I can’t wait to draw again.

I started posting almost-daily videos of my drawings and paintings to Instagram/Facebook/TikTok/YouTube about a month ago. I started as a total reset, a refocus on what’s most important to me. My work slowly had become driven by tasks that weren’t primarily focused on the actual process of making art. Then, last summer when I had my second torn retina, it really turned around my brain in terms of how I’m spending my creativity and my energy, my talents and my time. Suddenly, it was very clear that my eyesight could be altered permanently at any moment moving forward, and it made me view everything I was doing through a fresh lens- it was instant perspective, and when the dust settled I felt an urgent need to change things. I just wanted to spend time in a different zone: the art zone, sharing art process, and a n the creative inspiration zone. So, my more recent shake-up (for details, read this Instagram post) is now only making me MORE inspired to continue as I have been with art and creative inspiration content.
Can’t wait to get back to it!❤️

Embracing change

(Photo: watch the relaxing video at bit.ly/relaxingart )

This year has opened my eyes to being more intentional in how I spend my time, and what I spend my time on.

Changing things that aren’t working right can be a hard thing to face and consider. They can be tough to identify, to begin with. Then, admitting that the changes need to be made? It can feel like you’re staring up a mountain from the bottom. But, it’s a really important thing to do. Once you’re making decisions to evolve in a different way and you’re past the tougher parts of that whole process, it’s actually very liberating. You feel much freer, and definitely happier. And, that’s all a part of the end goal! So, here’s to the new year, and to really paying attention to what the universe is trying to tell us, and then to getting out of our own way and actually ACTING on that evolution and making changes we need to make to create more joy and intention in our lives. Happy 2022!

From one-of-these-days to NOW OR NEVER

Ever have a cute, fuzzy little pet project sitting on the back-burner of your To Do list, and no matter HOW MUCH you love it, believe in it, and have endless enthusiasm for it, you just never seem to be able to push it from One-Of-These-Days to NOW-OR-NEVER?

That was me, last week. Well, guess what? I did it! I finished the project. It’s a new mini-class called How to Make Hand Drawn Gift Wrap Using Recycled Paper. BONUS: I come to you with NOT ONLY a HAPPY ENDING to this story, but I’m ALSO sharing the all-important WHY*.

What moved this project from One-Of-These-Days to NOW-OR-NEVER status

Reason one: the impending holidays lit a fire under my butt. I wanted the class to be available as early as possible to encourage others to put self-expression above perfection with their gift wrapping this year! (And, while we’re at it, let’s use recycled paper and give a gift to the planet, too!)

Reason two: art is my business. And the truth is, I spend a *lot* of time talking up a storm about the *biz* part of that equation. But, as much as I love talking biz, I also love to talk about about the *art* part, too! This project was just calling out to me and saying FINISH ME FIRST, PLEASE! And I said Ok, I will. you’ve been patient enough!

Reason three: the feeling of accomplishment and pride! Finishing something you start can have such a monumental effect on your motivation level to get *other* projects finished. I let this one “cut the line” on my To Do list because, after reasons one and two, I also thought I could finish it within a certain timeframe. (I succeeded! Yay!) I also knew that, when I finished it, I’d feel GREAT and would be *totally primed* to return to other in-progress projects with a renewed sense of urgency! So, all told, it’s definitely a Win-Win!

I hope that reading my story helps to stoke an ember in *you* to finish something that *you* have sitting on the back-burner, too. I KNOW you can do it.