By nature, criticism can be a really good thing or a really bad thing. It all depends on how it’s given and how it’s received. Even with the best intentions, criticism can be damaging if we don’t know how to receive it constructively. As a sensitive perfectionist, this was something I learned the hard way...
We all huddled around the kitten in my Mom’s arms. She was really tiny and mewing softly. Only a few minutes before, she’d been hiding on the tire of my Dad’s blue Buick, squeezed under the fender. It took a while to cajole her out but eventually she was being held safely in our yard. Us kids, who were 6, 4, and 2 (and a baby) at the time, REALLY wanted to name the kitty....
So, my family is somewhat obsessed with birds (especially my mother). In fact, we have a whole room dedicated to birds in our decorating choices. There’s something about a simple chickadee or sparrow that just is so simple, innocent, and beautiful. Since installing a new, small garden by one of our windows, we’ve had the chance to bird watch more and more.
One of my all-time favorite movies is Frozen II. I must have seen it over a dozen times in the past year since it’s release. I’m not married, a mom, or a sibling to young children so I (unfortunately) don’t have the excuse that “the kids wanted to watch it.” :b As a deep thinker, one of the aspects I love most about this show is all the complex layers, backstories, and hidden messages available to us -if only we choose to listen.
One of the aspects I love most about art is that each piece tells a story and narrative that words sometimes cannot accurately express. Each artist creates a piece with intention and purpose -whether to make a point, bring light to a current issue, or simply explore the wonder around them- they always have something worth saying. Art is also a way to channel emotion and try to make sense of some of the chaotic and crazy aspects of life happening around us.
Do you ever wish you could just wave a magic wand and then everything would be simply perfect? Without any extra effort on your part except the flick of your wrist? Can’t you just see it? In a moment, the dirty mess is replaced with clean, polished beauty and the unappealing areas are suddenly sparkling. The cat DIDN’T actually pee on your bed and the crazy hair day is just a bad dream.
So, where did the name, "Arts With Love," come from? What's the backstory? Is there a special meaning behind it? All of these questions are somewhat connected and all of them are answered in this blog. Jump on in and take a trip with me down memory lane ;)
So, how does it all work? How does the business give 100% of the profits away? Why are donations tax-refundable but the cards aren't? Here, I'll walk you through the in's and out's of Arts With Love and explain how this nonprofit works.