Monday, August 27, 2012

Good Things

I don't know if she does it anymore, but Martha Stewart used to have a section of her show where she talked about "good things".  She'd create a six foot tall centerpiece out of a stalk of wheat, a pineapple and a roll of duct tape then look into the camera and say slyly, "It's a good thing."

I got some good things today, too (no duct tape involved).  Actually, I have had the good news for a while but I didn't want to say anything until I saw it in person for myself.  Thanks to my friend Ursula who mailed it to me, I now have seen it in person!

My art is in the Sept/Oct issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!!!!

It's a good thing.

I found a blog post today from my friend Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman, who doesn't know that we are friends, by the way (but we are)) that says I should blog more.  Since I know she has my best interest at heart, I'm going to try to do that.

So, I'll see you again soon.  Until then, may the good Lord send you good things, too!

<3 Lori

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Giving Thanks, Giving Back, Giving Flight

Button cred goes to the super talented Susan at Susan's Charming Trinkets

Welcome to the Summer 2011 Flying Lessons 1st Anniversary Giving Flight Blog Hop!  We are all celebrating the companionship, comradery, and community that class has afforded us in several ways. Today I am giving thanks, giving back and giving flight.

Giving Thanks

I am so thankful today to our Heavenly Father for the amazing blessing He has given me in being physically and financially able to pursue this dream.  It's a slow moving process, sometimes almost imperceptible, but there is movement.  I am also thankful to all of you who read here, hang out on my Facebook page with me, follow on Twitter and Instagram and help to create this community. I'm grateful.

Image cred All Things Bliss

Giving Back

Part of our celebration is to talk about how we can give back some of the blessings we have realized as a result of participating in this class. One way that I do that is the BEtter KIND of MONDAY (BKM) project I've talked about a few times here.  BKM is an effort to make Monday's a little brighter, little less stressful, little  You can do anything to make a Monday better for yourself and those around you. It's just some small kindness to brighten a day. I'm not trying to blow my own horn here, but there may have been a couple bucks left under the gas handle at HEB, maybe a few coins in the coin return of Coke machine at work, some cards mailed out to unsuspecting folks...that KIND of thing (get it?).  Let's do it!  Let's make BKM a movement??!! 

This Monday, do a little something.  You don't have to tell me or anyone else what it was.  But I would LOVE it if you could come over to my Facebook page and tell me if you BKM'd anyone.  LOVE it.  Make my day, m'kay?

Giving Flight

Another part of our celebration is to Give Flight to someone else.  We have created 8 amazing opportunities for others to enjoy the last Flying Lessons class that Kelly Rae Roberts is offering this September.  (Cue Ginsu Knife commercial voice)~~~ AND THAT'S NOT ALL~~~ Kelly Rae has most generously agreed to MATCH our donations.  At last count then, there are SIXTEEN opportunities to win a spot in this class, the last time it will ever be offered. 

To enter, go here to the FlyTribe blog (which will be live after 12 midnight, Aug. 20, 2012).

Thanks again for stopping by and for participating in BKM. You have already done a couple of good deeds today.

May the good Lord bless you with opportunities to live your own dreams. 

<3  Lori

Please continue to celebrate with my friends by moving to the next blog on the list below.

Rachél Payne
Live Laugh Love Retreats

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fasten Your Seat Belts. The Pilot Is Ready For Takeoff.

If you've been around LeissnerArt very long, you will have heard about "Flying Lessons" a number of times.  A year ago this month, I embarked on this creative journey by registering on a whim for Kelly Rae Robert's Flying Lessons creative business class.

What I found there was not just a class on building a creative business.  In the private Facebook group that comes with the class, I found a community of other women who have become my friends.  They come from many walks and seasons of life and from literally all over the world.  We share triumphs and tragedies, victories and defeats, personal and professional.  We promote each other's businesses, cheer each other's successes, and counsel each other.

The group has brought me a lot of laughs, some tears, a new love of learning through on-line education, and a new business venture in Creative Clearinghouse with my classmate Ursula Smith.  It's been a great year.

You are invited to our anniversary party! 

Check our group blog FlyTribe  on August 20th for more details about our Giving Flight First Anniversary Blog Hop.