Who I am and Why I am Here! 2015…

It is 2015! Wow, how time does fly….I am not new to blogging but I want to review, learn new things with WordPress Blogging 101, and make changes that may take me in new directions!

I originally began this blog and website to create a professional on-line presence, sharing the things that are part of who I am~human development and family education and art/design. In Lifeweavings: A Creative Journey, my focus has been ~“The art of life…creativity in human development and artistic expression.” 

My first blog post was March 2011. 

“Today I am beginning this new blog…It’s good to have you here to begin this journey with me! I believe we are all weaving our own individual lives as we meet the challenges and joys of each and every day. Whether we are artists by trade or of life, creative problem-solving is a helpful tool. In our complex times, simple answers and solutions are not always available and exploring many possibilities is required.”

I am here to explore the principles of creativity in living daily life, and as an artist in designing and creating self-expressions to share my process and journey. These themes and ideas have been a continuing interest of mine.

If you also enjoy the creative process, want to consider ways creativity can enhance life experiences and family challenges, or are an artistic, creative person looking for encouragement and ideas, I invite you to visit this blog often!  

Welcome….

HOPE for a CURE~VT Relay For Life 2012

Relay For Life is a support and encouragement to families and individuals who have been touched by the challenges of living with cancer and in memory to those whose cancer struggle has ended. 

Virginia Tech is where we “Relay For Life” every year. VT was the top fund-raiser among universities in 2011, raising more than $600,000, and the student planned and implemented event is an inspiring experience.

See Virginia Tech: Relay for Life 2011 video (youtube.com)

VTHOPE, (c) 2012, Joni Beach.

This year every person at the microphone began by saying, Why I Relay...“. The answers included “because of my mother …grandmother …roommate …uncle …father… friend…sister…brother, etc.”  

See video— Virginia Tech Relay For Life 2012

As I look at the energetic, dedicated, youthful faces around me, who will walk, run, and stay up all night for this event, I am struck with the thought that perhaps it will be from this generation that a CURE will be found…

HOPE Illuminaries, (c )2012, Joni Beach.
HOPE Illuminaries, (c) 2012, Joni Beach.

HOPE for a CURE.

Blessings, Hope, and Peace to all individuals and their families who are dealing with cancer.

Rural Art~~Making Something Out of Nothing

A trip to the countryside can yield many rural art objects. These are visual delights, made from whatever is around…such as old tools, wood, flowers, or rocks. It is an informal process of taking ordinary items and giving them a new purpose or meaning.

Spring Blossoms and a Rusty Pump, (c)2012 Joni Beach.
Spring Blossoms & a Rusty Pump, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

Spring flowers + a rusty old pump…

Where's The Herbs?, (c)2012, Joni Beach.
Where's The Herbs?, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

A piece of wood with scratched on letters–on a fence…

Tree Limb Bench, (c)2012, Joni Beach.
Tree Limb Bench & Twig Basket, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

Limbs from a tree nailed together and twigs woven into a basket… And, scraps of wood, bolts, rod, and paint mounted on a post.

Flying With The Wind, (c)2012 Joni Beach.
Flying With The Wind, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

How many times in our lives and families are we required to do the same? Take what we have on hand…certain resources, opportunities, or situations…and improvise and adapt responses and ways of living to meet a challenge? For example, when a person’s dreams and job goals do not develop exactly as planned after school, a person may find creative ways to make a living, earn income, or begin a business. Or, when a loved one develops a chronic illness, families find new ways to meet the normal daily schedule, while at the same time adjusting to a “new normal”.

In life, as in rural art, creative solutions require improvising, adapting, and designing novel outcomes…

Out of seemingly ordinary things.