Rita took a few minutes to give us some kudos for our Friday night, sold out, painting party! Thanks for the feedback, Rita; we're so happy we could help you have a great night out! Thanks for sharing!
"A group of my co-workers, my daughter and I attended the 7:00pm session last Friday night. We had such a great time. The ladies in charge of the evening made it so much fun and we brought home a work of art! I thought it was well organized and allowed us time to not only paint, but take a nice break when we could nibble, sip and chat. A perfect evening. Thank you so much!!"
This may come as a shocker to most of you, but I am a total introvert! Art is an awesome form of expression. It can also relieve stress, be relaxing, and rather therapeutic. Painting is also a great way to practice self-expression, which is valuable not only for extroverts who are already very expressive both physically and verbally, but also introverts who may not find it so easy to express themselves outwardly.
Painting Your Inner World
If you are an introvert, you know that introverts have rich inner worlds that not many people may not have the chance to see. You are often daydreaming, reminiscing on old memories, or making plans for the future. Trust me, there's a lot of awesomeness happening in my brain all the time! When you look inside and paint the world you see within yourself, painting can help you express yourself in a way that others can see and enjoy. You may paint your inner world in the form of a lush landscape, a colorful abstract scene, or a creative self-portrait. No matter the form the painting takes, it will speak volumes about your thoughts, feelings and personality.
Sharing Your Inner World
Paintings have always been great conversation pieces, and this rings true more than ever when it is a painting you have personally created. The medium of art can help you understand and express thoughts and feelings you might not have had the words or confidence to share otherwise. Just the act of letting your imagination wander as you meditatively plan and apply each brush stroke to paper or canvas will help you reach a state of peace and warmth that will radiate outward from within.
To get started with your painting, you may choose to paint by yourself. You could also join an art class to start painting and interacting with other creative individuals. Once you find a comfortable and accepting space where others are happy to join you in creative expression through painting, it will be easy to share your art as they share theirs. Whether you are painting alone or with others, when you have finished a painting, you can share it with someone else, listen to their interpretations, and let them ask you questions about what it means to you.
The more positive experiences you have expressing yourself through painting, the easier it will become to keep expressing yourself in the future, whether it is with classmates, close family and friends, or people you are meeting for the first time. Self-expression is one of the greatest joys of life, and whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, painting is one of the most enjoyable forms self-expression can take.
You may feel that co-workers are just fellow employees that just happen to work at the same business, but this is not completely true. Getting to know your co-workers will help to make you a better worker and allow the business to flourish as a result. Working relationships matter and it is important to make your co-workers a priority. This means that you have to take an interest in their lives and form a real relationship. You will be surprised by the result of building relationships with co-workers.
Your Productivity is Tied to Theirs
It is easy to think that you are only responsible for yourself, but to some extent your productivity is directly linked to your co-workers. This means that you do not work solely by yourself. Your productivity effects theirs and vice versa. Team work matters and this is made much easier if you have a real relationship away from work. If you know a bit about your co-workers it is easier to communicate and meet goals.
Friction Has a Negative Impact
If you do not try even a little bit to know the people that you work with this can lead to friction quickly. Friction has the ability to create a negative work environment that is not conducive to productivity and does not allow you to achieve your maximum potential. If you are looking to have peace of mind and cohesiveness in the workplace, it is vital that you make an effort to get to know others. Just trying a little bit will go a long way to make a good impression with the people that you work with on a daily basis.
Friendly Not Best Friends
Getting to know your co-workers does not mean that you have to become best buddies and spend every waking minute away from the office together. All you have to do is try to build a friendly relationship that isn’t completely focused around work. Being friendly acquaintances will be enough to allow the atmosphere in the workplace to be optimal. Not all personalities are compatible, but it is possible to remain friendly with the people that you work with closely. If you put a priority on fostering work relationships you will see your joy for work increase and all aspects of your life will improve as a result.
No one likes dealing with a grumpy Debbie-Downer. Some days warrant a sour puss of a face - nothing is going right, your work load keeps getting heavier and heavier, stress just keeps pilling on. So why fight it – scowl away. But wait! That frown could be hurting you – I mean really hurting you. Research shows that smiling has some real healing benefits. Not only can it keep you form getting sick, but it can help shorten any illnesses you do contract. I bet you didn’t know that smiling can actually:
Reduce Your Stress Load: Overwhelmed with life? Make yourself smile. Yes, it’s true; smiling can actually help to reduce your stress levels and make the rest of your body relax a bit and that can help to relieve your stress. Plus it makes you look a lot less haggard.
Thwarts Pain: Whether you have a bad headache or suffer with a chronic pain condition, smiling actually works to release endorphins, serotonin and other natural pain killers into your system that can thwart that pain and give you some relief without the nasty side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
Keeps You From Getting Sick: If there is one thing that smiling people have in common it is that they get sick a lot less often than grumpy frowny people. Why? Because the physical act of smiling actually gives the immune system a boost; and that boost can keep you from catching very bug that goes around.
Change Your Mood: Smiling can actually trick the body (and mind for that matter) into thinking you are happier than you may be feeling at the moment. So, the next time you need a mood change, try smiling – you just might be surprised at the result.
Reduces Blood Pressure: Research shows that smiling can actually lower your blood pressure. Not convinced? Try this simple test: take your blood pressure. Then, sit quietly and smile for several minutes and take it again. Surprise! The odds are good that it will be lower.
There are a lot of good reasons to go through your day with a smile on your face; but the health benefits of smiling can not be overlooked. If you have tried eating better; exercising more; and taking the right supplements and still want to improve your health, try this smile trick: smile more! Smile on my friends!
Need a reason to smile? Come paint with us! Check out our calendar!
Featuring College Nannies and Tutors, child care option while you're out at a Pinot's Palette paint night!
Pinot's Palette - Glenview is very excited to be partnering with College Nannies and Tutors to provide child care options for out guests, especially Date Nights, when both parents are out of house!
Date Night painting nights or painting parties at Pinot's Palette are comprised of our same step-by-step instruction our public and private parties receive, but have the added fun of extending over two canvases instead of one! Each couple that comes in will take home a pair of paintings that fit perfectly together to create one image, or one piece of art. Check out an example of a popular date night below!
If you're headed to Pinot's Palette for some painting and wine, give College Nannies and Tutors a call in advance to arrange for child care. Mention Pinot's Palette and receive a special offer!