Welcome To My Colorful World!

Welcome to my colorful world. I am a happy (most of the time!) wife, mom, MeMaw, artist, and art teacher. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I also love to create, cook, nest, decorate, entertain family and friends, laugh, collect vintage stuff, snuggle my cats and dog, play outdoors, and so much more! In addition to all this, I also publish an online magazine with my dear friend, called Mermaids of the Lake. Oh, and I love a big cup of coffee with cream, a dry martini, red wine, blingy jewelry, pink lipstick, blue fingernail polish. I love color! Beautiful colors inspire, motivate, and move me!!! What's my favorite color? I can't choose. I love them all! Yellow, pink, red, turquoise, blue, purple, orange, green and every variation in between!

Colorful Quotes

I love words of encouragement, positive quotes and great visuals to go with them! Recently I started designing my own to share on our Mermaids of the Lake online women's magazine's Facebook Page.

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Let the heavens rejoice,
let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound,
and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant,
and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest
sing for joy.
~Psalm 96:11-12

Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus,
who was crucified. He is not here. 
He is Risen, just as he said.
~Mathew 28: 5-6

When things go bad,
don't go with them.
~Elvis Presley

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life,
and when it comes, hold your head high,
look it squarely in the eye and say,
"I will be bigger than you.
You cannot defeat me."
~Ann Landers

Don't trouble trouble
until trouble troubles you.

"How does one become a butterfly?" She asked.
"You must want to fly so much
 that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."
~Trina Paulus

We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
~Joseph Campbell

Commit your works to the Lord and
 your plans will be established.
~Proverbs 3:16

Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand
everything better.
~Albert Einstein

May the blessings of each day
be the blessings you need the most.
~Irish Blessing

It's Spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it,
you want - oh, you don't quite know
what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!
~Mark Twain

When you have a bad day,
a really bad day,
try and treat the world better
than it treated you.
~Patrick Stump

Oh how the world today needs such
simple reminders:
Be kind.
Treat all people with respect.
Let go of hate and
let others live their 
lives in peace.
~Brendon Burchard
Hello November

If you are distressed by anything external,
the pain is not due to the thing itself,
but to your estimate of it;
and this you have the power
to revoke at any moment.
~Marcus Aurelius

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which,
more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
~William James

Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
~1 Corinthians 13:7

A lake is the landscape's
most beautiful and expressive feature.
It is earth's eye;
looking into which the beholder
measures the depth of his own nature.
~Henry David Thoreau

There was never a night or a problem 
that could defeat sunrise or hope.
~Bernard Williams

How important it is for us to recognize
and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
~Maya Angelou

Thank you for this day!

God Bless America
Never forgotten
September 11, 2001

I rise to taste the dawn,
and find that love alone will shine today.
~Ken Wilber

Hello September!

Be still
and know that I am God.
~Psalm 45:70

Happy Mother's Day!

Hello May Flowers

Be Still
and know that I am God.
~Psalm 45:70

The Flowers
appear on the Earth;
The time of the singing of birds
is come.
~Song of Solomon

She quietly expected great things to happen to her,
and no doubt that's one of the reasons
why they did.
~Zelda Fitzgerald

Tomb, thou shalt not hold him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say
Christ will rise on Easter day.
~Phillips Brooks, An Easter Carol

Joy comes in the morning.
~Psalm 30:5

May you always have work
for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always
a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright
on your window pane.
May the rainbow be certain
to follow the rain.
May the hand of a friend
always be near you.
And may God fill your heart
with gladness to cheer you.
~Irish Blessing

To serve you only need a heart full of Grace
and a soul generated by Love.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the beginning of anything you want!
Happy New Year!

Perhaps that is where our choice lies -
in determining how we will meet
the inevitable end of things,
and how we will greet each new beginning.
~Alana K. Arnold

Neglecting passion blocks creative flow.
When you're passionate, you're energized.
Likewise, when you lack passion,
your energy is low and unproductive.
Energy is everything
when it comes to being successful.
~Gabrielle Bernstein

Do not take anything for granted-
not one smile or one person
or one rainbow or one breath,
or one night in your cozy bed.
~Terri Guillemets

Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt.
Whatever it is that lives - a man, a tree, or a bird -
should be touched gently, because the time is short.
Civilization is another word for respect for life...
~Elizabeth Goudge

A sunrise is God's way of saying,
"Let's start again."
~Todd Stocker

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise
if we have waited in the darkness.

She believed she could.
So she did!

Think of five things right now
to be grateful for!

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours
wherever you may roam.
~Irish Blessing

For fast-acting relief
try slowing down.
~Lily Tomlin

Is patient, is kind, does not envy, does not boast,
is not proud, does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking,
is not easily angered, keeps not records of wrongs,
does not delight in evil, rejoices with the truth,
always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
~1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Be an encourager
to give support, confidence, or hope to (someone)
hearten, cheer, buoy up,
uplift, inspire, motivate, spur on,
stir, stir up, fire up,
stimulate, invigorate, vitalize,
revitalize, embolden, fortify, rally

Walk away from GOSSIP

The person who says something is impossible
should not interrupt the person who is doing it. 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King Jr.

May I be at peace.
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature.
May I be healed and may I be
the source of healing for others.
~Joan Borysenko

It is time for us all to stand and cheer
for the doer, the achiever -
the one who recognizes the challenges
and does something about it.
~Vince Lombardi

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.
A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crises developed,
we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly -
and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air.

Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas.
And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight.
Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.
With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach
and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.

And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces 
and cover the world with imagination.
~Robert Fulghum 

She quietly expected
great things to happen to her,
and no doubt
that's one of the reasons
why they did.
~Zelda Fitzgerald

Happy New Year!!!

Hello December!

Things may come to those who wait,
but only the things left
by those who hustle.
~Abraham Lincoln

Believe in Yourself

I learned that courage
was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he
who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
~Nelson Mandela

Whenever we are appreciative,
we are filled with a sense of well-being
and swept up by the feeling of joy.
~M.J. Ryan

When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long.
Take the reason of the thing into your mind
and then look forward.
Mistakes are lessons of wisdom.
The past cannot be changed.
The future is yet in your power.
~Hugh White
(1773 - 1840)

Good~bye October

Be Optimistic, Hopeful, & Happy!
Joyful anticipation of wonderful things
seems to attract more and more wonderful things!

A friend is one who knows you
and loves you just the same.
~Elbert Hubbard

It's amazing how the world seems to change
through the eyes of a cup of coffee.
~Donna A. Favors

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry,
and one who has any faith in God
should be ashamed to worry
about anything whatsoever.
~Mahatma Gandhi

October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain
and November arrived, cold as frozen iron,
with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at
exposed hands and faces.
~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Happy Halloween!

The secret of change
is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old,
but on building
the new.

Life is not about waiting
for the storms to pass...
It's about learning
how to dance in the rain.
~Vivian Green

Each morning when I open my eyes,
I say to myself,
I, not events, have the power
 to make me happy or unhappy.
I can choose which it shall be.
I have just one day, today,
and I am going to be
HAPPY in it.
~Groucho Marx 

Every single day,
do something that
makes your heart sing.
~Marcia Wieder

Today I will notice that which is
good, beautiful, and bright...

May your choices
reflect your hopes
not your fears.
~Nelson Mandela 

It takes as much energy to wish
as it does to plan.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

You have it easily in your power
to increase the sum total of this world's happiness
by giving a few words of sincere appreciation
to someone who is lonely or discouraged.
Perhaps you will forget tomorrow 
the kind words that you say today,
but the recipient may cherish them
over a lifetime.
~Dale Carnegie

Happy is the man who can set aside
the offending remarks of another
and go on his way.
~Gordon B. Hinckley

Piglet noticed that even though
he had a very small heart,
it could hold a very large
amount of gratitude.
~A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful.
~Albert Schweitzer

Today I shall behave,
as if this is the day
I will be remembered.
~Dr. Seuss

Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight
~Hazelmarie 'Mattie' Elliot,
A Breath of Heaven

To succeed, jump as quickly
at opportunities as you do
at conclusions.
~Ben Franklin

When you arise in the morning, 
think of what a precious privilege
it is to be alive- to breathe, to think,
to enjoy, to love.
~Marcus Aurelius

Home of the FREE
Because of the BRAVE
What would happen if you believed that you can?

Life is Good

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

One day, in retrospect
the years of struggle
will strike you
as the most beautiful.
~Sigmund Freud

Life becomes easier
when you learn
to accept an apology
you never got.
~Robert Brault

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even though it's so easy to be negative in the world today
take a challenge and be positive.
Maybe you'll lead the way
~Paul Sevillano

God sends the dawn that we might see
the might-have-beens that still might be.
~Robert Brault

Be Inspired

God puts rainbows in the clouds
so that each of us - in the dreariest
and most dreaded moments -
can see a possibility of hope.
~Maya Angelou

Change always comes bearing gifts.
~Price Pritchett

A smile starts on the lips,
A grin spreads to the eyes,
A chuckle comes from the belly;
But a good laugh bursts forth from the soul,
Overflows,and bubbles all around.
~Carolyn Birmingham

Color Possesses me. I don't have to pursue it.
It will possess me always, I know it.
That is the meaning of this happy hour:
Color and I are one.
I am a painter.
~Paul Klee

Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it.
It will possess me always. I know it.
That is the meaning of this happy hour:
Color and I are one.
I am a painter.
~Paul Klee

You can never get a cup of tea large enough
or a book long enough to suit me.
~C.S. Lewis


For each new morning
with its light,
For rest and shelter
for the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything
Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Compassion: Deep awareness of the suffering of another
coupled with the wish to relieve it.

She was afraid.
She did it anyway,
and it felt so good.
~Debbie Nania

I am a Yes I Can girl!
~Debbie Nania

I would be working but I am too busy pinning
~Debbie Nania

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
~George Santayana

If I'm honest, I have to tell you
that I still read fairy tales
and I like them best of all!
~Audrey Hepburn

When I am worried or depressed,
I consciously form a smile on my face
and act upbeat until the happy feeling
becomes genuine.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie 

Do what you love!
~Debbie Nania

Always be willing
to make an attitude adjustment.
~Debbie Nania

I don't have to attend
every argument
I'm invited to.

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow
For every tear, a smile
For every care, a promise
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer

Attitude is everything

Boldness has genius, power, and MAGIC in it...

Be Brave!

Be in charge of your own LIFE

Create your dreams and share the
with the world!
~Debbie Nania

Be still, and know that I am God.

~Psalms 56:10

Believe that something wonderful
is about to happen.

Apparently there is nothing
that cannot happen today.

~Mark Twain

1. Joy: great enjoyment and pleasure
2. somebody or something giving joy:
3. give joy to somebody
enjoyment, pleasure, happiness,
enchantment, amusement, satisfaction

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers,
for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are movers and shakers of the world
forever it seems.

~Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy

joyful enthusiasm, an overflowing amount,
an outburst, an abundance,
a feeling of excitement, sprightliness

Really big people are above everything else,
courteous, considerate, and generous-
not just to some people in some circumstances-
but to everyone all of the time.

~Thomas J. Watson, Sr

The best part of waking up

Gratitude turns what we have
into enough.

Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.

~Henry Van Dyke

We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.

~Joseph Campbell

Character is much easier kept
than recovered.
~Thomas Paine

I choose Joy today!

Rise and shine!!!

Just breathe.
When you own your own breath,
nobody can steal your peace.

Don't get your knickers in a knot.
Nothing is solved and you
just end up walking funny!
~Kathryn Carpenter

I don't ask for the meaning
of the song of the bird
or the rising of the sun
on a misty morning.
There they are, and they are beautiful.
~Peter Hamill

Be still when you have nothing to say;
when genuine PASSION moves you,
Say what you've got to say
and say it HOT!
~D.H. Lawrence

Always remember you are large and in charge!

Happy May Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

It's a new day!
Pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off'
and start all over again!

Passion is the Genesis of Genius
~Anthony Robbins

For peace of mind
resign as general manager
of the universe.
~Larry Eisenberg

Forget yourself by becoming interested in others.
Every day do a good deed that will put
a mile of joy on someone's face.
~Dale Carnegie

I believe in Pink!
~Audrey Hepburn

In Loving Memory of the Victims
 in Newtown, Connecticut
Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory
no one can steal.
~From an Irish Headstone

Prayer in a Time of Tragedy
Dear God, today we are sad.
We woke up to news of yet another horrific tragedy.
Please, Dear God,
send love and angels to bring peace and strength
to the victims and their families.
Help us to remember them in our prayers.
Guide us to seek peace and to shine
with your love and compassion
for our fellow man.
Dear God, comfort us in our grief and confusion...
~Debbie Nania

Think like Pollyanna
and change the world.
~Debbie Nania

She is clothed in strength and dignity
and she laughs without fear of the future.
~Proverbs 31:25

Yahoo! It's the weekend! Let's Party!

Radiate Joy! Sparkle Bliss! Shine Love!
~Debbie Nania

Make happiness a habit!

Listen to the mustn'ts child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.
~Shel Silverstein

Smile at the rising sun.

Oh... what a beautiful morning.
Oh... what a beautiful day!

Spring is Nature's way of saying
"Let's party!"
~Robin Williams

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise
if we have waited in the darkness.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
~Proverbs 13:12

I am grateful

It is quite possible to leave your home
for a walk in the early morning air
and return a different person -
beguiled, enchanted.
~Mary Ellen Chase

Where the loser saw barriers,
the winner saw hurdles.
~Robert Brault

Who of you by worrying
can add a single hour
to this life?
~Mathew 6:27

Your ship was spotted of the coast this morning,
slipping silently through the fog...
coming around the cape,
she appeared in a shaft of sunlight...
and what a sight to see!
Glimmering as much as the ocean herself.
Massive and beautiful beyond belief!
Laden with treasures,
happy times, friends, love, and laughter.
Quick, you must PREPARE for her docking...
You MUST make space in your life for her gifts...
otherwise, just as quickly,
she'll quietly slip back out to sea.
~Mike Dooley

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