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Are You Living a Blue Monday?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

How’s this for a Monday morning pick-me-up? I just read that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. It’s called Blue Monday. And it has nothing to do with the phases of the moon or the weather.

blue mondayBy the third Monday, over two weeks of the New Year have passed and you have already lost track of the resolutions you made. Remember those promises to yourself- exercise, read more, spend more time with family, etc., etc. Another new start and you’ve veered off the path to a successful new year. Humph!

Stop putting yourself down.

Besides, today is only the second Monday of the month.

The perfect day to assess if that resolution was right for you.

If you’re finding it difficult to maintain a new behavior, it’s because your reason for staying the same as you are is too strong. Ask yourself what you get from not exercising, from watching TV instead of reading, from working or being with friends instead of being with your family. Whatever behavior you resolved to change is too important to your current sense of identity to easily alter it.

In order to bring on lasting change, you must first see yourself as the person you want to become. Imagine every detail of what your life would be like as the person who has made this change. Each time you’re tempted to not do what you say you want to do, ask yourself what would your better self do. Bring a clear picture of that you into your mind. You don’t have to be accountable to anyone else. “To thine own self be true.”

You have the next seven days to practice being that new you.

On Blue Monday you can smile with satisfaction. No reason for you to be depressed.

You are living the dream!

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” Vincent VanGogh

When Drama Delights

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The Autumnal equinox signals the beginning of Mother Nature’s most extravagant color spectacle of the year. As daylight hours fade, ordinary frocks of green worn by deciduous trees magically transform into golden, crimson and bronze gowns that shimmer in rays of sunlight.

MH900407575All the rainbow colors we have explored each month of this year- red, orange, yellow, green and blue, paint the scenery of trees and sky on an autumn day. The color of September, indigo adds the necessary drama for this season of contrasts.

How brilliant the colors against deep indigo clouds of a looming storm!

Many representations of the rainbow omit indigo and transition directly from blue to violet. Pity. Indigo has a history as rich as its hue. Its roots are Indian as the name implies, the word indigo meaning “from India.”

We shall follow the indigo trail on another day. For today, appreciate the drama she provides as you enjoy the autumnal splendor.



“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”   George Eliot



June the Month of Excess

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

The summer solstice of June guarantees excessive daylight of the longest day of the year. At no other time is the color green in nature so extreme.

vine leaf backgroundTraveling to northern climes, the color of June is unmistakable. Here, long rays of the sun coax leaf laden trees and dense grasses to display an exuberant hue I’ve missed in Key West.

Sure, palm tree fronds are green, as are the leafy backdrops to colorful hibiscus and bougainvillea. Yet, when the climate never changes, neither does the perennial green. The eyes get accustomed to the same multicolored views every day.

After months of bare branches and dried, brown landscapes, when bountiful warm sunshine calls all living things to “grow, grow, grow,” the enthusiastic summer celebration begins, clothed in resplendent green.

More daylight.

More green.

More reminders to notice life in vivid color.

Take time to see and appreciate the vibrancy of all living things- and that includes you. The sunshine is calling you to grow as well.

At this halfway point of the year, we are also half way through the rainbow colors of the year. We began with the warmest hues, variations of red, orange, and yellow.

As this month comes to a close, watch as the lively green becomes more subdued. Prepare for the cooling influences of the rainbow colors yet to come.  As with any excess, it is tempered by contrast.


“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”

Gertrude Jekyll

As Bright as This Day in May

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The clearest of all colors in the rainbow, the jovial hue of yellow heralds the month of May.  As sunshine begins to warm the earth this time of year, the color yellow has always represented that brilliant orb of the sun shining above in our earliest childhood drawings.Education

What other color evokes such a feeling of happiness? Could you imagine the smiley face icon as grinning purple? Just would not cause the corners of your mouth to rise in appreciation of the cheery yellow messenger.

Yet, yellow is not always viewed in a positive light.  There is a myth that yellow painted walls in the home cause babies to cry and couples to argue.

Like any perpetual legend, there is some truth to the story. Excessive exposure to this brilliant color contributes to eyestrain. Wouldn’t that make you cranky?

The yellow of May speaks encouragement. This primary color makes up two thirds of every imaginable color. It’s significance in the world, like your own importance, is critical.

The newness of this year is waning but not your commitment to your accomplishments.

Take this buoyant day in May to bask in your own light. Yellow is the lighthearted optimist. Take out your brush and paint a jaunty smile on your self portrait today.


“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”  Pablo Picasso


We Live in the Golden Age

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

April is the most transformational month. If you’re in a Northern climate, the white and frozen ground is, one day, revitalized green with perks of lavender crocuses and happy daffodils flourished with a bloom of amazing color.

Not yellow.

And you wouldn’t call it orange.

daffodilsThat special color is reserved for April, the fourth month of our year long color journey. We began with the palest pink of January, the luscious red of February, and morphed, rainbow style, into outstanding orange during March. Let’s not hurry April as she takes center stage with the fascinating hue, reserved for a precious metal.

The fascinating paradox in Florida is that in spring, the leaves turn a golden hue and fall to the ground like bountiful piles of shimmery coins. Immediately they are replaced by fresh verdant green leaves to decorate the bare tree limbs.

Autumn transforms to spring and totally bypasses winter. I’ve gotten over my need to personally experience the four seasons. It’s not for everyone but it suits me well.

No matter where you are, April’s unique color contribution to spring warms and delights. Just look at last golden rays of a sunset. All the earth is embellished with the color of golden promise.

A glow that forever reminds us of the richness of life.

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s Official- the Color of the Year

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

It's official, the Color of the Year for 2013 is the top story of every media outlet; online, television, magazines and e-zines. But it wasn't always so.

Unless you were a color fanatic, as I confess to being, this yearly "news" was largely unnoticed by the masses. The color powers that be have dutifully made their proclamation every year for decades without much fanfare.

It wasn't until that certain favored hue started to appear everywhere in the stores did the buying public notice what looked like a trend. "Why is everything pink this year?" you may have wondered in 2011 as Honeysuckle was the color of that year.

That was just a year after we were awash in watery Turquoise for 2010, and bathed in the sunlight of Mimosa yellow in 2009. I'll bet you have at least one Tangerine Tango home accessory item or piece of clothing in this year's exuberant riot of color.

Rainbow colors all get a turn at notoriety eventually, and many hues in between. Even an odd neutral color, Sand Dollar, had the yearly honor in 2006.

Creating the Color of the Year adds to the excitement of color selection. (Told you I'm fanatical.) Proclaimed by the authority on color, Pantone is best known for their innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors that is used throughout the world. Through a numeric system, the same red or any other color can be reproduced with exactness.

So should we all survive to see 2013, enjoy the newest hue in the coming year. It's already turning up at stores near you.

Oh, in the off chance that you don't know yet, the 2013 Color of the Year is Emerald.

Dorothy was smitten by it. As you will be too.


"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Make a Decision

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Decision. The word itself is strong. An incision, cutting through excuses and doubts, to get to the heart of necessary action. Decision is a powerful place to be.

Before you commit to a decision, the lingering of indecision keeps you mired and weak against the what-ifs and suppositions that cloud the questioning mind. You spend sleepless nights. Bite your nails. You're out of sorts with the world because you don't know what to do.

How do you decide?

A popular tool to organize your thoughts is the yellow legal pad divided vertically in half. At the top of the page, Pro and Con head up the list of possible actions and corresponding outcomes. Objective and helpful. Yet after this simple vetting exercise, when one column is obviously longer than the other, are you still hesitant to commit to that decision?

Objectivity may be great for official's calls on the sports playing field. But when it comes to your life, how much is really black and white? There are other considerations, extenuating circumstances. It's not that easy.

It's not that easy when you are looking outside of yourself for clues about how to proceed. Looking at what others have done in similar situations may give you some insight about how their decision worked out for them. As in the often heard disclaimer, results may not be typical. The difference between their outcomes and your own lies in one word.


Your values are the significant areas of your life that are of prime importance to you. Values may include integrity, honesty, creativity, tranquility, family, autonomy, freedom. The list of values is limitless and unique, just like we as individuals are similar yet different.

Determine your top three values that stand for who you are. No matter what goes before you, these three values describe your core. You do not compromise on your top values without feeling untrue to yourself. Once you settle on your personal values, the decision making process becomes easy.

If the results from your Pro and Con list, no matter how objectively accurate, do not align with your true values, that is causing  your hesitancy to decide. Following along with the same decision someone else made, may work out for you, but how does it measure up against your values?

Facts are black and white. Values are all about feelings. Weigh your decision with your values and it's a perfect alignment.

Now decide and move forward. You've made the right decision.


"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst you can do is nothing. " Teddy Roosevelt

Are You A Color Victim?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Color is such an integral part of daily life. Do you realize how much you rely on color to navigate through your day?

In choosing where to park your car, color defines the yellow lined parking space from the blue restricted spaces. When observing a person or an object, you use color to describe the visual attributes. And most importantly, color communicates the brands you look for when you shop.

Color's power to communicate extends beyond the label design on cans of soup. Manufacturers carefully craft the look and the colors of their logo to accurately represent their product and their message. Using the power of color, they get your attention and tell their product story.

The colors you select for yourself also communicate your personal brand. Do your color choices accurately communicate your level of color confidence? Or do your color selections proclaim you as a color victim?

To find out if you are a color victim, answer these three questions.

Do you always take other people's advice instead of trusting your own color instincts?

Do you make cautious color choices, usually opting for beige or black?

Do you follow every new color trend only to find yourself with a full closet and nothing to wear?

Well, does the Cinderella shoe fit? Too close for comfort? 

Do not despair. Being a color victim is a treatable condition. And you've discovered the first step to recovery. You know you have color issues. And I have color solutions for you.

You're in the right place as I continue to reveal tips to boost your color confidence and always…

Feel Great in Color.


"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
 Harvey Fierstein

The Colors of Patriotism

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Red and blue took center stage yesterday as these two primary colors painted the states of the U.S. map to indicate the tallied votes of the nation. Not to be left out, the third primary color, yellow, made a significant advance as it described an additional Independent candidate that won an elected seat.

How appropriate that these three hues are used to not only describe the voices of our varied population, they are also the beginning of all other colors in the spectrum. Combine any two or even bits of all three to create any color. From simple beginning come unlimited results. Are we talking about colors or about our country? Yes.

Color defines.

Color describes.

Color communicates.

Blue and red decorate the flag of our nation. The attributes we associate with those colors coincide with all that is American.  Red for bravery, resilience, strength and valor. Blue represents truth, integrity, ingenuity and patience. Although sharply delineated on the nations map yesterday, the melding of those colors creates violet, the color of inclusion, the color of enlightenment.

If our election process has made us see anything clearer, let it be that all colors of the spectrum are derived from the same white light. Like a prism twirling in the sunlight, white light is captured by its facets and creates every color in the rainbow.  We are each different, yet the same. And that should make us glad.


"Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."

Calvin Coolidge

Sunset Sonata

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

We look at the infinite colors that surround us, the clothes, the cars, the electronic gadgets. Take your pick. It seems our color choices are unlimited.

Still, nothing amazes me like the display of color presented to us only once each day. The sunset array of fabulous color. Perhaps so we don't tire form the sight, many dusk hours are cloudy and gray, especially in fall and winter. All the more joyful when we are treated to this colorful spectacle in October.

Notice the trio of colors, blue, red and yellow. From these three primary colors, all known colors are born. The combination of any two create orange, green, violet and beyond. How appropriate to end the day with the beginning of all colors.

At various times, the sunset paints magically with these hues to produce the nightly colorful progression from early dusk till the sun sets upon the water with the seldom seen "green flash" as it dips beneath the horizon. The ensuing color show lasts until darkness takes over the sky.

As you enjoy the presence of color in every thing you see, remember the gift where colors begin. The light of the sun and her nightly ritual to slumber. Can she compete with her awakening in the dawn? Ahhhh!


"There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little – the book of Nature. "
Claude Debussy

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Mary Ellen Lapp reveals how the colors we wear, and the colors that surround us, even the color of the car we drive, impact out self image and affects how we are seen by the people around us.

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