Featuring: Renee Locks

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2018 Renée Locks Karma Planner

Renée Locks has been part of the Brush Dance family of artists since the 1990s. Her works have been wildly popular with our customers for many years. Many customers will return to Brush Dance year after year to specifically pick up a Calendar or Planner featuring the art of our much-loved Renée.

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2018 Live with Intention Wall Calendar

Renée’s art is carefully paired with meaningful quotes that are meant to nourish, heal, and bless the mind, heart, and spirit.

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2018 Live with Intention Mini Wall Calendar

Many of the items featuring the art of Renée Locks are titled as Live with Intention, the poem by Mary Anne Radmacher. Mary Anne has also been a tremendous part of the Brush Dance extended family, with her own Live Boldly line.

 

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2018 Laugh Lines Wall Calendar

One of the things we most love about Renée is her playful sense of humor. Watercolor splotches and splashes are paired with quotes that invite us to laugh every day with her Laugh Lines Calendar.

Renée lives in the San Francisco Bay Area – close enough to the Brush Dance office that we get to visit on occasion.  She taught Western style calligraphy for more than ten years, and taught herself Sumi brushstrokes. Renée believes in giving back to her community, and has worked at local women’s shelters. We also appreciate that she is very active politically. Renée has raised five children, and now has oodles of grandchildren.

Here are links to some Renée Locks items with Brush Dance:

Mindful Eating and Save 25%

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Mindful Eating 2018 Wall Calendar

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and even when we are doing our best to live a more mindful life, time can still seem to fly right on by, yes?

During this busy time of year, it becomes even more important to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Becoming too busy and stressed can lead to a lack of sleep, and illness. While it seems counter-intuitive to some of us (calling all Type-A personalities!), slowing down when we’re the busiest may just be the best thing.

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Part of living a slower and more mindful life is making sure we are paying attention to the food we eat. For many, this means more fresh fruits and vegetables and less packaged and processed foods.  It means preparing foods at home rather than hitting the drive-thru.

The 2018 12″ Mindful Eating Wall Calendar is twelve months of gentle, healthful reminders through beautiful photography and encouraging words.

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Mindful Eating – 2018 Monthly Planner

And the Mindful Eating Monthly Planner is perfect for smaller bags or your purse. Here’s a great video of the Monthly Planner – they are new for 2018 and we’re loving them already.

 

Now through November 8, 2017,

Save 25% on all Brush Dance Wall Calendars

 

2018 Christian-Inspired Calendars and Planners

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2018 Angels Calendar

Brush Dance isn’t a religious company. Rather, we like to think of ourselves as all-inclusive with a focus on mindfulness.  Religion and prayer are definitely one path to mindfulness and we include several Christian-based Calendars and Planners in our line every year.

Our Angels Wall Calendar (shown above) features black and white angel images with occasional pops of color. Each of the 12 months also features a quote inspired by angels. This title is not deeply religious and would be appropriate for anyone who wants to be closer to the angels.  The quote on the cover seems apt:  Angels are never too distant to hear you.

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2018 Bible Inspirations 12″ Wall Calendar

Bible Inspirations features uplifting word from and about the Bible. It’s filled with gorgeous nature images and reminds the user that He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Bible Inspirations is also available in a 7″ Mini Wall Calendar, and a Planner (see below).

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Bible Inspirations 7″ Mini Wall Calendar
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Bible Inspirations Weekly Planner
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2018 Scriptures 12″ Wall Calendar

Scriptures features hopeful Bible verses and delicate watercolor florals. Many see this as our most traditional Christian title. It’s perfect in any setting.

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2018 Blessings 12″ Wall Calendar

And, finally, Blessings.  This 12″ Wall Calendar is super-modern with its bright colors, graphic designs and fun typography. The messages are comforting and encouraging.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.  (Psalm 95:2)

From traditional to modern, Brush Dance has you covered in Christian Calendars and Planners.  And if Buddhist living fits you better, we have that, too.

Free Shipping Ends Today!

Happy Labor Day to those of you in the US.  I hope you’re off doing something really special to celebrate this unofficial end of summer.

While Brush Dance offices are closed today, our website is open 24/7, and I wanted to let you know that today is the last day for Free Shipping!  No coupon codes needed, no minimum order required.  Put as much in your cart as you want and enjoy Free Shipping on us!

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Live with Intention 2018 Wall Calendar

Mindful Eating – 2018 Wall Calendar

 

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I’ve decided to be happy, because it’s good for my health. – Voltaire

Our Mindful Eating calendar for 2018 is one of my favorite new titles.

With thoughtful and inspiring quotes combined with beautiful food photography, this 12″ x 12″ Wall Calendar is perfect for any kitchen.

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In a very non-pushy way, this calendar reminds us that it’s important for us to pay attention to how we are feeding our bodies. A very wise woman once told me that we have to pay attention to how we are eating in order to make changes. Being more mindful about food has definitely helped me make better choices for myself (most days, anyway.)

We’ve made a video that shows each of the inside pages just a bit bigger.  If you can’t see the video below, click here.

The 2018 Mindful Eating Wall Calendar is available in your local shops now, or buy from our online store.

 

 

 

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!

 

Happy Birthday Renee Locks!

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2018 Live With Intention Wall Calendar by Renee Locks

 

On Wednesday, Renee Locks will celebrate her birthday, and we are celebrating right along side her.

One of my favorite Renee stories:  I’ve been with Brush Dance for something like 12 years – Renee has been here much longer than that.  When we first met all of those years ago, she greeted me with, “You don’t look like the president of a company.”  Uh..thanks?

We became fast friends, and I regularly tell people that when I grow up, I want to be just like Renee.  She is a kind environmentalist who is quick-witted and honest. She is political and doesn’t mind sharing her opinions with those around her. Renee raised her family largely on her own in the San Francisco Bay Area where she still lives. She is a yoga devotee, a teacher, an optimist, and – of course – an artist.

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2018 Live With Intention Mini Wall Calendar by Renee Locks

 

Happy Birthday Renee!