As the saying goes:

Life is what happens to us when we are busy making other plans.

Sometimes the “life” that happens is a wake-up call – some emergency or unforeseen event that makes us stop short and reassess our focus.  In some ways (though I don’t wish that kind of “life” on myself or anyone else) being forced to stop and be in the moment is a gift.  How much better, though, if we can learn to be in the moment as part of our daily routines.

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Although I’ve been more mindful of late and have actually started trying to make meditation a daily part of my life, I still get caught up in living in “fast forward” mode – that is, feeling, thinking and hoping that something better is just around the corner.  The problem with this type of thinking is that when I do turn that corner, the enjoyment is short lived.  And to be honest, keeping up that kind of pace is exhausting and, ultimately, far from fulfilling.

I found that this article sums up my “condition” pretty aptly.  Perhaps some of you will also see yourselves in it and will benefit from the tips at the end, too.

Signing off now to contemplate my navel (and embrace its imperfections.)



  1. jbyrnesart says:

    Hi Joana

    I just went and pinned a bunch of your pics and from your Board , Rene Graue,

    But they never showed up on my artists board……just hope I didn’t repin them to a board on your site. If you see something wrong, please let me know and I will fix.

    Thanks, Jessica

    • Joana says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for your message! I did get a notification from Pinterest that you had Pinned a handful of my illustrations as well as some of the Rene Gruau images from my “Rene Gruau – The Illustration Guru” board. However, when I checked to see who had re-pinned my illustrations, your board didn’t come up which is odd since Pinterest sent me the notification. But nothing seems amiss with my own boards either.

      I’m not sure what to tell you – perhaps you’ve figured out where the pins went by now. In any case, thanks for letting me know!

      With all best wishes, Joana

      On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 10:35 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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