Enough is enough

Sending some peace-filled vibes your way! Know that you are enough!

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~Kyia Watkins

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Wishing you Love, Laughter and Peace in 2014

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Hi Loves,

We’ve toasted in the New Year with painted glasses (of course) and put the kids to bed, so I finally have a moment to sit down and say…

                                      Wishing you Love, Laughter and PEACE this 2014! 

If your life is anything like mine, 2013 came with lots of humps, bumps and hard decisions, but also with some amazing joys, accomplishments and mini celebrations!

I’ve heard a lot of my family and friends making resolutions about being ‘the new them” or being different than they were in 2013.  I’d like to think that I am actually pretty happy with me.  Not to say that I will not work hard to find quick meals to put on the dinner table or make a priority to spend more quality time with my kids and hubby, But, I don’t want to change ME!I I just want to continue to grow into the me that I am destined to be!

I wish the same for all of you this year and beyond!  To be the mother, friend, artist, teacher, student you can be, Let’s work together to be the best us’s (yep, my first made-up word of 2014!) we can be!

Some of the sweetest inspiration that I’ve heard in 2013 that will stay with me throughout the New Year…

A friend of mine was having a conflict. Her son was witness. After he watched her resolve the conflict, . he said…

 “Mom, sorry you had that bump in your day. But your life is a kajillion moments and that was just a bump. You know how when they are making movies they just cut out the bad parts- and stick the rest together- well just do that.”
 

Until next time, wishing you Love, Laughter & Peace,

How to Fail Greatly & Discover Peace

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Failing stinks. Lets be real here. I Would NOT complain if everything I attempted went off without a hitch! I love the rush I get from trying something new & different…the failing part, ummm, not so much!

Sometimes despite steering my heart, mind & spirit toward success, there are a few things that fail…EPICALLY!

The cookies come out hard as bricks, the paint job peels because I was too impatient to prime first or that dress I put on has a huge stain on it that I failed to see before I put it on!

I like to think that my failures are not in vain. That they teach those closest to me the fine art of failing greatly. That it’s OK to fall or not be good at something, to laugh it off & move onto the next big adventure or try it again with a different method.

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I still get a little sensitive when I chef up a Pinterest recipe that my son (aka the future Chef Ramsey from Hell’s Kitchen) turns his nose up & opts to eat cereal instead. But, I’m learning everyday that failure is a part of life. Without it, we have no gage for success. No way to make things better or leave ’em alone completely. Or bring in reinforcements for the stuff we’re not so good at. The more we embrace the fact that its gonna happen at some point, not dwelling on it or fearing it, the more peace we invite into our lives!

And just in case you were wondering…those bricks, I mean, cookies…You better believe we decorated them all pretty and tried to eat them while laughing hysterically & trying not to crack a tooth. And we’re going to attempt to make ’em again, definitely with some tweaking and reinforcements!

One kitchen wall got primed & painted a beautiful sea blue color…the others are still a sad mix of aqua blue & paneling. Yes, it is as ugly as it sounds.

And the dress?…Oh, please! You all know I gave up & put on my jeans, T-shirt & Red Sneaks!

I dare you to be less than perfect at something today! Wishing you Love, Laughter & tons of Peace!

PS. The first time I tried to post this last week, it didn’t work. Got my fail in! LOL!

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Kyia Watkins
At Peace Arts
Artwork celebrating every PEACE of life!

Love Looks

This blog post from my dear friend Lisa McCrohan truly touched my heart this morning. It’s so easy for us to be ready to cross off the checklist to feel like we accomplished something, yet our greatests accomplishments, our children, our husbands, our gifts, ourselves barely even make it onto that long list. This week I’m challenging myself to put things on my list like ‘Give more hugs than commands, laugh out loud with the kids and give undivided attention’…

What would you add to your list?
Be inspired by Lisa’s post!

~love, laughter & peace,
Kyia

Why you Need a Battle Flag…

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Happy Flag Day Friday, Loves!

If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, “What in the world is Flag Day?”

History Lesson: Flag Day is the birthday of the American Flag as well as the US Army’s birthday. During the Civil War designatedunarmed soldiers carried flags to let units know where to move on the battlefield. If a soldier got separated from his unit, In the noise and confusion of battle , they would look for their fellow soldier holding their flag. The flag represented that unit’s mission, core values and the whole reason they were fighting in the first place! They protected and upheld it at all costs.

What if we all had to carry around a battle flag? 

A flag that was a bold and brave statement of our mission and core values. 

What would YOUR flag look like? 

I challenge you to create your own battle flag! 

Join the At Peace Arts Newsletter and get a printout to make your own!

Click on the bottom of the page at http://www.atpeacearts.com/

 

~Until next time, wishing you love, laughter and peace…

Kyia

How to make s’mores out of lemons…

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The Watkins Castle was under attack by lemons last weekend!
Yep..Lemons!
Ok, not really…but, it sure felt like it!Our hedges had grown into the sewage pipe, causing a backup.
So every time I tried to wash the laundry, the basement toilet
would “wash” the basement floor! Ummm YUCK!

When my husband couldn’t pull the rug up from under the wall to dispose
of it, he did a little investigating by tearing down a part of the wall…only to
find out that our house has a GIGANTO crack in the foundation!  A tree
is trying to grow into our house!  I LOVE nature!
Just not when it comes over uninvited, LOL!
So, needless to say, by the end of the night, my husband and I were exhausted.
We had dished out $450 to the plumber & still had tons to do for the rest of the issues ahead.
But, the house was still standing (even if a little wet & crooked).
We were all together.
We were going to be alright.
We thankfully had the $ to pay the plumber.
There were still so many reasons to celebrate!
So, equipped with a cool idea to use a flower pot, foil & charcoal that I found on Pinterest,
we laughed loudly, shared silly stories, swapped sticks, graham crackers, chocolate &
marshmallow containers & enjoyed our sweet treats in our backyard under the stars.
It was pure peace.  Not even the sourest of lemons could take that away from us.

So the next time you get handed some lemons, yes, make some lemonade…just dont
forget the s’mores.
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Sketchbook Sneak Peek!
See the sketch that was inspired by this night & check in next week to see the progress!

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Share what you do or have done to find peace after a stressful day  & bring back the peace you felt at that moment!

A little something to take on your journey…

Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect. -Margaret Mitchell

Until next time,

Wishing you Love, Laughter and OOGOBS of PEACE.

~Kyia

PS…Happy Mother’s Day to all of my fellow Mamas!!!

 

The 24 hour “No Complaining” Challenge

Hello Loves,
Hope that by the time you are reading this, you are relaxing in your jammies with a glass of something (in a painted glass from At Peace Arts :)) and letting go of any drama from the day.  I had a post all picked out for today, but whenever I tried to post it, I just WAS NOT feeling it!  So, I gave up and decided I was not meant to write a post today… then I saw this post on The Attraction Signal’s Facebook page (yep, wasting time!)

Go 24 hours without complaining
and got a brilliant idea!  I’m gonna try this and I’m going to invite my peeps to do the same!

Let’s do this together and talk about how it went, how we felt, what we accomplished and of course, what we didn’t.  (I’m not gonna lie, this might be kinda hard for your girl!)
But, think about how you feel after complaining.  Like nothing got done, you’re still in the same negative, grouchy spot and the worst part of all, you’ve brought someone else into the drama, all the while forgetting about all of the goodness that IS in your life.  Been there, done that.  Let’s move forward.  If not complaining and being thankful for the good things in my life brings peace and balance, then I want it all!

Here’s how it’s gonna go:

Starting from 10 am tomorrow morning and ending at 10 am on Sunday morning (ET), we will try our super hard to not complain.  (A book by Rev. William Bowen, called, “The Complaint Free World” suggests wearing a bracelet on one arm and switching it to the other arm whenever you complain.  With the goal being to keep it on the first arm for as long as possible)

We will report back either on the blogvia email or on the new facebook At Peace Arts Group Page, on how it all went down,

Maybe even invite a friend so you can keep each other on task!

Alright, can’t wait to share our journey to peace-full!

A little something to take on your journey…

“To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”~ Eckhart Tolle

Until next time,

Wishing you Love, Laughter and OOGOBS of PEACE.

~Kyia

 

It’s all About the Baby Steps!

I would attempt to _________ if I knew I would not fail.

Yesterday I posted the question above on the At Peace Arts fan page. I was amazed & inspired by the responses. From wanting to live in the islands to writing a book to being an actress/singer/songwriter…I could feel that each “attempt” came from a place of love & desire.

What immediately came to mind was “Why are we so afraid to take the leap to do the things that make our hearts smile HUMONGOUS?” I mean, we KNOW we will be happy if we do that one thing! Maybe because it feels like just that…A leap! Lets be real, when we become adults, the last thing we want to do is fall, or in this case, fail. After all, we ARE higher up from the ground than when we were kids!

So maybe it would be easier for us to think of attempts as tiny baby steps that lead to the big leap. We could read up on what it’s really like to live in the islands, write for just 10 minutes every day or take some acting/ singing/ songwriting classes!

Soon all of these baby steps add up & give us the courage we need to leap into what really makes our souls sing!

You deserve it!

What AWESOME leap are you taking baby steps towards?
Proclaim it here & let’s keep one another motivated!
(Most times, just saying it out loud is a big leap in itself!)

A little something to take on your journey…

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.
-Hamilton Wright Mabie

Until next time,

Wishing you Love, Laughter and OOGOBS of PEACE.

~Kyia

Pause your Life to Move Closer to Your Dreams

“Follow what delights your heart and you’ll inspire the world. Lisa McCrohan, -LCSW-C, RYT”

I don’t know about you, but I get lost on a regular basis.  I’m not talking about your typical getting
turned around and losing 5 minutes lost.  I’m talking about the I don’t trust the GPS and sorta know
where I’m going but am now on the other side of town, kinda lost.  And when you combine  that with
my hungry & complaining”Are we lost AGAIN!?!?!” kidddos and a time deadline, the stress & anxiety
go through the roof!   Before I know it, I’m going 80 right past the exit and have to go around yet again!

(This is usually the point where try to convince the kids that we could have more fun at home than at
that Chuck-e-Cheese birthday party!)

Have you ever felt that way on the path to your purpose? Like you are going in circles & coming up
against the same issue every time?Or that you are running so fast in so many directions that you’re
burned out & just want to give up?

This my friends is when it’s time to …P-A-U-S-E.

Pause and take in the AMAZINGNESS that you are for even embarking on this journey & having made
it this far… Pause and reflect on where your heart really yearns to be…Pause and chart a course to get
it there… Pause and know that you will get there at the right moment, at a speed that works for you &
with the proper knowledge.  Pausing doesn’t mean procrastination or giving up.  It’s the complete opposite.
It means you are secure enough in your purpose to know that it will always be yours, as long as you are
moving toward it.  It’s not hinged on whether you have a family or a full-time job.  Its not a frantic &
exhausting race to some imaginary deadline in 2020.  A short pause can give us clarity, a new perspective
& a renewed  energy to return to & stay on the road to our purpose!

And sometimes, you just need to pull into a rest stop to get a 64 oz Slurpee & Jolly Ranchers for yourself
& a bathroom break, a juice box, crackers & a cheap-o toy to distract the kids while the GPS re-routes, yet again…
because the kids aren’t convinced that home was a better option

Until next time,

Wishing you Love, Laughter and OOGOBS of PEACE.

~Kyia

http://www.atpeacearts.com

A High 5 from At Peace Arts!!!

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Pssst…You know that little girl inside of you? Take a second to give her a big hug and a high 5!!!
She has grown up to be a phenomenal woman, in spite of all of the drama!

A Glorious Friday to you, Loves!

There is so much going on today…

You all are the first to peek at the newest print from At Peace Arts, above!!!  It’s called ‘High 5’
and speaks to the importance of embracing our past, while moving towards the future.
Even when our pasts are yuck, I realize how important it is to recognize our growth.
That despite it all, we are still here.  Still standing.  Still pushing past the hurt, anger and frustration and
dancing towards the love, laughter and peace. Our pasts, whether good or bad, mold us,
help us make important decisions and ultimately push us to action.  Whether it’s
starting a business, knitting a sweater or tucking in a child, our reflection of our pasts determines
how we approach everything in our lives!

The ‘High 5’ peace is available for purchase at atpeacearts.com.  The words 
below the picture above will be included on the back of the print.

Speaking of celebrating women, today marks the first day of Women’s History Month and as promised, every day a new AMAZING woman will be featured on the At Peace Arts Fan Page

on Facebook. Like the fan page to be inspired by other women that are
creating a life they LOVE and spreading tons of peace! 

And lastly, today is Share a Smile Day!
Take a second to smile at someone for no reason at all!  Maybe even pay someone a
compliment!  It will add sparkle to your day
and brighten theirs.  Amazing how something so tiny can bring such humongous joy!

Until next time,
Wishing you Love, Laughter and OOGOBS of PEACE.

~Kyia

Want more peace?
Join the peace-filled conversation on my blog!

P.S. If you would like to be featured or know someone
who is creating a life she loves, please contact me,

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