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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Week ONE Facebook Sabbatical

Hello my friends…welcome to my blog.  For those of you who have linked here from Facebook, please don’t be confused.  I did NOT have to log into my FB account for this to post to your page.  All of my posts automatically link to your now that that’s cleared up, I would like to tell you all about the first week of my sabbatical.
I have to say it’s been a little strange and has taken some getting used to.  Days seem a little longer and at the end of the week, all those lost minutes have come together to form an extra two hours to focus on life’s delicious simplicities.  This week has helped me realize, life lived without an audience looking is very different than living in the online world.  There's a familiarity about it, experiencing life again as it once was before Facebook.  Days move a little slower with less distractions.  

The first two mornings were the hardest.  I would wake up at my usual time, get ready for work and plop down on the couch to check out my emails and blog.  Both mornings, by habit and without thinking or paying attention to what I was doing, I typed the into my  search bar and was surprised when the login page appeared.  I suppose you might think this a little dramatic but one could compare it to an alcoholic standing outside the front door of a bar.  Because I was adamant about sticking to this facebook diet and determined  NOT to cheat myself out of this experience, I quickly left the page, moving on to my hotmail and blog.  I have to admit I felt a little disconnected at times, wondering what my friends and relatives were up to that day.  But this little experiment has brought forth some pretty great personal moments for me. 

What has resulted from this week away from FB?  Well let me tell you!  On Monday morning, In the 20 minutes I would have normally been reading posts,  I spent that time making my son warm waffles to wake up to.  The remaining part of the week was filled with things like a phone call shared between my sister and I, so much nicer than our usual quick replies on our walls.   A girlfriend and I got together for a wonderful evening of conversation and shared some yummy lemon ginger tea…something I probably would have never tried had I not went to her home to visit. 
Friends and family emailed and called, after reading my blog post, letting me know that what I had written had rang true with them and had also been feeling and needing in their lives at this moment.  My daughter and I took our dog Gracie for a long walk and talked about all the great things that were going on in our lives.  I've been walking more with friends and during lunch hours, enjoying the beauty of the changing fall leaves and short cheerful conversations with those I meet.   I discovered a new philosopher named Abraham Hicks, whom speaks to my soul, quenching the thirst of my very being.  Listening to her each night has complimented and enriched this experience.

Oh how I’ve enjoyed this week and how it’s made my life and those I’ve shared time with a little sweeter.  For some people, this is not the kind of thing they are looking for and that's ok! Each and every one of us are all different, traveling our own paths.  But for me, this week of living my life without anyone looking and without looking at the lives of others, has been in one simple word ‘therapeutic’. 
Good bye for now my lovelies.
 Stay True, Joella

Friday, September 23, 2011

Yoga Cuff Bracelets

Pretty in Pink Yoga Cuff Bracelet

This pretty little cuff wraps around your wrist three tmes.  Made of pink lace, yoga pendant and silver clasp.

Turquoise blue ribbon with gold edging, gold heart shaped pendant and gold clasp in back.
Free shipping to Canada and the US.  
My work can be purchased by email by visiting the Flower Forest in Dryden!

Ribbon Wrap Bracelets

Heart on my Sleeve Wrap Bracelet
Black chiffon ribbon, black cording, antiqued silver chain, lovely lavender purple lace, beads, charms and silver tone heart pendant with lobster clasp enclosure.  Very cool with a touch of romance!

Free Shipping to Canada and the US.
My work can be purchased by email by visiting the Flower Forest in Dryden!

Black Ribbon Wrap Charm Bracelet

Black ribbon, silver charms and clasp.  The bracelet wraps around a 7.5 wrist five times.

Free Shipping to Canada and the US.
My work can be purchased by email by visiting the Flower Forest in Dryden!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Facebook Sabbatical and Blog CONFUSSION

Hello All!  Hope you're doing well.  I'm sending you this note from my One Artsy Chick Blog.  Just to clear up any confusion there may be about my blog posts uploading to facebook.  Just to clarify, I am NOT logged into Facebook when this happens.  This is how I have my One Artsy Chick Blog set up, each post made on my blog automatically post to my friends walls.  I have been a very good girl...doing better then I had thought I would.  No slip ups yet !!!  Enjoying the extra 20 minutes a day I have in the mornings.

That's all for now...I'll be posting a FaceBook Sabbatical update next week .  Until then,  stay true my friends :) xxoo

Buddha Necklace

Buddha Necklace
I had so much fun making this simple but unique Buddha necklace.  Note: the Buddha charm glides back on forth on the safety pin as you move...LOVE!
If you're interested in purchasing this piece please inbox me.  Shipping is free to Canada and US. Namaste

Monday, September 19, 2011

My FACEBook Sabbatical by Joella Notte

It's's really really time. I have decided to take a 60 day sabbatical from Facebook. Taking this time off to reconnect with what's real in life….Facebook has become a source of distraction, and at times has kept me from doing the things I know are important and keep my soul full.  I know I'm not alone in this and there's others out there but are too ashamed to say it.   It's embarrassing to admit but I think it's going to be really tough.  I'll miss waking up in the morning, checking in on my favourite Facebook friends and reading what's new with them throughout the day.  BUT this is something I've been wanting to do...needing to do, for a very long time now.  Yup, I'll miss sharing my inspirational messages, yummy recipes and videos with those of you who appreciate them.  However, I will still be sharing bits and pieces of my art and life through this blog which will automatically post to my FB page... in case you're interested.

Yes...I'm doing it, I really am doing it. Here’s my picture of proof! My last wall post for the next 60 days, made September 18th!

I have to admit...I'm already feeling a little disconnected.  Seconds before I posted this last post, my heart was pounding with fear and the uneasy thought that I would be forgotten, that my existence was somehow being jeopardised. I know....CRAZY!  But alas, I pushed the POST button and was relieved to find I was still all there, all ten fingers and toes and rather than fear, I felt instantly exhilarated. 

 This is the picture of me after I pressed the POST button.

Hey! Where did that sign come from?

 In my heart I knew this was the brave thing to do, this was what my soul needed. Yes. Deep deep down to the very corners of my soul, it was what I knew I needed.  For a very long time I've been hearing my heart whisper 'you should not be relying on facebook to determine your self worth. It is time for you to look at the world through your eyes'.

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

How did I finally come to this decision?  I had been noticing I didn't have enough hours in the day to do the things or spend the time with people I used to enjoy.  I would procrastinate, thinking I should be doing more exciting worldly my FUN facebook friends.  How embarrassing is that?  I was measuring my life's worth by others posts.  Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Paris and Italy like any other girl but it's not something I need or can do right now, and most of the time I'm OK with that...most of the time!  I was beginning to lose site of the real me, the me who is content to just be, enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

I was beginning to lose myself to the fictional life of facebook, where nothing is as it seems and people post only what they want the world to see, not the real stuff that goes on behind closed doors.  It always makes me sad to see friends who are going through hell in their personal lives, in a twisted kind of way, feel they must post HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY to the world.  There's something wrong with society, when we are taught to think any family having problems or are less than perfect must be disfunctional. But that's an entirely different matter and I'll leave that for someone else to write about. What I'm trying to say is we need to remember we're not getting the whole picture and should never compare our lives to those of our friends or acquaintances on facebook. 
Right Lucy?

 What is this fictional life we live on facebook?  What is the good of it?  Well it has it's perks... like keeping in touch with friends and family from afar.  For me I find it very useful in networking my art and posting the odd inspirational quote...maybe bringing a little sunshine to someones otherwise gloomy day.    

But even though FaceBook has it perks, I still feel the need to take a little needed break.  I long for the simple things, the things I haven't been making enough time for, like quiet intimate conversations with family and friends or sitting on the porch sipping lemonade, watching my gorgeous husband cutting the grass in his goofy hat.  He's gonna kill me when he sees this picture...sorry hubs!

I really need to LIVE a life I can LOVE…the life that was designed for only me. I  have known from a very young age that I was meant to create and make art. I also know in my heart of all hearts that I was designed to love DEEPLY.  I'm meant to live each day with PEACE, JOY, GRATITUDE and BLISS and share as much of it as I can with others.  The essence of my being is happiest when I'm living a quiet, authentic, simple life surrounded by nature and those I love and who love me . How do I know these things?  Because sometimes when I'm feeling lost and confused I get really really quiet and listen to the silence...shutting off all the jib jabber of  my mind.  This is where I find my TRUTH, the honest answers to life's toughest questions...from the centre of my being.

Searching the outside world for answers is like being given three different life manuals, each with very different instructions...can you say CONFUSION?
Here are a few things my HEART has being trying to tell me for so long!
~Stop living the life you think others want you to live~
~Spend more time making art from the heart (haha that rhymes)~
~Reach out and re-connect with family and friends~
~Show your husband how much you cherish him~
~Focus more on your health by practicing meditation and yoga~
~Get off FACEBOOK for awhile and get QUIET in your thoughts~

What will I be doing during my sabbatical from Facebook? 

Nurturing the relationships I hold close to my heart :)  Going for long walks. ART. I have just recently started selling my work at the FLOWER FOREST and would like to do my best to make a go of it. I will also be working on my One Artsy Chick gift card line. I am hoping to share more of myself on this blog.  I will be practicing my yoga and meditation on a regular basis, connecting with my inner truths, finding my peaceful place. filling my mind, body and spirit with yummy and delicious emotional, spiritual and physical nourishment.  I've still got so many broken peaces that need to be healed, the day to day hurts that need forgiveness. I will let myself be sad when I need to and be silly when I want to.  AND all of this will be done with my eyes wide open... when my soul tells me it's the right time.

So my friends, the ones who really love me and can't live without me (big sigh)...please  follow my journey.  I will do my best to write on my blog each week. For those of you who relate and are finding yourselves right where I am hope is that through this experience I can help you in some small way, stop and look around at what's going on in the real world in your real relationships, the ones that really matter and most of all to be GRATEFUL for what you have...EVERY day be grateful.  My biggest wish for myself and you my lovelies is that we make each day count, paying attention to those around us and living what is in our hearts, what is REAL.

  I will miss keeping up with you on Facebook.  Please email or call and if you do happen to post to my wall, your comments will eventually be delivered to me through HTML :) 

Stay True 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

You Are Loved

Title:  You Are Loved
Medium: Mixed Media
Size: 6x6
Artist: Joella Notte