Bloom Where You Are Planted

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I have spent the past full year dedicating my blog post to a different chapter from my book, “Don’t Give Up!” I hope you have been keeping up with the weekly post.

It has been wonderful having a year of blog post “in the can” and not really having to work at it. But now that the year is finished, I am back to trying to figure out what to post.

During this past year I have also started creating a new style of art – Mixed Media Collage.

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I have been have so much fun learning how to create collage background that I can use my art with. I love the look of the multiple layers of papers and then even more layers of paint.

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Of course I am always going to take every opportunity possible to add a positive saying or phrase. I have been enjoying making mixed media collage paintings and I will be sharing more of them with you in the future.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 50 – Today’s The Day

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 50: “Today’s The Day”.

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I don’t live in the past.  There really isn’t much there that interests me anymore.  Granted, in the past I created many wonderful memories that I will always cherish.  Also, in the past I learned many valuable lessons that have greatly improved my life and strengthened my spirit.

I often look toward the future and the things I want to have and accomplish.

However, I have learned that the things I do today are what ties the lessons I have learned from the past to the accomplishments I will have tomorrow.

There is no day more important than today!

 

 

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Chapter 49 – “Always Appreciate Those Around You”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 49: “Always Appreciate Those Around You”.

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I used to work with a girl that was always complaining about everything and picking fights with the others in the office.

In the beginning she was cute and charming, but as time quickly went by she became an emotional drain and very difficult to be around.

Although she was difficult to be around, she was very good at her job.  Her job was vital to the company and without her doing her job as well as she did, my job would have been much more difficult.

I had to work hard to find a way to deal with the high energy and emotional draining that I had to go through with her.  The way I found that I could deal with the situation was by appreciating what she did in her work.

I learned that it is amazing what you can tolerate from some people when you learn to love and appreciate something about them.

 

 

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Chapter 48 – “Sing In The Sunshine”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 48: Sing In The Sunshine.

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Health experts say that being out in the sun increases your vitamin D level which diminishes depression and anxiety.

Psychologist say that music sooths the soul.

Sounds like a perfect combination to me!

 

 

 

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Chapter 47 – Surround Yourself With Good Friends

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 47 – “Surround Yourself With Good Friends”.

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Tim and I move around a lot and we usually aren’t in one place very long.  That makes it difficult to really make friends.  Yet it seems like I have friends everywhere we’ve been and there is always that one friend that I hate to leave behind.

I have learned to make friends in many ways.  Candi is one of my best friends and we live many states apart.  We met in an on-line mastermind group.

We take the time to talk to each other at least once a week.  Every Tuesday morning at 9:00 we call each other on the phone and we talk for at least an hour.  This our time, and we schedule all other appointment around this time.

We have made this call every week for the past four (and going on five) years.  What makes this really different is that Candi and I have never seen each other face to face in person.

I have discovered there are lots of ways to make and keep friends!

 

 

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Chapter 46: “Possibilities”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 46: Possibilities.

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When my youngest son Bryan was little and he would be sad, upset or frustrated about something, we had a little game that we would play.  It was called “In My World…”.

Basically how the game would work was if Bryan complained about something I would ask him the question, “so, how would this be different in your world?”  In other words, what would be another possibility to change the situation?

Bryan would then have to start telling me how the situation would be different in his world.

One day we were in the car and traffic was really bad.  Bryan was complaining about how slow it was moving.  So I asked him the question “how would this be different in your world?”  Bryan started telling how our car could lift up and fly above all the other cars and we would be out of the traffic.

From a child’s mind, (many years ago), I thought that was pretty good!  Today as an adult Bryan has a great imagination and I have often wondered if this little game helped to form that imagination.

 

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Chapter 45 – In The End

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 45: In The End.

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I don’t like having regrets and so I try to minimize them as much as possible!

With me, there seems to be one common denominator to all my regrets.  That one common denominator is fear.  The reason I didn’t do something was fear.  I was just too afraid to do something and now I regret it.

Granted, at the time I probably wrapped my ‘reasoning’ for not doing it with a score of seemingly plausible and elaborate excuses.  Yet in the end they were only excuses and the real reason for not doing it was simply just fear.

However, for the times I did overcome my fears and pushed forward, the reward was so great.  You would think that I would learn to keep pushing my way through the fear, yet I still let that ugly old fear get to me.

At least I now recognize fear for what it is and I don’t have to waste time coming up with excuses!

 

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Chapter 44 – “Don’t Believe Everything You Think”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 44: Don’t Believe Everything You Think.

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I am, by far, my worst critic.  I think that is probably true for most serious artists.  I am always wishing my art was better in one way or another.

I was constantly telling myself that my art wasn’t good enough, or that nobody would like my art.

One day I decided to put my art ‘out there’ and just see what the reaction would be.  Much to my surprise people actually liked it.  Although it was surprising, it was a delightful surprise.

That is when I learned that I really shouldn’t believe everything that I think!

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Chapter 39 – “Life’s What You Make It”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 39: “Life’s What You Make It”.

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Tim and I have a rather unique lifestyle.  Tim works in the construction industry which means we have to go where the building project is located.  (Which is usually a different town.)  In the past four years, we have moved thirteen times.  That means packing boxes, loading a U-Haul with boxes and furniture, traveling to the new location and then unloading and unpacking.

We have lived in different places from Las Vegas, Nevada to New Orleans, Louisiana and many points in between.

Granted it isn’t a lifestyle that most people could or would even want to have.  I suppose if we put our focus on all the packing and moving we couldn’t handle it very well either.  However, we have chosen not to make that our focus.  Instead our focus is on being in a new place, seeing new things and experiencing new adventures. And it has really been so much fun!!!

 

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Chapter 38 – “Take Just A Step At A Time”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 38: “Take Just A Step At A Time”.

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Have you ever watched a small child just learning how to walk?  Sometimes they will see something across the room that they really want.  Then when they try to walk over to it, they get so excited they can hardly walk and they look like they are going to stumble and fall, which sometimes they do.

That was kind of what I looked like in the beginning of my art career.  I was just so excited about getting to the end, sometimes I looked like I was going to stumble and fall.

It took a lot of practice to just slow down and do things one at a time and finish each step before moving on to the next one.

I could always see that end goal and I was always excited to get there.  The hard part was learning to be like that child just learning to walk.  I had to learn to take it slow and take it just one step at a time so I didn’t stumble and fall.

 

 

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