Always Rise Above The Drama

In January of this year 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 12: “Always Rise Above The Drama”.

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We have all been around that one person that seems to stuck in their own perpetual crisis mode.  Everything about them is a monumental big deal surround by enormous animation of gestures and emotions.  “Oh my God, the sugar bowl is empty!  How did this happen?  Who let the sugar bowl get empty?  Why didn’t anybody fill the sugar bowl?  And then it just goes on and on and on and on.  Sorry, I don’t get it!

One day I went to a movie.  I didn’t really like the movie as it had a lot of really gross parts.  I found myself closing my eyes so I didn’t have to see all the gore.  My eyes were closed more than I was actually watching the movie.  Finally, I had enough and I got up and left.  Yes, I had paid good money to get in and see the movie, but it didn’t bother me one bit to get up and leave.

I am the same way with high-drama people.  I don’t like it, it makes me feel really uncomfortable and so instead of submitting myself to their drama, I leave!

 

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You Do What You Believe In

In January of this year 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 11: You Do What You Believe In. 

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I have had many jobs throughout my life.  Some were good and some were not so good.  However, in the back of my mind, I always “wanted” to be an artist, but that just always seemed more like a future ambition.

One day, shortly after Tim and I started dating, he told his mother about me for the first time.  As Tim was recounting the story to me he said, “I told her you were an artist.”  Hearing those words really startled me.  I had never heard those words before in reference to me.

My first thought was, “oh, no… that’s not true”.  I even became frightened.  Those words actually scared me.  But then when I thought about it a little longer and realized, yes, those words are true, I am an artist!  That is the exact moment that I went from wanting to be an artist to actually being an artist.

My art then went from being just for fun or a hobby to a serious career.  Once I finally believed I was an artist, I actually became an artist.

 

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Love Yourself Before Someone Else

In January of this year 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 10: “Love Yourself Before Someone Else.”

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When I first posted this painting, I could tell that it caused confusion for some by the comments they were writing.  I will clarify that it does not say ‘love yourself more than anyone else.’  What this says to me is that you need to learn to love yourself before you can truly love someone else.

This was a very difficult lesson for me to learn and took a lot of time and self exploration before I actually gave myself permission to love myself.

It is kind of hard to explain because I don’t really understand it myself, however, I do know that once I finally reached that point, not only was I able to love others more deeply but everything about myself improved.  My attitude, my health, my relationships all improved.  I became more patient, forgiving and understanding of not only myself, but others as well.  Best of all, my art became more like me… and better!

 

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It Is Not The Things We Get

In January of this year 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 a week from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 9: “It Is Not the Things We Get”.

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I have always had great difficulty defining “success” for myself.  Over the years that definition has changed many times.

When my stepfather passed away I saw the true definition of success.  He wasn’t a wealthy man and he hadn’t achieved any great accomplishment that changed the lives of all mankind.  Instead, the enormous success of this wonderful man was revealed during his funeral as men stood one after the other and talked about how my stepfather had touched their lives.

He was the type of man who could not go anywhere without seeing someone he knew.  If he didn’t happened to see someone he knew then he would meet someone new.  To go out with him you would think you were out with a celebrity because so many people would stop to talk to him.

From this I learned that success really is a simple achievement.  All you have to do is stop looking at yourself and start looking at others.  Your success is found in the hearts of others that you have touched.  Sometime you can touch the heart of someone else with just a simple smile!

 

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Be Who You Wanna Be

In January of this year 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 each week from my book. This week is Chapter Number 8 – “Be Who You Wanna Be”.

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In the original Cinderella movie, there is a part where the wicked stepmother sent Cinderella to her room as punishment.  Little did the wicked stepmother know that this was Cinderella’s favorite place to be.  Then she sings the song; “in my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be.”  As a little girl I remember singing that song all the time.

My mother tells the story of when I was little, I would wake up so happy every morning.  It was like, “good morning new world, I am so happy to be here”.  Actually, to me, it was a new world, because everyday my imagination was letting me be somebody different in a whole new and different world.  Although we both laugh about it now, at the time I think this drove my mother nuts!

After growing up, I knew I had to decide on being just one person (sad but true.)  Of course I had a lot of suggestion from many different people in my life, but in the end I had to make the decision for myself.  In the end, I am happy to say that I think I chose wisely because I really do like being me and I can’t think of anybody else I would rather be!

 

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Our Fate Lives Within Us

In January of this year 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 a week from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 7 – Our Fate Lives Within Us.

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I have always known that I wanted to be an artist.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an artist.  Oh sure, there have been times when I wanted to be a ‘this’ or a ‘that’, but after about five minutes I was back to wanting to be an artist again.  I feel so blessed and fortunate to have always known what I wanted to be.

It surprises me how many say they ‘don’t know what they want to be when they grow up’.  These people are usually 40, 50, 60 plus years old.

I believe that everybody has a purpose and that is their fate.  Some find it, some don’t.  The ones that find it are usually the ones that have taken the time to really dig deep in their soul to find it.

Once they find it they then must then have enormous courage to make it happen.  For those with courage, they live their fate.

 

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Create With Your Heart

In January of this year 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 a week from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 6: Create With Your Heart.

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As an artist this was the most valuable lesson for me to learn.  It was also the most difficult lesson to learn.  Yet the way I learned it was easy.  I just watched children and did what they did.  Children know everything and they aren’t afraid of anything.

You tell a child to draw you a picture and they don’t ask, “what do you want me to draw?” or “What medium should I use?” They don’t ask silly questions like that.  They just grab whatever they can find (hopefully it won’t be the wall) and they begin to draw.

Now, when I can’t figure out what to draw or when I have run out of ideas, I just begin to play.  When I play my heart opens up and from there new ideas and new drawings seem to flow endlessly.

 

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Never Apologize for Being You

In January of this year 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, personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter each week from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 5: Never Apologize for Being You.

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We have all had somebody tell us that we need to be one thing or another.  Something like, “you would be a good teacher or you need to go to school and get a degree to become a teacher.”

This is nothing unusual, we have all been told something like this probably many times in our lives.

When I was younger I would listen.  Sometimes I would even try what I was being told to do.  There came a point when I figured out that wasn’t working for me and I needed to stop doing what other people thought I should do.

Then I went through a phase of resentment.  I would think “how dare you tell me what I should do.”

Today, those words are like water on a ducks back… it just rolls off.

Once I started listening to my heart and only my heart, these people no longer bother me at all.  I usually just silently laugh and go on my way, while thinking to myself, “you silly goose”.

 

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Fight for What You Love

In January of this year 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 4: Fight For What You Love.

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There was a time in the beginning of my art career when I was working hard on my art but I still wasn’t making any money.  Tim was working but we still didn’t have much money and we were barely getting by.

I can’t tell you how many people would tell me “just go get a job”.  Every time I heard those words it was like fingernails on a chalkboard.  I hated hearing those words because that meant giving up my art.

I was determined not to give up my art and every time I heard those words it was like ammunition in my cannon.  Therefore, I didn’t quit my art and I didn’t get a job.  Instead I kept fighting my way through the obstacles, one by one.

Finally, one day those words went away.  Today, nobody tells me to “just go get a job”.

I fought for my art.  I fought really hard every day.  I won!

 

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Look For Hidden Blessings

At the beginning of 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my watercolor paintings accompanied by a story from my life and personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share this with you over the next year.

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I realize that not every day is a good day, but that doesn’t mean that good things don’t happen every day!

During the ‘great recession’ Tim and I were both out of work.  We were living off our savings and that was dwindling away very quickly.

One day we went the grocery store.  As we were walking through the parking lot to go into the store, we walked by a planter with bushes.  Tim suddenly stopped and said “what is that?”  He walked over to the bush and picked up a dollar bill and said, “look, I found a dollar” as he was showing it to me.

Then he looked on the other side of the bush and he found another dollar bill, and then another, and another.  By the time he was finished looking through the bushes he had found four dollars!

Tim is always looking in the parking lot for change and he always happens to find a penny.  But on this day he found four dollars!  You would have thought he had just won the lottery.

This is our reminder that blessings are everywhere.  Sometimes you just have to look under the right bush to find them.

 

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