Birthday Blessings

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hi Everyone,
Birthdays are milestones on our journey through life… they give us a chance to pause and reflect on where we have been, to think about where we are heading, and to give thanks for the incredible blessing of being alive. And this year I am especially grateful for the wonderful people I’ve encountered in the Zenspirations® community, and the blossoming friendships forming. I was truly overwhelmed by the hundreds of beautiful and thoughtful cards and messages I received this year. I wish I could thank everyone individually, but since I am still going through all the messages, I thought I’d share the heartfelt thank you design I posted on my Facebook page:

In addition to all of the supportive and congratulatory messages, my new book, L’Chaim: Celebrate Life… Judaic Expressions to Color & Inspire, arrived just in time for my birthday, which made it an extra-special celebration. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon, and is scheduled to ship November 10th.                

It’s hard to believe, but this is the fourth Create, Color, Pattern, Play book to be published in the past two months! (If you are keeping count, Birds & Butterflies and Expressions of Faith were released at the end of September; the mini ‘portable’ Color Peace came out at the beginning of October, and L’Chaim: Celebrate Life will be available this month.) Flowers of Faith, which I’m working on now, has been fast-tracked, so it should also be available by the end of November.

For me, the best part of the new titles is that we’ve added 16 full color pages to the front of the books, most of which are dedicated to the ‘inspiration galleries’ showcasing the myriad of ways that people interpret the same design. I am frankly in awe of the amazing images which are being shared, and invite you to check out the latest albums in the Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group, to get a sneak peak at some of the images which will be included in Flowers of Faith. Here is the link:

 I feel so grateful to be part of this incredible creative community… to be in an ongoing creative collaboration with people all over the world means more than I can express. In fact, in celebration of the phenomenon, I’m working on a new business card:

I’m planning to put the contact info on the reverse side… and would welcome your comments. 

The ‘fast-tracking’ of the Flowers of Faith book somewhat derailed my schedule this week, so I must regretfully postpone posting the results of last week’s contest until next week… but I am deeply appreciative of all the thoughtful responses you shared, and will let you know how the product development process is going.
Stay Zenspired,

8 thoughts on “Birthday Blessings”

  1. Happy Birthday!!! I am so happy to be a part of your journey your books are so inspiring and calming to the soul it is very hard to choose a favorite. I am so behind on everything to let you know how far behind I am I have just received the first issue of DO Magazine that you are featured in and I love it so much I subscribed to it. Have you any thoughts about a monthly book or something we could subscribe to that would insure we would receive something you made throughout the year. Just something to think about and you could advertise your other books in it too. I would defiantly subscribe to it. Hope you had a fabulous birthday. 🙂

  2. The other wonderful thing about other people's birthdays, is it gives their loved ones an excuse to tell them how much the person means to them! For many, it's hard to just tell a friend that you care; that you appreciate them. But on their birthday it seems like a natural time to share those feelings.
    My advise- don't wait. You never know what tomorrow brings. Tell them NOW!

  3. Looks like we share a birthday, so Happy Birthday to Us! Hope your day is wonderful, Joanne.

  4. besides wishing you a very happy birthday, i'll want you to know how inspiring i find your blog and projects.
    Happy Birthday and Thank you

  5. WOW 4 books in 2 months! We all know how dedicated you are! <3 Love the new business card too! 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday! I hope your celebration is memorable and filled with love and laughter.

    Thank you for your books!

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