Local Do: Practicing Mindfulness with Art Guy Workshop

by Jennifer Thai in ,


As most of you know, I do (and preach) my very best to live each day with intent - since I both work in the social media realm and maintain this blog and its social presence, it's important for me to be cognizant of the fact that mindfulness should take precedence in this digitally-driven world. And given that I'm kind of pre-disposed to forgetting to live in the moment, considering the environment I've willingly surrounded myself with (you know, taking pictures of my food before I eat it - that kind of stuff), it's nice to have reminders to practice mindfulness and be in the present.

Recently, I connected with Valerie, the owner of Art Guy Workshop, based in Sarasota. We bonded over our mutual passion for mindful living, and she introduced me to her beautiful-crafted lines of towels, ponchos and bags, made from fine textiles imported from Turkey.

Pictured is the Lanai Towel in Royal Blue - it's a heavier weight towel and oh-so-soft, perfect for making your mark on the beach without the gulf breeze blowing it away. Whether beach-side, lake-side or while picnicing, I've been taking my Lanai Towel with me everywhere, and Sadie enjoys cuddling up to it, too!

The story behind the creation of Art Guy Workshop is a heartfelt one:

We have Arthur Guy to thank for that inspiration. He came early, weighing 4 pounds and 2 ounces. He was released from the NICU fifteen minutes later with a clean bill of health. Then came the fight of our lives. My health was deteriorating and our tiny new baby would have to go home without his mom.  My husband and mother stayed at my side in the ICU as I fought for my life, driven to get home to our baby boy. The thought of not being here to watch Arthur grow was unbearable. Two weeks later, I had slowly recovered enough for my doctor to discharge me as I cried and pleaded that only my little family could heal me. And heal me they did. 

We will never forget how precious life is, how amazing friends and family can be, and how important it is to live fully, to be as present as possible in each moment. We often feel that the experience, as awful as it was at the time, was a blessing. We were able to exhibit our strength as a family, we were reminded that every moment in this life is a gift. 

Art Guy is created with love and helps to remind us that it is so great to be HERE.

Valerie has been so kind to offer 15% off your purchase from Art Guy Workshop - all you have to do is enter in code THISJENNGIRL at checkout. Will you join me in living life with intent, practicing mindfulness and living in each and every moment?

*Disclosure: I was provided with the item featured in this post in exchange for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord - opinions are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Art Guy Workshop.