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Spent the day melting down.

This is not particularly inspirational, but it does show something of what I go through. I like being inspiring, but I want you to know that I’m not just someone who speaks of happiness without knowing pain.

And so, this post is about my day.

I spent the day melting down entirely. My psychologist’s report cannot get here soon enough. I want to know what’s happening to me. :( Is it anxiety? Obsessive-compulsive disorder? Nuclear strength depression? Borderline personality disorder? What is it?

I wasn’t entirely unproductive today. I did start (restart?) my online store, and put two photos in it. Each photo has 3 sizes available, so that was 6 listings.

Sunday is my day of rest, so Monday will bring more photos to my store.

I know, it seems weird to have a day of rest. Maybe it doesn’t. I know it keeps me sane, though, so that’s why I make sure to not work on Sunday.

I may occasionally write a Sunday/religious themed post, but I’m trying not to. This blog is becoming my job, and I have to have a day of rest, or I’ll wind up taking it when I don’t want to.

And I don’t want another day like today. That was not fun at all.

Daily Quote #2 -The Value of Learning

This is the second in daily series of posts collecting wisdom from others on different subjects. Today’s theme is the value of learning. What can we learn, just by our own research? Learning happens in the classroom, but I almost wonder if more learning doesn’t happen in the midst of everyday things.

What do you think? Here’s what other people have said about the value of learning.


“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” — Albert Einstein (source: zenhabits)


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi (source: Goodreads)


“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” — Socrates (source: Goodreads)


“Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate life.” — Brigham Young (source: Goodreads)


“He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.” — Chinese Proverb (source: About.com Quotations)


“Learning never exhausts the mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci (source: Goodreads)


“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” — B.B. King (source: Goodreads)


“I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.” — Natalie Portman (source: Goodreads)


“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” — Albert Einstein (source: Goodreads)


What is the value of learning for you? What environments help you to learn things easily? Tell me in the comments.

Garnets and freshwater pearls in silver colored wire.

Photo and jewelry design, (c) 3 January 2012, Windy Johansen.

Daily Quote #1 – Strength and Courage

I’m going to try something new here. I intend to have several daily post series, but this one came to mind first.

Why a quote post? There’s so many smart people out there. I want to gather some of their wisdom and share it with you.

For this inaugural post, I’ve chosen the theme of strength and courage.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
— Mahatma Gandhi, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth (source: Goodreads)


“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President Of The United States (source: Inspiration Peak)


“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe (source: Beliefnet)


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Lao Tzu (source: Goodreads)


“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus (source: Goodreads)


“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
― Dalai Lama XIV (source: Goodreads)


“In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
― Drew Barrymore (source: Goodreads)


Both strength and courage give us so many opportunities to live a full, vibrant life. What have these qualities brought to you?

Green Rainbow

Green Rainbow (c) Windy Johansen.

Adventures on Sunday morning.

I’ve been working to get this site going, and now I can’t see my blog’s homepage as the homepage.

O______o;;

Oh dear. I’m still working on this, so maybe it will sort itself out.

In other news, I’m writing lots of poetry. I want to make a book of my best poems and my best photography, but it’s so hard to get the courage to do that.

Back to playing with WordPress to get it to give me the right homepage. >_< Have fun! ETA: I actually got the homepage to display correctly by getting rid of the little homepage I wrote a couple of days ago. It looked like it walked right out of 2000 or something, but I wrote all the code for it! LOL Oh one of these days, I will have more of my site coded by me, myself, and I. but for right now, I'm letting more knowledge-filled people handle that.

A first, but at the end of the month.

So I’ve been working on this thing for most of the day. and it’s here now. I’m going to paste a few links in, because I won’t be digging into this until tomorrow, and I want you all to be able to talk to me, even if things aren’t what I need them to be yet. So.

I’m glad you’ve come by, even if everything’s still full of sawdust, so to speak.

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"Lightning Wheel" (c) 18 January 2010, Windy Johansen

“Lightning Wheel” (c) 18 January 2010, Windy Johansen

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