Monday, April 23, 2018

Walk in Your Story, Inspire, 30 Cups in 30 Days with Kimberly Conrad


 Happy Monday Ladies!

 I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I'm trying to make Sundays "Self-Care Sundays".
 I did not do some of the things I had planned to do today, but I did marathon cook for the  week...yummy organic meats and veggies, which I am counting as self care, so that I can stick with  my program this week and not reach for unfavorable foods in a pinch:)
 I'm finding the 50's body a challenge!:)

In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, 

Below is my lovely little cup for yesterday, Day #21 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Vulnerability, Inspire 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



Hi Ladies:) Happy Sunday! 

I skipped a day of posting so that I could post here first thing each day instead of waiting until I have my little cappuccino and photograph my cup, because sometimes I don't have it until later in the afternoon:)

In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, this was my cup for yesterday, Day #20



Friday, April 20, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Gift of Insanity, Inspire 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge.... here is today's cup.

I have to say, even though I started this in support of a client, it's been a lovely experience for me. Though I am already in the habit of using the "good stuff" for myself, this exercise has prompted me to dust off some very special pieces that I had not seen in years, and revisit some special memories. It's like a little ritual of beauty each day; choosing a cup, cutting the flowers, taking the photo.....for at least those moments, I am giving my attention to something lovely, just for the pleasure of it.Yesterday I actually picked up a few new pieces, this is one.
I just LOVE pink, and find it hard to resist lovely pink things!

 Day #18


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I Look Within, Inspire 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad


Hi Ladies! In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge.... This is my cup for today.Sometimes a girl needs whipped cream and dark chocolate with her afternoon cappuccino!!:) And....I like to dip my dark chocolate in peanut butter:)


Day #17



Today at lunch I was introduced to a wonderful woman visiting the U.S, from Mauritias Island. She lost her husband four years ago, and now travels a couple of times a year, all alone visiting other countries. She chooses a country she'd like to visit, then finds an art workshop or some kind of course to take there, which enables her to meet new people. I think that is so very BRAVE! I love to travel, but have yet to travel all alone! It was wonderful to hear her stories.

I am a member of a couple of private groups on facebook for women only, and I recently created one myself. These groups are wonderful, as women from around the globe are able to connect. I see women who are virtually strangers, supporting each other through life's challenges, and celebrating each others' victories! They are taking trips to meet each other. Groups of them are meeting up for vacations in other countries; it's such a beautiful thing to watch. I love how relational women are. I love how they are open and share and support each other. I am so thankful to have been born a woman!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Your Value, Inspire, and 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



This is such an important thing to remember. When we are able to really love, honor and respect ourselves, the opinion of others is not able to significantly alter our view of our value or 
self worth.


I say significantly, because it's difficult to remain completely unaffected when someone treats us in a way that shows they do not value who we are or what we have to offer the world.

We are human, and the initial sting is disconcerting, but when our core beliefs about ourselves come from within......the actions or words of others are only able to cause a temporary wobble.

 A wobble is not a big setback, it's not devastation, it's not life-altering......it's like that little ankle wobble when you step wrong, and you quickly shift your body weight to regain your balance, and the big ugly fall is averted.

Big ugly falls affect multiple body parts and take awhile to heal.
Wobbles on the other hand, cause no permanent damage, and pass very quickly!


In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge.... This China, made in Japan belonged to my Granny. In her day, there was a time when you got stamps at the gas station when you filled up, and they also gave you little books to paste the stamps into. When you filled up enough books, you could use them to purchase this china. It's very delicate and I have manage to keep a service for four intact through our many moves! It's very special to me:) Day #16

Monday, April 16, 2018

Relationships, Shrimp Salad, Inspire 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad




Happy Monday Ladies!

Today was a beautiful start to the week.
A client, who happens to be a very SPLENDID lady in every way, prepared a beautiful lunch for me in her gorgeous home. She treated me to a shrimp salad, with a crumble topped berry coffee cake for dessert, using her beautiful china, and her Mother's crystal.
This lunch has been planed for a few weeks, but it's always interesting how things happen in the perfect timing.

I got my feelings deeply hurt yesterday by someone who has a bit of a habit of doing so.
 ( no worries, this person would never read this blog!)

 I went to bed hurt and sad, the wind temporarily taken out of my sails.
 And today I felt special, appreciated and loved!
 Thank you lovely lady ( you know who you are ).






In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for today. 
Day #15


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Versailles ,Inspire, and 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



Yesterday I said I was in desperate need of some extreme self care this weekend.
So...I did not get the bubble bath and the frivolous reading time....but I stumbled into the Netflix series Versailles, and I have to say......I binge watched the whole first season, and the first episode of the second. Yep....eleven hours between about 7:30 p.m. last night and 3:30 this afternoon, with a break for sleep.

My son popped over about 2:00 p.m. today and did not know what to think as I was snuggled on the couch in PJ's. That's a big deal around here, because I am NOT a TV person. I watch sappy Hallmark movies with my Mom at Christmas when she is here, and that's about it!
I would normally much rather work or read.

I have to admit, it felt pretty darn good! I felt like I was on a mini vacation....lost in time.
I may have to begin scheduling in movie time !!

And Versailles....I am so annoyed at myself now that I did not go there when in Paris last year...but it will be my top priority on my next trip!! I confess, I did not know the history behind it until this weekend!

I did  manage to shower and dress for dinner tonight with lovely friends...so now I feel 
refreshed and ready for the work week!!!!





In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for today. 
Todays cup is Minton Haddon Hall English Bone China.

Day #14

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Who Is Going to Stop Me? - Inspire, and 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



The only person "stopping" me these days is me.....I guess that' really good news, since she's the one person in the world that I have complete control over!! Now....I've just got to tell her how it's going to be from now on!!!


Happy Saturday Ladies!!

I am having a slow today.
I worked at my desk in my PJ's until about 4:00 p.m., then changed into workout clothes. 
Heading downstairs now for a workout, then I'm planning to light some candles, put on some soft music, probably Italian, and do a bit of that frivolous reading I spoke of yesterday!!
Or,  I might snuggle with my furry babies and watch an old classic movie!
I hope you're treating yourself after the long week, or exercising some loving self-care!


In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for today.
Today's cup is just something I picked up a few years ago at Home Goods.

It's Ralph Lauren and I liked it because the blue and white matches my bedding/decor in my guest rooms.

 Day #13

Friday, April 13, 2018

JOY - Inspire, and 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



Happy Friday Ladies!! 

I hope you have wonderful weekend plans!
Mine are to catch up on a little bit of work, then engage in some extreme self-care!!

Saturday I have admin work to do, including editing some of the modules for the She Splendid "Woman - Step Into Your Power!" workshops!

I usually work all weekend since I take Tuesdays off, but I am determined to start taking Sundays off again as well. I'd love to paint on Sunday afternoon, (which still counts as work, since I make a living that way)  it's the one part of my job that never feels like work!!

I'm planning a bubble bath and some frivolous reading time!
( To me this means, a fun book, or magazine, or something inspirational, but NOTHING having anything to do with business, or even self-improvement.....just pure pleasure)

In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for today.
This china is from England. It is Queen Anne, and the pattern is Lady Margaret.
I picked it up in an antique store many years ago, it had no saucer, but I love it!!

Day #12



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

I am Fully Equipped- Inspire, and 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad





Happy Thursday Ladies!!
In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for today.
This china is from England, but I cannot make out the pattern...the text is much too small!!:)

 Day #11



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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Rainbows and Rain,Inspire, and 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for today. 
It’s Bavaria China, which originated in Germany
Day #10



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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Our Deepest Fear......Inspire, 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad


30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge
Tuesday is my one day off during the week, and my FAVORITE day of the week, as I spend it with Ziggy.(Grandson)
Sweet Emma (daughter in law) and precious Ollie (new Grandson) joined us today and we had lunch and shopped and then stopped for Cappuccinos and Macarons at our favorite French Bakery....!!
So this is my cup for today!!:)
Day #9


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Monday, April 9, 2018

Divine Order, Inspiration, 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for today, Day #8.

My precious boys (who are all grown men now). I think they were 2,3,4 and 7 here!!

This cup is 22 years old, and the image is fading away.....:( 

 I'll take it out again in another 20 years!!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Inspiration from Louise Hay, and the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge, Day #7 with Kimberly Conrad



In keeping with the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge.....

This morning's cup was one of many gifted to me throughout the year by my "Secret Sister" in a women's group I was part of, gosh, at least 15 years ago. 
It's clearly very old, but has no stamp on the bottom, so I have no idea where the pattern originates from.....but it's lovely:)

What is the 30 Day Cup Challenge? You can read about it HERE 

 Day #7


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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Conquering Fear, and Day #6 of 30 Cups in 30 Days with Kimberly Conrad






Happy Saturday!

I am so HAPPY to be sitting at my desk in my gallery today as I write this. I'm trying to get here three days during the week and then I'm usually open all day on Saturdays, but this past week held extra commitments at home, so I worked all week from my home office.

 I am blessed to operate my own beautiful Art Gallery in Denver, Kimberly Conrad Contemporary Art Gallery.I have operated from this space for over four years now, and it really is my haven.....my special place.

I paint here, I write here, I meet with interior designers and art collectors here, as well as host workshops and one on one coaching. I have a beautiful view of the city buildings, including the tallest building in Denver where, incidentally, one of my sons' works. I am surrounded by several restaurants, with new ones currently being built, and there are also new high rise apartments and condos being built around me.

This district has really evolved since I first moved in. Just another example of the fact that nothing stays the same. Everything is always evolving. We are always evolving!

CONQUERING FEAR.......

Five years ago, I was so intimidated by the city, and the two highways I have to travel to get to the city. I rarely did anything out of my safe zone of suburbia, and if I did, you can bet I was the passenger, not the driver. Driving itself did not scare me so much; it was more that I am a bit geographically challenged and I have a fear of getting lost. There are so many one way streets in Denver, and I know ONE way to get to many of the places I go, and if that one way happens to be closed for any reason...YIKES!

I share this because when I stumbled upon this Gallery space to rent, it was totally life changing!!
If you had told me even a week prior to my renting this space that I would in fact, be renting gallery space in Denver and commuting, I would have said you were nuts. But, as Divine leading and timing would have it, I fell instantly in love with this space. It spoke to me on more levels than I even understood at the time, and I immediately rented it. It's in a beautiful old boarding house built in 1906. I have a kitchen, a closet, a pantry, and a sitting area in addition to a beautiful space to hang my art, all in a room of my own with a locking door.( and a bathroom down the hall) I have the exact same setup across the hall, an identical room that I use as a studio. My husband has said to me more than once "gee, you could live here" And it's true. It's like a lovely studio apartment. I have slept here many a night after painting into the wee hours.

On the drive home that day, though elated, I remember saying to my husband, "I am so excited, but....what have I done?? I don't even drive on the highway. HOW WILL I EVEN GET THERE??"
I still remember the first time I drove here by myself. It was late November, and it was snowing.
Did I mention, I had also always been terrified of driving in the snow? I only did it when forced to. Have you ever wanted something so badly, and felt something was so right for you, that a lifetime of fears just instantly dissipated? Well that is what happened to me. I drove back and forth in the snow that whole winter, nearly every day because I was so excited to be here, and nothing was going to keep me away!! Being in this space has opened up opportunities for me both personally and professionally that I didn't even know were on my radar!

I conquered a lifetime of fears in one drive, because I knew that to move forward into this beautiful new phase, it was time to STEP INTO MY POWER!!!

My fears may seem silly to you, but I know you can relate, because I know you have fears of your own. We all do.
My question is, what DREAMS are your fears keeping you from fulfilling?

Is it time for you to Step Into Your Power?

Love, Joy, and Peace to You,
Kimberly

In keeping with the 30 Day Cup Challenge, below is my cup for Day #6

If you don't know what the 30 Day Cup Challenge is, you can read about it HERE.

This little cup is part of a tea set I bought to have here at the gallery.
I am having tea today because my coffee maker here is broken.

I think it's time to invest in a new Nespresso Machine!!


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Friday, April 6, 2018

Parisian Chic and Thirty Cups in Thirty Days #5, A Little She-Splendid Challenge with Kimberly Conrad



Here is my cup for Day #5 of the 30 Cups in 30 Days Challenge.

Nothing fancy today, just a mug I picked up at Starbucks when I was in Paris last year:)

My frivolous reading this week ( as opposed to my serious reading- haha) is a little book titled Parisian Chic.

It's a lovely little Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. It's a fun book for that little break from work in the middle of the day.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thoughts for Today on SHOULD-ERS, and Day #4 of the 30 Cup Challenge with Kimberly Conrad

 THOUGHTS FOR TODAY....ON...SHOULD-ERS

I wrote this post for the Where ART Lives Inspire blog a couple of years ago, but I came upon it in my journal notes recently, and thought I would share it here.........


I once came across a TIP given by an artist in a magazine that I thought was very powerful - I have said this very thing to myself and my clients in a variety of ways- but here is hers...

"There will be no shortage of SHOULD-ERS in your life, saying you should do this, you should do that. Rise to the challenge of listening to your own voice, and to that one be true."

This resonates with me, and I am sure with most of you as well.
The truth is that if I had listened to some of the well-meaning folk in my own life, I would not be doing most of what I am doing today, or many of the things that were stepping stones that led me to where I am today.

It's not that "THEY" don't love you, or that they don't want you to be happy, it's just that your VISION is your own. It was breathed into you, usually in such a profound, divine way, that you KNOW it is your path. It was NOT breathed into them.....they cannot see what you see.

Many SHOULD-ERS cannot have the faith in you that you have in yourself until there is tangible evidence of success. This, I know first hand can make for a scary, lonely journey - especially in the early stages of growing a business, or pursuing a dream.

I believe it is incredibly important to surround yourself with like-minded women. They don't have to be pursuing the same dream you are, but women who are not only dreaming, but passionately pursuing those dreams. Women that feed your spirit and energize you, women with whom there can be an exchange, of ideas, support and encouragement.

I am very fortunate to have a FABULOUS network of women in my life, both professionally and personally.
We are all very busy- so our time together is often tough to schedule- yet once we commit- we always leave each other's company energized, inspired and ready to go to the next level in some area of our lives.

If you do not have such a network, I would encourage, even CHALLENGE  you to get to work on that immediately!!:)

 AND....once you have created these relationships, keep your meetings near the top of your priority list.

Love, Joy, and Peace to You,

Kimberly


I have created both a She Splendid Facebook page, as well as a She Splendid Private Group on Facebook, where you can begin to connect with like-minded women from around the world, and share and support each other in a safe space. We would love to have you join us!

Continuing with the Thirty Cups in 30 Days Challenge, here is my cup for Day #4!





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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thirty Cups in Thirty Days #3, A Little She-Splendid Challenge with Kimberly Conrad


Spring is a season of phenomenal renewal for all living things. It is the season of new beginning's, of firsts. Think of our earth; the grass becomes green, the trees show off brand new leaves, crops sprout from the earth, and beautiful flowers bloom.
We recently welcomed our second grandson Oliver.

 He made his entrance into this world three weeks early, at 4 lbs, 7 oz, blessing us all with three extra weeks of loving him. It has been amazing to watch all of his firsts, for every day there is a new one. It has been beautiful to watch his parents experience all of their firsts as well.



There is such joy and excitement in the birth of something new and this includes the birth of new ideas, relationships, ventures and pathways of expression.

Every time we give birth to something new it creates in us a desire to have yet another new experience, and isn't that what life is all about? 

In keeping with the Thirty Day Cup Challenge, here is todays cup. 
Day #3

It's just  something I picked up at Home Goods last year to take to my gallery.
I wear a lot of black, white and gold together, so I guess it just spoke to me!
I did not get to sit with my cappuccino until late in the day today.....so the cup is not bathed in sunlight! It's a much brighter photo today! Lighting is everything!


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Thirty Cups in Thirty Days #2, A Little She-Splendid Challenge with Kimberly Conrad

Good Morning!!

In keeping with my 30 Cups in 30 Days challenge, here is my cup for today, Day #2.
This china cup is part of a tea set I purchased while in London last year. 
The pattern was once part of the Royal Family’s house-hold.

I usually have this treat midday,  when I take a break from my desk, but Tuesday is my one day off a week.
Tuesdays I spend with my ten month old grandson Ziggy. It is our very special day together and my most FAVORITE day of the week.
You can be sure I will spend the entire day smiling!
I hope you are doing something that makes you smile today!

                                                                                  

My Ziggy!




Today's Cup. Day #2



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Monday, April 2, 2018

Thirty Cups in Thirty Days, Day #1.....A Little She-Splendid Challenge with Kimberly Conrad


It is always a good idea to shake things up, break up the monotony, have a new experience!!
Many of the women I work with are tired, creatively drained, and or just plain bored.
Most are also very, very busy, and when we talk of new ventures and finding ways to introduce new experiences, they cringe, because it's yet another thing to have to think about, another thing to have to "make happen"


I met with one such lovely woman recently, and suggested the idea of doing something new everyday for 30 days. She groaned!
I said it could be something very small, such as reading a new blog, or listening to new music, etc.

She was overwhelmed, and said she did not have the energy to be even that creative right now. Because I know she has coffee every single morning, I suggested she start with having her coffee in a different mug/cup each day. That, she said she can do, though it seemed a bit silly.

So I said I would do it along with her! So as silly as it may seem, just to keep myself accountable, I will share my daily cup here!!:)
Maybe it will be good for me too.
We never know what seemingly small experience will spark something new in us!!


So here is today's cup!! Day #1
A China cup that belonged to my Hubby's grandmother.


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