Moving forward, I think I will begin a Mindful Monday message on the 1st Monday of each month. That way you can come to expect some sort of wellness post on a more regular basis. I will give you some tips/tricks or antidotes to help you #livebeautiFULLY
Life is fluid, some days we're up, some days we're down or in my case some months.
I have not been having an easy time of late and maybe you are dealing with your own struggles. I was thinking long and hard about how to handle my pain and grief; physically and emotionally. I am not ready to talk about the imminent passing of a loved one, but I will say the feelings that are brought up are overwhelming and all consuming.
I am a proactive person. If something is broken I want to try to fix it. If a problem is creating too much suffering, I try to change the way I think about it, but grief and sadness are meant to be felt. You cannot wish it away, put on a happy face or change your thoughts around it. It truly is what it is.
OR is it? Is there something you can do? We have all heard about the importance of gratitude. No matter what is going on, it is so important to understand the need to take a moment to recognize what we have to be thankful for.
Make a list of all the things you are thankful for. I am talking big picture gratitude, not the daily things we might list,when we/if we, write a gratitude journal. Whatever that looks like to you.
When things get to be too much, BREATH and with each breath say this ~
I am fine,
I am safe,
I have everything I need in this moment
It may seem like a simple thing but sometimes it's all you've got. Next time you feel overwhelmed, anxiety ridden, or out of control, try it. Also. being in nature psychologically does wonders! We know that immersing yourself in nature, or even looking at beautiful pictures of nature ( if that is all you can do) reduces stress and heightens overall wellbeing. It makes us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves and for a moment you may just forget your own problems, if even for just that moment.
and laughter... look for opportunities to laugh... life's best medicine.
My love affair began in a store in Aspen. I saw beautiful ceramic lamps from across the room casting the coolest shadow. I regretted not purchasing one of the lovely Georges Pelletier table lamps when the selection was so vast. It is the lamp that got away. I look for them now when I am out and about.
Out and about in LA last week, there they were, the look is undeniable but these were more contemporary then the ones I had seen. I needed to learn more.
Georges Pelletier celebrates his 80th birthday this month, so I guess it is fitting that I am highlighting him! Georges was born in Brussels in 1938. He studied art in Paris and seems to have found his passion in ceramics. The year I was born, he opened a studio in Paris and began creating his unique pieces. The primitive appearance, the cutouts that light escapes through, the totems, sconces, sculptures, mirrors and objects d'art are easily idenifiable once you are aware of Pelletier's pieces. In the 1970's Georges moved his studio to Cannes where he still works to this day.
With one eye in the past and one eye towards the future, Pelletier is remaking the beloved pieces from the days gone by, specifically the 60's and 70's, which must have been the lamps I saw in Aspen, as well as keeping one eye towards the future, hence the more sculptural lighting, which was obviously what I saw in LA.
Passion, purpose and the desire to continue to be creative keeps Georges as relevant today as he was more than 50 years ago. You're on my radar Mr. Pelletier, now maybe he's on yours too! There is a nice selection of his fabulous pieces on 1st Dibs.
This post is dedicated to my future daughter-in-law. My son proposed in a very romantic, unexpected way at the Versace Mansion in Miami to his best friend ~ Kira Calder.
Can you take a guess where this post is going?
As an art and design lover, I was beyond excited to learn that Kira IS a descendant of Alexander Calder. Alexander Calder's grandfather, Alexander Mile Calder, and his family made their way to Philadelphia from Scotland in 1868 and called Philadelphia home. Fun fact ~ One of the most famous landmarks in our little city of brotherly love is City Hall. Billy Penn sits atop it like a sentinel watching over the city. Mile Calder created that statue, which coincidentally my son has tattooed on his back (don't ask). Sculpting obviously ran in the family. Grandson Alexander Calder is considered the most famous sculptor of the 20th century, and as we know, the creator of the modern mobile.
As a young man, Calder moved to Paris to study and work. He discovered wire and his fascination of the linear line and movement was the precursor to the mobile. A visit to Mondrian's studio changed the trajectory of Calder's career. Seeing those large blocks of color made him think, "How interesting it would be if they oscillated?" Marcel Duchamp supposedly coined the term "mobile" when he saw what Alexander was working on. Calder soon moved his art from geometric shapes to more organic, conceptual imagery.
Among all the commissions he did, the most unusual and absolutely the largest was a series of airplanes for Braniff airlines. Dubbed "The Flying Colors of the United States." Another fun fact, the plane was destroyed in an explosion during the filming of Will Smith's movie Bad Boys while it was grounded in a hangar in Opa-locka.
More than 40 years later, Calder's work still fetches staggering prices at auction. Calder had retrospectives at all the major museums here and abroad and is included in almost every important collection, public or private. The priceless Calder pieces look amazing anywhere. They are poetry in motion, kinetic wonders that fascinate and titillate.
Fortunately, if you are as fascinated as I am with these moveable, magical marvels, you can find them at many different price points by artists who were obviously inspired by Alexander, just as he was inspired by others.
"Calder's body of work represents an ever evolving demonstration of risk taking, creativity, ingenuity, and extremely impressive technical achievement."
I hope my grandchildren inherit those traits! : )
I am feeling a whole art theme, but as I am reminded, "it's not about me." Luckily, Paperless Post has the happy couple covered no matter which direction they go when the time comes to announce the details.
*This is a semi- sponsored post but all sentiments are my own <3