Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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The Earth is What We All Have in Common – Wendell Berry

In the spirit of making Newmarket well beyond the ordinary, this is an example of how the municipality can build partnerships and work together to enhance our environment, encourage active living and bring the community together.

The above plaque is in the park, at Fairy Lake in Newmarket, not many steps from where the Nin Os Kom Tin Native Cultural Friendship Centre of York Region presented a free, public event, for all to enjoy on Saturday, June 21st.

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Be You

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.”
-Mother Teresa

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One Person’s Trash is Another’s…Inspiration!

The Toronto Star article “Markham student makes clothes from debris” is a wonderful inspiration!

Debut trashion collection merges students devotion to fashion and the environment

A cocktail dress created out of twirled cardboard strips from cat litter boxes and toilet paper cartons. A whimsical broad-brimmed hat made from Styrofoam cups and foam fruit netting. A haute couture-inspired mermaid dress sculpted from newspaper obituaries.

In all, six dresses, held together with glue, duct tape and hula hoops, are Michelle Sin’s fashion, rather “trashion,” collection. They’re also her Grade 12 history project at Markville Secondary School in Markham.

The assignment was intriguing: Do something you’re passionate about, due in three weeks. For Sin, that meant melding her two loves, fashion and the environment.

Read the full article:

Inspired? Interested in making your own wearable art? There is still time to register for “Wearable Art”! Email!

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Journey aboard the ISS

The International Space Station, or ISS, offers a unique and mesmerizing view of our planet.

Who can forget Commander Chris Hadfield’s fantastic photo updates during his 5-month mission in 2013?

He showcased our planet like never before, sharing hundreds of photos of all corners of earth and stirring up no small measure of excitement for space.

With that in mind, we knew you’d want to see these NASA images – Earth’s weather and bright lights, stars and auroras.

Today’s time lapse takes us on board the ISS, with photographer Bruce Berry Junior.


Click here to view the wonderful video:

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New Art Program: Wearable Art!

Wearable art is the best kind of art 🙂

COST: Free

DATE & TIME: Wednesdays, July 2nd to 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Eating Disorders of York Region’s Riverwalk Wellness Centre
15213 Yonge Street, 2nd floor, Aurora

If you receive support from ASYR or EDOYR, please ask your counselor for a referral if you would like to attend. 


with Multi-Media Artist Catherine Faiello

Enjoy self expression and creativity with a small group of fellow budding and blooming artists!

Join us as we paint, stitch, dye, embroider, and other wise enhance t-shirts, hats, pants, skirts, shorts, purses or other items you may bring to create wearable art!  Art supplies provided.  No previous experience required.

Email for more information


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SMART Goal-Setting

Goals can be daunting. Some goals are so big and so seemingly insurmountable that it can be hard to get started working on them. When faced with such a difficult task, it is hard to conjure up and maintain the motivation to pursue goals. Luckily, there is a handy goal-setting tool that can make any task more manageable. This tool is called SMART goal setting, and it helps break down big gargantuan goals into smaller, more attainable goals. For example, if you have a goal of being more social, SMART goal setting helps you break down this big scary goal into more manageable goals that will help you get to the end goal of being more social. Here’s the breakdown:


Specific: Goals should be specific. “Being more social” is rather vague. In which ways do you want to be social? Ask yourself the Why, What, Where, When, Who, and How of the goal. For example, you can make a goal to call your cousin Alex Tuesday at 8pm for a catch-up phone call.

Measurable: You should be able to tell when your goal has been met, or if it hasn’t. With a goal like “Be more social,” it’s hard to tell if the goal has been achieved or not. Does a text message count, or do you need to actually see someone in person? With setting a goal like call Alex at 8pm Tuesday, it is easy to tell if the goal has been met or not.

Action-Oriented: It’s great to talk about goals and write them down but the end result should always be action-oriented. State specifically what it is you want to do, so that there’s no confusion or muddling around when the time comes.

Realistic: While goals are meant to be challenging, they should also be realistic. If you have social anxiety and have a goal of being more social, perhaps setting a goal to go to a massive party right off the bat isn’t very realistic. Set manageable, realistic goals. 

Time-Oriented: Provide yourself with a timeframe to complete your goal. This prevents the cycle of “Oh I’ll do it later.” When 8pm on Tuesday rolls around, you’ll know it’s the time to take action. 


Breaking goals down into SMART steps helps us achieve greater success. It also helps us gauge our level of readiness to take on challenges. Is calling Alex too much of a challenge? Think about what was challenging about it. Can you set a new SMART goal to deal with one of these challenges? Perhaps scale it back and start with reaching out via social media or sending a text, then move on to the phone call when you’re ready. Were you able to complete the goal of calling Alex? Great! Celebrate your accomplishment, and then think of another SMART goal that will challenge you further. SMART goal setting can help you get over inertia and feel more capable about making positive changes in your life.


Michelle Scott

Arts Program Co-ordinator

Riverwalk Wellness Centres

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National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day on June 21 kick starts Celebrate Canada!, an 11 day celebration that also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)!

From Huffington Post Canada:

National Aboriginal Day is coming up on June 21.

It’s a chance for Canadians and indigenous people to reflect on the contributions, culture and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people across the country.

Indigenous communities across Canada have produced many inspiring voices over the years, such as artists, singers, authors and politicians.

These voices influence opinion, policy and perception, while progressively staking out a strong place for themselves in Canadian public life.

Here are 10 indigenous voices in Canada that have inspired us over the years.