Thursday, May 25, 2023

Holistic Wellness Business

Holistic wellness is a concept that encompasses different aspects of human health and well-being. It is based on the idea that each person is a whole being, not just a collection of symptoms or problems. Holistic wellness aims to achieve balance and harmony in the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, occupational, and financial domains of life. Some of the benefits of holistic wellness are:

- It promotes self-awareness and self-care, which can help prevent and manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

- It encourages healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating well, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and avoiding substance abuse.

- It supports natural healing processes, by using complementary and alternative therapies that work with the body's innate wisdom and energy.

- It respects individual differences and preferences, by offering a variety of options and approaches that suit each person's needs and goals.

- It fosters a sense of purpose and meaning, by connecting with one's values, beliefs, passions, and spirituality.

Holistic wellness may be achieved by working with a holistic business mentor who can offer guidance and support in different areas of life. Health. Wealth. Community.

You may be curious about starting a holistic wellness business!
Learn more here.

Holistic wellness is not a one-time event, but a lifelong journey.

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Mindfulness and Intentionality

Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, without judgment or distraction. It is a form of meditation that can help you focus on your thoughts and feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. Mindfulness can be practiced in many different ways, such as through breathing exercises, yoga, or simply paying attention to your surroundings.

Mindfulness training appears to be getting popular in the business world, and many large corporations have been incorporating mindfulness practices into their culture. For example, companies such as GoogleAppleProcter & GambleGeneral MillsMayo Clinic, and the U.S. Army offer mindfulness coaching, meditation breaks and other resources to their employees to improve workplace functioning.

The introduction of mindfulness in corporate settings still remains in early stages and its potential long-term impact requires further assessment. Mindfulness has been found to result in better employee well-being, lower levels of frustration, lower absenteeism and burnout as well as an improved overall work environment

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and openness. It can help you reduce stress, improve your mood, and enhance your well-being. Here are some ways to practice mindfulness in your daily life:

- Start your day with a one-minute meditation. Sit comfortably and focus on your breathing. Notice the sensations in your body and the sounds around you. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.

- Eat mindfully. When you have a meal or a snack, pay attention to the taste, texture, smell, and appearance of your food. Chew slowly and savor each bite. Avoid distractions like TV or your phone while eating.

- Do one thing at a time. When you are working on a task, whether it's writing an email, doing laundry, or reading a book, give it your full attention. Resist the urge to multitask or check your notifications. If you notice your mind drifting, refocus on what you are doing.

- Take mindful breaks. Throughout the day, pause for a few minutes and check in with yourself. How are you feeling? What are you thinking? What do you need? You can also use this time to do some stretching, breathing, or gratitude exercises.

- Listen mindfully. When you are having a conversation with someone, try to listen with empathy and interest. Don't interrupt or judge them. Notice their body language and tone of voice. Ask open-ended questions and reflect back what you hear.

- Observe your thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness is not about avoiding or suppressing your thoughts and emotions, but rather observing them without attachment or criticism. You can use a metaphor to help you do this, such as imagining your thoughts as clouds passing by in the sky, or leaves floating on a stream.

I know I have been trying to be more mindful and intentional each day.  It's coming along.  I'm also putting pen to paper to track my progress.  Have you dabbled lately with mindfulness and intentionality?

Being mindful vs. intentional

Mindfulness and intentionality are two concepts that are often used in personal development and well-being literature. But what do they mean and how are they different?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment, without judgment or attachment. It is a way of cultivating awareness of one's thoughts, feelings, sensations, and surroundings. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance emotional regulation.

Intentionality is the practice of setting and pursuing goals that align with one's values and purpose. It is a way of living deliberately and consciously, rather than reactively or passively. Intentionality can help increase motivation, productivity, and fulfillment.

Both mindfulness and intentionality are important for living a meaningful and satisfying life. However, they are not mutually exclusive or contradictory. In fact, they can complement and support each other in various ways.

For example, mindfulness can help one become more aware of one's values and purpose, which can inform one's intentions and goals. Mindfulness can also help one cope with challenges and setbacks that may arise along the way, by fostering resilience and acceptance.

On the other hand, intentionality can help one apply mindfulness to specific areas of life, such as work, relationships, health, or hobbies. Intentionality can also help one measure and celebrate one's progress and achievements, by providing feedback and rewards.

Therefore, being mindful vs. intentional is not an either-or choice, but rather a both-and approach. By combining mindfulness and intentionality, one can create a balanced and harmonious life that is both fulfilling and enjoyable.

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

The Healing Power of Collage A Creative Companion Book by Patricia Schwimmer

Part art guide (how to collage), part art therapy (reference for your studio bookstack), part personal story!

You may remember I interviewed Patricia Schwimmer 10 years ago in 2013. A decade that seemed to go by in a 'blink'.  (Read that interview here.)  Now, 10 years later, Patricia has authored a book so worthy of a place on your coffee table.

When abstract artist, Patricia Schwimmer was presented with a life-altering diagnosis, she knew she would need to cultivate some coping strategies that would guide her through chemotherapy and the aftermath of the treatments. Calling upon her years of study as an expressive art therapist, painter and workshop facilitator, she knew these strategies would have to involve artmaking. Working within a more limited physical capacity, she set about reorganizing her art space to allow her to create a series of intimate, small format works on paper. Over the ensuing year she created over sixty collages, all of which are included in chronological order in this book.

Her sketchbook became a creative companion that helped Patricia manage her feelings of grief, fear and loss, yet still create artwork that was visually appealing to her. While she was engaged in this process, she had no intention of sharing the work, knowing it was more important to create a safe place for her self-expression to unfold. It was some time later, at the urging of a few close people in her life that she began to write the narrative that would form a roadmap for others going through their own life challenges. In 
The Healing Power of Collage, you will find an inspirational guide book, including supplies list, ideas for collecting and making collage elements, and an overview of the art collage community. Patricia also demonstrates how cultivating an artists’ mindset will support your creativity, even during difficult times. Whether you are new to art, or a seasoned artist looking for a meditative practice that will help you negotiate life’s changing landscape in an empowered way, this book can serve as your guide.

 ORDER book here.

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Jollitude Daily Journal: 90 Days of Pen to Paper Paperback

'Jollitude' is a word I created to remind myself that it's exceptionally good to have a merry attitude about life! (Jolly + Attitude) This is a stylish 90 day journal to hand-write your self care, plans, ideas and acts of kindness for others. Putting pen to 'actual' paper each day is an intentional and meaningful 'life hack' towards happiness & overall wellness. Tick off a few simple things each day and record your thoughts and dreams. 

Pages for 90 days of writing, doodling & more! 

Good Food. Good Health. Good Wellness. Good Business. Good Deeds. 

Excellent for families, sisters, friends, groups or teams to do together! Have enough copies on hand for each new season and to share with others.

ORDER your copies here.

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Affordable Canadian Wall Art for Interior Designers Working with Clients on a Smaller Budget

Capturing the essence of life, documenting as I go; the quiet beautiful moments or hurried, cinematic scenes of the 'everyday'. Often poetic, sometimes irreverent. I am endlessly inspired by fond memories, lakeside summers, cozy winters, and daydreaming ideas. I play with many mediums and subject matters.

Although I personally live a casual, laid-back lifestyle, I am a Fine Artist who creates modern, ORIGINAL works that add beauty and style to any space. Be it minimalist, eclectic, country or traditional.

I love fresh, quirky, graphic imagery mixed with colourful, folkloric elements, symbolic layers + typography. I digitally blend some of my collected images with my own photography + paintings. They are modern and decorative; perfect for today's contemporary interiors.

Thank You for decorating your spaces with my art! 

Peace Love Create Art, Patti

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Patti Friday Artist Statement

Artist Statement:

My works of art are visual records

of the adventures that capture

my daydreams and personal landscapes.

I explore my surroundings with a

candid, cinematic and emotional approach.

I live life and photograph it.

Often the images
emanate a vernacular
snapshot style.
Sometimes a carefully
composed still life.

Mixed media enhancements
give my photo-based art
a contemporary aesthetic.

The photographic storyboards
coloured in my mind
are filled with questions about
nature, sensuality,
the people of Canada
and its cultural mosaic.

I want the viewer
to experience unexpected,
picturesque chapters
of imagined, meandering
narratives with
a sense of wonder, humor
and playfulness.

Everything is interesting to me.

That’s what I'm
documenting, expressing
writing and archiving.

Peace Love Create Art Gather

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

If You Could Read My Mind Love Gordon Lightfoot

If you could read my mind, love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
'Bout a ghost from a wishin' well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I'm a ghost you can't see
If I could read your mind, love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind the drugstores sell
When you reach the part
Where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
Heroes often fail
And you won't read that book again
Because the ending's just too hard to take
I'd walk away, like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script
Enter number two
A movie queen to play the scene
Of bringing all the good things out in me
But for now love, let's be real
I never thought I could act this way
And I've got to say that I just don't get it
I don't know where we went wrong
But the feeling's gone and I just can't get it back
If you could read my mind, love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
'Bout a ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
The story always ends
If you read between the lines
You'll know that I'm just trying to understand
The feeling that you lack
I never thought I could feel this way
And I've got to say that I just don't get it
I don't know where we went wrong
But the feeling's gone and I just can't get it back

R.I.P. Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. (November 17, 1938 – May 1, 2023) was a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folkfolk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and was known internationally as a folk-rock legend. (Born in Orillia ON)

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Monday, April 10, 2023

Sterling Silver Flatware Photographs Patti Friday

I've wanted to photograph my Grandmother's
set of flatware for a long time!
Today I had the chance.

Now that I've documented them
I think a few would be so nice
framed for a kitchen or dining room.

I love the above 3 pieces.
Serving fork.
Butter knife.
Cake/Pie server.

My Mom spoon fed ALL
the babies of the family
with these wee spoons.

Some pieces are tarnished more than others.

All beautiful and meaningful.

So many memories.

Do you collect silver?

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Patti Friday The Gemini Artist


MAY 21 – JUNE 20

The Great Twins. The Trickster. The Truth Speaker. The Visionary.

The Gemini Mission:
To impress;
To explore diverse interests;
To get ahead of the crowd;
To enjoy life as a jack of all trades;
To have many options;
To acquire multiple skill sets;
To be seen as multi-talented;
To think.

Expression and Influences: Expressive, flexible and adaptable; involving siblings, twins, or multiple personalities or multiple approaches; multiples; changeable; many changes and shifts will be experienced in the corresponding area of life; fluctuating; situations involving this area of life are unpredictable, changeable, and ever shifting; short distance travels will be productive for this area of life; expressive and communicative; cerebral; many initiations few completions.

Characteristic Traits: Unpredictable, adaptable to changes, versatile, multi-talented, persuasive, witty, intellectual, conversational, can be capricious, too many ideas and not enough execution; volatile, changeable; lacks focus; gives a strong first impression but no follow-through; frenetic energy; indecisive; curios and inquisitive.

Patti Friday b. June 19th

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

King Charles III Coronation 2023 Souvenir Wall Flag

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort is a time for celebration across the Commonwealth. A quality and tasteful souvenir for your home or as a gift; a perfect way to remember this historical, global and happy occasion.

(34.5" X 56")


The emblem is created with the flora of the four nations of the United Kingdom: the rose for England, the thistle for Scotland, the daffodil for Wales and the shamrock for Northern Ireland. These natural forms combine to describe St Edward’s Crown, used for the coronation of British monarchs. Emblem by Sir Jony Ive.

COPYRIGHT 2007-2023 Patti Friday b.1959.
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