Clay Aiken - Sparkle and Shine


People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~ Elizabeth K. Ross

Clay Aiken is an example of someone with the true inner beauty, he spreads hope and happiness even on the darkest of days.


Grace of God
AmazingCA graciously sent me most of the Clay Aiken graphics for this this montage.
Thank you "T"!



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The World Won’t Make You Happy

Happiness does not come wrapped in brightly colored packages as a “gift” given to us by others. Happiness comes when we uncover the gifts that lie within us and begin to use them to please God and bless others.

Happiness flows from within. It is found in the moments of life we label as “quality’ rather than quantity. George Bernard Shaw once said, “This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one…Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish, little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

The only person who can truly make you happy is yourself. You simply have to decide to be.


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Exercise for Happiness!

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks. Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)


After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.


This entry is dedicated to our recently departed friend, xxx4clay.
Her sparkle and shine will be forever remembered through her beautiful photos and friendship on the fan boards.

in memory of xxx4clay

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graphics by Ashes

See Carolina Clay's blog - Clay Nation celebrates Aiken Fan

I love your visits and comments!

Check out the links at the bottom of this page for lots of Clay blogs. Enjoy!



SueReu said...

Another stunning video Ashes! I love that song, the visuals and the graphics (oh, and I kind of like Clay Aiken a little bit too)

Thanks for the smiles!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

I love the Montage....awesome graphics! I think the exercise program is great.....you had me there for a second. lol

"The World Won't Make You Happy" is wonderful.....and SO TRUE!!!

Hope your having a great day...

Hugs, Marlyne

fgs said...

I enjoyed the video montage. ACA makes some wonderful graphics. Nice memorial blend for Susan, too, sad, but beautiful.

Carolina Clay said...


Beautiful blog! I love the montage of Clay Aiken graphics, which also has me replaying my OMWH album right now. Many thnx to you and AmazingCA for such an awesome video.

For a sec, you had me going on the potato sacks, LOL!

Thank you for the memorial blends for our beloved xxx4clay.


musicfan said...

Ashes.......Another lovely blog. I love the quote about the window and the light within!!

Clay Aiken is so lucky to have you as a fan!!

Thank you for the time you put into your blogs for our entertainment!!

dee said...

A beautiful blog form top to bottom and certainly full of sparkle and shine . Thank you .

jbc4clay said...

Love the blog and the video. Beautiful!

I am at your stage in the exercises!

Thanks for the link to my blog!

ImGranny said...

Thanks for the wonderful blog and video. Clay Aiken sure has some talented fans!

T said...

What a beautiful opening graphic and love that quote - my favorite!

Thanks so much for your wonderful idea because "Grace of God" is a very inspiring & meaningful song. I really appreciate you asking me to include the graphics. I will treasure this video. Your talent in doing videos (apart from doing graphics) is amazing. Also, many thanks for all the very kind comments.

Enjoyed reading "The World Won't Make You Happy" & also, "Exercise for Happiness". The graphic tributes you did for xxx4clay is so beautiful & touching!


Anonymous said...

Such a delight to be here...love everything especially the awesome montage. I really missed him so much :( Thanks for lifting me up even if it's just for a moment. Kudos to you.


katy said...

Ashes, beautiful blog about a wonderful man, Clay Aiken. Grace of God is one of my favs.

lulu said...

The new video is wonderful!! Clay Aiken makes good material for montages.

SueReu said...

back for another look at Clay Aiken and that wonderful video to Grace of God

Thanks Ashes!

PaulaBear said...

Wonderful video and a truly touching tribute to Susan. Thank you Ashes!

CCOL4HIM said...

Pretty Blog-I got a sneak peak in Google reader, but it's betterseeing the actual blog itself. Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia

CCOL4HIM said...

oops Blogger CCOL4HIM said...

Pretty Blog-I got a sneak peak in Google reader, but it's better seeing the actual blog itself. Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia

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