Graduation Season

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Kept Going Pin

All graduates (and the people who provided them with support!) have earned this Everyday Bravery pin – they kept going, even when it was hard. Congratulations!

Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.   – Napoleon Hill

We’ve put together some great gift ideas for the graduate in your life.  And . . . everything is less than $26!

Here’s the package I’m putting together for under $50 . . .

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Pilot Metropolitan Roller Ball

The Pilot Metropolitan has won the respect of writers around the world. The price is amazing (under $20), and the quality is impeccable. Affordable, elegant, and arrives in an attractive box, ready to give.

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Leuchtturm 1917 Special Edition in Copper

We only have a few of these Special Edition Leuchtturm Notebooks remaining in stock. These books feature a handy index, numbered pages, and an expandable pocket. The paper is high-quality 80gsm – luxurious enough to use with nearly any pen (including fountain pens and fineliners). Here a link to all of our Leuchtturm Notebooks – there’s a color and style for everyone.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

P.S. Click to See All Graduation Gifts

P.P.S. We have a preview of our 2019 Calendars – click here to see them!!

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

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.

Leuchtturm Journals 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!

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.

Congratulations Graduates!

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Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball

Congratulations, Graduates! What a huge accomplishment.

Pens are traditional gifts for graduates and we can see why. Walking into your fancy new job with a chewed up pen you got for free from the bank isn’t going to make the best impression, is it?

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Pilot Metropolitan – Perfect for Grads!

We love the Pilot Metropolitan. They write amazingly well (so smooth!), refills in multiple colors are readily available, they come in a really nice presentation case. And…best of all? Well under $20!

We carry the Pilot Metropolitan in silver, black (shown above), and gold.

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Leuchtturm Lined Notebook

We also like the Leuchtturm Lined Notebooks for new graduates. We’ve written about these high-quality stylish books lots. Hard cover, great paper quality, two fabric page markers, and an elastic band to help your grad keep it all together. Black is shown above – and we have many other colors and styles.

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BlueQ Coin Purse – Perfect Graduation Gift

Of course, there’s nothing saying you have to give the graduate in your life a serious gift. Brush Dance has you covered!  The 401K Retirement Plan Coin Purse shown above measures just 4″ x 3″ – perfect for your life’s savings, yes?

Or maybe your graduate needs a reminder: Change is Good!

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And, finally, we suggest that everyone follow our policy:  Embrace the Chaos

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Embrace the Chaos Journal

All of the graduation gifts we’ve shown today are under $25.

Congratulations to the graduate in your life – and if you’re the parent of a graduate – congratulations to you, too!