Monday, September 17, 2012

Zen - Lotus Jewelry for Everyday Wear

This year my son has moved into first grade and I have found myself in a new stage of life..
I have found myself with a LOT of extra time which is allowing me to devote more energy to designing and self examination..:) 

I have found myself drawn to the lotus flower and used it as my inspiration for these newest designs.....What do you think? :) 

The lotus is symbolic of rising above the murk (the flower grows in muddy waters) to achieve enlightenment or rebirth.
This is a continuous journey for me, to be able to see situations and myself clearly, to acknowledge and gracefully accept myself, my feelings, thoughts...all of me for who I am...without judgement...:) 

These designs are about simplicity, grace, and awareness!

Both pieces are meant to be simple enough to wear on a daily basis...

For a closer look:

Live in JOY - Lisa

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spiritual Healing - Connection with Self, Family, and Nature

Recently my family took a camping trip to the beach.  

Getting outside into nature seems to nurture our souls!

We found ourselves playing in the sand (touching the earth), running through the freezing ocean waves (awareness of our environment) and sitting still taking in the beauty surrounding us. 
When we are in nature we laugh, talk, and listen to each other
 (we are connecting with one another)...

We fill our senses!
We fill our souls!

I came back from that weekend renewed, I felt calm, happy and in balance.

Nature nurtures my families soul, do you know what nurtures yours?
  Have you taken time recently to think of all the things that bring you and those you love joy, closeness to one another and helps connect you to your happy soul?  

I would love for you to share what you do to connect with self, family and nature..:) 

Here is an article I read from  Experience Life Nature Quest discussing how time spent in nature is an investment in your well being..:) 

Life in Joy - Lisa

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stepping into the SoulBook Project - by the Brave Girls Club

I'm so excited to share the latest  art and soul project I've just begun.  
This whimsical "SoulBook" is from the Brave Girls Club!  
Designing your SoulBook is supposed to take approximately 6 hours but I see myself getting lost in this project for much longer!! 

This is how the Brave Girls Club describes their book: "Your Soul Book will be something to look at on days that you forget who you are, what you want out of life, and what you are about. This will be a very fun and personal art journal that will be a sort of guidebook for your soul…to use when you are feeling lost…ya know?"

I stumbled upon the "Brave Girls Club" web site about two weeks ago! 
 It's a creative girls dream...beautiful to look and inspiring to read!
I read about the SoulBook under 'online classes" and instantly jumped's only $25!

I try to live a conscious life, I feel it brings me more joy, hence my tagline "Products inspiring joy through conscious living." :) 
 I'm one of those girls who enjoys doing some soul searching, trying to figure out why I may feel a little unbalanced or irritated...what lifts my spirit, writing in my gratitude journal and sitting in silence.

Some days we all need a little encouragement.
Why not create a rave book about yourself, one that you've put your energy, self-worth, 
and creativity into??

This book will remind you how unique, wonderful and special you are!!!!
I'm all for that..!! lol

I plan to reach for my SoulBook first thing in the morning and then again at bedtime.  

I will share my book with you when it's complete...!
If you want to create something special for yourself or try your hand at other classes,  be sure to check out The Brave Girls Club! 

Live in Joy - Lisa

Monday, March 19, 2012

Anyone Else Feeling Uncertain or Insecure or is it Just ME?

So here it is..right there above this sentence..the image I'm using..
I finally did it, I created a Facebook Ad!  I am feeling insecure and's really quite ridiculous as it's a flipping ad.
I have been tossing this idea around for over a year and today took the leap.
Now I have all the self-talk going on...

"What if you don't get any likes?"
"What if your creations are really a waste of time?"
"Are you doing the right thing?"
I am trying to hush this voice.. and maintain some sense of confidence and trust!

I decided after working in Corporate America for fourteen years that I wanted to tap into what brings me joy in my life...creating endless design ideas and being inspired...I decided to stay home with my son and slowly gain design and business knowledge over the past 6 years.    Now that my little man is getting ready to head to first grade, I'm spreading my wings and risking showing off my creative designs to more people.  
So there it to love it makes us stronger right?
Any how...I will just wait and see what happens with this ad..and continue to learn and grow!

Would love to hear I'm not I 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Releasing the Unattainable

Today I am releasing the unattainable expectations I place upon myself.

  • the spotless and organized house
  • the healthy home cooked meals 
  • exercising 5 x a week
  • meditation
  • being the perfect daughter, wife, mother and friend
  • creating the most amazing piece of jewelry

.......the list goes on...

I declare that I am releasing the burdens I place upon myself with the side order of guilt and negative self-talk.

Today I will ask myself what I need?
Today I will listen to my heart; I will nurture and honor myself.

I am about to give myself permission to sit quietly with my mango, peach, raspberry smoothie and enjoy "Puss in Boots" with my boys!

Here's the recipe for my smoothie treat (serves 2) - Enjoy!
1/2 cup frozen organic mango
1/2 cup frozen organic raspberries
1/2 cup frozen organic peaches
3/4 cups apple juice
1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
     (sometimes I add less raspberries and more mango)  yummy!

I hope you do something special for yourself this weekend and everyday...Release those unattainable expectations, give yourself grace and nurture your sweet vulnerable soul! 

Live in Joy - Lisa

Monday, March 12, 2012

I love this statement, "LIVE BOLDLY!"

My version of living boldly is about embracing who YOU ARE and to finally STOP concerning yourself about  what others maybe thinking about you!  
(Hint - we are all thinking about ourselves..)

Let's all let out a big loud sigh of relief! 
Let that heavy weight away and let someone else tend to it!

I recently had a conversation with a wise woman who asked me, "How would it feel to acknowledge and accept that not everyone likes you?" 

What blink (kidding)

 I was surprised at my response......"It would be freeing!!!" 

Freedom comes from accepting yourself just as you are!
It means acknowledging that pleasing every single person you interact with is an impossible feat!  
 It means having self-worth and respect!
Freedom happens when we honor and love our Unique selves!

I hope you share my humble idea with someone you care about...

Liberate them..
Remind them to LIVE BOLDLY embracing the beautiful unique YOU!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Bead Soup Earring Winner IS!!!

I apologize for being a day late announcing the winner!
My 6 year old son was having abdominal  pains yesterday so we ended up at Urgent Care to discover I need to start feeding him buckets of fiber...poor little man!..
If anyone has suggestions of yummy high fiber foods to feed a six year old I would love your feedback!

Any how - Congrats to Snazzy Doodle Designs..
You are the WINNER!
Please email me ( your mailing address and I will
 ship your earrings!

Truly would appreciate your high fiber food feedback!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Saturday, March 3, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party - Let's Hop!

I'm so excited to be a part of Lori Anderson's 5th Bead Soup Blog PARTY!

In January my bead soup partner Helen Kemp mailed my INGREDIENTS! 
YAAA..I LOVE receiving beautiful beads in the mail!

The ingredients consisted of 2 clasps - sterling/base metal and 25 glass beads which she made herself!
You can view and purchase Helen's beautiful beads click HERE!

Finally I came up with the perfect creative recipe to compliment the ingredients sent by Helen !

Aside from the above necklace I was able to create 2 pair of earrings!
By leaving a comment regarding this post, you will be entered to win the brown set.  One winner will be randomly picked on March 7 TH and the winner will be announced by 6 PM PST on this blog!

I have really enjoyed this experience, it has encouraged me to design with new materials and think outside of my design box..:)   I'm excited to see what the other participates have created and to gain inspiration from their designs. 
I hope you will join me for this hop and view the below participants amazing designs!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer
1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)

21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs

32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)

41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
47.  Helen Kemp and Lisa Michele
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)

76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sneak Peek - 5th Bead Soup Blog Hop Party - March 3

Yaa...the time is coming!  Tomorrow is the big 5th Bead Soup Blog Hop Party!
Just wanted to give you a little preview of what I designed!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I designed these sterling silver sea fan earrings with white freshwater pearl to move freely much like the sea waters which flow past this beautiful animal daily. 

The Sea Fan is a nocturnal sea animal which resembles sea plants such as coral. This beautiful animal anchors itself into deep mud or sand and lives off of plankton brought it's way by strong sea currents. This animal is revered for it's vibrant colors and intricate branching.

These earrings are meant to evoke the feeling of peace often experienced while sitting on a beach watching and listening to the ocean waves crashing in.  

From this animal we can learn the importance of anchoring ourselves and finding our balance as life continuously moves and changes around us.

This earrings are also a beautiful way to add a water element into your life.

What inspirations from nature bring your soul peace and balance in this changing world? 

I would love to hear from you!

Live in JOY - Lisa

Friday, February 17, 2012

Take Courage - Allow Change to Happen

The butterfly is an inspiration to me. 
Like us, the butterfly goes through many transformations and phases in it's life time.
Unlike us, the butterfly knows this is a natural process and doesn't fight or fear it.
The butterfly understands that change is a part of life; change is constant in life.

Perhaps we can learn from this beautiful creature, maybe if we allow change to happen without fear - we too will unfold into a beautiful masterpiece.

Live in Joy - Lisa

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Breaking Through the Creative Block - A Carved Flower Pendant Freshwater Pearl Sterling Necklace

I think the winter grays had been affecting my spirit leaving me creatively blocked.
I have been losing myself in books like, "Feng Shui Your Life" and "Landscape as Spirit" in hopes of getting my spirit and energy excited, inspired and moving again!  

Finally...something shifted within me and I found myself inspired to design last night!
Here is what spoke to my soul!

This piece is inspired by femininity ...innocence, strength, and beauty....
found within all women!! 

We are beautiful flowers slowly unfolding our vulnerability to the world...finally we bloom and with courage smile upon the skies above.

The woman who wears this piece embraces her style and sense of self! 
She understands the importance and beauty of being genuine to herself! 

If this woman is you, you can find this one-of-a-kind necklace here:

For so long we try to be like everyone else or who others perceive us to be....Finally our arms stretch out like the wings of a bird ready to soar and we glide through life - smiling and free to be ourselves!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Friday, February 10, 2012

Be True to You - Acts of Kindness

Learning to be true to ourselves comes when we learn to value ourselves and our worth.
Each of us adds something special  to another person's life on a daily basis.
Often we are unaware of the positive impact we have had.....
What positive impact did someone have on your life that gave you the courage to see your value... worth  and  "insist on yourself?"
I would love to read your stories!

I thank Jerri for ignoring the 'other' girls in 6 th grade and telling me, "I'm your friend no matter what the other girls say."  This small act of kindness reminded an insecure and vulnerable child that she was special!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sterling Heart Necklace Inscribed with "Love" - A Chance to Win!

Sterling Silver 16" Love/Heart Pendant Necklace

"She discovered that SHE was
the ONE 
she'd been waiting for."  
- by Kobi Yamada (from one of my favorite books - She...)

With Valentine's Day approaching I thought it would be fun to spread some LOVE!

Love starts with us- 

Let's start our day out by first giving ourselves some well deserved love..THEN spread the joy of love to those around us.  

For a chance to win the necklace shown above, complete both of the following requirements:
  • Leave a comment about ways you spread love in the world 
(i.e.,  I spread love by smiling at a stranger.....)

I will randomly select a winner on Feb. 14th based on a minimum of 10 entries... so encourage your friends to enter.  I will announce the winner on my Facebook Page by 6PM PST Feb. 14th.

If you must have the necklace now, you can purchase it from my Etsy site Lisa Michele Creations.

Good luck and remember - 
One person's actions do make a difference!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Friday, February 3, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party Participant

This year I decided to stretch, nurture, and focus more on my creative endeavors.

A friend of mine sent me the link to Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog  as there was an opportunity to participate in a blog hop and stretch my creative skills!  I entered my name along with several hundred people and am been blessed to have been selected to participate in the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Each participate is paired up with a partner, my partner is Helen Kemp of Helen's Adornments and Helens Adornments Blog.  As you can see from the bead soup ingredients,  Helen makes beautiful glass beads!

Helen and I have exchanged beads and it's now up to each of us to create a focal, use a clasp and incorporate the beads sent  into 1 to 3 beautiful design!

The purpose of Bead Soup is to work outside one's normal comfort zone using new materials and pushing our creative styles in a new direction.

Helen, myself and several other designers will be revealing our creations on March 3 when the blog hop begins!  

I have decided that I will give away one of my designs made from Helen's beads!
I will randomly pick a winner from those whom comment on my posts regarding the Bead Soup Blog Party!

Leave a comment to be included in this contest!   

Best of luck and happy creating to all the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party Participants!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Do What Brings You Joy

This quote is a happy reminder that our joy is found within us not in "things and people."
Only we have the ability to bring more joy into our lives, we need to stop searching outside of ourselves and realize it's time to be still and figure out what makes us feel joyful.....

What brings you joy and how often do you do this joyful thing for yourself?
If you feel stumped, think about the things you loved to do as a child.....
For me designing  jewelry, running, walking in nature and meditation bring me joy. 

Maybe this month you can try something new, challenge yourself and step outside your box??? 
I am challenging myself ..I enrolled in Tae Kwon Do and I'm involved in the 5th Bead Soup Blog Hop Party in which I will be designing jewelry with beads (medium) I do not normally use (more about this later)! 

Making room to add joy into your life will encourage others to find their joy!
YOU are an Example - Lead! :) 

Would love to hear what gives you joy 
and if you are going to step outside the box and challenge yourself this month! 

Live in Joy- Lisa

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Own Your Brilliance and Love Yourself

Creating more joy in our lives I feel starts with learning to love ourselves more!

Below is an excerpt from "A Return to Love" by Marianne Williamson

Excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Speech, 1994

    Please note  “God” is Universal – interpret based on your personal belief.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just some of us, it’s in everyone.

And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fears, our presences automatically liberate others."

Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 - Start with Love End with Joy

"Love yourself first, 
            and everything else falls into line."  
                                                                                                      - Lucille Ball

Let's start 2012 with a promise to love ourselves, like Lucille Ball's quote states, "Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line."  

How much love are you giving to YOURSELF..... be HONEST?
Many of us stand before witnesses and promise to "love, honor, and respect" our partner but do we do the same for ourselves? 
Loving ourselves is not a selfish act, it's a self-full act making small deposits to your bank account, you are making/creating deposits so when others need to make a withdrawal you have something to give...I believe Oprah said something along these lines once (I can't take credit for this).

Let's support each other along this journey of self-love!

Stand in front of that mirror, look yourself in the eyes and say out loud, "I love, honor, and respect you!"  Don't one can hear or see need to feel silly!
Then do some inventory to figure out ways to daily give more love to YOURSELF so you can love those in your life with a joy filled heart!

Today I will take time to get onto the treadmill and exercise for 40 minutes....
What will you do today to love, honor, and respect yourself so you have more joy in your life....?

Today I will _______________________.

Live in Joy - Lisa