Moving On and New Beginnings

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Something about a big life change makes me crave more change. 

Sam, my handsome husband graduated college in May and almost immediately found a job in his field. I won’t call us lucky at all. He worked hard for this, honed his skills and his connections, put together an amazing portfolio and has made himself a valuable video game programmer. This wasn’t luck, this was years of hard work and serious preparation on his part, and a lot of sacrifice for both of us.

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Try Things That Scare You

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I’ve always loved this quote but I’ve been afraid to live by it because scary things are…scary. Duh. But really, scary things are hard to do!

I wanted to share a few scary things I’ve done in the past two weeks though because if I can do scary things, you can do scary things.

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We Are All Connected

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“Connect” 30x40x1.5 Acrylic on Canvas
8×10 prints available here!

First of all: I’ve been working on this piece bit-by-bit since JANUARY. I have no idea why it took me so long, I think it just took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to say. That happens sometimes, but the pieces that take forever for me to finish are usually my favorites.

I started with the textures and layers of color, then I added the shapes. This is one of my favorite parts because I crank up the music and just paint paint paint. Even if my colors seem basic, there are usually several layers that I’ve painted over or added to to push and pull the colors out the way I want them.

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How to Embrace Your Regrets

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One of the reasons I love to paint is because it gives me time to think. When I don’t feel like painting though, it’s usually because I don’t feel like thinking. Which is a good sign I probably need to. Funny how that works, huh?

Anywho, Lately I’ve thought about one of everyone’s least favorite things to think about: regrets.

“Live without regrets” is a popular motto, right up there with the cliched “live life to the fullest!” that’s constantly emblazoned on tee shirts and under high school yearbook photos. This idea actually used to drive me crazy, in more ways than one. On one hand, I knew everyone has regrets and would steadily accumulate more, so this mantra bugged me because it’s impossible. That didn’t stop me from trying to live it though, which lead to more craziness.

It’s gonna happen. You’re going to mess up. It’s ok.

Can our regrets help us?

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Why Play is NOT a Waste of Time

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When we hear the word “play” , we usually think of two things: Something kids do and “waste of time”.

Sometimes we don’t allow ourselves to play because it doesn’t accomplish anything. It doesn’t check things off the to-do list. We already have so much to do, we really can’t spare the time to just have fun. Or we stick that are fun AND get something done. The problem with that is that after awhile, they stop feeling like play and start feeling like work. A lot of people run into this when they turn their hobby into a business. Sometimes I have this problem with my art and writing, when it starts to feel more like work than play.

But play is actually a vital need for us. As in something we need to have plenty of in order to thrive.

We need to do things for fun, just because they’re fun.

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