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2010 Wrap Up

This year, like all others, was filled with many ups and downs. Faced with financial difficulties, as I am sure many families have faced, sometimes I was not sure how we would make it through. I have been practicing a new way of looking at things and dealing with life. These new ways began a little over 3 years ago when I decided  to take a clean and sober path in life. These "New ways" of thinking truly helped me through all of the roller coaster times this year. Each day I am getting better at "Letting go." I do what is in my control the best I can and leave the rest up to the Universe. This year I have also practiced not worrying for it is really a wasted emotion. Worry does not change things- actions do. Each day I try to better myself in whatever ways I can and each new day I will continue to do the same. I am truly grateful for everything in my life right now. I am thankful for such a wonderfully supportive husband who stands by my quest to be the best person I can be while following my dreams. I am thankful for my healthy, smart, funny as shit girls who just make my heart glow! I am thankful for my friend Court who is always there to listen to me cry, complain or whatever. I am thankful to my friend Debi who always encourages me to think outside of the box and not be fearful of trying new things artistically! I am thankful that my mom now lives close so she can watch my children grow as well as watch me grow into the woman I know I can be!
If I continue to do the footwork and let God(Universe) navigate, I will always be right where I am supposed to be and 2011 will be an even better year than this one!! WOOO HOOO!!!!!!

I guess this is kinda a P.S.- After I wrote this and posted it I got to thinking that I never said things worked out and we are on much stronger ground now!!! All the hard work and letting go paid off. Also, now that I have my own art space and am becoming better at managing my time I will hopefully be cranking out more cool jewelry and art to put up in my Artfire store!!!!!! The Universe is good!!!

Mini Holiday Meltdown!

Let me preface this little rant with these 3 thoughts first:
1. I am thankful for the new job that my husband just landed!
2. These minor irritations are what I would call "Cadillac" Problems.
3. I love my life the way it is right now and I am exactly where I should be!

This being said tonight is making me nuts!!!!!!!!!! My husband just started a great new job in which somebody just quit which means he has had to cover some shifts. He worked all day today, arrived home to get a phone call that this A-hole did not show up so once again he will have to work to about 2 in the morn. He will have to work tomorrow night as well. I must now complete all the Christmas preparations without his help and we always do everything as a team. First, I was trying to put batteries into one of Wren's gifts and stripped the screw thing and cannot get it open! LOL! My mother-in-law thought the girls bathroom could use some redecorating so she bought a shower curtain and everything else to match to put in there Christmas eve so they would be surprised on the morning. At first this really pissed me off because I figure this is my house and who are you to decide that I need to redecorate??!!! Upon much thought I decided to let it go because I know it came from a good place, it's about the children and she picked out really cute fairy stuff. So tomorrow night after the children go to sleep I have to redecorate the bathroom! As far as cleaning the house I have decided to say F-IT!!! It will become a disaster after opening presents anyway so I will not stress over something so silly. I think I am out of tape.
marry christmas Pictures, Images and Photos Christmas cat Pictures, Images and Photos
These are funny and made me laugh!
This being said- Life is good!

Fall in Florida

I live on the Treasure Coast of Florida which is roughly located in between Orlando and Miami. We do have a change of seasons here but we don't really get all those pretty fall leave colors. There is this one tree that is right outside of my patio that does change colors every year- it is very odd. Every year the leaves change, fall off and grow back. Once it did that twice in a winter, I thought for sure it was a goner!!!
This is the tree!

The other day I received a great surprise in the mail from my friend Tipsie! She is a lifecaster over on Justin TV. You should go check her out! Any who- she sent me this awesome Aerogarden! In the new year the girls and I are going to try our hand at growing some herbs. It will be very cool for the girls to grow something from seed and then be able to eat it!!!

This is the Aerogarden from Tipsie!

Last of all, I am working on this piece that I am desperately trying to finish as soon as possible. I have to adhere my lady and I have a phrase I would like to write on the canvas. I have been putting it off a bit because I have to fit the phrase within a certain area- and if I "F" up, well then, I am totally "F-ed" Get my drift? I guess at one point I will just have to throw caution to the wind and do it- whatever happens, happens!

OK- I cannot figure out how to put these 2 pics side by side!!! LOL!! Another lesson for another time!

The Most Amazing Day Ever!

If you are reading this now, it is probably because I sucked you in with the super juicy blog title. Ha, Ha, got ya! Not only was it NOT an amazing day, it has also been a pretty unproductive evening! I so desperately wanted to blog with not a whole lot to write about! Lately I have been feeling pretty unmotivated to do anything. Not sure why. I guess keeping up with a 2 and 3 year old will do that to ya. I was so lazy tonight that when I went to make coffee for the morning, I didn't even dump out the grounds from today, I just put new ones on top! Have you ever done that? Ok, maybe it's just me...  After the children went to bed I sat in my art room staring at the Christmas cards I need to finish. ( I know, I know Christmas is right around the corner, but I figure if everybody gets them by the first of the new year- all is good) I played a new silly game on the computer while listening to Lucas Davenport. I was going to play with my daughters new Christmas toy before I wrapped it but I know my husband wants in on that fun too! We will do that tomorrow! ( I know Y'all play with the cool kids toys before wrapping- Right? or is that only me too?...)
Any who- have a great night y'all

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist

I found this while cruising the web and thought it was just great! I do not remember the source. Thought y'all might enjoy it!

Feels like things are finally paying off!

After months of complaining to myself and to anybody who will listen to me whine about how little time I have to get things accomplished- I finally feel as if things are starting to come together!. It is such a great feeling. My story is not unique, it belongs to all of us. Whether you are a SAHM, a working mom, a working woman- no matter what your situation in life I think we always have that sense that we don't have enough time to do the things we want to do. I have just continued to take baby steps towards my mini goals and am beginning to see it all come together. All these night that I feel as if I am getting nothing accomplished- But I am! I guess I want that instant gratification- I want it done and I want it done now!!! WHHAAAA!!!

Well, that's just not the way the world works and as much as I may want it now I am glad it doesn't work that way. What a great feeling when all of the baby steps start to add up and I look back and say "wow" I have come this far! Wooty Woot!!! My Art room is finally coming together, I am being more consistent on blogging and I am almost ready to open my Art Fire shop. I have been working on redesigning my blog page, with alot of help and pointers from Pixie Polly. She has a great blog that I love to read everyday and has been so kind to offer me help when I need it! Thanks so much Polly! In closing, I will work on enjoying the baby steps more because they do count! I will also stop being so hard on myself about trying to get everything done now! Tee Hee.

My new art table with the fab lamp my girlfriend gave me!

The art table I am getting in order.

Time for Some Blog Hopping!

I am excited for another weekend of blog hopping and I love this one that Tara so graciously hosts! I always look forward to meeting and learning about new people. I have really made some great connections this way.