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Friday Finds - Rediscovering YES



Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new here.... please say hello....share your finds below.... Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life's lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
it's endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your to Friday Finds (feel free to grab the button below).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

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Kim Klassen dot Com

My Friday Finds.......

Hello friends....

Remember the anthro gift card..... from my sweet blogging friends? A few items I choose have been on back-order..... Today this lovely mug arrived (in the biggest box... one lone....little mug... made me smile)..... It's a beauty.

Below the mug is the most fab flour sack.... found by accident at Lady of the Lake this morning.... Seriously the mug, the sack .... a match made in heaven...... Destiny....


Time for a Story?

My goodness.... I've had a good week.....Personal growth is such a process... don't you find?

I started the week with a 3 day juice cleanse....and.... It's been much more than I thought...body and mind cleansing? A letting go..... 

On May 22nd, 2013 .... John was diagnosed with Leukemia.... We were sent immediately to Winnipeg for treatment..... 8 + months later....we came home...... 

Cancer..... Ugh.... It's tough stuff....

Somewhere along the way... I lost my footing.... I lost my trust.... I began to think more NO than YES.... Doubt.... worry.... stress..... FEAR.... became such a part of my life.....the NO's found their way into my head and heart.

When we finally made our way home.... these feelings were amplified. I was angry...... 8 months gone!! Yet life just carried on.....


I've been working hard to find my way back..... deliver the classes I have yet to complete.... Start to Finish... has been patiently waiting for my return..... but my heart just hasn't been in it....

This week.... a shift.... I let go.... We are ok! I'm not going to get snatched from my life again..... or maybe I am..... but I certainly can't sit around waiting for it to happen?

I love my 'work'..... It's my TRUE passion.... teaching, sharing..... creating.... A dream gig..... It's time to get back on track.....

And so.... as scary as it say this out loud.... Start to Finish will begin again next week!! Thank you for your patience.... understanding...  kindness.... It's time to finish what I started. Watch for an email soon..... my sweet and oh so patient creatives.....

(for those who have asked... registration for the next session of S2F will open toward the end of March.)

Life is good... we are truly blessed.... and I am... forever grateful.....

How 'bout you?

Where are you at..... inspired, uninspired? YES, NO's....

Please share in the comments below..... I'd love to hear from you....

Need some encouragement..... Just ask...and I will personally send you an email note of encouragement.....


Okie doke my friends.... what have you discovered this week? Link away below.

Until next time.....Love.... gratitude....always.......


Sweet Ben story....

as I write this... I can feel him watching me...

I turn my head... there he is... beside me....on his cozy bed....head up....sleepy eyed...simply staring at me ... he does this.... a lot these days (as if he can't quite believe I'm home).....

I say... Hi Benny... I love you.... he sighs a big sigh........ tucks his head in tight and goes fast to sleep.....

Perhaps a new FF tradition...... Benny as the bumper...... 

We call him....Zenny Benny..... 

Reader Comments (24)

First of all Zenny Benny that made me laugh also he knows how cool he looks.... Glad that things are slotting back into place it has been a test for you all. Bad week for me my FibroMyalgia is playing up and when this happens everything gets lost, creativity, healthy eating exercise well I could go on but I won't .... Love the flour sack xxx
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell
Dear Kim, so pleased you are finding your way back. I've had a bumpy couple of weeks and seem to have faltered so you are a true inspiration after the months you have been through. Love your gorgeous Friday finds.. and your gorgeous Zenny Benny of course. Sending love to you. x
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecs
sorry for the time you've had. sorry that you've been scared to nowhere and back. but so glad the world is finding its way back under your feet. i think you will find hope and inspiration and joy in your work, so i'm glad you've finding your way to it. plus, benny is adorable. what great company. xo
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpatty
What a beautiful photo of Ben...a dog gives such a comforting, loving presence. I miss that so much with my's been five months but I still miss her like crazy. Kim, I'm glad you're finding your way back. I'm in the middle of a winter melancholy myself and am hoping to crawl my way out soon. Your Anthropologie cup is gorgeous! Have a wonderful day, OK? I'm thinking of you and sending good thoughts. xo
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
Thank you for sharing your heart, Kim. Transparency is so refreshing. Blessings to you this week!
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Your photo of the cup is so beautiful and what a wonderful thing to arrive in the mail! So good to hear that you are finding your way back, Kim.
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
lovely thoughts today . . . I love the image of your happy pooch . . .
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterteresa
So good to hear S2F is coming back on the road, I need something to get back into. Been in a struggle, been doing more iPhone images which is find, not that I haven't been taking images with my 5D but they are sitting on the camera and no desire to process. Sigh.....I am at a crossroad as which type of photography I love also, abstract, macros or even both pulls in so many directions it seems and so many directions that I don't seem to ever get anything done and feel my life is slipping away And it is slipping away......, guess that happens when you reach my age of 69 that you feel that way, just not enough time or feel you have the energy to accomplish what you want to and so you don't accomplish anything. Maybe time for a List? Ramble here......

Honestly wish you would consider having a retreat even if it was a small one I would be the first one to sign up.
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarBbara Hurst
Exciting!! Exciting to hear you found a new spark about life, and exciting to hear S2F is starting up. Your creativeness is moving to the next level, I sense. Zenny Benny - how sweet is that. Pets sure know when you talk to them and seem to understand what you say…he's once again reassured of your love for him.
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
I simply love your shots of Benny! And very happy to hear you're coming back to more of a *Yes* outlook. Unfortunately it looks like there are some rocky times on the horizon for us. Time will tell.
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlisa
We certainly have those highs and lows in our lives and you've sure had your share this past year. I'm glad you're rising above the fear. Always look forward to your lovely photography, your openness, AND images of Benny! He's such a gorgeous baby. Doesn't it just melt your heart when they are attentive to you and give that sigh.......and all is well.
Hugs to you!
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl M
Great photo of Ben! I love dogs, and he is a friend of life.
Thanks for sharing, for hosting this nice project and happ weekend, Wieczora (◔‿◔)
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWieczora (◔‿◔)
Saying "yes" is a good place to be. You've been through so much. Sending a big hug your way. The expression "carry on" has been on my mind a lot lately. And, that line from that wonderful song, "may the sound of your past be your feet upon the ground, carry on" Raising my cup of coffee to you...."carry on my friend!"
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill
Gosh, Ben is so cute - I love seeing his image on your blog again! I'm loving your beautiful blue mug too!
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
So glad you're finding your way back, Kim !
Nice to hear Start to Finish will be back next week, I'm looking forward to it ...
Lovely finds ... and I love that photo of Ben, he's so cute ... and so happy
that you're together again ...
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
When I first saw the photograph of Ben, I thought to myself... "It looks like he's meditating!" And then I read your words ... "Zenny Benny." LOL! So great, Kim. He is definitely a Zenner, that's for sure.

You know, I have found you must take one day at a time... and then, you'll eventually find yourself caught-up. Until then, enjoy the journey, let the world around you fall into place as it needs and wants to. This is the lesson. Let go. Let go. Yes. You are right. I know, it's not easy.

Warm hugs, sweet you. Happy Friday and wishing you a lovely weekend ahead. xo
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
So true, we can all sit around waiting for the bad, the what ifs, and meanwhile life passes us by. We are intended for more, your experience will be the story that somebody needs to hear, you have the opportunity to spread encouragement like none other and it doesn't get any more authentic than coming from somebody that has been there in that really shitty place. I know that more great things are headed your way.
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I missed FF today. Sometimes life just gets in the way, doesn't it? But reading your post made me happy! You can't keep a good woman down. xo
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
Dearest, Kim, I am so thankful that you have made your way through the thicket of doubt and worry and have once again emerged into the sunny meadow of inspiration and JOY.
March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJune
I hardly post a Friday Find (or even on Texture Tuesday here lately), but I always check in to see what my KK friends are creating. Plus to check in on you and your journey over these last 8+ months. I followed the ups and the downs, the smiles and the tears. The one thing I've noticed, is that you've handled it all with such grace. For me, that's just as valuable a lesson as everything you've taught me about creative images.
March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
I always love how poetic your post are. I would be very very happy if you can visit my FridayFinds cuz I really want to share my story with you.

Looking forward to more link up :)
March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMerlinda (@pixiedusk)
Love your new mug. Thanks to you and another blogging friend I've discovered Anthropologie and love it! I saw these mugs in the store this week and several other things I want! I'm so glad you're recovering and finding yourself after these rough months your family has been through.
March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCathy H.
Kim, I'm a little late to the party this week, but I wouldn't miss it for the world. I know you have been through a crisis, and I can almost feel your struggle. By reaching out to us, your friends, you open yourself up to healing and new opportunities. I am so excited for you, because you will slowly enter a phase of great growth. I can see this clearly. I listed to a poetry reading this morning, and one line stood out, "embrace your splendid singularity." This is my encouragement to you and your readers, there is only one you and you are magnificent. Love your photos today, and I wish I could take EVERY Kim Klassen class. My son teases me because it is one of my dreams to actually meet you in person one day - you never know!
March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
It's so freeing to read this. To let go of my own stiflings and ease into our new normal as well. And Shadow, he watches me a lot lately. A little more overprotective when someone's at the porch gate. But I have my loves and encouraging people like you. That's all I need right in on my journey. Thank you for being such a blessing Kim. xoxo
March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeri Taira

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