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Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith – NewDigitalScapes

“Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work”. St. Therese of Lisieux

Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s ... Walter

Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s... pier and flower in meditation

Do you love art, words, music, photography, texture, color, and poetry? I know a place that will give you some respite from your hectic day. Walter Smith is a gifted artist/writer who creates words and art for contemporary mindfulness on his blog – New DigitalScapes . If you spend loads of time on the internet, surfing from site to site, either for work or pleasure, it does get monotonous but never on NewDigitalScapes. When a fellow blogger, LesLee Hare, introduced me to Walter’s artistry several months ago, I was impressed by his abstract forms, his skill with color and texture, his honesty and mastery with words; words he weaves into the fabric of his paintings, pictures, and other creative expressions on his blog. I also found his work soothing in a hypnotic, healing way.

When we chatted online, I found out that the man behind the work is a down to earth, kind, and reflective father, grandpa and friend. Since that first connection, I have looked forward to Walter’s artistic work and I invite you to welcome Walter as our Featured Blogger for this week’s Get to Know series. Leave him a comment here and do visit his blog to learn more about his work and craft.

What has been your biggest life Challenge?                                               
Without any hesitation, I would have to say my biggest life challenge has been maintaining my recovery from years of substance abuse. It has been nine years of total sobriety. I am very proud of that fact. But I never lose sight of what it means and what is was like to be an addict, nor how significant and beautiful life is when not escaping from reality. What I have discovered in this process is how important acceptance of the addiction is, seeking support with honest intent and personal accountability. Personal accountability is the key, I believe, that truly makes recovery possible and sustainable. You have to look at yourself in the mirror, alone, every day and say I love myself enough to make it through this day.

How does your creativity come to you; the process?
The source of my creativity and its methodology continues to be a work in progress. I recently published various posts on my art blog: n e w d i g i t a l s c a p es, examining the different influences that have, over the years, led to my creative way of thinking about art and the arts in general. The one thing that I can readily point to as being the most influential force on my art is my life experience. Personal and intimate to my sense of awareness, it has been my goal, to translate this experience into various forms of art.

The process is digital in nature, the computer being the primary tool for creating. I began using the computer for art, and video in 1985. In the 1970’s, I attended art school and studied painting, but found that particular form of expression did not meet my needs. I wanted to be able to transform my environment, and relate experiences into art in “real-time”.
Over the years, my art and the digital process has evolved, however, its consistency can be found in its ability to explore a multitude of intricate, abstract and micro-tonal possibilities. The most important thing I would like to achieve in the process of creating is establishing a rhythm in my own inner intuition—feeling its energy transform itself into every work I create.

Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s... in the lightness of being blue

Featured Blogger: Walter W. Smith - N e w D i g i t a l S c a p e s... mind in mirrored meditation

Where did you grow up and why do you blog?
I am originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and now I reside in Gray Court, South Carolina. I lived in Philadelphia the majority of my life until I moved here in 2002. I was raised by my grandmother, mother and older sister. It was their kind and nurturing approach to my upbringing that has helped me understand the importance of compassion, empathy and unconditional love for others. I began blogging in December of 2010, and the main reason was to provide another vehicle for my art in the new internet media.

In the process, I connected with and was impressed by a fellow blogger, Leslee Hare and her blog All About Enlightenment… and then other connections followed. I’ve always enjoyed writing as well, and have used prose and poetry in my visual work for years. Blogging seemed like the perfect process for combining the two. One of the more significant discoveries about blogging I have found and enjoy is the meeting of the minds. I am an introvert at heart and welcome the opportunity to meet others with common and diverse interests while simultaneously developing friendships.

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Featured Blogger: Lee Romano Sequeira – Madness Mom and Me…

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers

Featured Blogger: Lee Romano Sequeira - Madness Mom and Me... Lee

Featured Blogger: Lee Romano Sequeira - Madness Mom and Me... Lee's Blog

When Lee Romano Sequeira and I first discussed featuring her in the series, I assumed she had one blog, Madness Mom and Me – Desperately Seeking Sanity in a NJ Italian family; where she shares humorous stories about her New Jersey Italian family, and one dedicated website, Peg’s Presents; created in honor of her late Mom – Peg. But the truth is that Lee is involved in quite a few wonderful creative projects, a small business, and a start-up. She is a founding member, with our own Barb Hammond and Doreen Creede, of   The Blogstress Network; a site dedicated to supporting and showcasing bloggers. She is also owner of Good To be You Spa; an online boutique where she offers girl spa treats, beauty goodies, and fashionable wardrobe problem solvers. When Lee is not running around handling orders and giving them, she finds time for humor and good cheer.

Lee and I connected through Barb’s blog ZeroTo60andBeyond and I love her witty comments and keen perspective on life. She lives in Philadelphia with hubby/business partner and two adorable dogs. I’m delighted to introduce Lee as this week’s Featured “Get To Know” Blogger. Please join me in welcoming her, leave her a comment here, and visit her blog to say hello! :-)

What things in life make you happy?
Good wine, laughs, back-rubs, my adorable terriers and my hubby (not in that order, of course). Also, my fond memories of my family, especially my mom and dad — we really had some fun times over the years.

What makes you sad?
Those wonderful family memories I cherish can make me smile one minute and make me break down in tears the next. I miss my parents so much it can sting hard some days.

Where did you grow up and why do you blog?
I grew up in Dover, NJ — A pretty eclectic old town – like a mini city. We were just about 45 minutes from New York City, yet close enough to the Jersey shore — it was the best of both worlds. I have many warm and hilarious memories of growing up in a slightly insane, yet totally lovable New Jersey Italian family. Now I live in Philadelphia with my husband/business partner and two sweet and spunky terriers. No matter what else is going on, I always enjoy a daily dose of crazy humor…
Why I blog?
My blog is a tribute to the very fond memories of my childhood, and the woman who was, and still is, a muse and a best friend. I share many of the stories I heard growing up, as well as some bits of my family’s craziness that I witnessed as a kid, a teen and yes, into my adult years.  My family always had a supply of quirky stories, so I share snippets of them in MADNESS MOM AND ME – Desperately Seeking Sanity in an NJ Italian family.

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Featured Blogger: Ronae Jull – JRRSE Hope Coaching

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Featured Blogger: Ronae Jull – JRRSE Hope Coaching.... Ronae Jull aka RJ

Ronae Jull; Coach, Author, Mom of four, Graduate Student, and Blogger/Owner of JRRSE Hope Coaching, dedicates her coaching skills and time to helping others learn how to parent teens, adult children, and thrive in difficult economic conditions. She maintains a hectic work, coaching and blogging schedule, and has a chestful of experiences that she brings to her interactions with coaching clients. The JRRSE is an acronym formed from the first letters of her and her children’s names, while Hope is a reminder of what keeps her going. Ronae Jull, or RJ as she is fondly called, and I met through the Blog Farm, and I’m delighted to welcome her today as as this week’s Featured “Get To Know” Blogger. Please leave her a comment here, and visit her blog to say hello! :-)
What keeps you busy and how do you unwind?
I work nearly full time every weekend, work half time at the university, work on my research for my graduate program there, spend time with my coaching clients and write a new blog nearly every day. I’m also a regular featured author on a couple of additional sites: each Wednesday I have a guest post at the international Inspirational Woman Magazine blog, I have a weekly article each Thursday at Adams Organizing, each Saturday my articles are in the motherhood blogs / relationships section of voiceBoks, and finally I’m a regular guest on the Dr. Carol Show where I discuss some of the deeper issues that have received great response on my blog such as domestic violence and abuse allegations between co-parenting moms and dads.

I have quite a few ways to unwind; I love to work in my garden, spend time reading each evening before I go to sleep, take special weekends to catch up with family and friends, and give back to others through mentoring and volunteering as a VIP sponsor for Love Drop.  I have learned to prioritize what is important to me, and to say ‘no’ when asked to take on something that doesn’t fit into what I’m driving for right now. My youngest son is 19 and while I still engage frequently with him, he lives on his own so the time commitment I have dedicated to “mom” has changed rather dramatically over the past year. Now I have the privilege of putting on the “grandma” hat and I’ve got to say I positively relish the role.

“Cherish your visions and your dreams. They are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” ~Napoleon Hill

Featured Blogger: Ronae Jull – JRRSE Hope Coaching... Jeremy & Mason, RJ's son and grandson

Where did you grow up and why do you blog?
I was born in northern CA, delivered by my paternal grandfather/doctor, while my parents were visiting from Arizona. That seemed to start the pattern for the next many years of my life: we moved a lot! Dad was a preacher for an ultra-conservative denomination, and until I was 16,  we lived in AZ, CA, NE, MA, MI, BC, and WA. I didn’t know what “roots” were for many years, and still don’t appreciate them much.  My growing up years, and recovery from them, shaped who I became as an adult. There is very little I can remember as a positive from being a child or teen; my family was super-dysfunctional, lacking only substance abuse to make the behaviors make sense. It wasn’t until years later that I learned that my responses were a normal part of living under constant trauma.

Having now lived what I call the “Recovery Lifestyle” for over 20 years (and lived in one place – with a few nomadic moments thrown in – for 30 years), I am grateful for those tough times. Those experiences, and my nearly 30 years of being a single mom to four kids, give endless inspiration for blog posts and Coaching services. For most of my adult life, I’ve worked at least part time as a Life Coach in various settings, and hold probably millions of secrets and struggles inside my head. My greatest joy is walking with someone (especially single moms and teenagers) through recovery from “tough stuff,” helping them find solutions, healthy perspectives, and true recovery.

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