Thursday, February 1, 2018 it on the daily

Happy February 1st! I started off strong outta the gates for the new year. I had my hopes and dreams and my word of the year (DEVOTED, btw).  I had my lofty goals of one blog post a week and one newsletter a month. And I did pretty good! for a couple of weeks.  Then, my husband got sick. Then my daughter got sick. And what seemed like all of the vitamin C and detox tea and Lysol spray and wipes in the WORLD, could not stop me from getting sick.

But here I am. I'm Baaaack!  Back on track. Back on the wagon.

First, I want to say that nothing helps with the healing process more than art. Well, along with the cuddly covers, a nice stuffed animal to snuggle, and some hot honey tea. Those things work on the body, while ART bolsters the spirit. Just a box of crayons and a coloring book can do wonders.

Ever since last year, and the 100-day project where I doodled my way through 100 days, I realized the value and benefit of making, creating something each and every day. Even if it is something that you make in 10-15 minutes. It doesn't really matter what IT is, the act of doing is the important part. So, I have been wanting to start another daily challenge for the new year. I finally decided on Animalia Alphabetica because I love letters and handlettering and I love animals. I didn't want to just commit to doodles or drawing, so it can be whatever it wants to be as long as there are animals and the alphabet!

(Well, I tried to add some pics of what I've done so far, but blogger is not cooperating!!!)

If you are interested in starting your own daily practice project, check out this awesome blog post/resource from Daisy Yellow.  Hopefully, there is something there that will spark your creativity!

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Two weeks in...are you still on track?

Hello Sunbeams!

Considering that I am still in the planning stage and haven't fully cemented what my goals for the new year are...YES, I would say I am still on track!

One of the things that I AM committed to is updating this blog more frequently. My wonderful mastermind superhero group (also known as the Poets & Painters) have fallen into the tradition (thank you MK for keeping us on track) of using Alyson Stanfield's annual review to look back at the past year and lay some groundwork for the upcoming one.

Of course, I love thinking ahead with all of the possibilities and potential. It is so much FUN to think of what can be! I shy away from looking back because it usually feels like NOT ENOUGH...the opposite of fun. But, I know it is important to take account and use what didn't work as a guide for what I want to create in 2018.

Two glaring things that I want to change in the new year:
1) Updating the blog. I would love to update at least once a week. I want to be able to look back through my blog and see a complete recollection of my year. That's what I am visualizing for January 2019. Last year, I did 4 blogposts. Four. That's one a quarter. Surely, I can beat that.

2) I didn't go to any art shows or museums last year (I did visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was AH-MAZING and definitely counts, but I'm talking visual arts here). I also briefly popped into the Casselberry Art House. For the new year, I want to commit to exploring more. Even if I just stayed in Central Florida, there is so much to experience. I want that. YES. Helloooo....Artist Dates?!!

I want to express some gratitude this week for my dear friend, Mary K. Shaw. She is an amazing person...thoughtful, creative, and open who operates with integrity and a generous heart. She is a maker and a giver and an INSPIRATION. She made me this little (but mighty!) friendship book as a gift for the holidays. Wow! It is filled with quotes and her mixed media papers and reminds me that I am LOVED. Thank you, MK, for all that you are and thank you UNIVERSE, for letting me hang out with her in this life.
 This week also required some good ol' Jewish penicillin, matzo ball soup (I have to note that they turned out light and fluffy, not dense at all.) Just as my husband, Tim, was coming off a couple weeks of sickness, my daughter awoke on Thursday morning with a 100+ fever. Oy Vey. Needless to say, a lot of Lysol and bleach has been used in our house this weekend.

Finally, Kona just wanted to say, Hi! He has been enjoying the weekend napping on the couch next to the fire and warming up to the cat.

Until next time, Lovebeams to you!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018! Happy New Year!

I don't know why it comes as such a surprise. There are 365 days leading up to it. But every turn of the new year finds me saying..."I just can't believe it is the new year!"  And this year is no different. It truly is amazing how time flies.

One of my favorite things to do is to pick a word of the year. It is a trend turned tradition wherein you pick a word to guide you throughout the year. Sometimes the word comes easily and pops right into my head, and other times it takes a little meditation and quietness to allow it to surface. This year I immediately thought of CONSISTENCY. I want to make things happen this year. I want to get a few long-standing projects completed and I want to forge a new path. And I know that consistency in all that I do will help with that.

But then...I started to have thoughts. The definition of consistency includes words like conformity, unvarying, and regular. Uhhh....No. I know myself and I know that anything rigid makes me want to rebel.

So I thought some more and surfed the web and researched as I do and my word of the year is:

To give all or a large part of one's time and resources to. To dedicate formally. It's definition is surrounded by words like faithful, committed, dedicated and loyal. It is HEARTFELT, while still packing everything it needs to get'r done.

I want to DEVOTE more of my time and resources to my ART LIFE!

The last couple of years, my spirit has been recovering from my mom passing. It has been a wild ride with lots of ups and downs and twists and turns, but I am so ready to CREATE again. I am so ready to get back in the ring. I am ready to DEVOTE my energy to my dreams again.

Devote, Devoted, Devotion


Until next time, Lovebeams to you!