Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Such A Great Feeling

Recently, I made a quick visit home to New Orleans. I had the chance to visit with a very dear friend at her home. As we sat, chatted and did a bit of catching up, my eyes wondered around the room. I became over joyed with what my eyes saw. She had three of my originals hanging in her home. I had forgotten she purchased them. It reminded me that she was actually my first customer that commissioned me to paint a painting.

As I expressed my excitement, she directed me to her hall to see the invitation from my first show that she has matted and framed. My friend then drew my attention to the print I had given her for her birthday that is also matted, framed and hung!!! Such love!! It made me feel real good that my friend has my works all over her house!! The love and support of friends are unmeasurable!!!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday Mornings!

Saturday is my favorite day of the week! When I open my eyes on a Saturday morning, it seems the possibilities are endless!! The work week is done and it's my play day!! When I lived on the Gulf Coast, it meant we could take a day trip to the beach in Mississippi! Now, it may be a day trip to Dallas.

I lay in bed early on a Saturday morning and decide how I want my "play day" to go! Will I jump right into making a new jewelry design or will I splatter some brightly colored paint on a canvas! Maybe, it's a day to get out and go to a few favorite stores I like. It could be a day I get in the Kitchen and create an extra fabulous meal for my family! Whatever my spur of the moment decision is, trust me, I will be enjoying my glorious Saturday to the fullest!!!

Don't just exist in this world, live life to the fullest! Life is a gift, enjoy it!!!

Happy Happy Saturday!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Get Organized!!

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new!! I decided my studio/workshop was cluttered, messy and unorganized. Once that revaluation came to me, I took on the BIG challenge to take a step and get the chaos under control. After 10 minutes into the job, I came to the realization that it was a bigger job then I thought. Was I up to the challenge? I wasn't sure. First thought was to toss it all in a box and call it a day!! It occurred to me that many of us manage our lives this way. We let stuff build and build until we have no choice but to take immediate action. By that time, it's so overwhelming that we want to shut the door and lock it. Whether it's emotional, physical or financial, we have all done this at some point in our lives. I'm not a quitter, I dug my heels in and handled my business!!!

Once the job was complete, I was proud of the out come. The total job took almost 8 hours. It was difficult. A few times, I almost decided to stop and finish it on another day. I knew that was really not an option. So, as we do in life, I pushed on until it was done.

I asked myself why did I let it get so bad! Yes, I practically have two full time jobs and I'm on multiple art related boards, but that's no excuse. We have a tendency to let our lives get way out of control before taking action. This usually causes more pain, money and time that wouldn't not have been required had we stayed on top of what we should be doing!!!

I challenge you to find an area of your life that YOU have let get out of control.The new year is here. Get a new attitude and take control!! Get empowered, make a change in your life! It could be small or huge. I promise, you will be proud of yourself for following the plan. You will pat yourself on the back once you step back and see how well it turned out!!