Hello, beautiful people,

I hope that your year is already feeling new and fresh. I am in-joy with my summer. I think that is what enjoying something is all about, being in the fulness of joy. I have been de-cluttering my house today since I think that is a great way to get my environment feeling fresh and new. As I’ve been going through things and ruthlessly chucking away “stuff” that we just don’t use but sits around and around and around, I’m seeing projects that I had full intentions of tackling in 2014 but just didn’t get around to completing. Some of them are never going to be completed and I am alright with that…I’ve moved forward and they are no longer necessary. (But I promise you that on Wednesday morning after my husband reads this post today, he will be going through the rubbish bin left for the garbage truck to collect. 😉 Bless his heart he can’t help himself. Nonetheless, I will persevere and things are going. Hear me, honey?)

I have also been busy in my creative element during these new days of 2015. I have been combing my local beach for sea glass,DSCF3936walking (I’m counting that as exercise),

deeclarknz.cominhaling the salt air and exhaling any stress,

deeclarknz.comadmiring and photographing the beautiful scenery

deeclarknz.comand allowing the warmth of the sun to kiss my face.

deeclarknz.comIt’s good for the soul.

deeclarknz.comThis week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “New”. While the beaches in Bluff aren’t new, I have discovered a, new-to-me, little beach that is richly covered with sea glass. I’ve been down there everyday collecting sea-tossed treasures.


I’ve also been reading about sea glass and have found that some colors are quite rare, like pink and purple. I have already come across several pieces with a little pink or purple hue to them. How fun is that?

My husband keeps telling me that they are just broken pieces of glass and therefore, he’s not that excited about the “junk” I’m collecting. We, men and women, are so different in how we perceive things, aren’t we.

Yet, when I look at those tiny shards of glass that have been tossed, plummeted, ground and eventually smoothed, I can’t help but think of the broken, shattered pieces of our hearts. Life has a way of shattering us and we can feel like we are being tossed to and fro. Difficulty rounds our rough, jagged edges. Although the brokenness may still exist, the process creates beauty and usefulness for new purposes. We just have to be able to recognise how to use them. They will be useful.

As I have been reading, I have discovered that some pretty creative people have used sea glass for pictures, mosaics, jewellery making and I’ve even seen them fashioned as bowls. What once was a bottle, plate, or other vessel that was shattered to bits, can be repurposed as an art form and enjoyed.

If your heart is feeling disappointed and broken today, don’t lose hope. Follow the journey to the end and watch as your life transforms and beauty emerges once again. Those broken pieces will take on a new shape and form that will be useful and possibly even enjoyable (in joy). You might not be able to see it today, but give it time. Time won’t heal (sorry, I don’t believe that time heals all things) but over time, change occurs and life takes on a newness that is worth while.

Do you want proof? Look at some of the most beautiful people in your life. I guarantee they have been where you are, witting with a pain filled heart. They have made it through and so will you.

You are not junk…you are a treasure. I’m sure of it!

you are a masterpiece

20140705-003530-2130096.jpgwe all have to remove the excess so that the world can see all of who we are…all of our unique beauty.

10 quotes that will strike a beautiful chord in your heart

There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty. (Steve Maraboli)

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People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder. (Salma Hayek)
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. (Maria Mitchell)


I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. (Unknown)

I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness. (Karl Lagerfield)

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People will stare. Just make it worth their while. (Harry Winton)

Beauty is how you feel on the inside and it shows in your eyes. (Sophia Loren)


The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason. (John Cage)

Don’t try to be what you’re not. If you’re nervous, be nervous. If you’re shy, be shy. It’s cute. (Adriana Lima)

Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy. (Unknown)

You are beautiful


how do you feel when you look in the mirror?

what could you possibly do, put on, or change that would make you more beautiful than you are right at this moment?

Emily Dickinson said that “beauty is not caused. it is.”

your beauty …just is…it exists … in the entirety of who you are.

there will be flaws…

and differences…

but they make you uniquely YOU!

you are enough.

treat yourself with the same grace, respect, honor and kindness that you for do all things beautiful.

you’re worth it!


Quiet Moments of Appreciation

20131023-075945.jpgnature takes my breath away.

the vivid colors…

the majestic mountains…

it helps me realize that there is always something bigger, better, more beautiful just on the horizon.

be sure to take time today to appreciate the beauty around you!

it’s good for the soul.

I would like to introduce the photography work of a new friend. I met Jakob last year when he was traveling through NZ. He was our couch surfer guest when we had very meagre offerings for accommodation. He is a bright young man from Germany. Jakob has just given me permission to use some of his beautiful photos to share with you all. We hope you enjoy. Thank you, Jakob. Your work is amazing!

Where Beauty is Carried

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when i picture beauty in human form, i imagine Mother Teresa.

and my mom!

i am sure you know some beautiful souls as well.

the older i get the more i realize that “old school” may not be cool but man, are they beautiful!!!

…in a way we “new school” ones should aspire to.

grandma hugs may be in order about now.

beauty is carried in the heart and not on the face!

see you soon beautiful people!

she has a beautiful heart

beautiful heart/insight from a woman's heart

i sit and watch her from my chair

the morning sun upon her hair

wisps of blonde and brilliant red

like fire, rest upon her head

the kitchen counter full of spills

cereal, noodles, sugar, peels …

the mess is mine when she is done

but for the moment it’s all big fun

and as she stirs this mix with love

she beams a grin of pride~

for as she plays she opens wide

a heart of golden hues

she makes a gift to give away

and me…the mess…excused

this little one is mine to guide

toward beauty from the soul

i take the gift and know it’s true

there’s love within her bowl.

beautiful girls/insight from a woman's heart

my daughter and grand-daughter both have beautiful hearts.

they are truely my treasures.

i am feeling very grateful for the beauty in my life today!

i hope you have a beauty-full day as well!

thanks for stopping by…