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CREATE JOY all month long.

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Happy, happiest of New Year’s to you!
You seriously only want to read this if you are truly ready for a year
FULL of JOY! Starting today you and I and all the Creatively Fit Coaches
around the world are going to CREATE JOY all month long.
It is SUPER simple. Paint, color, draw…the word JOY.Create it alone, as a part of a design, a picture…it is a month long meditation on all the ways
you FEEL JOY!
 Each day you get to add to “MY JOY PALETTE!”By the end of the month, if someone was to ask you, “What brings you joy?”…they will have to pull
up a chair because you will be overflowing with ALL the ways you create joy in the art that is your life.
WHAT YOU FOCUS ON GROWS.The challenge is: CREATE JOY every day this month.TODAY!
January 1st Day #1 Prompt:Choose joy!
“When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.”                           
Marianne Williamson
Joy is my word for the year.
GO HERE to read more, to join the JOY PALETTE Community AND to receive my latest free teaching series,
“Creating Coherent Consciousness.”
It will strap rocket boosters to your resolution to create and experience more JOY in your life in 2019.How does it get any better than this!?Well, it gets EVEN better because as you focus on JOY and raise your vibration (it has to happen) you also raise the vibration of our world. We are turning up the volume on the global JOY channel, so THAT is how it gets even better Go HERE to get more inspiration and guidance and to be a part of the JOY Palette movement all month long.
Happy New Year–we are starting it in a totally new way to ensure that we each experience lots of NEWness in 2019! SO grateful to you for being here, reading these words, and creating MORE joy for us all!
Blessings of love & laughter to you today.
Joy is everywhere when we look for it! lol
yummy donuts for my family to celebrate the New Year.

Yes Extravaganza

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I said yes to being interviewed and sharing our Yes Extravaganza with Ladies go live. what fun! and yes I was nervous but I said yes because I love to share and inspire others to live creatively. the article and video are below by Tina K Valant.

Artist, nature lover/educator Brenda Nickolaus inspires and coaxes creativity by connecting with nature. As a part of the #YesExtravaganza project, she encourages others by sharing her artistic flair and colorful ideas.

Even if you don’t consider yourself creative, know that when you #SayYes, barriers and obstacles dissolve. #SayYesToday and unlock the doors to abundance and the opportunities awaiting you!

Highlights :
2:47 When people to create their own art and treat themselves kindly, magic happens. 
10:12 Challenge yourself to #SayYes! 
19:13 How saying yes increases positive energy.

video: https://www.facebook.com/ladiesgolive/videos/1112464435583742/UzpfSTg3OTQ5NDg5NTUzNDUwMzoxMjE0Mjc1Mjk4NzIzMTI2/

Connect with Brenda Nickolaus :

https://www.facebook.com/brenda.nickolaushttps://www.facebook.com/Brendasartinnature
https://brendanickolaus.com/ 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/brenda-nickolaus-536b6020

Mother Nature to Calm you

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It’s the day before Christmas and If you are feeling anxious and/or overwhelmed, take a few minutes and step outside into Mother Nature.

Here’s a little nature meditation for you…this is what I do when I feel overwhelmed, go on a walk in my backyard…listen to the pines singing in the wind. watch the butterflies flit about…or the front yard: count the bunnies and say hello to the gopher tortoise.

You want a place where you can connect with nature, be it your yard, park or garden the beach (my favorite). use all your senses…

Touch the grass,

listen to the wind, the bird song, 

Breathe in the scents that surround you,

close your eyes and Focus on your breath — in, and out. in and out…

and

open your eyes.
Re focus and think about something you are grateful for.

Ahhhhhhhh……

yes? a little joy for your day.

Sending you many blessing and I’ll see you on the trail!

Soul, Art & Nature classes

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Nature in Your Art Basket

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Art & Nature Connection
Brenda Nickolaus 561-262-2727 www.brendanickolaus.com
Creating art classes with Big Life Lessons—for Kids & Their Grown-Ups
Nature in Your Art Basket
I am Brenda Nickolaus from Art & Nature and today I’m here to give you some ideas and inspiration for encouraging the little artists in our lives. By Exploring nature creatively, it helps develop a child’s since of joy and wonder about the world around them.
I love including natural objects in my craft box. It not only expands the creative experience but opens so many learning opportunities with your little ones.
Humans have been creating and learning with natural objects for 1000′s of years. The planet is abundant with natural supplies – some are commonly found throughout the world, others unique to one specific area.
When out collecting natural materials from your area, always remind your child how delicate the earth’s ecosystem is, and that you will only be collecting a limited amount, so that other creatures also have what they need.

What kind of supplies should you collect?
Here are a few off my suggestions:
Different colors and shapes of leaves * Shells *pine cones * acorns * empty nut shells * fallen bark * moss * skeleton leaves * seed heads * different types of rocks * driftwood * flowers for pressing * abandoned egg shells * feathers…just to name a few…
And remember to continue to explore nature throughout the seasons to observe the changes that have occurred and to discover new supplies that are found only during specific seasons. Living in south Florida it takes a good eye to observe the subtle changes in our seasons, but we do have them. Collecting fallen acorn caps and smaller pine cones and little acorn caps are a few nature finds we look forward to every Autumn!

While out searching for your new supplies, ask your child simple questions to start a conversation. As you pick up each leaf, seedpod or shell remark on what the piece reminds you of. For example, a piece of driftwood may resemble the body of a duck, or a pine cone the body of an owl. This invokes the creative mind to see objects beyond simply what they are.
Or you may comment on how a certain shell reminds you of a storybook that you have read with your child or an interesting fact that you learned on a field trip together. Having the child recall the information about the book or experience stimulates the analytical mind and sparks curiosity.
Remember to keep in mind your child’s personality and keep it fun! My son is very analytical he likes to line everything up by size, color…etc.-Where my daughter is more the playful throw it all together and see what happens.

To stimulate the analytical mind, use the collected materials as learning aids:
• Sizes big to little
• Matching colors
• pebbles or shells for counters in Math
• create your own Nature table
• Test magnetic principles, buoyancy (does is sink or float?), or electricity (does it conduct electricity?)
• Botany (species of trees and plants)
• Life cycles (plant the seedpod to see what grows!)
• early man (how they created tools/art materials from stones and branches or used berry juice and bark for writing)
• birds (empty egg shells, bones, feathers)
• paint letters or words on small stones for spelling and sentence structure
• look at the items under a microscope
What types of natural materials are available to craft and learn within your corner of the world? I’d love to hear and see some of your crafting ideas. Please share

Lifestyle Family Photos

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Lifestyle family Photos

Create everlasting memories

 

Create a photo that will celebrate your life.

 

I am passionate about providing you with an incredible photography experience.

I will help you feel comfortable and relaxed to create a portrait you will treasure.

      

Nature in your Craft basket

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Amazing Art in Nature – Creating Classes with Creative Life Lessons—for Kids & Their Grown-Up’s

I am Brenda Nickolaus from Art in Nature and today I’m here to give you some ideas and inspiration for encouraging the little artists in our lives.  By Exploring nature creatively it helps  develop a child’s since of joy and wonder about the world around them.

I love including natural objects in my craft basket of goodies. It’s not uncommon to find feathers and pretty shells in my art supplies… It not only expands the creative experience but opens up so many learning opportunities with your littles!

 

Humans have been creating and learning with natural objects for 1000′s of years.  The planet is abundant with natural supplies – some are commonly found throughout the world, others are unique to one specific area.

When out collecting natural materials from your area, always remind your child how delicate the earth’s ecosystem is, and that you will only be collecting a limited amount, so that other creatures also have what they need.

What kind of supplies should you collect?  Here are a few of my suggestions:

Different colors and shapes of leaves * pine cones * acorns * empty nut shells * fallen bark * moss * rose hips * skeleton leaves * seed heads * different types of rocks * abandoned shells * driftwood * flowers for pressing * abandoned egg shells * feathers…just to name a few…

 

And remember to continue to explore nature throughout the seasons to observe the changes that have occurred and to discover new supplies that are found only during specific seasons.  Living in south Florida it takes a good eye to observe the subtle changes in our seasons but we do have them.  Collecting fallen acorn caps and smaller pine cones are something that our family looks forward to every Autumn!

While out searching for your new supplies, ask your child simple questions to start a conversation.  As you pick up each leaf, seedpod or shell remark on what the piece reminds you of.  For example a piece of driftwood may resemble the body of a duck, or a pine cone the body of an owl.  This will invoke the creative mind to see objects beyond simply what they are.

Or you may comment on how a certain shell reminds you of a storybook that you have read with your child or an interesting fact that you learned on a field trip together.  Having the child recall the information about the book or experience stimulates the analytical mind and sparks curiosity.

Now what to do with your new found treasures?

I have found craft books to be filled with great ideas, techniques and inspiration to stimulate the artistic mind.

Remember to keep in mind your child’s personality and keep it fun! My son is very analytical he liked to line everything up by size color…etc.(he still does) -Where my daughter is more the playful throw it all together and see what happens.

To stimulate the analytical mind use the collected materials as learning aids for:

  • pebbles or shells for counters in Math
  • create your own Nature table
  • Test magnetic principles, buoyancy (does is sink or float?), or electricity (does it conduct electricity?)
  • Botany (species of trees and plants)
  • Life cycles (plant the seedpod to see what grows!)
  • early man (how they created tools from stones and branches or used berry juice and bark for writing)
  • birds (empty egg shells, bones, feathers)
  • paint letters or words on small stones for spelling and sentence structure
  • look at the items under a microscope

You can also continue to think about using natural supplies when shopping for additional supplies such as:

  • natural beeswax instead of paraffin wax
  • wool felt instead of synthetic fibers
  • cotton fabrics instead of polyester or rayon
  • wool or cotton yarn instead of acrylic blends
  • wool roving instead of polyester stuffing
  • natural watercolor paints instead of oil-based paints
  • glass or metal containers instead of plastic options

What types of natural materials are available to craft and learn within your corner of the world?  I’d love to hear and see some of your crafting ideas. Please share below.

 

Chasing Dragons!

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chasing dragons…well drangonflies by the lake anyway!  taking a moment talking to a dragonfly….

beautiful red color#animalmesenger. Do you see dragonfly? The dragonfly, in general, is symbolic for transformation and change. It is something that connects us with the spirits of nature and offers us joy. When you notice a dragonfly in your life you are being called upon to transform and evolve into a better version of yourself. This spirit animal is sent to inspire those who have it as a totem in order to bring about the changes they need in life.

Yes Extravaganza!

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Are You Ready to Say YES!!!

Are you ready to join the YES Extravaganza???

All of August, I’ve been painting the word YES and experiencing the results! Wow! It has been amazing to experience and witness the energy of optimism, belief, trust and hope that has resulted!

Now, I get to share this experience with you! Yay!

You can search #YESextravaganza now to see what we are sharing (mostly on FB or Instagram–just type #YESextravaganza into any search bar and see what comes up!)

Go HERE http://bit.ly/BrendaYesExtravaganza  to join the YES Extravaganza!

Here’s a fun and easy way to start your YES painting!!

  1. Use any acrylic paints that you have and just start painting what you are saying YES to! Paint the words of your dreams, your ideas, how you want to feel….or simply paint the word YES!!!
  2. Then, just add color, doodles, drips…cover the white canvas!

You can see in the image above the amazing power of painting the word YES!!! I said yes to receiving all the love and blessing of the universe.  With every dot I tapped I counted my blessings.  Very meditative and a great reminder to me everyday to count my blessings!

Now it’s your turn….

TODAY…say YES to play!

…to TRYING something new!

…to believing that you CAN do it!

 

Thank you for wanting to be a part of the YES Extravaganza!

Share your progress with #YESextravaganza online so I can cheer you on!

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P.S. This is FREE and super fun! Simply go Go HERE http://bit.ly/BrendaYesExtravaganza  to join the YES Extravaganza!  to register & receive tips, instruction & community!

A Birthday Wish

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A birthday wish comes true!

A year ago today! I can’t believe it!  It all started with a call for help and extra hands from a friend that is the president of a Horse rescue. It was super hot and taking a break to walk around. And wanted to go visit some of the rescue horses they have there.  I just wanted to pet a horse. This was a photo Denise LeClair Robbins took of me with my first meeting with Cheyenne. Gosh this was a year ago today?! Wow! She came trotting over to me like she knew me! Not looking to fall in love but…she had me at “hello, pet me please, ignore all the others!’  I have been working with her for over 6 months now, visiting her 3 times a week. We have been working on the friendly game, yo yo, circling, backing up and just bonding , walking her, grooming and gaining her trust.

On May 6th 2016 I made it official and bought a horse! A Horse for my birthday! What girl doesn’t want that?  It’s been a road of trials and lots of training and just gaining her trust again. She has had a rough road and now it’s time to just relax graze and have fun.  She left ERAF in June and she went to a barn 10 minutes from my house to get use to a
new place and get some training with a trainer.  She is now going to another barn where I will have her boarded at a friend’s house and get to go see her everyday to be with her grooming, spending time in the pasture and continue on a light training, to keep her entertained and happy.  She basically needs lots of love and just be a horse.  And you know I’m ok with that.