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.

Image: Blessed Positive Thought

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:

Image: Blessed Watercolor Collection

Image: Blessed Positive Thought Collection Banner

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:

Image: Product Collection Banner for Inspriation StationImage: Product Collection

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

Until we meet again…

Debi

 

 

 

 

 

Always Remember

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How many times have you said that you couldn’t do something? We have all said it more times that any of us can count? I know it is something that I should do or something that I need to do. Yet I still keep saying that I can’t….

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I have learned that when I say “I can’t…” that usually means that this is something that I am suppose to do and that I need to get over the can’t phase and just start working on finding a way to do it.

"Always Remember" by Debi Payne Designs

“Always Remember” by Debi Payne Designs

Every time I get past the “can’t” and I actually do it I discover that I really am much stronger and braver than I realize.

 If you like this design and would like to use this saying as a reminder to yourself, or if you know somebody that could use this a reminder for their self click here to see products using this design.

 

 

 

 

Believe In The Person

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How many times have you had somebody tell you that you need to do this or do that. Or even worse, they tell you that you need to be this or be that.

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The only thing worse than that is when we try to comply!

 

"Believe In The Person" by Debi Payne Designs

“Believe In The Person” by Debi Payne Designs

Deep, deep in your heart you know what you want to do and you know who you want to be. The only thing that will help you to ignore what other people are telling you to do or be is going to be your belief in yourself.

Believe in the person that you want to become so much and make that belief so strong that you can’t even hear what other people are saying.

If you like this design and would like to use this saying as a reminder to yourself, or if you know somebody that could use this a reminder for their self click here to see products using this design.

 

 

 

Fight For Love

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

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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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Already Different

Already Different - Detail Close Up #1I am often asked if my work is “hand” or if it is “digital”.  The short answer is… both.

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My work always starts out by my drawing a design on a piece of paper so I can work out the layout and how I want it to look.

From there I either finish the piece by painting it with watercolor and calling it “finished”.  Or I take the layout drawing and scan it.  Once the piece is scanned in I re-draw it digitally using a Wacom tablet and pin, which keeps the drawing a “hand drawing”.

After I have redrawn the design I digitally paint the design.  I have many times been accused of using filters and gradients to add color.  Actually, I never use filters and gradients.  When I paint with watercolor  on paper I use a brush to paint with.  When I add color digitally, I use a tablet and pin/stylus.  In both cases, weather I am using a brush or a pin/stylus, my hand technique is the same.

"Already Different" by Debi Payne Designs

“Already Different” by Debi Payne Designs

For years I looked for a way to make my art style different from everybody else and truly unique to me.  One day I realized that the more I tried to make my art different, the more it was looking like everybody else.  That was when I realized that I didn’t have to try to be different… because I already was!

Since making that discovery, I have enjoyed my art more than ever before!

Embrace all the way that you are different and instead of trying to change them… embrace and enjoy them!!!

 

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It’s About Progress

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I have to first confess that I am a “recovering perfectionist”!  For years I thought that I had to be perfect in everything that I did.  For some reason I thought that if I didn’t do everything perfectly, then it was wrong and I was a failure.  I’m not sure when or why I developed this thinking, but I finally realized that it was driving me crazy!

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My sons probably were the ones that helped me get over my obsession with perfection.  I would work so hard to make something just perfect for them.  I would carefully fret over every little detail of something to make it perfect for them.  Then I finally realized that not only did they not care about all those little details that I had fretted and worried over, but they didn’t even notice.  That is when I realized that not only did anybody other than myself care if everything was perfect, but they usually didn’t even notice the effort that I had put forth to make it perfect.

"It's About Progress" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“It’s About Progress” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

So many people spend so much time trying to make something perfect, with all their fussing, fretting and worrying to try to make it perfect, they are never able to make any progress.

Perhaps we should all stop worrying so much about how we are going to do something and just do it!!!!

 

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Drinking From The Saucer

"When Your Cup Overflows" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“When Your Cup Overflows” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Drinking From The Saucer

by John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune,
And I’ll never make one now
But it really doesn’t matter
‘Cause I’m happy anyhow

As I go along my journey
I’m reaping better than I’ve sowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

I don’t have a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going’s tough
But with kin and friends to love me
I think I’m rich enough

I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I’ll not ask for other blessings for
I’m already blessed enough

May we never be too busy
To help bear another’s load
Then we’ll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed

 

May your day be so filled with abundant joy and blessings that you find yourself drinking from the saucer all day long!