About me and how it began

Epic Corners of the World

My name is Denise and I’ve started travelling after finishing High School.
I live in mid europe but technically I call many places my home while on the road.

Why did I start travelling?

Like for most people it started with my year abroad. After High School I’ve decided that I was not really willing for work yet so I planned my get away. It’s been my life long dream to go to the USA and so I’ve just made it become reality.
I went to an international school in California where I met people from all over the world all nationalities, religions and customs. And that’s when I realized that this is what I am really interested in – what I really love.

To get to know different people, lifestyles and customs. See places I only know from TV and books. Make those pictures a real life experience.

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Who Do You Love? – Influential musician/bands

MidiMike

I am fairly new to the blogging world, but after a few months I have learned a lot. Recently, I was amazed at the response and the thoughtfulness in the lists provided by other bloggers in the community  on my Love/Hate post. Comments mentioned knowing me a little better and with so many of you posting your list I have been able to know some of you better as well. In addition to that, I thought it was actually a lot of fun. I would like to suggest another sharing of ideas. I would LOVE to have your thoughts on bands, artists and musicians that have influenced your life. I do not want to restrict this to bands per se, but to include individuals, songs, groups and bands or musicians. I will continue to post articles highlighting bands you may not be familiar with and I hope your answers will make…

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What are you seeing?

Life and Light

Someone asked me the other day, “how do I decide what to paint?” It’s a good question and one I get asked a lot in my classes. I know it has to come from the heart, it has to stir something in me. Then I came across this quote from Degas, and it got me thinking…..

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” ~ Edgar Degas

This painting is one of my Midnight Marauder series from First Arm in Doubtful Sound. In the wildness and feeling the closeness…

“Midnight Marauders” – Doubtful Sound, oil on canvas, 35x60cm

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness” – John Muir

I know what it stirred in me… but what do you see?

Let me know….

You can see more if my paintings at www.ianhamlin.co.nz

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Compliments That Aren’t About Physical Appearance

Dorkchops

Compliments

A lot of the time we get complimented on the way we look and we start to think that it’s the most valued quality about ourselves but it’s important to notice how skilled we are and how empowered we are as individuals. I found this list below that has a number of compliments we can start using that focus on how great we are on the inside. I hope that all of you will be able to use these compliments from now on! =)

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1. You’re empowering

2. I like your voice

3. You’re strong

4. I think your ideas/beliefs matter

5. I’m so happy you exist

6. More people should be listening to what you have to say

7. You’re a very warm hearted person

8. It’s nice seeing such kindness

9. You’re very down to earth

10. You have a beautiful soul

11. You inspire me to become…

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Fourth Book Under Way – Finally!

The Main Focus

Sorry that it has been a while since I blogged or posted. Life and a busy summer has kept me from being as consistent on blog as usual. Monday was my birthday but I was too busy to blog even then. I was given a birthday present today in the discount of publication for my fourth book and second novel. Yeah! Great news that my fourth book is in production now with publishers. I’ve been working on manuscript all summer to get it ready to submit to publishers. Problem is – you are never ready when it comes to publishing. I spent a bit longer on this book than others in the past. It took me four months to write completely. My thoughts came in spurts this time. I added and increased my content to book gradually. The name of this fictional novel is Wounded Heart In Flight. It is…

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