Just Give It A Try

Image: Bella - Watercolor

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.






Always Appreciate Those Around You

Image: Flowers in Cup with watercolor background.

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.

Image: Flowers in Cup with Mixed Media Background

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.

Image: Flowers in Cup Affirmation

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.




FB Change

Change is a funny little thing! Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not so good. There are subtle changes that come along with nature such as the changes our bodies go through. It seems like with every 10 years of age there comes some sort of physical change that my body has gone through, which usually hasn’t been something to brag about.

On the other hand, when I stopped working for somebody else and decided to make art full-time, that was a sudden change, and it was a fabulous change.

Changes come in all sizes. There a little bitty changes that are so subtle you hardly notice them. Then there are those gigantic changes that totally rock your world.

A lot of times you don’t see change coming until it is completely finished and you find yourself on the other side, wondering when and how the heck that changed happened. Then there are those times when you can actually see the change coming. You know it is coming and you either brace yourself to ride through the change or you start preparing to fight the impending battle that is about to pursue.

All this week I have been hearing this pesky little word ringing through my head. That word is “change”. At first I thought I kept hearing that little inner voice of mine telling me the word “change” because Tim and I are getting ready to move. I know we are getting ready to change not only the residence where we live, but the town we live in. To me that is change. It is a change that I am all too familiar with since we move at least once a year (if not more). So I thought that was the change that was coming and just dismissed the word.

However, the more I tried to dismiss the word, THINKING that I knew what it meant, the word only got stronger and louder. I found myself writing the word on a piece of paper trying to figure out what it was trying to tell me. Then I found myself drawing the word. This word was driving me crazy and I just could not figure it out.

Then I finally figured it out. This little voice was telling me to change my art. Change my art? Are you kidding me? What in the world am I supposed to change my art too? I had a million questions and once again, all I could hear is “change”.

So, here I am. I know that my art is getting ready to change, yet I don’t have a clue about “how” it is going to change or “what” it is going to change into, I just know it is going to change. On one hand it is scary… very scary. Yet on the other hand I am really very excited. I don’t know if exhilarated fear is an actual term or not, but that is probably the best way that I can describe this feeling.

I know that for a while I am going to get to be like a mad scientist, or in my case I will be a mad artist. I am going to get to play, explore and experiment with new mediums and methods. I don’t know exactly what those are going to be right now, but I am really excited to find out.

I don’t know if these changes are going to be really big, making my art totally different from what it is now, or if the changes are going to be so subtle that nobody notices but me. I guess we will find out. However, I do know that there will be some things about my art that will not change. Those things are why I make art. (I will be sharing those non-negotiable changes in future post.)

But for now, I am embracing this change with the total excitement and the same anticipation as that of a small child on Christmas morning, anxious to see what I am going to find when I unwrap that beautiful package.

Over the coming days, weeks and maybe even months as I go through this process I will be updating this blog on a frequent basis. I will be doing this mainly as a process of journaling for myself. However, I welcome you to join me on this journey.

I would love to hear your comments (either in the form of encouragement or advice), but due to an enormous number of spammers I have had to turn off the comments here. However, please feel free to comment over on my Facebook page.

I am excited to share this adventure with you and lets enjoy a great ride!




Just a Few More Quotes and Sayings

I have just a few more quotes and sayings that will get me caught up.

"Love Yourself" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Love Yourself” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

This doesn’t mean that you can’t put God or your family before yourself.  And it isn’t saying that you can’t love God or your children more than yourself.  This is very simply saying that if you don’t know HOW to love yourself, you can’t really love somebody else.

"Life of Possibilities" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Life of Possibilities” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Life is so full of possibilities!  I don’t know about you, but when I think of all the possibilities that are out there for me, I get as excited as a little kid in a swimming pool on a hot summer day!

"Hidden Blessings" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Hidden Blessings” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Some days I know it may feel like blessings are playing a game of hide-and-seek with you.  But trust me, they are there.  Some days you just have to look a little bit harder to find them.

"Everything Happens" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Everything Happens” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Everything really does happen for a reason, both good and bad.  It is always easy to say “Thank You” for the good things that happen.  We all need to learn to say “Thank You” more for the bad things that happen, because the bad things happen for a reason just as much as the good things.




More Quotes & Sayings

Here are a few more quotes and saying that I have gotten behind in posting.

"Be Open To Whatever" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Be Open To Whatever” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If you don’t keep yourself more open to whatever comes your way, you very well be missing some amazing opportunities.

"One Day At A Time" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“One Day At A Time” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometime people spend so much time looking at the future that they are missing the opportunities that are happening for them today.  When actually it is the opportunities that you see in this day that will take you to the future that you are wanting.

"Wish Dream Do" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Wish Dream Do” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

For anything that you want or want to do, you must first see it in your mind before you can have it in reality.

"Make Wrong Right" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Make Wrong Right” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If there is something in your life that doesn’t feel right to you, you are the only one that can change it.  If you are waiting for somebody else to make things right for you, you may be waiting for a really long time!  Only you can make the wrong things right.

"Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometimes we all get so wrapped up in our own thoughts, and we sometimes seem to overthink things to death.  Perhaps if we could learn to take things a little lighter and even learn to laugh at ourselves more, we just might find ourselves happier and much more at ease.




Quotes & Saying

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to try to get caught up with the quotes and sayings that I have fallen behind in posting.

"Say Less Mean More" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Say Less Mean More” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Let your actions back up what you say!  People should know exactly what you stand for and what you believe by what you do, not what you say!

"The Sky Is The Limit" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs.

“The Sky Is The Limit” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs.

No matter what you want, the sky really is the limit.  Anything short of that is a limit that is set only by yourself.

"Tropical Beach" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Tropical Beach” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little sunshine in your day… even if you have to make it yourself!

"Your Comfort Zone" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Your Comfort Zone” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

If you are feeling all nice, cozy and comfortable, that is because you aren’t really living!  Get out of your comfort zone and see what great things that start to happen.

"Believe In Yourself" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Believe In Yourself” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

You must believe in yourself.  If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anybody else to believe in you?



Fight For Love

CloseUp#1There are things in life that you should fight for, and there are also things not really
worth fighting for.


You should always choose these battles very carefully.

"Fight For Love" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Fight For Love” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

But above all, and without question or explanation… always fight for what you love!



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