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.





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.

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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.

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Until we meet again…

Be Bold and Shine Bright!




Biggest Obstacles

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We all go through times when life presents us with a new opportunity or challenge and our minds immediately start playing out all of the “what if” scenarios. ‘What is the bad thing happens?’ Or ‘What if that problem occurs?’

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We have all done this. The trick is to be able to stop your mind for all the negative thoughts and turn them to positive thoughts. If you start turn those negative “what if’s” to positive “what if’s” you might find the possibilities of success are far greater than the possibilities of failure.

"Biggest Obstacles" by Debi Payne Designs

“Biggest Obstacles” by Debi Payne Designs

Don’t let you own mind be an obstacle and create a barriers for your getting all the things in life that you want.


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Don’t Tell Me

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Have you ever told somebody that you wanted to do something only to have them give you the long list of all these reasons you shouldn’t? They can tell you every worst case scenario as if it is based on fact and there is no other option.

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I call these people “dream stealers”. Dream stealers like to tell other people how to live their lives based on how they perceive life and the world.

"Don't Tell Me" by Debi Payne Designs

“Don’t Tell Me” by Debi Payne Designs

Just because those people can’t perceive anything beyond their believe system doesn’t mean that you have to too.

Don’t tell me that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!


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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.

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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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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!