Where ART Lives Magazine Volume 2 Number 6 - Page 6

Letter from the Editor November 2016 Happy Holidays Dear Friends! As I am writing this, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I made what I thought would be a quick trip to the mall last week, and was shocked at what I could only surmise as the beginning of the HOLIDAY TRAFFIC!!!! I entered the mall to find the Christmas decorations up, and holiday music playing. It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year. I know for some, this is genuinely a sore spot, but I honestly don’t mind. Christmas is my favorite time of year, and it always seems to come and go so quickly. I don’t mind stretching it out a bit. I know some feel that the Thanksgiving just gets lost. Thanksgiving to me is so much more than a day, though I love turkey dinner and all of the fixings as much as the next girl. Thanksgiving to me is a state of mind. I turned 52 this year ( yikes, am I really putting that in writing?). You bet I am….I don’t mind getting older, because the older I get, the more I have to be thankful for, and the more I realize how very critical it is to truly live in a constant state of thanksgiving. My #1 goal for 2016 (as shared in my blog post on January 1st, 2016) was to intentionally practice gratitude daily ….OUT LOUD!! Not just thinking it, not just writing it, but speaking it and affirming it verbally every single day. The posture and practice of Gratitude facilitates JOY, and a JOYFUL life is a Beautiful-Fulfilling life. How can you not be JOYFUL when you are consciously acknowledging all of the beautiful things in your life? http://whereartlivesinspire.blogspot.com/2016/09/shared-from-ceo-ofI have to say, that amidst challenges in health, family and business (as we have probably ALL had) where-art-lives.html this has truly been the most JOYFUL year of my entire life, and I truly believe it is because I made a commitment to live in a posture of gratitude, and I kept that commitment to myself. It is the most beautiful gift I have ever given to me!! My holiday wish for you is not to clock more hours in the studio (though I am missing some studio time myself at the moment), not to sell more art (though I hope you do), rather my wish for you is that you carve out moments to slow down, sit quietly and feel the gift of your breath, and say Thank You out loud, for all of the beauty in your life. -Kimberly Conrad Editor-in-Chief Owner, Where ART Lives Gallery & Magazine 6