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How to Set Your Mindset For The Day

Every morning, I and other collectors of my The Art of Life Inspiration Deck, pick a card at random and allow the words or images to inspire and prime our mindset for the day.

Today, for example, I drew a card which was inspired by my painting, Love Story. The wisdom is as follows:

“Love all your vibrant memories and hold those you love close.”

The quote was inspired by the brief I was given for a commission which I later named Love Story – which is perfect for the message of this card. The short brief was compelling…

”I would love to commission you to conjure up an exquisite piece of art that celebrates all the things my wife loved – sun, sea, pohutukawas and racy reds.”

People often ask, “where do you grab inspiration from?”. In this case, it was the beautiful image of the abstract pattern on the dress of the gentleman’s beloved wife. She passed several years ago from cancer. This painting was such a joy to paint as I know the healing power art can bring, a loving hug during times of sadness and a big vibrant reminder of a love that endures.

I was super excited when celebrity chef Jo Seagar visited my gallery in the Bay of Islands and became the new owner of this love-inspired work. The constant love story in Jo’s life has been her work for Hospice New Zealand. For over 25 years, as their ambassador and Patron, she has been raising funds and public awareness of their very important work.

“I love, love, love my new painting.” ~ Jo Seagar

I used this card in a coaching session recently with a woman who wanted to make a career from her art. It was the perfect card to pull because it provided clarity of her need to focus on her passions and create a love brand by integrating all the things she loved.

One of the ways I keep all my vibrant memories close is by recording them in my passion journal and then doing an end-of-year gratitude review.  How about you? Is this something you could do? You may enjoy my blog post with my 2021 review:


The deck is available to purchase from my online store: https://shop.cassandragaisford.com/product/the-art-of-life-inspiration-deck/

The small sound-bites of wisdom are expanded upon in my book, The Art of Life: Thriving Through Chaos (Insights and Inspiration to Spark and Sustain Your Creative Life).

Now available through Amazon in paperback and ebook—https://www.amazon.com/dp/1990020747. I love ebooks, but there’s nothing quite like the magic of holding a book and turning the pages in your hands. Plus, I know you’ll love the full-colour images of my paintings that inspire everything!

Here’s a bit more about this book (in case you missed my earlier email)

Connect With Inspiration Every Day

Are you an established artist, a hobbyist, or someone fascinated by artists, their creative process and their lives? Whatever your motivation, there’s something for everyone in my new release, The Art of Life: Thriving Through Chaos (Insights and Inspiration to Spark and Sustain Your Creative Life).

In this book, I share insights into my creative process and the exact strategies I use to stay sane (arguably!) in a world gone mad.

Can you create your way to happiness? My answer is a resounding ‘yes!’ Isabel Allende once said, “Write what should not be forgotten.” The Art of Life: Thriving Through Chaos is part memoir, part reflections on living and creating during a pandemic and part sharing the inspiration and process behind my ‘happy’ paintings.

I began to write The Art of Life: Thriving Through Chaos in 2020 to uplift myself during the tsunami of stress, fear, and division energy created during the pandemic. As with all my self-empowerment books, I write to inspire, heal, encourage and cheerlead myself and others to keep being rebels with a cause—to show up for love in a world enamoured by war.

The Art of Life expands upon the themes introduced in my oracle-inspired guidance cards, which I produced while the world was in the throes of the global Covid response,  The Art of Life Inspiration Deck. Each chapter features a work of art created by me, which I have paired with an insightful quotation and an expanded interpretation.

My hope for you, dear friend, is that in reading this book you will be encouraged, emboldened, and energised to start collecting art or begin creating too.

Sometimes all it takes to radically transform your life is one word, one sentence, one painting or one powerful but simple strategy to ignite inspiration and reawaken a sense of possibility.

Like Cynthia, who wrote to me after receiving my newsletter, “I’m just sitting here trying to reply through blurry eyes full of tears after having a good cry & wondering where I lost myself & thinking how much I miss my happy, bubbly self…That was just beautiful.  Thanks for sharing that with me.

Sometimes uplifting words, received at the right time, can reawaken our hearts and set us forth on a path of inspired change. I feel the same about uplifting art. This is why I’ve also included images and links to my paintings in case one of my available works sparks happiness and you would love a piece of my joy in your home—or would just love to enjoy on the pages of this book.

This isn’t another self-help book; it’s a self-love book. It offers ways to increase your resilience and stay in the high vibrational energies Dr David Hawkins spoke of— love, peace and joy. From these energies comes the power to live fearlessly and create a life worth living.

The Art of Life: Thriving Through Chaos will help you:

• Discover why showing up for love is an antidote to stress

• Feel inspired and uplifted

• Boost your happiness and sense of wellbeing

• Super-charge the confidence needed to make an inspired change

• Inspire and sustain your creativity

• Rediscover joy and love life again


Nurture your happy bubbly self. Purchase this book today!
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The regular price is $685.00, and the sale price is only $287NZD! 

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How to Set Your Mindset For The Day

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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