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 in..it'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 anxious..it'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 is..Vulnerability....got to love it ..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 alone...am I ..lol 

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 GOOOO..fly 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 ...blink..lol (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 (lisa@lisamichelecreations.com) 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