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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Chapter 37 – “A Stumbling Block”

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 37: “A Stumbling Block”. 

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We all have stepping-stones on the pathway of where we want to go.  Deciding whether or not to use them is the hard part.

When I first started thinking about licensing my art to manufacturers for their products I had to do a ton of research to figure out what I needed to do.

I knew that I wanted to find an agent, but before I could find an agent I first had to create a portfolio.  This was a daunting task in the beginning that totally overwhelmed me.  I could see how completing this portfolio could cause most people to say, “never mind… I’ll go do something else”.

Once I was able to see that building a portfolio was like a building block (or stepping stone) to what I really wanted, it became easier to complete the task.  Which in the end lead to finding an agent, which was the original goal.

 

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Chapter 36 – “Really Truly Believe In Yourself”

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 36: “Really Truly Believe In Yourself”. 

 

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There have been many times when I said that I believed I could do this or that, yet looking back on those times (and knowing what I know now), I really didn’t.

However, it was all of those times of telling myself that I believed in this or that got me to the point of really truly believing.

I found that if there is something that I want to believe, if I say it over and over, eventually I do believe it.

What I don’t know is if by my saying it over and over I actually make it happen and then I can really believe it.  Or if it has existed all along but I didn’t believe until I could actually see it.

I guess it is the same questions as ‘which comes first… the chicken or the egg’.

 

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Chapter 35 – Life Begins At the End

In January of last 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 35 – “Life Begins At The End”.

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I remember the first time I flew on an airplane by myself.  I was to fly from Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas where I was to meet Tim.  I was scared to death about making this trip by myself.

Through days of strategic and careful planning I ended up at the airport 3 hours early, which gave me plenty of time to sit and think.

The trip turned out to be fantastic!  What I learned from that experience was if I had continued to stay in my safe and comfortable place I would not have been able to experience this great trip.

What I also learned from this trip (and from many other experiences afterwards) was that there are many amazing places and things in this world.  Yet, the majority of these places and things only exist outside of my comfort zone.

As lovely and wonderful as my comfort zone is, just outside of my comfort zone are even better and more wonderful things and places.

 

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Chapter 34 – Everything Happens For a Reason

In January of last 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 34 – “Everything Happens For A Reason”.

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I definitely believe that everything happens for a reason.  Sometimes it may be weeks or even months later before I figure out what the reason was.  And then sometimes I never figure out why something happened.

However, I always know there is a reason for everything that happens.

I believe that everything that happens to us happens to either help us grow more into the person we are meant to be or to teach us a lesson.  I guess this is pretty much the same thing or at least it goes hand-in-hand with each other.

The thing that I think is really cool is when something happens, and at the same time it is happening, you actually see and understand the reason why it is happening.

I think the more you look for reasons, the sooner and clearer they become.

 

 

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