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Don’t I love this activity of going through the agenda of the year ending and preparing for the new year!!

It is a ritual that I adore and if I can’t find time to do it before Jan 1st, I feel I am late somehow and cannot start the year properly.

Today I took 2 hours to please myself and go through last year’s entries and record thoughts and events from 2017.

Our trip to Australia, to be detailed later in my travel journal, my new incursion into the FODMAP way of eating because of years of problems, several notes and details about our little grandchild growing and becoming a little person with his brilliance, his quirks, his sense of humour and mannerism, his own take on the world already! Only two he is but so much to give to the world already, I hope he never doubts it, I wish happiness for him forever!

So I am ready for 2018, copied important thoughts and entries, got all the important birthdays in and am already planning the exhibitions, vacations, painting projects, challenges and explorations.

I wish everyone an inspired and artistic new year. Art is not only about painting, writing or performing arts; we are all artists that create our lives from day to day. We need to follow our instinct and intuition. We need to be open to the world, to ideas! We create our reality and we must decide to be the Main act in what is happening to us while respecting our loved ones as well as others.

For many years, I felt I was going with the flow and we must be able to do so because of what life is throwing at us, but we must also make up our minds about who we want to be, who we want to become, what we want to create in the physical world and in our spiritual world.

Be kind to yourself

Love yourself

Love your neighbour

Happy new year 2018 !

Hopefully by being the best we can be, the world will be the best it can be!!

With Love




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Here are a few thoughts as we near the end of the year


A couple days ago, a search for someone’s coordinates took me deep into my journals from last year. I did not find what I was looking for but I did find some gems I would like to share with you here.


For those who don’t know me that much I want to say that I LOVE self-help books. Some are good, some less so, but I enjoy exploring these different takes on life. I usually write down what strikes me and it always seems so clear when I record the thought.


Lately, I have been struggling with the sense of time, how little we have, how fast days go by and what I manage to accomplish or not accomplish in a day…I’m sure most of us struggle with this at one point or another. The thing is, time is the same and the only constant for everybody and while some of our time is spent on necessary physical needs like sleeping and eating and some at making a living, we still have control over a large chunk of our time.


This is the portion I am concerned with; this is what we need to make decisions about. While the possibilities seem endless, one of these decisions is how we choose to perceive our lives.


Our reality is a selective act of attention and interpretation. I love this because it says it all “Focus is everything” and focus will change how we see our reality. We need to be aware and don’t lose sight of this fact.


Focus is a selective act of attention and what we focus on grows. So if we focus on what is wrong with our lives, we’ll continue to feel bad. If something needs to be changed, the focus should be on visualizing a better outcome and on finding a solution, not on the stressful situation or what we’re upset about.


Interpretation of “reality” takes place through internal dialogue, in other words during a conversation between ego and itself.


I admit I have often focused on the wrong things, bringing feelings of sadness and discouragement. I have been working on this my whole life and I now try to start each day with the conscious realisation that I can make the choice to focus on something positive.


Starting the day with gratitude is one of the keys. Focusing on what we are grateful about instead of what we don’t like is a good way to bring more good things into our life.


I found a trick to start my day on the right foot by writing this simple sentence in my journal before going to bed: “I am grateful for….” When I open my journal in the morning and I see these words, there are always immediate things that pop into my mind. I am grateful for a lot of things. And when I run out of things, I keep on writing these few words again, “I am grateful for…” and more things come up.


We don’t have to be grateful for major things all the time, even little things, small events will help. It is about cultivating a gratefulness attitude and it creates positive momentum in our internal dialogue. Somehow, this simple act conditions us to stay attentive to see more “gratitude-worthy” experiences to come into our life.


Life is all about energy and where attention goes, energy flows.

Sometimes, we need to actively reject negativity, avoid it. I’m sure you’re not surprised to learn that our brain suffers from a negativity bias. With everything we read and hear on the news, it is easy to forget that life is still good and miraculous.


We all have to go through some trying experiences but it is important to remember that when things are bad, they will improve at some point. We need to hang on and focus on whatever is positive. We must commit to turn away from negativity whenever and as often as we can.


Since all negativity cannot be ignored all the time, being aware of this bias when in a negative frame of mind, can help keep away some of the feelings of fear, anger and anxiety and also assist in making the conscious decision to be positive and realize our purpose.


So if we want to improve our reality, we need to improve our focus on positive events and things. It is well worth the effort.


Let’s start this New Year with hope and make a conscious effort to increase positive energy in our life.


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I love this blog I posted back in 2011 – Impermanence and living the moment : still working on that !


©2016 Suzanne Belair Clivia- the Strenght of Africa Oil on canvas 12 X 12 in

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I feel very Zen this morning maybe because I got to sleep last night…Life is different when you sleep.

Wonderful day yesterday, had fun with friends at Wildcards exhibit where I put 2 small works and playing with photo album on the net

Creative juices are flowing with new projects taking hold in my mind.

Energy is flowing through me and I am fully aware of the impermanence of everything which makes every second more precious.

I am a vessel through which energy passes from one person to another, from one object to another, from one event to another. Life is an energy dance in which I am a willing participant.

Awareness of the present moment and of the impermanence of all is of vital importance to bring appreciation of everyone and everything around us.

Today I am letting my spirit fully inhabit my body. I will let it stretch…

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I have been looking for something I lost recently and went through a bunch of papers sitting in a pile near my desk. At the bottom, I found this quote I wrote years ago with the intention of displaying it where I can see it everyday, which I didn’t do yet:



No matter how good or bad you have it

Wake up each day thankful for your life

Someone, somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs

Instead of thinking about what you’re missing

Try thinking about what you have, that everyone else is missing.


It reminded me that many years ago, I wrote a blog about finding a way to influence the first thought of the day in order to influence your mood. Essentially, if your first though is joyous, the rest of the day being off t o a good start, there is a good chance that your attitude will make it so that the day shapes up pretty good.


Here is a reblog of my own blog from 2009 – To see the original go to : https://enviroart.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/first-thought-of-the-day/


First thought of the day


I have been researching how I can influence the first thought of my day with the idea that if you wake up and your first thought is joyous, then the rest f the day is off to a good start and should have a joyous background that can probably be maintained throughout the day.


Looking into this, after asking many people what their first thought of the day was, I heard a lot of simplistic things like I am hungry or I have to pee, but this does not depict the first mood of the day. This only speaks of the body. Although, I found that in general, people are not starting their day with a very positive thought, unless they are on vacations. As a matter of fact, a lot of us wake up thinking “Oh no! Not another day at work, I’m still tired and want to sleep”, basically equaling: “I’m pissed off I have to get up, I’m resentful I have to work”, things along those lines.


It has happened sometimes that I have awaken exited and wanting to get up and accomplish something right away. I am trying to figure out what is the key element between these two states. Why are some days starting off better than others?


Sunshine is a big influence in our moods and how we feel about waking up. After a few sunny days, life just seems better and more exciting. But it is not all. I am convinced that our last thought before going to sleep and our adventures of the night, dreams and nightmares, are influencing our general mood when we wake up, our first thought and your day.


Have you ever had a wonderful dream, full of love and tenderness? You then wake up feeling great, or you come back to reality and are disappointed. But at any rate, you did experience it and you know it exists somewhere, and at some level, it fills you with hope.  What about a terrible nightmare that sends your heart racing and really scares you, giving you a glimpse of hell? In our mind, these experiences are real. They are night adventures which are sometimes difficult to leave behind and should not be left behind altogether. I find dreams are great teachers sometimes.


One of the ways to influence the first thought is to control the last thought. To reflect, as you go to sleep, on the people and things in your life that you are grateful for, no matter how small and far between, gives you hope. This becomes a building block on which you can start to construct the life you want. The only way, or at least the best way to effect change in your life is to find yourself in a positive hopeful mood, so it is of the utmost importance to be able to influence this first thought and, if we find ourselves waking up in a negative mood, have a strategy in place to turn this around as quickly as possible.


Going to sleep with thankful thoughts will influence your first thought in a positive way.
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A simple winter morning, magnificent in all its beauty!



Can we really speak of simplicity when all this complexity is in front of our eyes?

What would we be without nature and its biodiversity?  Nothing

We need nature but she does not need us

When we’ll have destroyed it

She will slowly regenerate

But it will not be us or our descendants that will be enjoying it

Because when we will have annihilated her

Humanity will have perished

It is not too late

Let’s be conscious of our behaviours

And take action without delay!


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Lately I have been extremely busy with numerous projects, exhibits, paintings, new photography classes, social events. I don’t mean to use this as an excuse for not keeping up with my blog, but this is life !


All of this suddenly came to a screeching halt last week in my friend’s driveway. A silly fall when one foot slipped forward while the other knee absorbed the full shock of my weight, fracturing my knee cap in 2 pieces. Impermanence ! One second, you are fine, a second later, you are lying unable to move in someone’s driveway. Luckily, the paintings I was holding, one in each hand were saved! My first ride in an ambulance, I felt like I was on Chicago fire but was surprised at the confined space in the back. Excellent service and treatment from the ambulance personnel and first respondents that got there 10-15 minutes ahead of the ambulance.


Luckily for me, the emergency of the hospital where I was brought in was not that busy and they took care of me immediately. I saw a doctor within one hour of my getting there and was operated by the orthopedic surgeon on duty two hours later that same evening. They don’t keep you in the hospital long now when everything is going well, I was out and back home less than 24 hours later with extra pins and metal wire inside my body.


Since then, I am looking at life going by. The first few days were filled with calls from friends, visits from family and scheduled nurses’ visits to change the bandage, physiotherapy and getting used to doing nothing in between. Dependence is the worst thing while lack of mobility is a good second. The first week, while I got used to a walker and a cane to go up and down the stairs, I still needed someone to put my feet up, bring my tea, cook for me and the like.


One week later, I feel very strong in the morning and it seems like I can take on the world until I stand up a little too long. That energy fizzles by 2-3 pm.


The most surprising thing about all this is that after the first few days, my head became kind of empty, even quiet. This is a very strange feeling for me to have nothing to plan, to execute, to think about. Once I had cancelled the various appointments and commitments over the next month because I need to keep my leg up as much as possible and must keep a leg brace when I am standing and all night to prevent my knee from folding more than what is allowed for the next 6 weeks, I found myself just thinking about nothing. Is this even possible?


The biological process of healing is very interesting and quite intricate. I can feel the energy being focused on the area that needs to renew itself. Various systems are at play and I am wondering if this has anything to do with the empty feeling that fills me, as if the rest of my body respects the process and quiets, is demanding less energy so that it can be focused at the site of the injury. It might be a question of medication also I suppose, the painkillers are quite strong even if the pain is not controlled.


For the first time, the lack of body motion leads to a lack of focus I am completely unused to. While I was in the hospital, thinking about the next six weeks, I imagined myself writing a lot, working on various websites, painting, all activities you can do without too much moving, but this lack of focus prevents me from being “productive”, leaving me looking into space and unable to do anything but read a bit here and there and talk on the phone with friends and family. A strange state for me. To my dismay, I find the days go by somewhat quickly and find myself tired even if my body is not active. Despite these long stretches of idle time, I still feel a little anxious over the lack of time because of this lack of focus. I should be drawing, researching …


The healing process takes a lot of energy. Up until yesterday, I found myself having a hard time completing a thought or sentence. Ah ! After all these years of trying to calm down and meditate, did I finally find the answer? My daughter suggested I could use this time to improve my meditation technique but I am not yet able to do this either.


I am wondering what it would be like to live like this all the time, not immobilised, but with an empty head, a worry-free environment where you live one moment at the time. Living in the moment is an ideal I have been working towards but living in the moment with an empty out of focus head is strange and a little worrisome, like you’re missing a vital element of life.


I had planned to start a schedule yesterday but that didn’t work. I will gather my drawing equipment and start a drawing project in my lounge chair over the next few days. When inspiration doesn’t come, you have to go to it by using your tools. Sounds like a plan!

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What to say about love?

Love of life, love of children

Love of friendships

Love of a sunny afternoon at the beach?

What are we looking for exactly?

Everyone wants to be loved

But who wants to love enough, to appreciate enough

Everyone wants love but not many

Are ready to sacrifice enough

To get it and keep it

To feel it deeply

Love of oneself often translates into selfishness

All theories…

What do you love?

Take a moment to meditate on this at the start of the day

In order to align your life with what you love

Do something you love today

I will paint

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