Keeping up!

So much is happening!

First things first…. I have this fabulous new site!!  (Thanks to Ritner Design – Thank you Ben!)   So I transferred the old blog posts over to here… since there weren’t many that was easy. Now that I have this I need to keep up.  Update! Update! Update.  I am working towards better organization in many aspects of my life, this is just one.  Now if I can just keep up.

I have had such a great last couple of months!

I finished up my final week volunteering in the middle school art room last week.  It was bittersweet… I had such a fabulous time there.  I learned so much more than I had expected.  Children are such awesome people to hang out with.  My only real goal going into this project was to inspire the kids and give them a different view of art and what it can be.  I feel like I realized or figured out way to late in my art life that art can be whatever you want it to be. There are no rules or boundaries.  You don’t have to be able to draw an animal perfectly or paint the most perfect landscape.  Just create.

I was very fortunate that the art teacher Mrs. Fanning took me in with open arms and gave me the freedom to actually teach a whole project.  We did an abstract painting/collage project.  I felt like this would be a great way to get the kids out of their “box” so to speak.  They used what they had learned about the basic art elements of texture, value to create an abstract piece. There were a few muddy paintings in the end but overall I really felt like they got message…. there are no rules. Just paint. The last day they thanked me with mini abstract cards that they had personalized and signed.  They were such a great gift!  I loved them so much I went home immediately and made a collage installation on my living room wall with them.  I honestly hope I inspired even just one of these children, not just in their art work but in any realm.   I had never considered being a teacher of any sort until I did this project but now I may have a tiny glimpse of myself as an art teacher.



On top of all the art work I have had a few great life coaching moments.  I love my friends who have let me help them out and share my “stuff” with them.  All I can possibly hope is that I have made a positive impact on their lives.

A moment of note…..

Twenty seconds no fear led to a date and now a relationship, Congrats D!   Many of us live with fear in so many different forms. Unfortunately these fears whether we realize it or not can hold us back from getting to where we want to be in life.  It helps to start to recognize the decisions we are making in life and whether they come from a place of fear or a place of love.  Those fear driven decisions can be changed with conscious effort.  I was listening to Dr. Laura one day as I often do and she had some great advice for a man…. the gist of it was that when you are faced with a situation where you are tempted to not do something or do something out of fear, fear of being rejected, fear of being judged etc, take 20 seconds of no fear and do what you want. Of course this can’t possibly work for every situation but I find that it’s often the little things that hang us up and the more minor things we can improve upon the more bigger tasks we can tackle.  I found an interesting book on living with out fear. I loved the ten concepts of fearlessness.

I love that I get to share my insight and information with my friends.  I have so many moments that make me grateful for the life I have been given.  I just have to keep sharing the love!

I am looking forward to the next couple weeks…. adding to my new site, a couple family photo sessions, a couple painting and design projects and a mega road trip to plan!  Should be fun.

Until next time….



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