Hold your life in your hands

I rarely quote someone, but this kind of stuck with me as I am reading the heaviest and thickest book in my collection “Staying Healthy with Nutrition – The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutrition”. The author, Elson M. Haas M.D., in her introductory chapter says:
“…A healthy diet most obviously involves common sense. The body sends us messages to change the diet to attune to its real needs; the internal biofeedback system is superb when we corporate with it rather than override it. Yet many of us follow our desires and taste buds, eating the richer, sweeter, or saltier foods that industry promotes and packaged / processed nutrition provides.

It may not seem to matter a great deal in the short term that we follow our passions / addictions rather than our common sense. But this does affect how we feel and function now, and it does make a difference over the long term, both in our health and in our economy…

…So, love yourself and care for your body with good food and exercise. It is the only body you have, and if you treat it right, give it what it needs, in return it will care for you for life…”

When I read it I almost get emotional – because it is so true for most of us out there. I know with my own struggles to become a healthy person. A person others can look up to as well as come to for questions and concerns… that the statement is so true… If we treat our bodies with love and care – it will give us what it can. Our body is an amazing thing but it will not function unless we give it what it needs… It is all up to each and every one of us – the responsibility is all our own… not others. It is not politics, it is not religion, it is not marketing, it is not status – it is just us and our bodies… and what we do with that amazing responsibility.

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One Colorful World

Some people have a gift to capture your attention; either by words, looks, creativity, or any other form that is like love potion to the eye of the beholder. I was hooked, in love, at first sight with one of the most beautiful world maps I have ever seen the moment I came across Paz’s Etsy shop: Sunny Champagne and it is a TRUE honor to feature him here on my Blog.

As it turns out; I seem to be one of many that have fallen in love with this amazing map as Paz tells me: “The ‘One Colourful World’ print is my best seller. It’s affordable, with vibrant colours and reminds us of all the beautiful places we’d like to visit someday.“

How would you describe your selling experience on Etsy?
“Sales have been pretty constant since starting my shop. A few pieces have been getting more attention on blogs lately and this helps a lot. I notice that good product pictures also attract more people. To stand out I try to putting more emphasis on quality and less on quantity. The vibrant colours and positive words also help to make connections.”

What got you started?
“I’ve been working as a freelance graphic designer/illustrator for the last 12 years. I started SUNNY CHAMPAGNE to express myself in ways I didn’t in my day to day work. I also had a goal (and still have) to be able to create while travelling the world with my wife and kids. It’s very possible with a successful online business. I’m still working on it!”

Where do you get your inspiration from?
“So many things and places. It can be a piece of music I listened to that popped an idea in my head or a quote I saw somewhere or a pattern I observed in nature. Taking some time off helps me the most by taking all that junk out of my head. Good ideas are born this way.”
What is your personal favorite item in your shop and why?
The “One Colourful World” print is my favorite. Probably for the same reasons other people like it. It keeps me dreaming of travelling the world. I also had a lot of fun creating it!

What’s new?
I’ve been posting affordable canvas prints recently and I’m happy about the way they come out! The Sun Salutation and  One Colourful World (yellow)

The Sun Salutation

A Colourful World (yellow)

Any tip you want to share with fellow Etsy sellers?
“Finding what you love and doing it is probably the best tip I could give. It’s not that easy though but people notice when you like what you do. It shows up in your work.

Also, make every customer feel special.”

Thank you so much for your time and beautiful art available to us. I wish you much success and that you will be able to travel your colorful world with your family very soon.

To visit Paz’s shop click the link SUNNY CHAMPAGNE

Christmas in July

I am jumping on the band wagon.. It is time for Christmas in July — Only I am EXTENDING it to August 15th due to my upcoming vacation!!! (Please note that orders placed between July 23rd and August 14th will be processed on August 15th, not applicable to the electronic print-at-home selections – they will be shipped as normal, via e-mail)

Enter code XMAS2012 at checkout to receive 25% off your entire order (shipping not included)

The sale is on full force right now at CANDIE INK on ETSY

I am

Taking some time off from life in general as my sister is visiting. I have a tendency to completely get absorb by my surroundings and having her here is so great that I don’t want to put in my time anywhere else. Tomorrow however she is heading to NYC for a few days so you will be hearing from me again. Just thought I would say hi.

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