Friday, August 30, 2013

My life is under construction again!! or STILL!

I should paint myself a sign that says:

and keep it handy at all times.  I just have to keep moving BUT I have to remember to stop before I fall.  Right now, I have a full plate of things I haven't finished and things that need to be done to make some more changes.  I am in the process of dismantling everything I have done outside over the past few years... but sooner than later.  I've worked outside all week and today I am having a hard time moving, so here I type.

After that, I have to re-think and re-sort what I am keeping and donate the rest, and move.  I am staying here but to another trailer that has been updated, repaired and upgraded... with a work shop and a screened in patio!  and my own spot to paint in!

It has been a battle of the mind and the body over the past few years but I keep realizing that my body can not do what it used to no matter how badly the mind wants to.  Not having to make repairs and such (in the new place) will save a lot of energy for things I like to do, for things I enjoy.  I won't be so bogged down with the overwhelming thoughts and pressure put on myself of how, when or can I, do by myself what needs to be done.

So, in order to get THERE I have to keep moving around HERE again... but today I want to work on some driftwood paintings...I still have canvases to work on too... I'm looking for something that is different that I can hook into... something that people will have to have, or know when they look at it that it is mine or my style... so in between, that's what I'll be doing in my zone, in my Happy Place!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Quick note:


Sunday's exercise was to reflect on the previous week... actually I have been reflecting all week ad especially last night.  I started this week's Design Your Life at the right time... I think Michelle said "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear".

Monday was simply to Exercise your body... I ran around and sent out 31 pieces of art to New Jersey and 1 piece to Laurie in Texas!

Tuesday I skipped some things and helped my friends at their new place which was more than my body could handle.  Today I sit here still in a ridiculous amount of pain... going around in my mind what I should do and what I am going to do....

I have to add to my list of goals is to figure out how to do what has to and what I want to do without going over the edge....

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Design Your Life - Exercise 7

Well, it is Day 7 of  Design Your Life!!

I'm pretty excited about it too.  I was stuck and now I am un-stuck!  I am following the new path and have planned steps to take to reach my goal.

Today's exercise was easier because I'd been working on the steps I need to take and Ms. Sherry's example fit me so well (like a glove):

She did my exercise for me!  Well, almost....

My rough drawing wasn't good enough for me so while I ran to the Hardware Store, I was thinking about 'steps'... there aren't many around here... everything is pretty flat.  So I took a ride along the river.  I saw a spot where if I was in the water I could have used some stones like stepping stones along the river's edge but not taking a picture from the shore.  It didn't work. So then I got to a park and thought these round orbs along the walk would work....

So, in order for me to reach my GOAL, these are the steps I have to take:

  1. research ways to sell my art ~ done
  2. decide on my name ~ done
  3. put together my Portfolio ~ working on already
  4. create my inventory  ~ working on
  5. send to sell ~ ASAP
  6. learn more ~ I am...
  7. replenish supplies ~
  8. create more inventory ~
  9. repeat steps 3 thru 8 ....
So now, I am working on my inventory and my current Portfolio... watch for what I come up with (soon)....

Do you have a Design (for) Your Life?

Friday, August 2, 2013

Design Your Life - Exercise # 6

Good afternoon!

My sleep is all messed up!  I go to bed tired and then... my eyes spring open and I am awake for hours.  As it gets to be the time where I say, if I don't fall asleep by whatever o'clock I'll just get up...then I fall asleep.  That's about how it was last night so of course I wasn't up and moving around as early as I planned.  I did get some of my errands (the necessary ones) done and I am back to post and then paint some work that is in progress.  I am looking forward to finishing these pieces.

Before I left, Design Your Life posted Exercise #6...

When I think about myself, without going into the long drawn out story, I think of myself as a survivor.  I have and have been told, good survivor skills and reflexes... and they have served me well.  So when I had to come up "with one word that means something to me"  and "use each letter to describe your design", I came up right away with survivor. But while I was out and about, I thought about it...

The words I used are:
  • sarcastic
  • understanding
  • responsible
  • vital
  • independent
  • visionary
  • outgoing
  • reliable
 Now there is nothing wrong, pre se with these words, but as I drove around, blasting my music, I thought about how many times I thought to myself that I don't want to be a survivor.  Not that I don't want to survive but I don't want to just survive, I want to LIVE!  And there is a difference...

The difference is, to me, that I have been surviving and getting by BUT what I want to do is LIVE... Live, Love and Laugh...Live Life to the Fullest, Love Fully and Do What I Love, and Laugh till it hurts, till I lose my breathe!!

 So now I want a new word....
how about MERMAID?  YES!  It's a Mermaid Life for me!!

So, there you have it.  Just like angels come into your life as friends in disguise, teachers come in as Mentors and teach you things you didn't know as well as things you didn't know you didn't know and you didn't even know you wanted to know. I am so encouraged going forward.  This journey has taken many twists and turns and I am excited to see the path before me as the journey begins again along the beach.  I am so much more relaxed at this time doing what I love to do and learning more as I go.  It's just magic!!  I am very interested in living, learning and laughter! It's a great way to keep from growing old and stagnant... and who wants that?  I am delighted that my brain took this twist and my life as well...I think I had to step back and remember that I am Designing MY Life ad what is it that I want it to do I see it in a dream and that's the path to take.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Good-bye July!

Hello August!!

Almost a week of Design Your Life !  It is exciting how it happened, ending the month and starting a new month with a new journey.

Today I will spend as much time as possible preparing for the month of August, planning as much as I can!  I hope I'll have some news and milestones to announce but for now, I have to getting moving and doing those things for the journey to ME. 

One of the things I will do is print out this picture and frame it... I'm thinking of hanging it next to the bathroom mirror to remind me and see each morning... or maybe next to the coffee pot for a reminder meditation....

OK, catch ya later with my next lesson.... meanwhile, have a great day!