Chapter 39 – “Life’s What You Make It”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 39: “Life’s What You Make It”.

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Tim and I have a rather unique lifestyle.  Tim works in the construction industry which means we have to go where the building project is located.  (Which is usually a different town.)  In the past four years, we have moved thirteen times.  That means packing boxes, loading a U-Haul with boxes and furniture, traveling to the new location and then unloading and unpacking.

We have lived in different places from Las Vegas, Nevada to New Orleans, Louisiana and many points in between.

Granted it isn’t a lifestyle that most people could or would even want to have.  I suppose if we put our focus on all the packing and moving we couldn’t handle it very well either.  However, we have chosen not to make that our focus.  Instead our focus is on being in a new place, seeing new things and experiencing new adventures. And it has really been so much fun!!!

 

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Chapter 38 – “Take Just A Step At A Time”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 38: “Take Just A Step At A Time”.

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Have you ever watched a small child just learning how to walk?  Sometimes they will see something across the room that they really want.  Then when they try to walk over to it, they get so excited they can hardly walk and they look like they are going to stumble and fall, which sometimes they do.

That was kind of what I looked like in the beginning of my art career.  I was just so excited about getting to the end, sometimes I looked like I was going to stumble and fall.

It took a lot of practice to just slow down and do things one at a time and finish each step before moving on to the next one.

I could always see that end goal and I was always excited to get there.  The hard part was learning to be like that child just learning to walk.  I had to learn to take it slow and take it just one step at a time so I didn’t stumble and fall.

 

 

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Chapter 37 – “A Stumbling Block”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 37: “A Stumbling Block”. 

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We all have stepping-stones on the pathway of where we want to go.  Deciding whether or not to use them is the hard part.

When I first started thinking about licensing my art to manufacturers for their products I had to do a ton of research to figure out what I needed to do.

I knew that I wanted to find an agent, but before I could find an agent I first had to create a portfolio.  This was a daunting task in the beginning that totally overwhelmed me.  I could see how completing this portfolio could cause most people to say, “never mind… I’ll go do something else”.

Once I was able to see that building a portfolio was like a building block (or stepping stone) to what I really wanted, it became easier to complete the task.  Which in the end lead to finding an agent, which was the original goal.

 

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Chapter 36 – “Really Truly Believe In Yourself”

In January 2016 I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 36: “Really Truly Believe In Yourself”. 

 

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There have been many times when I said that I believed I could do this or that, yet looking back on those times (and knowing what I know now), I really didn’t.

However, it was all of those times of telling myself that I believed in this or that got me to the point of really truly believing.

I found that if there is something that I want to believe, if I say it over and over, eventually I do believe it.

What I don’t know is if by my saying it over and over I actually make it happen and then I can really believe it.  Or if it has existed all along but I didn’t believe until I could actually see it.

I guess it is the same questions as ‘which comes first… the chicken or the egg’.

 

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Chapter 35 – Life Begins At the End

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 35 – “Life Begins At The End”.

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I remember the first time I flew on an airplane by myself.  I was to fly from Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas where I was to meet Tim.  I was scared to death about making this trip by myself.

Through days of strategic and careful planning I ended up at the airport 3 hours early, which gave me plenty of time to sit and think.

The trip turned out to be fantastic!  What I learned from that experience was if I had continued to stay in my safe and comfortable place I would not have been able to experience this great trip.

What I also learned from this trip (and from many other experiences afterwards) was that there are many amazing places and things in this world.  Yet, the majority of these places and things only exist outside of my comfort zone.

As lovely and wonderful as my comfort zone is, just outside of my comfort zone are even better and more wonderful things and places.

 

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Chapter 34 – Everything Happens For a Reason

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 34 – “Everything Happens For A Reason”.

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I definitely believe that everything happens for a reason.  Sometimes it may be weeks or even months later before I figure out what the reason was.  And then sometimes I never figure out why something happened.

However, I always know there is a reason for everything that happens.

I believe that everything that happens to us happens to either help us grow more into the person we are meant to be or to teach us a lesson.  I guess this is pretty much the same thing or at least it goes hand-in-hand with each other.

The thing that I think is really cool is when something happens, and at the same time it is happening, you actually see and understand the reason why it is happening.

I think the more you look for reasons, the sooner and clearer they become.

 

 

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Chapter 33 – When Your Cup Overflows

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 33 – “Whenever Your Cup Overflows”.

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My inspiration for this painting came from the poem, “Drinking From My Saucer” by John Paul Moore.

This is a beautiful poem which I highly recommend for everyone to read.

The poet talks about realizing and seeing all the blessings that we have been bestowed as though they have filled the cup and runs over into the saucer.

This is my personal reminder to always count my blessing and feel gratitude for everything that I have and will receive.

 

Drinking From My Saucer

by:  John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune and it’s probably too late now,

But I don’t worry about that much ’cause I’m happy anyhow.

And as I go along life’s way I’m reaping better than I sow,

I’m drinking from my saucer ’cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches and sometimes the going’s tough,

But I’ve got loving ones around me and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings and the mercies He’s bestowed,

I’m drinking from my saucer ’cause my cup has overflowed.

Oh, remember times when things went wrong my faith wore somewhat thin,

But all at once the dark clouds broke and sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe about the tough rows that I’ve hoed,

I’m drinking from my saucer cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage when the way grows steep and rough,

I’ll not ask for other blessings ’cause I’m already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy to help others bear their loads,

Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer ’cause my cup has overflowed.

 

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Chapter 32 – Attitude is the Difference

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 32 – “Attitude is the Difference”.

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Many years ago when I was moving from Texas to Arkansas to be with Tim, my youngest son, Bryan had flown in from California to help me pack and move.

On moving day, we had picked up the U-Haul and were waiting for the movers to come load it.  When the movers arrived they said the truck wasn’t big enough and I would need to get a bigger one.

I immediately started stressing and scrambling to find another truck.  Amidst my stressing, scrambling and confusion, Bryan said, “well it looks like the adventure has begun”.

His words stopped me dead in my tracks. I quickly began to re-evaluate my situation.  Suddenly my stress and confusion totally changed.  What seemed to be an ordeal suddenly turned into a game of fun and laugher and wondering “what next”.

I learned that adventures are much more fun than ordeals and it is all in how you look at it that makes the difference.

 

 

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Chapter 31 – You Must Believe In Yourself

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 31: “You Must Believe In Yourself”.

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I know this is true for artists, but I also think it is true for everybody else in any other occupation.  You really must believe in yourself!

There was a time when I had very little confidence, not only in my art but in myself in general.  I questioned everything that I did and said on a daily basis.  I think the turning point came for me when I finally decided to stop listening to people’s opinions and actually start forming my own opinions.

I found that once I became strong in my opinions, other people suddenly backed off of their opinions or their opinions became more like mine.

Once I started forming my own opinions and listening to myself instead of others, it was amazing how much faster my confidence grew.  Then it became easy to believe in myself.

 

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Chapter 30 – Leave A Little Sparkle

In January of last year I published my first art book.  This book is a collection of my doodle art and watercolor paintings.  With each painting I have told a story from my life and/or personal experience from my journey on being an artist.  I’m excited to share with you one chapter from my book.  This week is Chapter Number 30 – Leave A Little Sparkle.

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One day I met the sweetest woman.  Her name was Hazel.  Hazel was 89 years old.  She was a very tiny woman that stood maybe 4-feet tall.  Her mind was as sharp as a tack and she remembered everything.

Hazel didn’t really have a “walk”.  Her “walk” was more like a “skip”.  Never once did I see Hazel when she wasn’t smiling.

Hazel would see me drive up and she would come down the street in her cute little skipping way to see me as if she hadn’t seen me in years.  When she finally reached me she would be beaming from ear to ear and say, “I just wanted to come say hi and give you a hug”.

Hazel truly left a little sparkle wherever she went.  I wish there were more Hazels in the world today.

 

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