E is for Eunoia

As I was researching topics for this post, I came across the word "eunoia," which is pronounced "u-`noy-ă."  Eunoia is a noun and is defined as beautiful thinking or a well mind.  I was not familiar with this word, but eunoia is certainly something I thrive for.

Chinese Valentine's Cookies for The Sunshines' Of My Life
Brother's Scan N Cut 2; EK Success Heart Punch; Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set; Various Cardstock and Paper; Sharpie Micron Pen; Glue and Adhesive Foam Dots
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Ray of Sunshine
Anything But Cute: Challenge #10 - Grungy Love
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #219
Valentine's Straw Embellishments for My Wife's Gift
Brother's Scan N Cut 2; EK Success Punch; Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set; Sharpie Micron Pen; Baker's Twine; Paper, Cardstock and Ribbon Scraps
Moo-Mania: Use Your Scraps
Try It On Tuesday: A Fine Romance
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Have A Heart
Sam & Sarah's Quinceañera Cards
Original Scanned Artwork; Tim Holtz Dies, Embossing Folder, & Stamps; Martha Stewart Flower Punch; Sequins; Ranger's Stickles; Markers; Inkpads; Cardstock
In my mind, eunoia can be achieved through the act of spending time with loved ones; engaging in religious ministries or social causes; and gift giving to loved ones and charities.

St. Augustine
Patels, Calligraphy Marker, Sharpie Micron Pen, Handmade Cork Stamp, and Gold Acrylic Paint
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week #214
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 49 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Julie's Art Journal Every Day
I also believe eunoia can be achieved by finding time to immerse in one's passions, such as the visual arts, music, literature, cooking, or exercising.

Post Markings - Old Del Rio
iPhone 4S Photograph
Our Beautiful World #133 - Markings
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - E is for Eunoia
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #349
Last, but not least, I believe eunoia can be achieved by being able to find beauty in our surroundings, no matter how insignificant these may appear.  Where or how do you find eunoia?

I want to thank all my followers and everyone that took the time to leave a comment.  By the way, I found out that I lost several of my followers due to some changes by Google's Friend Connect, so please accept my apologies.  I also found out that there is supposed to be a Google cookies notice on my blog, but I'm not sure it's showing or if it's something I need to set.  If you have any information, please let me know.  Happy Valentine's Day!


sandy said…
I like your post - and that word - ...never heard of it before.
Anonymous said…
learned something new here today,
the cards and the Valentine Day creations are beautiful,,
the words and the art are lovely,,
Christine said…
Lovely work for the challenges and a new word for me too! I also lost some followers, not many.
Valerie-Jael said…
Beautiful work for all of the challenges, and thanks for sharing your lovely Valentine scraps at Moo Mania and More, Valerie
I think we all lost followers....
Valerie-Jael said…
....And thanks for joining us at TIOT, too - not quite awake yet!
chrissie said…
Wonderful projects and a beautiful post

Great to have you join us at atry itvon Tuesday

Love Chrissie xx
Amazing beautiful artwork as always dear Arnoldo and a wonderful new to me word as well! Eunoia is definitely something I thrive for as well!
Thank you very much for linking to Moo Mania & More and TioT's!
sarascloset said…
It's always a good day when you learn something new; so thank you for making my day a good one! I have to say my eunoia comes from so many places; mostly from two of God's gifts to us, nature and humanity.

I adore your gift to your Sunshines' of your life! How fun are these little cookies! I'm sure they are going to be the highlight of your family's Valentine's Day!

Thank you for adding your Sunshines' gifts to our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT
Maura said…
What a great word to find, Arnoldo, and I love how you have interpreted it here. Those chinese fortune cookies are sweet - look fab in the stripes! Enjoyed seeing all of your creations here in all their diverse array. Thanks for joining us for Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! Have a great day!
Saskia said…
Great & beautiful work! You're so creative!

Greetings, Saskia
carol l mckenna said…
Always wonderful messages and creative works here ~ All of it is wonderful! Filled with the Spirit ~ Your Valentines are so colorful and creative!

Wishing you a wonderful week ~ ^_^
Unknown said…
Arnaldo, those two Valentine Chinese cookie art are so simple and profound at the same time. Thank you so much for joining our 219th challenge at Word Art Wednesday this next fortnight. Your creation is inspiring, beautiful and very much appreciated. Blessings, Carole
GalleryJuana said…
Beautiful Valentine goodies and cool photo for markings!
Lisabella Russo said…
I've heard that word before, but it's good to be reminded of it, it's very beautiful as is your post! I love the cookie wrappers, your art is so lovely!
Neesie said…
Well I'd never heard the word "eunoia" before reading your post Arnoldo,
Beautiful artwork as always and I too lost some followers.
I was really upset thinking that I may have offended them, but couldn't think why. I'd written nothing offense as far as I could remember. I then thought that perhaps it was because I've moved more into my art for my posts... but I didn't realise it was Goggle's doing.
I think it might have been nice to have had some notice.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and blessings to you and yours :D
Margik said…
A great post as always Arnoldo! The fortune cookies are so cute and the quinceañeras cards are really amazing with a fantastic design. And your San Agustin drawing is a great work.

Beautiful and very creative Valentine's gitfs! Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Mar

zandra said…
Love all of these but especially the cookies. Great take on the challenge and thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
Hugz, Z
Mona Pendleton said…
Fantastic collection of projects! Thanks for joining along with the MMMC :)
I adore this card you shared with us at Word Art Wednesday, it is very creative and love vintage look and feel of it. I also thrive for Eunoia daily. Thank you for sharing that word and its meaning. Thank you for always participating with us in the challenges and have a great day!!

WOW, those folds are so creative. I'd love to see a tutorial on that one!
These are SO super cute. I am grateful beyond words to have you share your talents with us. It means so much to have you share your art in our challenge, and I hope that you have a wonderfully blessed week. Please stop by to join us again soon.
Karen Letchworh
Word Art Wednesday
Teresa Kline said…
hello! great projects....luv the valentines! so glad you played along with the simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

shine on *~*
Anonymous said…
Well, I'm happy to learn this new word today. I find eunoia when I'm at peace with God, our creator...and when I'm full instead of hungry LOL!
Leslie: said…
Eunoia - a beautiful sounding word that I've never heard before...beautiful thinking or a well mind. It is certainly something to consider day to day. I know that today as I took my dear little Tegan for a walk through the park that I was thinking good thoughts and my mind felt well. It has been a tough year for me, but things are picking up and I have so many good things to look forward to.

abcw team
Your journal is fabulous! LOVE the image and words! Great cards too!!! What fun!!!
sandra de said…
Beautiful projects and beautiful word.
Hildred said…
||I find the older I get the more I learn, and this is a lovely word.
Indrani said…
If everybody in this world achieves eunoia then this will be a peaceful world.
MelodyK said…
What a wonderful word you've chosen! While reading your post my thoughts drifted of on that word and its meaning...

i think you are right in what you say about thriving to live up to that word... maybe not doing exactly what you say but just... trying to do the best one can in the way he wants to make the best of every moment and not only for himself but also every other living creature around him.
Having faith is a blessing wich sadly enough lots of people don't have.

be and stay blessed!

have a nice abc-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
Jennifer Rose said…
love the straws :D perfect for this time of year

and I see a cookies notification, I think it get put there automatically
Bubbles said…
Beautiful challenges work - I especially like the straws - they are lovely.
The word 'eunoia' sounds quite beautiful... it rolls off the tongue :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday
Bubbles #33
Sharon said…
I love your Quinceañera Cards. Those are gorgeous!

I like all your Valentine's Day work - very unique.

Thanks for sharing
Have a great week
Sharon K #44
Barb said…
Lovely Valentine makes and I what beautiful cards. Have a happy week. Barbx #45
I'm euphoric to learn a new word!

Lisca said…
No, I hadn't heard of eunoia either. It might also be found in sincere worship, I think.
I love all your bits of art. Especially the Valentine's straws.

Have a good week,
Hi Arnoldo, I started okay this morning but got tied up with a difficult project so only just getting round to starting my visits. Love your Valentine projects. Interesting word you have found. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 26
Annie said…
I'm playing catch up today visiting my blogging friends. It was just too long a day yesterday to feel up to visiting before bedtime. Thanks for calling by at mine.
Beautiful artwork and what a lovely word.
Annie x #10
A lovely post Romero, beautifully illustrated with your artwork. I'll be definitely adding eunoia to my vocabulary. Apparently, it's the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier! Happy Valentine's day to you too! zsuzsa #36
Ros Crawford said…
Lovely photos and items !! I really like that Black and white shot. Thanks so much for sharing them with us at OBW!!
Trubes said…
A most interesting word which I haven't encountered before.
Delightful artwork yet again Arnoldo.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

Best wishes,
ABCW team.
you've got such sweet presents for your wife. Wishing you a lot of eunoia.Vicky#18
Ariadne said…
Being a Greek it was interesting to read about a Greek word used in English, one of the many!
Thank you for sharing with us in Our Beautiful World!AriadnefromGreece!
Clare Lloyd said…
Super projects. Happy PPF
Samra said…
Thank you so very kindly for joining our “Grungy Love” challenge at Anything But Cute!
Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra
sirkkis said…
Super post, Arnold. Your wife Lisa gets a gorgeous Valentine's gift. Thank you for sharing it also with us at TioT ♥
Linda Kunsman said…
First of all thank you for introducing me to this lovely word (new to me too). Love those Valentine cookies and gifts, and your sugar skull cards are just fabulous!! The Saint Augustine page and scripture are beautiful-and I try and remember that when I feel I am judging. Many of us lost followers because of Google but I don't know much about it or about a cookies notice. Happy Valentine's Day and have a blessed weekend!
Faye said…
Your St. Augustine page is awesome and beautifully drawn and colored. I had never heard of the word eunoia before. Thanks for broadening my mind.
Giggles said…
What beautiful loving romantic post!! Truly lovely! Thank you for the new scrabble word! I also achieve eunoia from all the above. Spell check on here is not recognizing the word!! Love ALL your valentines!! Not a big fan of skullies...but I LOVE yours...so colourful and vibrant!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Valentines Day to you and your dear wife!

Hugs Giggles
Jo said…
Always learn something from your posts, Arnoldo. Great post and thanks for sharing. wishing you a peaceful weekend.
Dea said…
LOVE the Chinese Valentine cookies and the carved post. Great stuff Arnoldo--hope you have a lovely weekend and Happy Valentine's Day! xo
DVArtist said…
As always your art has so much detail and love. I do like this word eunoia a new one for me as well. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family.
SusanLotus said…
I love that page with the quote... "Don´t judge..." So true.

Sussie nr 8 WOYWW
Blogoratti said…
Great post indeed, and that word is super. Greetings!
sheila 77 said…
Super word, Arnoldo, and wonderful meaning too. I think artists who make happy art must know the meaning of this word even if they didn't know the actual word before.
I always like the way you make a styled photo of your art, presenting it with other items, like the Chinese Valentine's cookies with the white buttons. That's clever using crosswords with your scraps piece.
Great art, great word and a great blogpost.
As for the Google cookies notice, I believe it is a European legislation only and Google have put it up automatically on European blogger blogs. You can Google it at "Google cookies alert on blogger".
Julie Lee said…
I believe I lost 3 or 4 followers sadly due to Google Friend Connect. I'm not sure about the Googles Cookies notice, which I see at the top of blogs, so very sorry I can't help with that one. I love your discovery of this beautiful Greek word. Art definitely produces Eunoia for me, as does being with my family; walking in Nature and listening to beautiful music or visiting galleries. Meditating on all the beauty in this world is such a joyous thing. Thank you for sharing your art, which is always lovely and your thoughts, which are so inspiring. xx
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Awesome post, thanks for sharing!
Anonymous said…
Love those sugar skull birthday cards!! Great colors and really fun. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
Unknown said…
Very cool Calavera Cards!! Love sugar skulls! Thank you so much for playing with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!