Wednesday, September 13, 2017

doTERRA Essential Oils

I took a leap today. 

One of my goals for 2017 has been to share more of my favorite healthy lifestyle choices. One of those choices is using essential oils as part of our arsenal against what ails us on the inside and out. Aromatherapy has been a part of our home for as long as I can remember. I used to make candles, and the scents were always my favorite aspect. I studied and bought the best oils to make the best products. I dabbled a bit in room sprays and bath and body products as well. But then babies, grandbabies, and art stole every spare ounce of my attention.

As my arthritis has progressed, and traditional medicines are causing many horrible side effects, I have turned more and more to finding natural comforts and remedies. A few awesome products were introduced to me by friends, and I found that doTERRA met what I was looking for as far as a conscientious, quality product at a price I could justify with a growing family.  I love the product. I love discovering new ways to clear my sinuses, stop my husband's snoring (ok. Mine too), avoid mosquitos, calm my spirit, and relieve pain. All while filling our home with the sweetest aromas.

I decided to become a doTERRA Wellness Advocate so that I could share this journey with you. I hope you all enjoy learning about the many uses for essential oils. doTERRA essential oils truly are a "Gift of the Earth." I am excited to discover the abundant gifts with you. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

On a Roll...

I am so happy to be working again. I get lost in drawing and painting. I have missed it terribly.  Too many excuses, too many obstacles, too many demands in too many directions. But I am officially putting out the notice that as of late, I have felt life running out. Now, now... that's not as morbid as it sounds. I hope and pray I am still painting when I'm 100, which would place me at about middle age ;)  However, I am not getting any younger. My arthritis is not getting any easier. I don't think it's wise to put any more of life and my work on hold... for anyone... or anything.  I AM NOT A STAY AT HOME MOM!!! There. I said it. I am a WORK from home mom! My time is not my own. And I don't have enough of it to give away to anything that is not precious to me, my family, or my work.  I love my work. I have not respected it enough to prioritize it. Lord, keep sending the angels and inspirations to keep me focused!!! and... "Thank You."

This signature Glitter & Grunge Abstract Angel was calling from the canvas. I had to answer. <3

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Madonna and Child

I have wanted to attempt a Madonna and Child folkart icon for a long time. My perfectionist O.C.D. stood in the way of every actually beginning. As in all things faith related, I once again discovered that all things beautiful begin and end with love. Now, I suppose "beautiful" in the artistic sense is always in the eye of the beholder. But I think my first attempt to capture Mary and Jesus in my simple style, staying true to their culture, while keeping it just a pinch whimsical, expresses my heart fairly fully. I am hoping this is the first of many.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sold My Sweet Mermaid... And a New Chapter Begins...

I shall miss this darling face gazing at me from across the room as I paint. She was a good companion.  She is part of a larger story, which will be etched upon my memories forever. I was " this close to sanding down her face and reworking her. I've been away from the artwork for over a year. So much has happened. Our family has moved into an AMAZING apartment, my husband has an incredible new profession, and sadly... my youngest brother died.  There has been a lot to let go of, a lot to hold on to, and a whole bunch to just grow through... like manure. It sure did stink. But I'm stronger, and more beautiful because of it. I think my art is too. I have found myself and my path is clear. I am working hard, setting goals, uniting with the universe, and watching as things unfold. It's been awesome.

Days before this painting sold, I resolved to begin again. I began with the positive affirmations and business goals. I decided action would take place even if I wasn't sure which direction I wanted my work to go in. I closed myself in my little studio, and began to paint... and paint... and paint.  My daughters came in to visit, and we talked about this mermaid painting. She was surrounded by other "friends" on the wall who had not sold. Some, I never even posted for sale. Why? One I was sure I wanted to rework. The look was never right... never what was in my heart. I sanded down her face, and began to experiment. I liked the "ancient relic" feel she finally discovered under all of the "tried to hard" layers. The mermaid was next. I had the sandpaper in my hand. But my back was aching. I decided to sit down for a minute. Heck..... I decided to list the sanded painting right then and there. Why wait? Well, I logged in and saw "SOLD". What? My "Mermaid II" painting was SOLD!!! The lady had messaged me the night before. The very hour I locked myself in the studio to paint. The very moments I was discussing the mermaid with my daughters. She sold. Action.  Action. Action.

I'm not sure what stopped me from sanding her at that precise moment. What prompted me to log into my shop. But I'm glad I listened. I'm glad the universe and I are working together. I am thankful. I am inspired to keep moving forward, keep working, keep seeing where this journey leads.

I will so miss this sweet face. And I will never forget her part in this new chapter. I am planning on incorporating her into some inspirational pieces.

Monday, May 15, 2017

I Am A Badass!

I just finished reading this book for the second time. Ok... actually, I listened to this book through audio. I listened while painting. I listened while cooking. I listened while doing dishes and laundry. I listened while fixing my hair and makeup. I listened. By George... I listened.  And I would highly suggest to any aspiring entrepreneur, especially someone creative, and most especially my women friends... read it. Hear it. And listen.

This little nugget is a treasure of real life... down to to earth information. I have been putting the advice to practice. It is working. Really working.

I have been so thick headed and thin skinned. This book helps us laugh at ourselves, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and claim what was always meant to be ours in the first place. There is humor. There is swearing. There is most of all, truth and wisdom. I have more than one copy of it now. It's a go to for this badass writer/artist/wife/mom!!! 
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