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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Leuchtturm Journals and Notebooks Available at Brush Dance

Welcome 2018

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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.

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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?

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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.

 

Save Up To 75% + Free Shipping

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Our Biggest Sale of The Year Starts Right Now!

Such a rare event for us – everything on our website is on sale.  Save between 20-75% on every item. Everything.

Here are some of your favorite and most discounted items.

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Live with Intention 2018 Wall Calendar
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Field Notes Campfire
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Scriptures – 2018 Wall Calendar
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Aquiesse Candles

Quantities on some items are very limited and may sell out quickly.

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Blackwing Luxury Pencils
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Leuchtturm Notebooks and Bullet Journals
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Mindful Eating – 2018 Wall Calendar
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Work Hard Weekly Planner – 2018

Shop now for the best selection

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Lihit Lab Notebook Pouches
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Totes and Shopping Bags

 

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Inspired Living – 2018 Wall Calendar from Brush Dance

 

 

It’s a great time to shop at Brush Dance and save up to 75% on all of your favorite items!

Happy Holidays from Everyone at Brush Dance!

NEW ITEMS: Aquiesse Holiday Candles and Field Notes

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By now you know that in addition to all of our amazing Brush Dance Calendars and Planners, we carry select items that we ourselves use.

Aquiesse Candles is one of the brands that everyone here loves and uses.  We just received a limited quantity of their very special holiday scents.  We don’t know if we’ll get more when these are gone. Please order soon if you have your eye on one of these amazing candles. Not only are they soy-based with a lead-free wick, they also come in an insanely beautiful gift box, and burn for more than 100 hours.  We are definitely fans.

 

Click here to see all of our Aquiesse Candles

 

We are also happy to carry Field Notes Memo Books just in time for your holiday list making and gift giving.  Field Notes are perfectly size for pockets and smaller bags. They are available in a wide range of styles, and come three to a pack. Pricing starts at just $9.95 per pack. That Campfire Edition shown below is really special – and the patch is included!

Click here to see our entire selection of Field Notes Memo Books

We’re two short months away from Christmas (where has the year gone, right?), and it’s the perfect time to start thinking about everyone on your list.  Thank you for returning to Brush Dance year after year for your personal and gift needs. Everyday, we talk about how special our customers are.

Leuchtturm1917

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Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid Notebook

One of our big promises to you is that we will only carry products that we ourselves use, and it’s true! From funky fab fun BlueQ Socks to hilarious Emily McDowell Mugs, everyone who works here uses and loves everything we sell at Brush Dance.

Every now and then, though, there is a product line that comes along that we are all crazy-coco for. One of those lines is Leuchtturm1917 Journals and Notebooks.

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Leuchtturm1917 Special Edition A5 Notebook in Copper

Why do we love these Notebooks and Journals? Let us count the reasons (in no particular order)  . . .

Paper Quality – thick, beautiful paper with just the right amount of toothiness (this means that that paper isn’t super-slick and smooth – and this means that it’s suitable for a wide variety of writing instruments from ballpoint pens and gel pens to fineliners and fountain pens).

Options – holy smokes, the options have options!

Colors – brights (like red and orange), muted (nordic blue and emerald), and traditional black.

Sizes and Cover Choices – The handy A4 with a hardcover is my favorite. Others here prefer the bendy B5 with a softcover.

Lined? Dot Grid?  We got them both.

Numbered Pages and Index – both of these things make it easy to find important notes later – love, love, love.

Special Editions – Leuchtturm regularly develops super-popular special editions, including the Some Lines A Day five-year Journal shown below.

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Five Year Journal from Leuchtturm1917

For a very limited time, all Leuchtturm Journals and Notebooks are on sale.  This is the perfect opportunity for you to give them a try. Or, if you’re like me, this is a great time to stock up on your favorite styles.

Favorite Things – Susan

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Dreamer’s Realm – 2018 Wall Calendar

Today, our Creative Manager, Susan, shares some of her favorite items with us. In case you missed them, here are links to the other posts in this series:  Shawna    Karma

Susan has such an important job at Brush Dance. She is responsible for our products from conception, through printing and production. It’s one of those positions where a person needs to be both creative/artistic and well-organized. A rare combination, and she fits the bill perfectly!

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Dream’s Realm – 2018 Wall Calendar

Our 2018 Dreamer’s Realm Wall Calendar is one of Susan’s top picks. She said, “Catrin Welz-Stein’s art is so magical and beautifully painted that it is a treat to look at each image for a month. I will never grow tired of her work.”

Our 12″ Wall Calendars and 7″ Mini Wall Calendars are printed on high-quality thick FSC-certified paper (no curling here!) with soy-based inks.

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2018 Weekly Planner – Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

All of us love this Planner (and the coordinating Journal!). Susan says she gets lots of approving nods while carrying this Planner – and she wishes she could use it for four years instead of one!

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Blue Q Socks – I’m a Delicate Fucking Flower

Well. Sometimes, you just have to say it how it is, right? Susan thinks this pair of Blue Q Socks would make a great gift for all of our feminist friends. She loves the bold and colorful Girl Power statement. These socks are not just pretty – they are comfy and hold up great.

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Filthy Stinkin’ Rich Coin Purse
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Blue Q Moon Garden Shoulder Tote

The adorable Coin Purse above would make a great gift. Susan envisions filling it with pennies and presenting it as a fun-filled (?) birthday gift!  Ha!

The larger tote is, “distinctive and colorful. You can use it for your airport gear (the zipper keeps things secure!), beach stuff, kid stuff, or for anything that won’t fit in your purse. And since it’s about 15 inches wide, it’s not too big or cumbersome.”

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Table Topics – Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party

Susan’s final favorite pick is Table Topics.  She had this to say:

My family has lots of talkers. And, we all love games. Table Topics is a catalyst for interesting and lively conversations about things we’ve never talked about as a group. When was the last time you discussed:

  • Have you ever been escorted out by security?
  • Who’s had too much plastic surgery?
  • Would you rather spend a week in jail or serve two weeks community service?

You’ll learn a thing (or two!) about your friends and family, and have some fun in the process.  If you exhaust these 135 questions, there are plenty more versions of the game you can pick up.

And there we have it!  Susan’s Favorite Things!  I love that she has eclectic taste and a great sense of humor!

I also wanted to let you know that we’re planning some exclusive sales for people who are on our mailing list.  You can sign up on our website!

 

How Will You Spend This Summer?

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Embrace the Chaos Journal

How will you spend this summer?

At Brush Dance, early summer is our busiest time of year.  We are shipping orders out to our largest customers, coordinating time away (because even though we’re crazy-busy at work, everyone deserves a break), and working quickly to finish up our 2019 (!!) calendar designs. It’s busy!

In my personal life, I have already traveled some to see friends and family, and there are another couple of trips on the horizon.  I won’t even mention our home remodeling project. When it’s like this, there’s only one thing to do – Embrace The Chaos.

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2018 Mindful Living Karma Planner

Actually, I like to think of it more as “Embracing the Organized Chaos.”  I am the kind of person who enjoys making lists, being organized, and knowing what is coming next. I don’t mind if the plan changes last minute because I know that I can fit any priority item into my schedule.

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2018 Pathways Wall Calendar

Priorities. That’s the key, right?  Figuring out what is most important and then setting things up so that we can treat those things like the priority they are.

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2018 Inspired Living Wall Calendar

In no particular order, my priorities for this summer:

  • Brush Dance projects
  • More practice with drawing/watercolor
  • Visiting with family and friends
  • Play board games (we like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Boggle)
  • Goal: Complete an entire week’s worth of NY Times Crossword puzzles with my husband
  • Watch trashy TV (reality show junky right here)
  • Create some quiet moments
  • Say Yes.  Accept what comes. Embrace the Chaos!

 

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2018 I’M Perfect Wall Calendar

Hoping you have a perfectly imperfect summer!