In just three days I turn 39. Yep. 3-9. I made it through 38 without going crazy. Just barely. Ha!
This birthday I am so much more settled. Some sort of magic happens as you get older. I feel like I really evaluated and took stock of my life this year. I let go of some things that were keeping me from really going forward. Mostly what people thought about me. I actually took responsibility for my life and threw away my victim card. Trust me, it was well used.
There comes a time when you have to stop blaming all of your unhappiness on circumstances and other people and all of the hard things that have happened to you. There comes a time when you just have to give up and give it all to God. And allow Him to do for you what you can’t do for yourself.
This birthday does feel holy. Sacred. Because I did some really hard work to get here. I went to a lot of therapy. I let God change my thinking and my perspective. And I actually started showing up for my life. I gave up on trying to fix everything I hated about myself and just let God have it all.
This year I am so very grateful for all of my many, many blessings. I look forward to this last year of my thirties. I know that there will be even more opportunities for growth and still even more treasures.
And by the way, I am having a 30% off everything $30 or more in my etsy store. In celebration of my last year of 30. Today through Friday. *Ooops. Forgot to say how. Enter Happy into coupon code to get the discount.
I am beyond thrilled to make an exciting announcement today! My online class with Jeanne Oliver is live for registration. I am so honored to be able to work with Jeanne who has an amazing network of creative souls. I have always admired Jeanne, her creative business and her heart. And I get to teach my most favorite thing of all, abstract painting.
In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating.
We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. Join in the paint conversation!
Please go here to register! Early registration is only $32.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t worry, I have it covered. I can help break your gift giving rut this Mother’s Day. How about instead of buying your mom that same old last minute bouquet on the way to her house, you gave her a beautiful painting of flowers she could hang on her wall? What if you could skip the crowded card aisle this year? No fighting over all the good cards? Wouldn’t that be nice? No stress Mother’s Day.
Starting today until May 1st, I am offering 15% off everything in my Etsy store. Enter coupon code: Mother. Not only that, for the first 20 orders I am offering a free beautiful Mother’s Day card, $5 value. I will even make it easier for all of you peeps who have mother’s who don’t live close. I will ship your print or painting with whatever personal message you would like to include in the card. Done and done.
This is the beautiful Mother’s Day card that you will receive with ANY purchase. They are on a first come, first serve basis.
I have gifts for every budget. From $12 and up. Here are some suggestions:
$12 before discount, 5 x 7 art print CHOOSE ANY
$20 before discount, 8 x 10 Art Print CHOOSE ANY
$30 before discount, 11 x 14 or 12 x 12 Art Prints (Not framed)
Plus TONS of originals starting at around $80.
There are a lot of new prints and work in my shop, and I will be adding more throughout the week. Let me know if you want to do something more custom! Also, you have permission to treat yourself to a Mother’s Day Gift!!!!
I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell. -Walt Whitman
Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you. So you can be who you were meant to be in the first place. -summersaldana.com
People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for. -to kill a mockingbird
If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave. -unknown
It is what it is. Accept it and move on. -the land of Pinterest
Everything heals. Your body heals. Your heart heals. The mind heals. Wounds heal. Your soul repairs itself. Your happiness is always going to come back. Bad times don’t last.
When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel misused and mistreated. -Brene Brown
Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others. – Brene Brown
Expectations are premeditated resentments. – a good friend
Okay. So maybe all of these quotes don’t seem very related. But they all feel relevant to my life this year. Acceptance. Surrender. Boundaries. Healing. Happiness. Beauty. I hope maybe one or two spoke to you this beautiful day.
Coming soon to the shop.
Hello everyone! Just in case you haven’t noticed, I am really into watercolor these days. I am having so much fun!!! I just wanted to share with you some eye candy and a few new things in my etsy shop. Enjoy!
These two originals are available! Click on the pictures for the listing.
These new prints… (originals sold)
These beautiful hand painted cards!
And this adorable stitched mini journal!!!!
Thanks for looking and have a fabulous weekend!!!!
I don’t know why there is a serious mental block about this blog lately. I seriously have more than enough content to post! And yet, the hours, days and weeks fly by without writing a single word. I guess it’s good because I just have been so busy actually living my life. And life has been pretty good lately. Not perfect. But a whole lot better. I really do appreciate all of you who do still stop by to say hello every once in while. Makes me happy.
I have so much new work to share with you. Lots of new prints in my Etsy store. And I have started doing some stitched pieces while I am watching TV or just sitting around. I just thought I would share some of those today. Enjoy!
It is unearned love- the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you to be there.
Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace- only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
Grace is found in our deep dark fumbling need. It ignores the self sufficient and passes quickly over the one who has it all together. Grace breaks bread with the broken. And Grace is multiplied until there is just enough. Grace is when you show up with all of your not enoughness anyways to utter the most simple and holy of prayers. Help me.