29 Nov

Before the Creative Process


1. Go Within
Trust is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whate’er you may believe.
there is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fulness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception—which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error; 
and , to KNOW,
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape, 
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.
~Robert Browning
2. Be Still and Know
…it is silence that will lead you into profound stillness, and it is stillness that attunes you to the still, small voice of intuitive guidance.
~Michael Beckwith
There is a guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word.
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
~Eckhart Tolle
3. Take Your Foot Off the Brake
The only decision you have to make is the decision to begin.  The decisions “what to do” and “which way to go” should not be made; they should be discovered.
~Eric Butterworth
..take the brakes off, throw away the rearview mirror that only sees the past, and live the life you were destined for.  
~Michael Beckwith
4. Give Thanks
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” 
~Thornton Wilder
5. Live With JOY
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within
~Eckhart Tolle
6. Stay Present
Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives.
~Wayne Dyer
7. Let Love Guide You
To love is to recognize yourself in another.  
~Eckhart Tolle
8. Exercise Trust
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.  So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.  You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.  This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.  
~Steve Jobs
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
Dreama Tolle Perry Log
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  1. Shameh Hines


  2. Anonymous

    Grateful for a month of gratitude with everyone.

  3. Anonymous

    Heavy rains pelting the windows.
    Gutters overflowing.
    Winds downing leaves and clogging drains.
    But inside it’s warm and peaceful.
    A warm dry home is a gift everyone should have.
    I am truly grateful for mine.
    Fran C. San Francisco

  4. I’m grateful to you for giving us all the chance to win these wonderful prizes! Thank you!

  5. Anonymous

    I am grateful for surprises. Thanks Dreama for all the fun and suspense this month! Ginger j

  6. I am grateful when my nine-year-old, fussy-eater son eats a good dinner!

  7. I’m thankful for the stillness of the quiet time just before bedtime. Seeing the full moon above and remembering all that God showed me today.

  8. Katherine Baker

    Today I am grateful for organic farmers who respect the earth enough to provide us with healthy food, while not harming the environment.

  9. Starr Hull

    I am thankful for several days in a row of sunshine. Everything looks brighter when the sun shines.

  10. Anonymous

    Grateful for my son and daughter who will make me a grandmother again.

    Joanna Cranford

  11. I am grateful for my friend Barb who is strong and brave. And I am really thankful for the -30 weather as this means lots of sunshine…at least when the sun is up over the horizon! 😉 Shawna

  12. Gratitude for art in my life and the struggle to silence the crtitic in my head and listen to my heart. Your month of gratitude has helped that excericise greatly.

  13. I am grateful for Christmas twinkling lights, they warm my heart.

  14. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the post today, especially the quote from Michael Beckwith – take the brakes off and throw away the rear view mirror! It has taken me an inordinate amount of time, but I can finally say I have made progress in the forward moving process, which makes me quite joyful.
    Karen Gifford

  15. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my Thursday painting class. Not one of my better paintings, but a good learning experience with a great group of artist friends.

    Judith B

  16. Gaylynn

    Thankful for a good day at school.

  17. Hi Dreama, I am thankful for Family & Friends.

  18. Anonymous

    Thankful for my 2 daughters, my son and my son-in-law and for my beautiful grandson! vicki morgan

  19. Marcia Fox

    Today I’m grateful to be looking forward to a fun filled week-end. Baby shower for our first granddaughter! Can’t wait! She’s due Feb. 27th! Little Brianna Lynn!

  20. I am grateful that I had the courage (gulp!!) to enter three pieces into the Randy Higbee 6″ Squared Show and even more grateful that two of them were chosen to be in the show.

  21. Anonymous

    Thanks for my daughter in law
    Frances Theresa

  22. I am grateful for the SC weather. We have so many sunny days to get out and enjoy walks and talks.

  23. I am grateful that I am able to be present in the moment. These past 14 and a half years have taught me that. Though it was really a specific moment in time that clarified it for me. Then just practice practice practice. But the being grateful for each living breathing moment no matter how painful, no matter how wonderful, no matter how boring, no matter how just there it is. That is what I am grateful for.

  24. I am grateful for a God who knows me and loves me!

  25. Today I am grateful for the internet -what an amazing source of inspiration!! However, my lack of time control is an issue -I get all inspired and by then there is little time to actually make it into the studio 🙁

  26. I’m thankful I just found out I’m going to be a GRANDMOTHER!!!

  27. My mother-in-law and our whole extended family are grateful we live in a country with such excellent medical care. Mom, at the age of 86, will be scheduled for open heart surgery sometime in the next week. We are also grateful God hears our prayers!

    Cyndy Allen

  28. Thanks for such a wonderful month of gratitutde Dreama! I a grateful that I found you in cyberspace and got to meet you in person! You are a gem!

  29. MDS

    My gratitude today goes to: coffee, warm bread, and good quality chocolate!

  30. Joy

    I am grateful to having a happy and supportive team enviroment at my work.

  31. Anonymous

    I’m thankful for all the people that ART has brought into my life over the past 8 years… new friends to paint with, and many artists I’ve discovered online by trolling for images that reach out and inspire me. That includes Dreama! 😉
    Lin Haaksma

  32. I’m thankful for receiving your beautiful paintings every day. Did you know that your cat and my cat could be twins?!

  33. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the little moments when an angel helps me to connect the dots…..the ‘Aha moments”, when you look at your life and say wow, now I get it, just for today…….

  34. Anonymous

    I am thankful to have been a part of a most inspirational journey to restore my inner self. Thanks a million,Dreama.
    Annette Proimos

  35. I love all your quotes. And this month of gratitude has been a helpful journey inward to reconnect with what is really important.

  36. Today I am thankful for Dreama’s generosity in sharing her inspiration and making so many people happy with the wonderful gifts she has given each day of November. It has been something I’ve looked forward to each day and she has certainly made a difference in my life by doing this! Hugs, Dreama!

  37. One of the reasons I am most grateful is that I am married to my best friend. 30 years and he still makes me laugh 🙂

  38. Anonymous

    A very frazzled shopper at BB&B complained to strangers about “so much money being spent for just one day” (Christmas). Today I am thankful that our family is doing a Secret Santa (buying for only one person with a set $ amount). It’s been fun this year!
    Fran C. – San Francisco

  39. june

    I so very much needed and am grateful for this very special and important to-do list. This entire month of gratitude has been so inspiring, so uplifting, so encouraging. But also, it is so very special because it’s from you, from your heart and from your generous and loving spirit.
    Thank you so much for all that you have shared with us Dreama – your words, your beautiful art and all these gifts you have given to each of us. I am grateful for you!

  40. Martha Morris

    I am thankful for the participation of my soul when I paint! She gives me red.

  41. Today I am most grateful for my wonderful husband and 25 years, today, of wedded bliss! I am so blessed not only today, but everyday to have him in my life!

  42. I’m grateful for other artists who are brave enough to be truthful, and wise enough to be kind with their critiques.

  43. Anonymous

    I am so thankful for the gift of life, and the uncertainties that it holds!
    Brenda Smith

  44. Peggy in NC

    I am grateful for the gift of good healthcare for my children.

  45. I am grateful for the leafless trees – the way the sunlight catches the twists and turns of the branches as they reach toward a clear blue sky. Marvelous!

  46. Diana

    I’m thankful for the sunshine coming thru the window right this very second. love,Diana

  47. Debra

    I am grateful for your site Dreama, that I know will always bring a smile to my face.

  48. Anonymous

    I am grateful for long time friends. Friends that knew my parents and I knew theirs.
    Barb Krell

  49. Anonymous

    My husband and I are grateful everyday for each other. Sharon smith

  50. I am grateful to still have my parents alive and well. Dad is a WWII veteran and plays golf a couple of times a week.

  51. Today I am grateful for having an entire day to spend in my studio, even if I spend it cleaning.

  52. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful for this dark, stormy day! Perfect for staying indoors and creating a beautiful work of art!

    Linda Perrin

  53. Marcia

    Grateful for the birdies outside my window. They make me smile when they come to eat and play at the bird feeder there.

  54. Jeanne

    Today I am grateful, as ever, for Dreama and her wonderful art and blog that shares with us daily. Today, point number 3 really struck home: Take Your Foot Off the Brake. I have made the commitment to keep moving forward even when others might think me foolish. Thanks Dreama!

  55. I am grateful that yesterday I had one on one time with my daughter.

  56. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful for uplifting music and the ability to hear it!
    Charlotte Stewart

  57. Today I am grateful for having the freedom of self expression. There are many who do not have that freedom around the world to say what we want, write want we want and paint what we want.

  58. I’m thankful that I don’t fall into the trap of “I don’t have enough time” to paint or be creative. I hear that a lot from artists or in general and wonder how much time that person spends watching tv and on the internet. 🙂 i’m grateful I carve out time to do the things that really matter to me.

  59. I am grateful for the opportunity we have present always…that is to pray to God.

  60. Grateful for friends! The seeds in the garden of life!

  61. I am grateful that I recently became very aware that most artists, if not all, sense a connection with God when they perform their craft. This is probably the most exciting realization possible.

  62. I’m grateful to be learning to play the piano my mother and aunt learned on. I am grateful to my Grandmother “Nana” (who was from Ft. Thomas, KY) who gave me the piano. I am also grateful to have a wonderful piano teacher and friend in Arleen!

  63. Anonymous

    Today I’m most thankful for my new phone& my husband who bought it for me! I have had several phones in the past but I couldn’t figure them out. This phone is “user friendly” and put my in touch with you first thru a simple “friend request from me”. With this artist friendly phone with “icons” I found myself” blogging” for the first time. I have only known Dreama since. November. 21st or so. I love waking up to find what wonderful words of wisdom and beautiful colorful painting to inspire me for the day. You are a precious gift from above to many people. To quote Robert Schuller”God loves you and so do I.” Thank you Nancy Piros

  64. Anonymous

    I am grateful for Lilly Rose, who squeezes in
    the chair next to me while sending this email
    (she likes looking at the pin up photos of
    Eddie haha)… but most of all, grateful for
    a such a true post…and the reminders of
    how much good there is — if we but listen.
    Monica Dahl

  65. Jolene Gailey

    time for me to say how grateful I am for you, Dreama, for the beautiful person that you are that shows up in every brushstroke. Your paintings, your inspirational thoughts, both quoted and original, give me so much every day. They lift me up and encourage me on.

  66. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the many birds at my feeder who give me great joy. Lorraine Kendel

  67. Dana

    I am grateful for Annie-in-and-out, our fabulous Manx cat who keeps our barn rodent free and our hearts full of love!

  68. Anonymous

    Thank-you for your timely inspiration. I am grateful for my family, friends and health.

  69. Grateful for the late round of golf yesterday to see the sun set over the San Jacinto mountains and watch the sky turn every shade of purple, lavender and pink you would ever want to paint. The mountains are breathtakingly beautiful.
    Maybe that is why Dr. Seuss said,”You’re off to great places, today is the day; your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!

  70. Anonymous

    I am grateful for this moment when I can read what fellow artists are grateful for and to review my own gratitude list.

    Carol Argue

  71. I am grateful for all the inspiration you have shared with us. I look forward to another day of painting. My list of ideas keeps growing. Dianne Kern

  72. I am grateful for this wonderful month of inspiration you have given us. Thank you.

  73. Anonymous

    I am grateful for today’s post because it reinforces my efforts of meditation. I am finding many benefits. Thanks for your beautiful words.
    Mary Moran

  74. Anonymous

    I am thankful for a whole month’s worth of encouragement and inspiration sent to me by you, Dreama. Thank you!

    Susan Johnson

  75. Ellen A.

    I am enjoying your blog so much. I am grateful to you for taking the time to remind us to look inward and think about each of our moments spent here on this earth and in the company of others. Happy Holidays to you all.

  76. Anonymous

    Thankful for the comforts of a warm home.
    Brrr… it is cold outside.

    Etta Hermann

  77. Anonymous

    I’m thankful for the little boy who dreamed of being a doctor and grew up to be the surgeon that saved my mother’s life.

  78. I am thankful for Christmas songs, they give me good feelings and memories of my childhood growing up. Another thing I am grateful this morning is that I love waking up in the mornings after good dreams of being in my grand parent’s homes.

  79. Christine Allison


    I am grateful for such a BEAUTIFUL morning, today’s post and for you. You are a bright spot for so many people with your positive attitude and words of encouragement. It takes so much time just to put together a blog but you have taken yours a step further. You have filled it with love, commitment and effort and you have done it well. And now you have topped yourself by actively getting others to join in and become aware of the things in their lives for which they are grateful but that we usually just take for granted. And todays quotes were just what I needed. They reminded me to let go and let God.

    I would in turn like to leave you with a quote from one of the smartest and most influential women in my life, my grandmother. One of the many things she used to tell me was, “Don’t ever feel sorry for yourself because no matter how bad you have it there is always someone that is worse off than you and you don’t have to look very far to find them.” ~ Mary Boor And after all these years she still helps me to keep my life in perspective.

    So thank you for the morning inspiration. What a way to start the day! :o) (Sorry this is such a long post but…….you inspired me! :o)


  80. I am thankful for young men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. Sue

  81. Anonymous

    today I am thankful for good friends to share a meal together, play games, and celebrate the Christmas season.
    Linda White

  82. I am grateful for you Dreama and for five months of adventure travelling around this wonderful country teaching people to loosen up and find their Paint Mojo and for my wonderful husband who was ok with me spreading my wings and fulfilling my dream even though he has been lonely without me and my two beautiful girls who inspire me and for my home and my own bed waiting for me when I arrive back next week :)))

  83. Anonymous

    I am thankful for a sunny morning at home, perfect for painting.
    Barbara Vater
    Middleton WI

  84. Today I’m grateful for the nurses and cna’s that take care of my mother. She has been in a nursing home for 7 yrs and her health is slowly deteriorating. Without the attention and care of the staff I would not have the time I have had with her.

  85. I’m grateful that both of my children are married to ( and will marry) their best friends.

  86. Wow – #3 is my favorite today! Thanks for these reminders. Today I am thankful for a warm bed to sleep in each night, a bed that I know the mattress and the pillow for optimum rest and the warmth of the blankets – and the warmth of my DH and my critters that sleep with me. I am thankful for the chance to be cozy.

  87. Anonymous

    I am grateful today that I have the time and the space to invite friends over for a Christmas get together and that I am able to go to the church to help set up for the Christmas bazaar. I am grateful each morning when I check to see what inspiration and wisdom your site will give to me. Thank you Dreama! And, lets not forget Eddie for the laughs he provides! Jane A. Walker

  88. Anonymous

    Grateful for 2 friends of 56 years….getting together today…friendship is a gift…

    Cathy J

  89. I am grateful for GRAND children. They help me see the way.

  90. I am grateful that my calendar is clearing and I can slow down and enjoy life a bit more.

  91. I am grateful that we live in the blogosphere and have all gotten to know each other!

  92. Ruth Roberts

    What a beautiful list, Dreama. Today I’ll just be grateful for that.

  93. Anonymous

    I am grateful for you Dreama. I feel very fortunate that our paths crossed several years ago. You were then and continue to be an inspiration not just as an artist, but also as a human being. Eddie continues to be a source of amusement. Please thank him for me! S. Simpson

  94. Anonymous

    Today I am thankful to live in modern times – having access to so much on the internet, being able to connect with people you might not ever meet otherwise, all the great restaurants we have access to, etc., etc.
    Sue vanT

  95. margene parker

    Thank you for your words, I am so thankful I found your page, great way to start my day.

  96. Nancy

    I’m grateful for playfulness.

  97. Numbers 3 (take foot off brake) and 7 (let love guide you) rang especially true with my heart. Thank you for these.
    Today is a wonderful day and I am grateful for so many choices and opportunities in my life as well as for being open to unseen guidance.
    Joan Terrell

  98. Deb LaRocque

    I think I am going to repeat myself but today I am grateful for the wonderful people at my church that put on funeral lunches. This is the fifth one this month. A team is on for a month at a time. They set up the room, prepare some of the food (some is donated by parishoners)and clean up. They are there a good portion of the day. Today when I dropped food off they were hard at work getting things going. My family has benefitted from this service twice and I know from personal experience it is appreciated. So to all who provide this service “THANK YOU!!!!”

  99. This morning I have decided to be grateful for the paper delivery car with the noisy muffler that wakes me up at 5:30a.m. because it means an early start to a day of painting and reading inspirational quotes on this blog! Thank you!

  100. Anonymous

    I’m grateful for morning coffee and another day in the warm desert. I’m also grateful to hear all the comments in this collective gratitude journal; what a unique and wonderful way to appreciate our lives.
    Janet Clemens

  101. C-Rae

    Grateful that I am a part of a fabulous group of ladies that meet each month for book club. We have been at it for 6+ years. It is always a boost to spend time with a group of ladies!

  102. Anonymous

    I am thankful you have given us this opportunity to say what we are grateful for. I know we can do it anytime, anywhere we choose, but this helps us to remember that. I hope to keep up this habit.
    Brenda Gibbs

  103. I am grateful today for finding this blog and enjoying all the adventures of Eddie

  104. Thank you for the adventure! I am grateful for every day!

  105. This morning I am grateful (okay…I’m really trying…) for the five loads of laundry waiting for me to fold and put away, because it means that the kids and I have clean clothes and linens. Further, I’m grateful that I have a working washer and dryer and enough money for water and detergent. Even further, I’m grateful that my body (my knee, my back) has healed enough so that I can get up and down the stairs and do the laundry. 🙂

  106. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful for my husband!
    Sue Taylor!

  107. Anonymous

    Grateful for a fellow artist who could spend the night and paint morning, noon and night with me. Friends are so necessary for my growth and for my giving. Yea for sleepovers.
    Sue Lepsch

  108. This woman is grateful for someone who takes the time and effort to help keep others positive and inspired. thank you, Dreama!

  109. So grateful that my furnace is working again and that the warranty covered it!

  110. I am grateful today for that wonderful adventure of Gratitude. Staying in present is the only way to happiness, the past is over we do not have any control to change it,and the journey to come is not yet there so why to be worry about,everything can change in a second anyway whith or whihout our control.
    So the only the only thing to remimber is : Don’t worry, be happy at this minute!

  111. Grateful today to have excellent preventive health care.

  112. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the people who have commentented these past thirty days. I can feel my heart warm as I read through the list. And I have enjoyed visiting their blogs. Very inspiring.
    Dana Burton

  113. Anonymous

    I am grateful for your Gratitude Adventure. I am grieving over a painful break-up and I have to work at being grateful right now. Reading your blog in my email box every morning helps me get started in the right direction.
    Sandi Macdonald

    • Sandi, blessings to you as you work at this. I feel for you — at a couple points, keeping a gratitude journal has has pulled me through some very dark times.

  114. Grateful for the slow turning, but turning none the less, of my heart to being able to see my artwork in a different light – one where it goes beyond any personal gain and is put out in public to serve others.

  115. Anonymous

    I am grateful for a wonderful husband who isn’t afraid to step out on faith and follow the leadership of the Lord. Cindy K

  116. What an amazing post today Dreama!! I just love it. My ‘to do list’ is out of control, so all these fabulous quotes will be my inspiration to whittle down and relax a bit!! Sooooo grateful for YOU.

  117. FCP

    #29…warm lights that soften the morning chill, hearts that grow fonder, and your phenomenal “to do list” inviting contemplation, gratitude and awe.
    faye christian phillips

  118. Anonymous

    I’m grateful for how far I’ve come, how far I have to go, and living in this moment. Linda Will

  119. I love all the quotes today, but especially that last caterpillar quote. I’m thankful for that 🙂

  120. Anonymous


  121. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.
    And all the wonderful inspirational people that offer such profound wonderful thoughts in words. (I love quotes!)

    Thank you Dreama!

    “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart

  122. I’m grateful for good health & the ability to take of my home & family plus having time for art.

  123. Anonymous

    I am grateful for sleeping all night and waking to the sound of rain hitting the leaves in my garden – the world washed new again.
    Mary Beth Harrison

  124. Anonymous

    Greatful to hear my grand daughters downstairs in the early morning making their joyful sounds! Judy Elias

  125. Great friends around me and two adorable puppies who give me kisses every morning at the break of day. (the puppies that is,hee hee) That’s what I appreciate.I have an enormous amount to be grateful for!

  126. Anonymous

    An easing with a friend is interesting and joyful. Gayle

  127. I am thankful today that I finally have an appt. with a hand specialist.


  128. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the peppermint coffee creamer that I put in my morning cup of coffee……makes me happy and Christmasy on
    these cold winter mornings…cheers!!!!

    Dee Eisenbarth

  129. Anonymous

    I am grateful for a warm home and coffee brewing on a cold November morning! Greatful for skilled workers who are making progress repairing the damages from a water leak…slow but surely getting back to normal. Sherry Crouse sherrycrouse@yahoo.com

  130. Gretchen Stoudt

    I am grateful for having the opportunity to share in this journey with you and making me even more aware of all of my blessings.

  131. Grateful for my framer, who goes over and above to compensate for my blond-ness 🙂

  132. I am grateful that I can walk to the Y and I have the ability to exercise. I know many that really can’t for one reason or another.

  133. Stacy

    I am grateful for all of your blog posts this month. I have looked forward to reading your emails every day as your uplifting words were the perfect start to my morning. Thank you!

  134. I’m feeling incredibly grateful for all the comedians in this world who practice medicine without a Phd ~ for laughter truely is the best medicine ~ Thank you, Dreama, for bringing so much healing energy into my life & our world with your great sense of humor (and of course Eddie gets due credit for supplying such great material to work with). Live, Love, & Laugh (in abundance).

  135. Maybe this is a “to be” list instead of a “to do” list. Coming from being as you suggest, the “doing” would just be natural expressions of those ways of being. Focusing on who you want to be and what you want to create can be more empowering than how we typically approach our list of tasks to do. Seeing them as actions required in the bigger context of what we are out to fulfill on, makes them a lot less daunting. Goes back to your earlier post on the bigger picture. Shift the context from “to do’s” are things to get off our plate to these are actions to take to enable us to fulfill on the life we want.
    I am grateful for having freedom to create new possibilities in life.

  136. I am grateful for your daily inspirations, Dreama. You have opened our eyes to staying in the present moment. Thank you for all the time you have devoted to this wonderful project. Hugs back to you!!!

  137. Anonymous

    I am grateful for all the ways God blessed me through my husband for 46 years — 1954 to 2000, when he went Home. Sheri

  138. Ginny good

    Thankful for living in the present which is the closest to eternity we can get on earth! Thankful for your inspiring quotes!

  139. I’m grateful for artist like you that share sooooo much! Thanks Dreama!

  140. pat

    I am grateful that I can do a special favor for a friend today.

  141. I’m grateful to have such a lovely space to paint in.

  142. Teresa Robison

    So thankful Carolyn kept asking me if I knew an oil painting teacher. She could not find the right teacher. So after looking for one for a couple of years, so I asked if she would like to paint with me. I thought I was too busy for this, but now I’m so thankful I asked her. What a blessing it is to know this sweet lady!

  143. Anonymous

    I am grateful for this month to remind myself of all the things I am grateful for and the blessings I have.
    Marilyn Troutman

  144. Anonymous

    Dreama, I am grateful for your daily words of inspiration.
    Pat Kreppert

  145. Grateful to be able to turn the heat on and not be cold!

  146. LeAnn

    Grateful for being able to trust – not asking for an explanation, but just trusting.

  147. Holly Morris

    Grateful for the opportunity to “win” a Dreama workshop…..oh please random.org pick me!!!

  148. Ditto, Karen Rose. And not only am I grateful for hugs from Dreama, I am also grateful for her friendship and her teaching. She has taught me so much.

  149. Anonymous

    Grateful for my warm home.
    Carol Hickerson

  150. Grateful for the comfort of the fire in the woodstove that my loving husband makes for us on an early chilly fall morning. It warms the home and heart.

  151. Grateful for hugs.
    Whether the physical bear hug of excitement and sheer joy or
    the soft and gentle words of kindness, inspiration and appreciation given to a show you care.
    Let’s all give a hug today in honor of our dear friend Dreama who has “hugged” us all month long. Thank you Dreama.

  152. Jan Jardine

    Watching the sun rise – I am thankful for a new day & all of the opportunities & surprises it brings.

  153. Lyn

    Thankful for you, Dreama.

  154. I am grateful this morning for the technology that has changed everything and opened up the world. Inspiration, companionship, hope are all a click away.

  155. Tish Murphy

    I am grateful for my family and friends – they have all been so supportive of my painting endeavors.

  156. Anonymous

    Grateful for my artist friends who share their talents by supporting local art organizations, by teaching, by coaching other artists in their endeavors!

    Laetitia Borden

  157. grateful for ideas! so many ideas of what to paint today. can’t wait to start.

  158. I’m truly grateful you have taken the time this month to bring to your readers such a rich collection of enlightening and entertaining words of wisdom. You are a gifted writer as well as a gifted artist! Thank you for sharing!

  159. Wow…grateful for your amazing post today. Going to share! Thank you!

  160. Anonymous

    Today more than many others, I am grateful that my coworker will be back from vacation tomorrow. It has been a very long 2 weeks with each of my teammates being out a week. Starting tomorrow I will begin working on MY clients requests again! (For this I’m sure THEY will be grateful) thank you, Monica Avila

  161. Anonymous

    I am grateful for life and health today as every day, as well as the beauty of simple things such as sunshine, cats, abundant and yummy food, time to enjoy it all, and loving friends.
    Arleen Turzo

  162. Today I am grateful for the inspirations in the “to do list”….gems of wisdom, particularly this quote from Wayne Dyer, “the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives”. This is definitely one to live by always.

  163. Today I am grateful for…
    my art buds who travel on adventures with me sharing new sights and new cultures. They make the experiences so much fun. Thanks art pals!

  164. Grateful to an amazing To Do List…love this! Up early to head to art school and grateful for all the ones who make that possible, mainly husband Dave. Also grateful for mentor, Jim, who says he is just guiding me while I push myself but it sure has made a difference in how far I have come. Grateful he is so giving in sharing all the Quang Ho lessons from his own workshop with Quang…love learning to paint just in light and shadow. Connecting all the shadows together to get pattern is amazing and the edges are so interesting. Love learning and in the end most grateful to be able to do that.

  165. I’m grateful to be sitting here waiting for the sun to rise over the Atlantic knowing my loved ones are still asleep and safe.

  166. Unknown

    I am grateful I have been able to share in all this inspiration. It has helped to motivate me to look forward from my life and try to find more outlets for my artwork. Teresa, San Diego

  167. Karla

    Today I am grateful for you and your gratitude adventure. What a great inspiring way to start the day.

  168. Anonymous

    Extraordinary selection of quotations today!
    Thank you, Dreama – and for your inspirational thoughts/words as well. November weather where I live is usually pretty dreary, but this year,
    thanks to you, Dreama, I don’t want the month to be over! Cheers!

  169. This has been such an inspirational journey. Some of these things are sticking with me,helping me play my best game on all levels. Thank you Dreama for introducing me to Seth Godin, his quote-
    “The way to get unstuck is to start down the wrong path, right now.”- really speaks to me. It applies to my painting and procrastinating about my painting as much as anything. Quang Ho says-“the only mistake you can make in a painting is not to make a decision at all.” All such great advice that I would never know without the Internet. Grateful!

  170. Anonymous

    I am truly grateful to my mentors who help me along my spiritual path. I feel such joy and delight in my life now.
    Alma Marshall

  171. I am thankful today for my Thursday morning art group – The Exe Artists, and what helps me to prepare, before i go, are the quiet minutes and solitude once my children have gone off to school.
    I am extremely grateful for Dreama’s blog this month and the completely inspiring quotes and pieces of writing.

  172. Anonymous

    Today I’m grateful for all the people who work hard to bring me my morning coffee. Growers, pickers, processors, tasters, shippers, wholesalers, retailers, Dairy Farmers, Dairy workers, government control agents, people who design the coffee machines and kettles and bring the electricity to my home etc., and lastly myself … Barista extraordinaire. Ahhhhh there’s nothing like that first cup of coffee for the day. Sea Dean

  173. Today I’m grateful for the portrait painting class that I will attend this morning. 3 hours of painting from a live model, with a wonderfully enthusiastic tutor and a very talented group of artists. It’s always inspiring and a great boost to my love of painting faces!

  174. it"s me

    I am great for quiet moments of solitude.

  175. great post today! I’ve been thinking the last few days how grateful I am for all the artists who share their knowledge and insights and light the way for artists traveling the same road.

  176. Today I am grateful for my sweet little dog Maggie who brightens every day with her sweet disposition. She makes strangers smile on the street. She loves people, grass, tree trunks, leaves, other dogs, postmen, strangers who smile at her, chasing her ball, her chew bones, sweet bell pepper treats, romaine lettuce leaves and I guess she loves just about everything. And I am grateful that she came into my life.

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