Let’s Travel

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

Summer is officially over. Many of us are getting settled into a different daily routine. Kiddos are back in school, leaves need raking, holidays need planning, and here I am –  fantasizing about travel.

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Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. 

Where shall we go?  Paris with photographer Geogianna Lane? Or maybe to the Dreamer’s Realm with artist Catrin Welz-Stein?

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

We could visit the simplicity of Japanese Gardens for a bit of quiet meditation.

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Or maybe take a quiet stroll with Ginger Kelly’s fairies in the land of fairytales.

All from the comfort of our homes.

 

 

Brush Dance Karma Journals

 

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Embrace the Chaos

Brush Dance Karma Journals are all about making the best of your life in this present moment. Trying your hardest. Taking care of yourself. Embracing the chaos that seems to enter all of our busy lives.

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A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.

These pretty treasures measure 5×7″ and have 160 lined pages. They feature high-quality paper, and the hard cover has a really nice stay-clean finish. I love them because they are great for on-the-go journaling. (I also keep one handy for list making.)

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Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys is my personal favorite because it reminds me that not everything I come across is mine to deal with – and what a relief that is.

I’ve given these handy journals to many friends and family members. Priced at just $9.99, they’re also a great bargain for such high quality.

 

Weekly Planners & Date Books

 

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The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.

Our busy season is just starting here at Brush Dance.  Those of us who are planner nerds already have chosen our 2017 tools to help us get ready for 2017.

Today, we are featuring a few of our 2017 Weekly Planners and our 2017 Date Books.

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Instant Human – Just Add Coffee
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Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

All of our Weekly Planners have the same uncomplicated interior design (in varying colors). We feature one week per spread and handy lined spaces for each day of the week. Brush Dance Weekly Planners also have an elastic band to keep things tidy.

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I love love love that the year runs straight through these books with no stopping. At the front of the Planner, we feature 14 monthly planning pages. I’ll show you my planner and how I use the pages in a future post.

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With hearts established in mindfulness, we are truly present.

Brush Dance Date Books have been a favorite for many years. These hardcover books feature monthly illustrated tabbed dividers, one week per page, a nifty pocket, and (again) an elastic band to keep your stuff together.

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True-Blue Bravery – We’re talking about the every day, every moment kind of bravery of being yourself, your real true-blue self, brilliant and inspired or imperfect and messy. Owning all of it.

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I’ve decided to use a Weekly Planner this year. The harder decision is going to be which one!

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Our Date Books measure 6.5″ x 8.5″ – they would be beautiful for a desk or taken with you in larger bags.

I know I’ll be going with a Weekly Planner for the coming year (I can’t resist the size and simplicity). I just need to figure out which one.

Fall Color Trends

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Each year, Pantone (the color experts) comes out with its Fall Fashion Color Report. Above are the trending colors for this season. There are some really attractive ones in the mix this year – and maybe one or two I’m not so wild about.  I love the names – the gray is Sharkskin, the red is Aurora Red, and that purply color on the end is Bodacious.

Today, we’re featuring just a few of our calendar items that are on trend . . .

 

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If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I will make my own door.

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You are the universe unfolding.

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A woman’s hopes are woven of sunbeams.

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Fitting together is more important than fitting in.

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You are not an observer, you are a participant.

Do you have a favorite from the Pantone selections? There really does seem to be something for everyone this season.

2017 Calendars – A Look at Some Classics

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woman’s hopes are woven of sunbeams

My standard response when asked what Brush Dance is:  We have been creating mindful calendars items and other products for more than 25 years.

Twenty-five years is a long time and most members of our wonderful team have been here 10+ years.

Today, I’d like to show you just a few of the calendar titles that have been with us nearly forever.

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Life is a great bundle of little things

Live With Intention is one of our most popular lines. The simplicity, wise words, and calligraphy of artist and good friend Renee Locks connect with people of all ages and lifestyles.

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Rumor has it that Mary Anne Radmacher was the very first writer/artist that our founder worked with all of those years ago. Her words are meaningful and encouraging, her style playful.

Interesting Fact: Mary Anne Radmacher is the author of the beautiful poem Live With Intention. Long ago, someone at Brush Dance thought Renee Locks and Mary Anne Radmacher would be a lovely combination. How right they were!

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We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

Before I started at Brush Dance, I hadn’t heard of Thich Nhat Hanh. And now? I’m a follower, a believer, 100%. His words, kindness, and gentle spirit move me and his millions of worldwide followers. We’ve paired his tender, inspiring words with the work of artist Adam Guan.

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Every moment is made glorious by the light of love.

Rumi is a 13th century Sufi poet – his wisdom has enlightened millions of people throughout the ages.  Combined with artist Matt Manley’s thought-inspiring, almost magical images, the Brush Dance Rumi calendar has been a perennial favorite of many.

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“Brush Dance has been creating mindful calendar items and other products for more than 25 years,” is the first part of my standard response.  The next?  “We are so proud of the long-lasting relationships we develop with artists, writers, customers, and vendors.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of our “classic” titles. You can see all of our calendar items right here.

Mindful Eating

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Think with your whole body.

The end of summer is in sight. Most of us have taken our summer vacations and the kids are returning to school. It’s around this time of year that our focus turns to home and taking care of ourselves and our family.

A beautiful companion piece to our popular Mindful Living Calendar is our new-for-2017 Mindful Eating Calendar.  This calendar measures 12 x 12″ (unopened) and features a durable cover and high-quality paper.

The words we’ve paired with the warm and and inviting images are encouraging, kind, and thoughtful.

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Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear. To love and laugh and give.

Here’s a peek at the back cover with all of the appealing (and healthy) images:

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You can find the Mindful Eating Wall Calendar right here.

As a side note – we know the quotes can be difficult to see in these smaller images – that’s why we list all 12 of them on our website for each calendar we sell.

Save 20% on 2017 Weekly Planners

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Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

It’s back-to-school time!  To help you stay organized throughout 2017,  our fabulous Weekly Planners are on sale. Normally priced at just $12.99, you can save 20% and pay only $10.39.

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Hello Love

With fifteen different titles, we definitely have something for everyone. These high-quality Planners measure 5″ x 7″ and feature a super-smooth cover that resists stains and water, best quality paper (safe for fountain pens), and an elastic band to help keep it all together. We’ve laid the pages out in a very common sense way with each “spread” representing one week. Have a look . . .

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We’ve also included fourteen monthly planning pages and room for notes.

See all of our 2017 Weekly Planners right here and remember to save 20% until Wednesday. (No coupon code needed.)