Creative Flurry

All I Can Do is Be Creative

Being immobile has been the catalyst in a creative flurry that is my only outlet now, since driving, walking, swimming, and so many other activities have been hindered by this: 

I can’t put any weight on it, so I’m wheelchair bound for 3 months.  My only outlet is creativity, so I thought I’d post more of my art journal entries.

An old friend of mine sent me this picture of a wedding gift I made her way back in the late 70’s, I’d totally forgotten that I’d ever done it, so it was a nice surprise to see an embroidery project from so long ago!

These frames needed filling so I took the current themes in my life, hope and grace, and painted them.

One day I really needed a clipboard for a class that I was taking and  I couldn’t just have something that wasn’t creative, so I painted and decorated this blank space.

My style is all over the place but that is my life right now, I have to be consistently creating … it is my happy place!

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Updates

Progress on My One-Year Challenge

There are just not enough hours in a day, period!  Even though I plan full days to accomplish on-going goals, I can’t win…there are just too many things to do and I run out of time.  I’m absolutely not complaining, I just want to do everything!  (Smile)  Here is a review of some of projects, updates, and progress in my world…

Painting the House

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          After

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We even added solar panels to our house and upgraded the electrical wiring.  We wanted a more contemporary look, with modern colors.

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The Studio

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I am so excited realizing that progress has actually taken place so we can begin new adventures and purposes in the journey ahead.  I can now work on interiors and get my studio space off the ground.  Soon a new sign will be hung: Flourishing Design Studio.  (Shhh, progress on new changes to my business and going forward will be a reality.)

New Year 2016 and Goals

Everything is New!

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So we’ve come to a brand new year, with new dreams, new hope, new adventures, new purpose.  What we want out of this new year is totally up to us.  We may need to readjust our thinking and habits to accommodate this new way, but as with every new endevour we have to stay on course and focus on what we want.

I don’t think I’ve ever succeeded on any resolutions I’ve made for a new year, but I know that if I set goals ahead of me they generally prosper and are completed.  Not to say that some individuals don’t have strong wills and discipline to tough it out – that’s not me, though generally I’ve found that the little things done every day accomplish big things in the end.  Here are some pointers:

Where to begin

First be realistic, find do-able things that can be done in a year; or you can project for the longer term….keep it simple to actually see results.

3 goals I would start out with no more than three goals that you want to accomplish, more than that can be overwhelming if you don’t keep up.  There is grace for everything that you do and prayer is a big part of success.  Be kind to yourself and don’t give up.  You can always add to your goals when they become a habit – remember a habit is developed when you’ve done something 21 times consecutively.  Keep it simple, like drinking more water every day or deciding to pick up things around the house, putting them in their designated place, every night before you go to bed.

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When success and victory come, you begin to see yourself in a new light and the purpose in your life becomes clearer.  You find a piece of yourself you didn’t know was there.  Your voice becomes clearer and you begin to sing a new song…your mind has become renewed to a recognizable extent.

My way of remembering is I create a board every year with all my goals and desires on it…this is what I’ve done so far.

2016

One thing that I forgot to add to my board is “My Personal One-Year Challenge”.  That is to accomplish as many things as I can to remodel and redecorate our new house.  I began with the “She Shed” restoring it for a personal space (now my husband wants to share the space since the vision for it is coming to pass-ha).  We have already done repairs; putting in a new door and windows, replacing the fence and repurposing the redwood boards for a screened look around the studio…outside paint is the next step.

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Before the beginning of our update on the “She Shed” – see post “New Hiding Places” July 24, 2015
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During the new update.

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Starting to work on the inside, while the weather is bad. Remember whole houses were paneled with this stuff! Will post later how to paint a plastic wall (so you can’t easily scratch the paint off). Sorry wall not will.  Sometimes I hate autocorrect.

Bright days ahead!  Nike has it right, “Just Do It”.  You will succeed, you will change, you will grow in depth and confidence!

Be Bless in this New Year!