How to Wake Up a Winter-Clouded Brain

Winter is hanging on tooth & nail and I needed a healthy outing. Just as spring fights its way here (gently I might add), I have to drag my poor tired, listless brain out for something different.

Thus: a meeting with a likeminded daughter at Starbucks.

Already I learned something new: The limited Tribute blend (dark cherry & spice). It was calling my name, and at a great price.

After some catch up time, and the 2-year-old grandson started to fidget, we ran some errands and ended up at Barnes & Noble searching for the illusive FLOW magazine (international).

My two copies




Thought provoking.



Fun things to do.



Articles of famous people.




The idea of women gathering together to hash out ideas, brainstorm articles and make colorful art is heartwarming, stimulating—electric!
Once again—it is not there.


Of course, we don’t give up; we keep searching the magazine racks, hoping that by continuing the search we can make FLOW appear!

Personally, I don’t buy them often, but borrow from my daughter. My shelf boasts only two copies. You see, it’s not a throw away magazine. It’s more of a book.

There wasn’t one magazine on any shelves that interested us…until we saw a new cover—bella Grace.



It’s new—3rd issue in the series, and it’s published in California. It says, “Life’s a Beautiful Journey,” on the eye-catching cover, but I still skimmed over it to find FLOW. When I came back to it, we were both picking it up.


Soft hues in the photographs, catchy quotes from famous people, color, and articles that speak to the creative at heart. Women together are creating peace, excitement, and beauty for all of us.









The wind blusters, slushy snow still covers much of the ground, clouds gray, and drama plays out in the sky, changing instantly from gray to bright sun. With all that going on,  I am encouraged by something as simple, but at the same time, as carefully thought out and well crafted as this magazine.

I see my first robin in the driveway when I get home and I wonder what on earth he is eating. Rain has let up, but it’s the treadmill for me and I wonder how long I will have to wait for a “good day” to venture out to another trail.

Tonight I can snuggle up with bella Grace and hot cocoa, and let my mind soak in new ideas, redone ideas, color, photos and exciting art. My winter-clouded brain will be stimulated…possibly to create!

Keep a sharp eye out for freshness and life. All we created ones have something to bring to encourage others. Love well.



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