Week 10: “Heart”

Everything should be done with heart. From the smallest act of kindness to the biggest endeavors. Investing a little piece of your self into what you do increases your joy.

I’ve always taught my daughter to do things wholeheartedly. To agree to something without committing to it 100% is the fastest way to be unhappy and create conflict. If you say yes, do it with your whole heart and invest your self in it.

My daughter’s beautiful watercolor card, I’m so spoiled. #blessed

Living your life intentionally – saying yes to the things you want in your life, saying no to the things you don’t – makes such a difference. And the people around you will appreciate it (and you) even more since it’s less stressful for them, too.

Think carefully about the things you commit to. Are you doing it with your whole heart? Are you holding back from doing your best because you really aren’t happy with the decision? I never say yes unless I can commit fully to the idea of jumping in head first down the rabbit hole.

So for this week, commit to your joy to bring joy to others. What you do has impact, how you do it even moreso.

Enjoy your weekend! Thank you for being here. Don’t forget to share your #positivityplague with me.

Week 7: “Inspire”

Inspiration comes in so many forms. Some of the most unrelated things will spawn an idea for me. shifting my perspective of things seems to work the best.

When I was a kid, I used to love laying on my back to hang my head upside down over the side of the bed and pretend what it would be like to walk on the ceiling. Seeing things from a different viewpoint holds revelations.

Here are a couple of ways you can shift your perspective and get a new outlook that might inspire you:

  • The next time you go out, imagine yourself seeing through the eyes of someone else. This is a great trick for writers, too.
  • Take a class taught by someone new on something you already know how to do and look at it through the lens of their experience. I take classes and online workshops all the time on things that I already do. Despite having been doing allthethings for 33 years, I like refreshing my perspective and seeing if there’s a way to improve. Sometimes I find something I hadn’t thought of. It also help keep you humble.

Thank you for being here. I welcome constructive criticism, so let me know what you see through your eyes!

Guidelines for #ThePowerofaWord project can be found here:
http://www.renmeleon.com/projects/the-power-of-a-word/

Week 6: “Gift”

When I first became an artist, first created something with my own hands, I gave away my work. It was simple when I was a child, to draw a picture and give it away. My mother had countless drawings, my grandparents, my aunt and eventually cousins. Holidays it was expected – I could make it so why would I need to buy anything.

As I got older, and independence from my family became survival. I still gifted, but I had to learn to gift to myself as well. That it was ok to ask for money in exchange for my time and efforts. I was given a gift, one I was told to never stop using or I’d lose it.

Now an adult (most days ha) and now Mother, no longer Maiden, it is a gift to be able to give to someone else. To use the talents and skills I’ve been given, or learned and made my own, to give to others. To create something from nothing and make someone smile. To pass on that joy to my daughter and watch her build her own world where compassion, love, and acts of kindness in giving will be carried forward.

Every day is made up of small miracles. Every day is a new opportunity to make someone else feel important to you. To erite a note, send a postcard, pick up a little something you think someone will like and leave it for them anonymously, to give your time or money or both to someone in need of it.

I have a love-hate relationship with money. I’ve always loved doing charitable work, but seldom able to give financially. I can gift my skills, though, and do so often. Whether I call them joy projects, or I simply offer to do something because I want to see something beautiful out in the world.

A card from one of my new decks.

What can you gift today? Time, money, something you’ve created. Something small from you could mean the world to someone else.

Thank you for being here, for giving me the gift of your time. I appreciate you.

Guidelines for #ThePowerofaWord project can be found here:
http://www.renmeleon.com/projects/the-power-of-a-word/

Week 5: “Kindness”

“Live kindness. Practice gratitude.” is something I have tried to live by, and it is especially needed in the world right now. There are so many little things that you can do every day to spread kindness. Here are just a few I could think of off the top of my head that I’ve done or would like to do this year…

  • Write a love letter to a stranger and leave it out in the world.
  • Buy clean blankets at the thrift store and hand them out to the homeless.
  • Go even further and tuck the blanket in a bag with useful things like socks, toothpaste, water bottles, and maybe a gift card for food somewhere.
  • Buy and giveaway a gift card to a used bookstore. It helps small business and promotes reading!
  • Mail someone a postcard of a favorite spot from where you live.
  • Send a text out of the blue to someone you haven’t talked to in a while and tell them to have a fabulous day!
  • Send an UN-birthday card.
  • Make a crockpot of chili or spaghetti and take it to the local fire department. Don’t forget cheese and garlic bread!
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.

There are a zillion ways to pay it forward. What are some of the ways you will choose to be kind to someone this weekend or next week?

Thank you for being here. Welcome to February!

Guidelines for #ThePowerofaWord project can be found here:
http://www.renmeleon.com/projects/the-power-of-a-word/

Week 4: “Family”

Between my husband and I, we have lost four family members in the last three weeks, so this week’s theme is especially poignant for me…

Family to me is also tribe, the people in your life who have gone from being just friends to being a kind of extended family. Mine this past week has been instrumental in dealing with everything.

What does family mean to you and what are some of the ways that you support each other?

Holding space for each other and making each other important is what makes people family. Im not always perfect with it, sometimes I unintentionally allow life to derail me. This year I’m collecting birthdays in order to mail out cards via postal service, making sure to stay in touch, and trying to create more interaction vs just doing a fly-by when I’m busy.

Thank you for being here and for being part of my extended family. You matter to me. Looking forward to see what you come up with, remember to tag what you post with @renmeleon and #positivityplague

Guidelines for #ThePowerofaWord project can be found here:
http://www.renmeleon.com/projects/the-power-of-a-word/

Week 3: “Share”

What are some of the ways that you share? Do you open your home and feed people? Do you leave bits of your love out in the world for someone to find, like a piece of art or a word on a leaf? Do you blog or make videos?

There are so many ways to share with the people around you in your immediate environment or the world. I encourage you to find one way you can share something with someone this week. Then I challenge you to find one simple little thing you can do in a daily basis to help someone else through sharing.

Thank you for being here and allowing me to share this space with you.

Guidelines for #ThePowerofaWord project can be found here:
http://www.renmeleon.com/projects/the-power-of-a-word/

Week 2: “Gratitude”

I’m grateful for all experience, good or bad, as everything holds a lesson to be learned. I grew up with the debate about the glass and somewhere along the line I shifted my philosophy to something that suited me much better than just liquid.

“It’s not whether or not the glass is half empty or half full.

I have a glass.”

– Renmeleon

I Have a Glass is something I hope to release on my 50th birthday this year. It’s far from completed, but I work on it in the in-between spaces of my day. Part memoir, part art therapy book, all bluntness and light, it is the culmination of my lessons learned so far.

And for that I’m grateful, as well as for you. Thank you for being here.

Live kindness. Practice gratitude.

Guidelines for #ThePowerofaWord project can be found here:
http://www.renmeleon.com/projects/the-power-of-a-word/

Week 1: “Breathe”

Breathing has been a process today. Three meetings, staying off social to stay focused to get things done on current projects. Today was video editing, mostly as part of the last workaround I’ll need to do for Patreon, though not mine this time.

Having had breathing issues in the past – a misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism for a year and a half – I am grateful and humbled by every breath I’m gifted. When I’m stressed, I actually find myself holding my breath, so I try to be mindful of the simple in and out.

Between now and next Thursday, post your interpretation of the word “Breathe” in whatever manner or medium you are inspired to use. I’ll be posting mine tomorrow. Hashtag it #positivityplague so we can connect and others can join in.

Thank you for being here, looking forward to seeing the power of Breathe through your eyes!

Guidelines for #ThePowerofaWord project can be found here:
http://www.renmeleon.com/projects/the-power-of-a-word/

The Power of a Word

Welcome to 2019! This is the first year that I’ve not had a problem remembering to write the new year vs the old. I’m not completely shocked, though, as 2018 was such an “interesting” year.

Last September, I launched my Patreon. I dove in headfirst. Womaned-up and filmed a quick video outside Third Street Cafe in Lexington, traffic noise and all, and have been so blessed. One of my first endeavors was Coffee & Journal, a series letting my followers in behind the scenes of my morning journaling routine.

Hit a few hurdles, but kept moving forward. I learned to compose music on the Launchpad app, eventually acquired new tech with the help of my patrons, and streamlined my mornings. There are 24 videos currently, that I will eventually add to, but I’m shifting things back to my personal process for now till I’ve got the editing software for my desktop PC. I’ll continue to post photos on my Instagram.

Starting today, I will be posting a word of positivity here every Friday. I’m doing it here so anyone can participate without having to signup on Patreon. Playing along is a very simple way to express your own style of creativity. 

On Patreon, every Saturday, I will post my own exploration of the weekly word. It could be photos or a video, a journal page, a zine, whatever I’m inspired to do.

Am I shooting myself in the foot by not running it on Patreon? But you could bring more people to your Patreon, maybe they’ll donate…that’s not why I’m doing this. 

I’m doing this for her.

The world my daughter is growing up in, about to turn 18 in, scares the crap out of me. It’s my job and legacy to help add more beauty to her world, spread love like a plague, and teach her kindness and compassion by supportping and encouraging the good people who are lost in it.

There’s only two rules:

1. Whatever you create has to include that week’s word. It can be any medium. Sculpt, dad, sew, carve, paint, draw, arrange, animate, scribble, journal, cook, bake…

2. Whatever you create has to be put out into the world for someone else to find and pass on or keep, whether it is the creation itself or an image of it.

To my followers:

I hope that you will lead the charge in spreading a little more positive energy in your part of the world. It might not seem like much, but to someone else it might be a well-timed miracle. It means there’s one more person in the world that actually cares.

For example…Write the word on a leaf or a bunch of leaves and scatter them around. Write the word on a post-it note and leave it in a public place. Make art cards or tiny canvases with little notes saying “Find Me Keep Me” and that week’s word. Write it in the sand, paint it on a rock, make it out of leaves and twigs in the middle of the woods. Write it, carve it, or paint it and leave it in a Geocache. Bake cookies or a cake and write it on top. Whatever it takes (legally) to leave your mark.

When you post photos, please tag it with #positivityplague (without the year as I want this to be ongoing). Share photos in the comments, share the link when I post it, tag me so I can show her we are powerful and can change the world with one little ripple at a time.

Thank you, as always, for being here and joining me on this path of creative joy.