walking)

-I took the week off from blogging (was 2 months of NaBloPoMo too much? perhaps. But I wonder this week if I had that to get me blogging I wouldn't have dropped the ball there),

-I even took the week off from putting real pants on! (I did put on leggings and sweatpants, don't worry.)

I did manage to:
-list some Jewelry for Bridget (all the jewelry from the Blue Rage, with still loads more to list) (Artfire section for AF shoppers, Zibbet section for Z shoppers)

-and apply for some jobs (the time it takes to fill out applications and write cover letters is ridiculous!).

After all that tedious work last week, I need to change gears. This groovy tune is good for morale, yeah baby! So let's get on with this week, and get some stuff done! 

Have a smashing day, baby!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Music Monday! Cheeseburger in Paradise

For all my friends who are getting a wee bit o'snow.
This might ease the pain.
Imagine......a beach.......gorgeous blue water....you are the only one there....
Source: Visit Cayman Islands
you and....
your cheeseburger



Stay Safe!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Running Has Taught Me ~ It Gets Harder Before It Gets Easier

I know there are a gazillion websites and blogs that talk about the greatness of running. I read them too.

But since I have started running again, after my 3 month break, I have learned some valuable life lessons. Each lesson is great for running, but can be translated into every-day life as well. 
(previous lessons: Shoes, Sleep, Form)

I am sharing these life lessons with you while training for the Jingle Bell Run, which I am participating in on December 7th.

Today, I can tell you ~ It gets harder before it gets easier.

The Backstory
I was running the a couple weeks ago and one day, I noticed a pattern when I ran. A disturbing pattern. The pattern went something like this:

In that in the first mile I was feeling pretty good. I was energetic and my breathing is just right. I could even run halfway up that fairly big hill at the beginning.

In the second mile, I started to get tired, legs ached, breathing was not as comfortable. Thoughts of 'why am I doing this when I could be walking' started to creep in my head. 

I started to walk for just a short walk, caught my breath and felt a little better, then I started running again, but soon those same thoughts were right back in my head. All through the second mile it was very difficult to keep the run up. I fought the urge to walk. Sometimes I lost the fight, and walked again, but when I started the run again, it wasn't smooth, it hurt, and I felt like I was lumbering along. I couldn't help but think 'well, just walking will still be a decent workout, and much easier'I felt clumsy.

Then, the 3rd mile. Suddenly, I hit a groove. I was smoothly running along, enjoying the music, even softly singing along. I didn't feel my legs hurting so much (maybe they were finally numb?), the breathing was steady (maybe I was going really really slow, I didn't really care!). I could even run at a steady pace up the hills at the end of the run. I was actually sad I had reached my driveway, feeling like I could run like this for another 3 miles! 

The lesson
Each run, it got harder.....then it got easier! That thought got me through many a run. I knew it would be hard in the middle, but then it would get easier, and the run would end great. 

But after 2 months, I couldn't help thinking, 'shouldn't I be getting better? Why couldn't I run the whole time?!' I was so frustrated I started to think all my work was for nothing.

But, about a week later, something had changed. I didn't have these mid-run bouts of walking. I got to mile 2 and kept running with little discomfort. I ran the full 3 plus miles, and even added some distance to the runs. I am now running 4 miles, and yes, no walk in the middle. Suddenly, the run got easier!  

It seemed sudden, but really it was all the hard work I had put in to it, each week. It was hard, but I can now see the results. It is now 'easier'.
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Some days are better than others still, but the good runs, the ones where I can run the whole time, are happening more and more, and the walking in the middle is happening less and less. 

Life is the same way!
As it often happens in life as well, some days are good, some days not so much so. Sometimes, things are going along okay, good even. Then suddenly things are crap. Suddenly it's really difficult, and you question what the hell you are doing, or why suddenly it is crap. You want to give up. You want to stop running.

But I can tell you, after struggling through many a run, it gets harder before it gets easier. That is true in running, and that is true in life. Why? Because it takes the pain, heavy breathing, it takes getting through the difficult patch to get you really to how you should be going. You keep going, you get stronger, you figure it out!
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It helps if you keep in mind to wear the right shoes, get enough sleep, and keep your form. These things help you get through the tough times, to the better times. 

So keep going. 
It does get harder - but then it gets easier.

(And wish me luck for the race on Saturday! There still is time to donate...it would be nice to have a little extra motivation.....click HERE.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Stepping Into The Past

Today, I was. 
I got some pictures done and some new, old vintage stuff listed. 
Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Handbag
I think I would have loved living in the Roaring 20's. I love the fashion, and probably would have cut a rug or two with The Charleston

Things seem to have been much more elegant.
Gold Mesh Compact or Cigarette Case
As I sit here in my jeans and a sweatshirt.

Ronson Crown Lighter 1930's era
Ah well, at least I can show some beautiful things from back then. 

I did get to enjoy the era in its fullest a while back with The Great Gatsby. (I loved it!)

I actually like F. Scott Fitzgerald's work, and his real life story is an intriguing snapshot of the times. I almost wish I could have lived then.
Art Nouveau Pedestal
available at The Regeneration Station
or through Blue Rage of Asheville
Well back to modern times. 

Tomorrow I will be listing some new Jewelry by Bridget,
Glass Pendant
by Jewelry by Bridget
and also listing some great perfume display bottles.
Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamond's Collections
factice bottles
available at Raige Creations
Just a taste of the eclectic mix of things that catch my fancy.

Now, pizza for dinner. There are some good things about modern times......

Do you have a favorite era you wish you could have experienced?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Music Monday! Counting Stars



Lately I've been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things we could be
But baby I've been, I've been praying hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars, yeah we'll be counting stars

If only it were that easy. 
I would love to just count stars....
Someday
The worry of the other
will be gone
and only counting stars will be left.

A girl can dream, right?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Endings ~ Last Day of NabloPoMo

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NaBloPoMo didn't end the way I anticipated. I didn't even post the very last day! 

I thought I would write a brilliant post about what I learned, how it helped me grow, how it made writing a part of my habits, blah blah blah.

Instead, I sat in front of a blank screen yesterday morning with nothing brilliant to say. Then, I got distracted with the day grocery shopping and then making meatloaf and then my daughter needed my computer to finish her essays for scholarships so I puttered around the house and then I got into reading a book I downloaded months ago and never read and before I knew it I was heading to bed at almost 2am! No blog done.

And you know what? It doesn't bother me really. It's not like it's really the end. I am not ending my blog, I will be writing still, even if it is not posted every day. I will still have Music Mondays, Walking on Wednesdays, Thursday Thought of the Day posts, Friday Finds, Recipes, motivational stuff, life stuff, stuff about creating, I will still post my ramblings and nonsense and I will still write my heart out.

I have found some wonderful blogs that make me laugh, that make me think, that I just plain enjoy reading. I have forged some new online friendships, I have grown, I have embraced this writing life.

So ~ the end, it is not.
(Yoda crept in my head today)
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It is simply another beginning.
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