Are You Paying Attention?

 

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We have all had those days when all the problems and obstacles seem to be so overwhelming and all we want to do is just hang our heads while we hope and pray that all the things we are dealing with will just go away.  Actually, it is at these very specific times that we should have our heads held high and making sure that we are paying close attention to everything that is going on around us.  Are you paying attention?

It seems like when things are at their worse that is where we learn of biggest life lessons.  It is through these challenges that we grow. 

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In these times of being so overwhelmed, often we find ourselves turning to other people and asking them what we should do.  When will we learn that most of the time they don’t know any more what we should do than we ourselves know.  We are given difficult situations for a reason.  Unfortunately, this is where we have to depend on ourselves.   

Somewhere is all the mass confusion and craziness that is going on around you there is the tiny, soft voice trying to speak to you.  This voice is your soul trying to tell you what to do.  It is your job to quite you mind enough so you can hear this voice as it speaks to you.

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Was there something that your soul was trying to tell you years ago that you didn’t listen to at the time but that you now wish you had?

 

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Just Give It A Try

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How many times have you wanted to do something and immediately your mind starts to create a lengthy and sometimes elaborate list of all the reason why you shouldn’t or can’t do it?  We have all been there more times than we can count.  I can’t help but wonder why we do this.  Are we just beating others to the punch and telling ourselves all the reasons why we shouldn’t or can’t do something before we give others a chance to do it for us or are we just conditioned to immediately go to the negative.  There comes a point where we just have to stop all of this craziness and just give it a try.

The time that I see this happen the most is when it comes to people trying to reach for their dreams, including myself.  First, I would have the dream starting with “I want…” immediately followed by the litany of excuses of why I shouldn’t or couldn’t.  I was driving myself crazy.  The time I was wasting by going through this was enormous.  I knew that I had to figure out a way to turn this around.

Image: Bella - Mixed Media Then finally the way I turned this around was I allowed myself to continue to make the typical list of negatives, yet every time I thought of a reason why I shouldn’t or couldn’t do something I would turn the excuse from a statement into a question.  For example, if my excuse was “I can’t afford to….” I would write down the question “How can I get enough money to…?” Or, I would change the excuse “I don’t know how to…” into the question “How can I learn how to….?”  Taking this a step further, any time someone else would tell me why I shouldn’t or couldn’t do something I would respond to them with a question of “How can I….?”  Don’t expect an answer, but this is another question that you can add to your list.

After a while you will have a list of questions that are actually your “to-do” list.  If you methodically set out answer all your questions you will soon find yourself on the path to having what you want.  It is through this list of questions that you are actually trying to reach your goal.  Each time you find an answer to a question that will confirm for you that you are trying.  Just sticking to the excuses shows that you aren’t really even trying.

Image: "Bella" Affirmation What can you try today that will get you closer to your dream or your goal?  Do you need to find a new question to ask yourself?  Keep telling yourself that everyday you will try something new and watch how much faster you reach your dream or your goal.

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Have Obstacles or Adventure?

Image: Watercolor Doodle Flowers - BeamingThere are times in everyone’s life when things don’t go as smoothly as we would like.  Yet, how many times do we get caught up in an obstacle and look at it as a hardship or burden.  Why is it so difficult to look at an obstacle as adventure and just have fun with it instead of fretting, worrying and trying to change it?

Tim works as a construction superintendent for general contractors.  His specialty is building apartment complexes.  With this line of work it means that the project doesn’t come to him, he goes to the project.  Some project last almost a year, but for most of his projects he is only there a few months, and in some cases, just weeks.  At one point, over a seven year period we moved 26 times.  That includes packing, loading furniture and boxes into a U-Haul, driving to the new location, unloading and unpacking.  After so many moves I can say that I am a master packer and Tim is a master loader.

Image: Mixed Media "Beaming" Doodle Flowers A lot of people would see this as a nightmare way of life, (I know because they have told me so many times).  For us we have loved it.  We have lived in Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana and Texas.  Every time Tim would get a new project we both would get so excited because we knew that it was going to be a new adventure. 

 Each time not only would Tim’s project be different, but the town and everything around us would be different.  We were able to experience new climates, new cultures, not to mention new stores and new restaurants.  We learned that every place has its own unique personality and getting to know it all was so much fun. 

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What in your life do you do that you see as an obstacle?  How can you change the way you look at it so that you can turn it into an adventure?  Use this affirmation to help you turn around your thinking.

 

 

 

 

Always Appreciate Those Around You

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I once worked with a girl that was as chronic complainer. She also picked fights with the others in the office.

In the beginning she was cute and charming, but she quickly became  very hard  to be around. However, 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.

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I had to work 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. It is amazing what you can tolerate from some people when you learn to appreciate something about them.

If you have someone in your life that you find difficult to be around, take some time and find some good about that person,.

once you find the good, focus on it and soon you will see your entire relationship with them change for the better.

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Remembering that there is something good in everything and everyone, use this affirmation to help yourself to stay aware of appreciating at least one good thing about all those around you.

 

 

Confidence Is Silent

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We have all know that one person, be it male or female, that is constantly talking about all their accomplishments. They tell us all about the famous person they have met or done business with. If you are paying really close attention you will notice that while they are telling their stories the speak just a little louder than normal so that everyone can clearly hear what they have to say. Although they have nothing to show for their accomplishments, they are the first to tell you what you should do.

Or, when you are talking about something that you have done or accomplished they have to tell you something similar that they done or accomplished. Unfortunately, I know several people like this and it really makes me sad. I used to think that people did this because they were just trying to relate to what I was saying by injecting their own experience. I have since figured out that it is just their insecurities and their need to feel accepted or validated in some way.

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On the other hand, I have met people that are very successful with scores of accomplishments, yet you will never hear them talk about them. They don’t go on and on about who they know or what they have done. They simply go about their business without any fanfare or boasting.

What is the difference between these two people? It is simply confidence. People that are confident in what they are doing don’t feel the need to boast or brag about it. Yet people that are insecure feel that they need to compensate for their lack of confidence by boasting and bragging in attempt to make themselves feel more important.

We are all equally as important as the next guy and there is no reason for anyone to feel that they are any more or less important. Once someone understands that and gets to the point that they really believe it then their confidence will begin to grow.

If you don’t feel confident in yourself, here is a confidence affirmation that I hope you will read every day until you feel confident and your need to compete with others diminishes.

Image:  "Amazing" doodle flower affirmationHave an amazing day filled with confidence!

Debi

 

 

 

 

Follow Your Heart

I would often hear people say “Follow Your Heart”, but this I would think, what the heck does that mean?   I struggled with this for a while until I finally figured out what it means to me. Turns out it is pretty simple. First have to stop listening to what other people are telling me to do. That is first and foremost! Then I just have to sit quietly and calmly think about the situation. That is when my mind starts to work out the solution. I think this is when my heart is actually talking to my brain.

Some people call these thoughts “whispers”. It is this small faint voice of your heart talking to your brain telling you what to do. If you can listen to these whispers you life will become much easier. If you don’t the whispers become louder until they turn into screams. To me, that is not pleasant and I really do try to avoid the screams when I can.

When I don’t know what to do about something or which direction to go, I always try to follow my heart. I know it will never let me down.

Image: Bless Doodle FlowerBlessed Doodle Flower

“Blessed” is a collection of long stem tulip style doodle flowers. In Debi Payne Designs Zazzle store I have a variety of products with a pink watercolor background that you can personalize with your name or any text you choose. To see the products click on the Debi Payne Designs banner below.

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In my Inspiration Station Zazzle store I have used the same doodle flower along with a mixed media background. I have added the motivational saying, “Your heart will always lead you in the right direction.” If you like this design, select a product that you use often so it can serve you as a reminder to always follow your heart.

To shop for products in these collection, click on the collection banner below:

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I hope you will always remember to follow your heart!

Until we meet again…

Debi

 

Never Give Up On Yourself

We have all been at the end of our rope at one time or another. Sometimes a situation seems to be so big we just deal with it. Our first instinct is just to give up. We have all been there at one time or another. There is usually someone standing there tell is to “never give up on yourself”. I don’t know about you, but my first thought is usually, “oh shut up!” We have all been there and I can’t count how many times I have been there with my art.

Over the years I have learned a couple of things that have helped me to get through these times. One thing that I do is I try to find a different angle to look at the situation from. In the beginning it may seem overwhelming and hopeless. But remember, everything, no matter how negative, always has something positive. Granted, sometimes it can be difficult to find the positive, but it is there. First start by changing to negative thoughts to positive thoughts.

If that doesn’t work, I think ask myself, “what am I suppose to learn from this?” We are all put on this earth to learn and grow. Life is nothing but a series of lesson that we are supposed to learn from. Unfortunately, some of those lessons come the hard way. So, when faced with a difficult situation what lesson can you learn from it?

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Don’t forget, in any difficult situation you can either change the way you look at it or you can learn something from it. But, please, never give up on yourself!

About Adorable Doodle Flower

I created “Adorable” several years ago and now I am happy to announce that I have created products with this designs. In my Debi Payne Designs Zazzle store I have a variety of products with a watercolor background that you can personalize and add your name or any text that you choose. To see the products click on the banner below.

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If you are trying to build a positive environment and keep yourself motivated, I invite you to Inspiration Station on Zazzle where you can find products with the “Adorable” doodle flower over a mixed media background. Select a product that you will use every day so it can also serve you as a reminder to Never give up on yourself.

To shop for products in these collections, click on the collection banner below:

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I hope you will always remember to NEVER give up on yourself!

Until we meet again…

Debi

 

 

 

 

 

Think Positive – Be Positive

How many times have you heard “Think Positive – Be Positive”? We have all heard it at one time or another. Yet, do you actually put it into practice? Granted, sometimes that is easier to say than to actually do. Yet for those that do, it is amazing the difference that it can make.

No matter what the situation, you can always find something good about it. Sometimes you have to look really hard to find it. But the good is always there! If you are fortunate enough to find that good, focus on that. When you are able to focus on the good part, it will become bigger than the no-so-good part.

If you don’t like a situation, change the way you look at it. There is always more than one way to look at any situation. If you choose a positive view, the situation will become positive. The choice is always yours!

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Remind yourself to Think Positive – Stay Positive

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I love all the products that I have created with this design! This is my doodle flower that I have named “Bliss”. Bliss Doodle Flower is an original painting created by Debi Payne Designs. Bliss features a single whimsical doodle flower with pretty large pink and orange flower petals and a large yellow center. In the center of the flower there are doodle accents. The flower is accented by two large leaves and a swirl stem at the top. The entire design is accented with multiple sketchy lines to give this hand drawn design a sketched effect.

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In Debi Payne Designs on Zazzle, Bliss is over a pink watercolor wash background. These products have been created so you can add your name. If you would like some other text, you may do so as well. To see all the products with this design, click here.

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In Inspiration Station on Zazzle, Bliss is over a hand-painted mixed media background. These products have been created with the hand-lettered text “Think Positive Be Positive”. These products can be used as reminders to stay positive. Start building a positive environment by using products you use every day.

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To shop for products in these collection, click on the collection banners above.

I hope you will remember to Think Positive – Stay Positive.

Until we meet again…

Debi

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One Day… One Step At A Time

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In this fast past world we live in it seems we are all looking for instant gratification in everything. It seems to be so difficult for us to be patient and work for an end goal. It reminds me of the saying I once heard: “Oh Lord, please give me patience… but hurry up.” This is funny, but sorry, it doesn’t really work like that!  Sometime in order for us to move forward we need to change our thinking which will give us more motivation.

I have been working on my art pretty much my entire life.  Probably about 90% of that time I have wanted to be at the end result. Then one day it surprised me how far I had come and the enormous inventory of artwork that I had produced.  The education that I had obtained and all the many things that I had actually accomplished was astounding. I had spent so much time looking for the end that I wanted that I had missed all the little single accomplishments that I had achieved.

As I looked back over the years of looking for this instant gratification, I realized that I had not arrived where I was today through instant gratification or by some mythological genie in a lamp, but instead I had arrived at where I am today but by working day after day and each day moving just one step closer to my goal. Which is exactly the way I plan on continuing.

Create Your Own Positive Environment

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For my Inspiration Station store I have created a number of products with this saying and artwork. These are some great products that can help you build your positive environment and serve as little reminders to stay positive.

All of these products include the “Delight” Doodle Flower over a mixed media background and accented by the motivational text, “One day One Step at a time.”

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For those looking for a more simplistic, softer design, I have created products for my Debi Payne Designs store with the same “Delight” Doodle Flower.  The flower is placed over a lovely multi-color watercolor wash background. All of these products can be personalized with your name or any text you wish.

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To shop for products in these collections, click on the collection banners above.

I hope you will remember to take one step and one day at a time!

 

Debi

 

 

 

Doodle Time Coloring Book

It has been several months since I have published a new coloring book and everybody has been asking me when I am going to have a new one… Well here it is!

"Doodle Time" Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

“Doodle Time” Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

Doodle Time is a collection of some of the doodle drawings with sayings that I have created over the past couple of years.

 

Doodle Time Close Up #1

Now it is your turn to color these fun drawings and sayings in the colors that you want.

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Also, when you are in a calm, meditative state while you are coloring, you mind will also absorb the motivational, positive saying that you can also color.

3 Samples

Some designs are more intricate than others to fit whatever mood you are in at the moment.

 

"Doodle Time" Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

“Doodle Time” Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

 

Doodle Time is available on Amazon, to see it, click here.