Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Being Grateful, 7.15.15

I have to admit, I've been absent from this space lately because I just haven't had much to say. This summer has been pretty stressful in a lot of ways. I've been much better at handling stress lately (yoga, breathing and taking my son's "live in the moment" advice), but when the stress comes out of nowhere, I have a harder time with it. And this time, it knocked me on my ass for a couple of weeks. only knocked me on my ass because I let it. I'm now forcing myself out of this pit I've been in by doing the following:

* Reminding myself that no one died.

* Reminding myself that no one is sick.

* Reminding myself that I'm so lucky to have very supportive family members who are always there to listen when I have something to work/talk through.

* Reminding myself that even though no one wants to buy our little house on a big hill, that we are lucky to have it.

* Reminding myself that I'm lucky to be able to go to work with M. a couple of days a week during the summer (and earn some extra money!).

*Reminding myself how lucky I am to have M.

* Reminding myself how lucky I am to have summers off and that I love my job so much that, by mid-July, when I see school supplies in the store, I get excited about going back to school, just like I did when I was a kid.

* Reminding myself that even though I haven't been as productive as I had planned to be this summer, that I'm lucky to have this creative drive that keeps going and going.

* And reminding myself that I'm lucky to find things (people, blogs, websites, quotes, movies, etc.) that lift me up just when I need it most. This ALWAYS happens to me. And I am so grateful for it. Just when I needed it, a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an offer for an online workshop through Kelly Rae Roberts' website. It's a three part workshop: Mixed Media Painting, a 30 day e-course called Wear Your Joy and an e-book called Flying Lessons (tips and tricks for a creative business). So far, I've gotten to day 20 of the Wear Your Joy project and I can't tell you how nice it is to sit down and read Kelly Rae's words every day- always inspirational, uplifting, thoughtful, positive and motivating. I highly recommend, at the very least, bookmarking her blog. I think you'll love it.

And speaking of creativity- I have been crawling out of my self-pity pit enough lately to get some work done on these fiber pieces. One is almost finished and the next two are started. I am having such a good time working on them and I'm hoping there is an audience out there for them.  If not, that's okay. It's like therapy for me, so all is good!

I'm trying out hand painting the backing for this piece instead of tie dyeing.

This piece is near completion. At this point, it is drying (you have to soak it in water to remove all traces of the marking pen), then I just need to sew on the backing, attach the little pocket piece to the front and hang it.

And this shows the next two pieces just after I transferred the designs on the light table (weird effect with the lights, huh?!)

And, I'll leave you with one more thing that I am very grateful for, but it's still kind of a secret at this point. I think. Anyway, it's not my secret to talk about yet, but I think it will be okay to leave you with a little hint.

 Here's to being thankful. And grateful. And knowing it.

Till next time ~ Juli

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