Mindful Monday – Patience





A friend once told me, “Patience is for other people.” I’m pretty sure she was (mostly) joking, but it got me thinking . . .

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

It’s easy to be patient when we’re not in a hurry. Being able to wait peacefully, though, when the pressure is on? That’s another thing altogether.

Long lines at the grocery store, traffic jams, slow service at a restaurant, dawdling children. In today’s world, with so much going on, so many places to go, things to do, it’s easy to become impatient.

This article from Mindful.Org asks, “Does your indignation toward another person feel good?”   No. No, it doesn’t.

Our impatience doesn’t make us feel better  – and it doesn’t improve the situation at all. Think about it – the last time you were in line behind someone taking an hour to unload their cart at the grocery store, were you helped at all by your frustration? Did that line move any faster?

What happens if we reframe the situation, though? We might feel compassion for the person who is slower to move and we might even offer to help him with his load. We might feel grateful that we are able-bodied and that we have food to eat.

Compassion and gratefulness feel so much better than indignation. 

When we’re feeling impatient, we are not living in the present moment. We are looking forward to being done, moving on, getting another item crossed off our list – so we can move on to the next item.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stop. Take a deep breath. Notice everything going on around you. Practice compassion and gratefulness, and you’ll soon be a more patient and peaceful person.

Patience is not simply the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

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Mindful Monday – Difficult Times

Welcome to another Mindful Monday.

Here are some ideas for a rainy day. For the days when nothing seems to be going right, for those periods of time when everything seems to be going wrong. How can we maintain mindfulness in the face of difficult times?

Acknowledge The Situation – Stay present, acknowledge that things are challenging right now. Pay attention to your body, to your feelings. In short, don’t abandon yourself during a crisis.

Just Breathe – Focus on your breathing – inhale, exhale. Close your eyes, relax your body. (Pro Tip: do this just a few minutes every day and you’ll be able to draw upon it during difficult situations.)

Daily Practice – During rough times, it’s easier to give up your daily practices – and it’s more important than ever that you don’t.

You usually cook healthy meals, but the stress of the day has you heading for the nearest drive-thru. Resist. Keeping up with daily practices (exercise, meditation, creative endeavors) during times of challenge is another way to be kind to yourself.

Remain Grateful – Gratitude is one of the foundations of joy. Find and acknowledge the small positive things in your life even when everything else has gone to trash.

Get Support – Call on others to help you through sticky situations. Friends and relatives are great. Enlisting the help of a mental health professional or church clergy can give you a fresh perspective and offer healing in a non-judgmental setting.

Want to learn more? I found this great article: The Science and Practice of Staying Present Through Difficult Times


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Mindful Monday – Love Yourself

To love is first of all to accept yourself as you actually are.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. I’m proposing that we not only express our love to those important people in our lives, but that we also love ourselves just a little more this week. Let’s work on accepting ourselves as we actually are, shall we?

Overall, we’re pretty self-critical. And why is it that we say things to ourselves that we would never dream of saying to anyone else? Insanity.

“Your thighs are so big. They’re really an embarrassment!”

“You’re not smart enough to be included this conversation.”

“You’re not thin enough to wear that.”

“You’re not enough.”

We could visit all of the places where we receive these messages, but instead let’s focus on letting those old messages go and focus on loving ourselves. It turns out that when we accept and love ourselves more, we are able to accept and love others more deeply, too.

Replace those old messages with new mantras.

My body sustains me.

I am smart in ways that others are not.

I don’t need to fit into a certain body type to be valued.

I am enough!

It’s going to take some time and practice, but we can do it. We can learn to accept ourselves exactly as we are.

Happy Valentine’s Day to You!!



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Mindful Monday

To freely bloom – that is my definition of success. 

Happy Monday!

How do you define success? I’m sure everyone reading this has a different measure for themselves.

I’ve been thinking more about short-term successes – those small wins that give us a little boost of confidence. If this moment is all we have (and it really is), why do most of us delay gratification by waiting for the One Big Thing that will make us feel successful when there are so many little things throughout our days that pass unrecognized?

Said another way, in the past when I made a small mistake (a typo spotted after an email was sent, a blunder in conversation), I’d spend too much time worrying about it. At the same time, I wasn’t celebrating when I got things exactly right. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in this illogical treatment of myself. Why are we so fast to be negative with ourselves and slow to give ourselves a high-five for things done well?


Let’s start paying attention to the small successes that lead to the One Big Thing. In this moment, my measure of success is to click Publish on this blog post. I’ll cheer myself on by crossing it off today’s To Do List. When I have all five items crossed off my list, I’ll celebrate some more. Go me!  #winning

I’m not saying it’s wise to let go of your long-term measures of success – we all need goals. Long-term, I want to have a happy marriage that lasts at least 100 years, I want Brush Dance to experience growth as more people hear our messages of love, peace, and inclusion.

The point is, we should look at the zillions of small achievements we make on the way to our bigger goals and give ourselves a hearty pat on the back. Are you in?

Want to read more on this topic?  I found this article.

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2018 New Year Resolutions and Calendars On Sale

2018 Mindful Eating Wall Calendar

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions for 2018?

Shown above is our new and popular Mindful Eating 2018 Wall Calendar. Perfect if you’re resolving to eat more healthy this year.

Need a gentle introduction to becoming more physically fit? We suggest yoga.

2018 Yoga Silhouettes Wall Calendar

And if your goal is to check in on the spiritual part of your life in 2018, we have you covered:

2018 Scriptures Wall Calendar


 2018 Timeless Buddha Wall Calendar

We hope everyone is resolving to be just a little kinder, a bit more gentle, and loving with themselves in 2018. This calendar full of affirmations is just the reminder!

2018 I’m Perfect (IMPERFECT!) Wall Calendar

And sipping tea is the perfect act of quiet kindness for yourself:

2018 Cup of Tea Wall Calendar

Brush Dance Wall Calendars are perfect not only for planning events and keeping track of appointments, they also serve as beautiful pieces of art and encouragement for your home or office. We’re also having a sale right now. Quantities of some titles are especially limited. Order today to save big.

Welcome 2018

Embrace the Chaos Journal


Hello 2018!!!

Are you glad to say goodbye to 2017? Sorry to see it go?  Feeling hopeful for 2018?

The world was a busy place in 2017 – and I’m sure it will be this year, too. I’ve decided to Embrace the Chaos.

Last year, I learned lessons in patience (always a favorite…ha) and discovered that there’s no such thing as perfect (and even if there was, I wouldn’t want it).  I re-learned that if we don’t have health, we have nothing. And I remembered that family and good friends is where happiness lives.

Field Notes Expedition

Have you made resolutions for 2018? Is that a thing people still do? Rather than resolutions (no more junk food – ever!), I prefer to set intentions (I will do my best to limit junk food). It just feels a little more gentle, yes?

Leuchtturm Lined Notebook

For all of you resolution setters, list makers, and organizers, Brush Dance has a wide assortment of Notebooks and Journals.  Some of my favorites are shown above, and I’m also into this one, this one with a dot grid, and this one featuring the work of artist Renee Locks.

Let’s all do our best in 2018.

P.S. All of our 2018 Calendars and Planners are on sale right now – quantities may be limited and we won’t have them for sale much longer.


Planners Make Perfect Gifts


For 2018, Brush Dance has three different styles of Planners.  Planners make perfect holiday gifts for busy people who need to keep track of appointments, lists, and more. Right now, all Planners (and everything else) are on sale – save 30%.

Let’s take a look at the three formats we offer . . .


Brush Dance Karma Planners are new for 2018 and they really have it all:

  • More than 200 Pages of Planning Power
  • Dated Through February 2019
  • Super-Sturdy Cover with an Elastic Band and Wire-O Binding
  • One Week Per Spread – Includes Checklists, Notes, and Inspiring Quotes
  • Yearly and Monthly Planning Pages
  • Numbered Pages and Index (Handy!!)
  • Both Lined and Dot Grid Pages – Use for journaling, note taking, project management, lists, and more
Just Add Coffee

This is a serious and easy-to-use, intuitive planner. It’s also the one that most of us at Brush Dance are using.  See All Karma Planners


2018 Weekly Planners from Brush Dance measure 5″ x 7″ and are the perfect size to fit into most backpacks and handbags.  As with all Brush Dance products, the paper quality is top-notch.  These Planners have yearly and monthly reference pages and each 2-page spread features one week. As with the Karma Planner above, Weekly Planners have wire-o binding and an elastic band closure. You can see them all right here.



Finally, for those who need a planner for reference or just a few notes and appointments, we present the Brush Dance 2018 Monthly Planner.

Our Monthly Planners are super-handy and ready to be stashed in bags of nearly any size. Keep one on your desktop for easy planning. At just 32 pages, these books will take you through the beginning of 2020.  Each 2-page spread represents one month.

Life is Beautiful Monthly Planner


Planners from Brush Dance are perfect holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. 

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