Be Someone That Makes You Happy

It seems like no matter where I look, I see so many people that seem so unhappy. I see people that are angry, bitter, jealous, and sometimes just downright mean, but happy people are hard to find. Why not be someone that make you happy? So many people say if they could meet that perfect mate that you would happy. Or if they had this or that, then they would be happy. They just don’t realize that the happy they are looking for is inside them. That is where happy resides and that is really the only true, long-lasting happy that anyone needs.

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Yes, you really can make yourself happy without any help from anybody else or anything else. The first place to start making yourself happy is to start with a positive attitude. The things that you want someone else to say to you, say them to yourself. Get rid of any negative thoughts and definitely don’t actually say those things out loud, to yourself or anybody else.

If you start with just that one thing, in time you will see that you really can be someone that makes you happy!

Celebration Doodle Flower

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Celebration Doodle Flowers is a fun original painting created by Debi Payne Designs featuring three whimsical long stem, tear drop shaped doodle flowers. The flowers are in bright colors of yellow, teal, purple and pink with green stems and leaves. The flowers are accented with multiple sketchy lines to give this sweet hand drawn design a sketched effect.

I have created products using this delightful design for both my Debi Payne Designs and Inspiration Station stores on Zazzle.

In Debi Payne Designs I have added a purple watercolor background where you can personalize your product by adding your name or any text that you choose.

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In Inspiration Station I have created products using a purple mixed media background and added the text “Be Someone That Makes You Happy”. These products can be used as a reminder to keep you attitude positive.

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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.

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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.

Image: Adorable Doodle Flower with Mixed Media Background

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

 

 

 

 

 

One Day… One Step At A Time

Image: "Delight" Watercolor Doodle Flower

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

Image: "Delight" Doodle Flower with Mixed Media Background

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

 

 

 

Inspiration Station

Image: What Makes You Smile?

The past few weeks I have been talking about some of the changes that have been happening at Debi Payne Designs. One of the things is all the renovation that has been going on in my Zazzle stores. This week I have been working in my Inspiration Store and I have to say, “I just love this store”!!! The designs along with all the bright colors and the sayings all just make me smile!

I created this store about six years ago. That was also shortly after I started my focused journey into positive thinking. It seemed like every day I was running across a positive quote or saying that I really liked. I would write down the quote or saying on a sticky note and then I would stick the note to the edge of my computer monitor or on the wall around my desk. I was putting up all these little sticky notes to remind myself to stay in a positive frame of mind.

After several months I realized that I was sitting in a sea of sticky notes. I was surrounded by them and they were literally everywhere. It had gotten to the point where there were so many I wasn’t really seeing any of them. Each and every sticky note was important to me but it just wasn’t working anymore and I knew I needed to find a better way. Then one day when I was working on my Debi Payne Designs Zazzle store it dawned on me, why now take all these quotes and sayings and combine it with my art and make products that I can use every day, like a mousepad, a coaster, a keyring, a magnet, etc… etc… and that way I can still surround myself with my little reminders and enjoy them even more. That is when Inspiration Station was born!

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I found that once I started creating art to go with the positive saying, the saying then became more of a visual to me. For those that study positive thinking they say that if you can connect a visual something to a thought it sticks with your longer. I have to say that I do believe it!

Since I first started Inspiration Station I have continued to build up this store. At this time there is over 13,000 products in Inspiration Station. Some products contain positive sayings and some consist of just a single positive word. In both cases these products are all little reminders that you can use throughout your day to stay in a positive frame of mind.

I hope you will take a minute to stop by Inspiration Station and see all the great products that are there. You can go to the product category to select the product you like and then from the product category you can select the design that you would like to have. You can start building a positive environment with small inexpensive products like a magnet or a keyring. My personal favorite product is my mousepad because I am at my computer most of the day and I am constantly looking at it.

Image: Compact Mirrors from Inspiration StationImage: Magnet Collection from Inspiration Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have found that since I started using these products with positive sayings my world has totally changed, all for the better. I find myself calmer, more peaceful and my focus on my work has become unbelievable lazar like. Start adding positive products to your environment and I think you will see the same thing happen for you.

To shop in any of the Debi Payne Designs store, click on the store icon below:

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Until we meet again…

Be Bold and Shine Bright!

Debi

 

 

A Year Long Journey: Stories from My Art Book

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At the beginning of this year 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.

So, over the next 52 weeks I am going to be sharing a story from each chapter of the book. I hope that you will join me each week as I share a different painting and story.

I hope that these stories will serve as inspiration and motivation for those on their own personal journey as artist or whatever avenue you have chosen or are currently own.

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Don’t Give Up!

Every project that I create is special to me, however from time to time I create a project that is really extra special to me. This is one of those very extra special projects that I am really excited about and proud of.

I have created many watercolor paintings with sayings that I have posted on Facebook and Instagram. For this project I wanted to take 50 of these paintings and put them into a book. I also wanted to tell a story about my life and my art career that pertained to the saying in the painting.

Cover & Open Book

Each painting is a full page image. On the opposing page is the story that I have written. Many of the stories are about experiences that I have gone through in starting my art career. Other stories are simple lessons that I have learned in my life.

My greatest hope is that through this book I could give other artist just starting their career hope and courage to push forward and make it happen.

Don't Give Up Book Cover

In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure about writing this book. However, as I got into writing the stories I found myself enjoying it so much as I relived the individual moments of my life.

I hope that those that read the book enjoy the stories. My greatest hope is that at least one person finds a tiny spark of inspiration or motivation to keep them moving toward their own individual dream.

The book is available on Amazon. To see the book, click here.

 

 

 

 

Every Day

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We have all had what seems to be a bad day. One of those days that seem to last forever. One of those days that seem to never end.

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Actually our days are never filled with bad things or good things. Our days are simply made up of ‘things’. How we perceive these ‘things’ will determine if they are bad or good.

"Every Day" by Debi Payne Designs

“Every Day” by Debi Payne Designs

Even if our day is filled with things that we perceive as bad, there is always something good in that day. We just have to allow ourselves to see the good.

Next time you are having what you perceive to be a “bad” day, take a minute to find something good. I promise, it is there, you just have to take the time to see. When you do, celebrate the good and the bad want see so bad!

 

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Define Your History

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One of the things that I think about a lot is, “what am I leaving behind?” By this I mean, when I am dead and gone what have I done in my life time will remain in this world once I am gone.

Once I was asked what I wanted to do with my life. My answer was, “I want to create something that when I die little pieces of me will be left all over the world.” That is exactly what I am doing with my art!

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When I am gone from this Earth, people will still have my art. They will still have my stories. Every day I am writing my own history.

"Define Your History" by Debi Payne Designs

“Define Your History” by Debi Payne Designs

We all have a history. We all have the same opportunity to write our own history. Either we can write our history while we are alive or we can let other people write our history after we are gone.

Personally, I prefer to tell my own story rather giving somebody else the opportunity to tell their version of my story.

What are you doing to define or tell your history?

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Drama All Around

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I must admit, I don’t like drama! What strikes me funny is how many people say that they don’t like drama, but they are the ones in the middle of it and stirring it up.

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I have gone to a movie, paid for a ticket, went in, sat down and started watching the movie. I didn’t like the movie, so I got up and walked out. I am the same way when it comes to drama.

"Drama All Around" by Debi Payne Designs

“Drama All Around” by Debi Payne Designs

When drama is all around me… I leave! You can leave too!!! You really do not have to participate in the drama around you. Next time drama is all around you, walk away!

 

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