May your 2019 be filled with laughter, joy and all good things! xox – Joana
“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.”
Why bringing a little discipline to your alone time is important, plus my top 10 solitude-enriching activities.
Friday’s Thought – The Present (Or, look who shows up when you whip up a batch of holiday cookies…)
A Happy Take On My Heritage (or at least 1/2 of my heritage!)
I created this illustration for the upcoming Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Draw This contest. The prompt word was “Ritual” which naturally got me thinking about the rituals I do daily. (I’m pretty sure my dentist doesn’t read my blog, but in case he does, I DO brush and floss daily.) To be honest, as a teen I used to floss only sporadically, but that all changed one day when I saw a sign in my dentist’s office that read… “You don’t have to floss all your teeth. Just the ones you want to keep.” (And just like that I was turned into a flossing convert.) These days I’m also a yoga and meditation convert. I wish I could say that I’d been smart enough to make yoga and mediation a part of my life all along. Unfortunately, it took many years of Type A behavior – of constantly pushing myself to the limit and eventually getting super anxious – to realize that I needed to reevaluate my life, priorities and the way …
It’s actually that simple. But if you’re like me and sometimes forget to do this most profound of mindfulness exercises, I recommend adding a few inspirational books to your mental “diet” as well. I loved, loved, (REALLY loved!) reading Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda, and plan to reread it often. I’ve also enjoyed listening to Ezra’s one hour talk on Love, Relationships and Spiritual Practice. The talk is conveniently divided up into four 15 minute segments – which makes it easier to absorb and process. If you’re curious, take a look below: And these days I’m reading Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pemo Chodron. Despite working to “wake up” quite a bit over the past year, I’ve discovered that old habits, thought patterns and fears still die hard, so a new perspective in how to tackle old issues is always welcome. Remember… “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron
Will Work for Food? (Or, a behind-the-scenes look at how we creatives like to work.)
Monday Madness from Joana Miranda Studio – ‘Cause there’s nothing better than starting off the week with a laugh!
The perfect lemon bar recipe paired with an almost step-by-step cartoon video tutorial.