Monday, March 31, 2014

Goals/Achievements

Each year I make a list of goals for myself that are not so much “New Year’s Resolutions” but actual goals that I’d like to accomplish that year.

This year I tried to stay practical but still force myself to get out of my ‘norm’ and change things up a bit. If you know me at all you know I’m frumpy at best and a home body. But this year is already starting to look good and I can actually say I’ve crossed a few things off the list already.

So here’s a reminder of what my goals were.

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Again, this is a work in progress but I’m happy that I’m getting there and proud of myself for it.

1. Wear a skirt/dress at least twice a month- This wasn’t as dreadful as I though and I’ve found out that I actually like them- Go figure!! I’ve worn a skirt or dress (maxi dresses are awesome) at least twice each month. Turns out I am a girl after all! 

2. Buy jeans and bras that actually fit- Let’s just say I HAD to buy new sizes lately  (giddy with excitement) see #3

3.THIS IS MY BIG ONE- lose weight to where people will actually notice. This past Saturday (Mar. 29) Brianna celebrated her 17th birthday and I wanted to show you a picture of me last year on her Birthday and one from this year!

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4. I can definitely say people are “learning “ about my little curbside frontier and I now have business cards to hand out at my furniture parties. Remember lots of little baby steps can equal one BIG step in the right direction.

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5. Sammy and I took a small vacation to Austin for my birthday and we had such a great time!! It was needed and we had a blast. Can’t wait for our next get away!

So that’s where I am to date. I’m pretty happy that I had some updates but even more, I hope I inspire you to do something you never thought you would or could for that matter. Lord knows Chocolate used to be my best friend! I never thought I’d be this proud of myself (but I am).

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scenes From My Weekend at SXSW

Don’t let the title fool you. I was “technically” at South by Southwest in Austin but I only saw a portion of it. My main point of interest was the Renegade Craft Fair.  It was my birthday gift to get to go kid free, with Sam and it was WONDERFUL. The only downside was when anyone asked Sam where he was going, he had to say a craft fair rather than “to see bands”. That’s love isn’t it!

Without further ado, here are pictures of my little vacay and what I deem “inspirational”. I left Austin with that feeling Crafter’s get when they are amongst other crafter’s - inspired, refreshed, and lucky to be a part of “art”.

(and these are iPhone pics so sorry in advance!)

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HOPE YOU ENJOYED- I DID!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Going Out On A Limb (and praying a coconut doesn’t fall on my head and send me spiraling down)


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What’s Insanity? Well I learned this years ago from a dear friend who would yell it at me every time I did something over and over again and would then cry to her when nothing changed (You know who you are and thanks).

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This week of looking outside the box and spilling my guts on my blog, I wanted to let you in on something new I’m working into my life…muahhahaaha. For some reason, this week, I’ve become all kinds of empowered and light bulbs are flashing around in my head. So I’ve taken a step back to look through that murky bubble I call life and what I see is how limited I make myself. I just never saw it before.

This my friends is what I call a trip into Rita gone wild.

I’m adding to my list of things I do, the following services to local Dallas-ites:

1. One-on-One Furniture Painting Sessions- I know there are people out there who want with all their might, to finish a project that they just don’t have time to do. Or you’ve seen something similar and you want the look. You know you do so don’t hide behind that cup of coffee!  Ok, so what stops you, time, gusto, energy, knowledge, a friend…hello, have you heard me say this over and over on here?? I’m here, ask me, call me, I’m friendly, I promise.  Sessions can be held at your house, so I’ll come to you, we can shop together, we can have coffee together, we can work that piece of furniture like no one’s business. All you have to do is call me up to schedule a date.

2. Furniture Painting Parties- OMG doesn’t that sound like fun!?! Again, I’ve never done this before and don’t know what I’m doing with this one yet but it sure sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?? By the way, I realize this last sentence makes me sound super crazy but I’m sure Disney Land was built on a crazy idea, so I digress.  Come on girls, call up your friends, bring your crappy furniture and don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all got ugly in our lives.  If you’re interested let me know and we can work on the details, like what kind of creamer to bring for our coffee (are you seeing a trend here?)

3. Total Furniture Make Over- This one’s not as fun for you as it will be for me. I’ll basically paint a piece of your furniture for you if you don’t want to partake in anything painting related. I get that some of you are like “just do it for me and I’ll pay you”. There’s never anything wrong with that.

*Also,  I can always be on the lookout for something you’re looking for so if you have a wish list, let me know. Just keep in mind, that because you want it, doesn’t mean it will be there at the snap of my fingers. Sometimes it takes time but it never hurts to ask.

Some things I’m bouncing around is freebies I can do to help my community.  I don’t quite know what they are yet and honestly speaking, it may be a sure fire way to burn out city, but I doubt I’ll be inundated with requests so I think I’m good.

Now that you know what I’m doing differently to get out of my “insanity”, what are you doing differently to get out of yours?

(Gotcha thinking didn’t I?)

Have a perfect day because you deserve it!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Who Needs A Workshop To Create!

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We get to a point when the creativity stops,  the brain cells just refuse to work,  we find ourselves in a  funk, and nothing we say or do, is ever CREATIVE enough. Or, you’ve actually created something and then you look on social media and everyone else has done it better and someone is actually PAYING them to do it!  The thing we forget to look at, is the everyday creativity we possess and we all possess it. Yes, YOU are a brilliant creative person even if you can only draw stick figures!!

I’ve joined a girls group recently that is technically still in the works and I can’t tell you how inspired I get from everyday women and their stories. The sad thing is they don’t see how magnificent they are until someone shines a spot light on them and then they get a glimpse of what others see.  I think we are all guilty of doing that to ourselves. In the end, we doubt who we are and what we’re good at.

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The problem with lots of women is we don’t consider ourselves to be “creative” if we can’t draw, sew or paint.  We especially beat ourselves up if we are some of the few that think we’re really creative but don’t have a thriving business of some kind, whether it be online or an actual brick and mortar shop. But because we don’t have those things doesn’t mean we are not creative and don’t deserve to be called a “creative”.

In fact I’ll give you an example of someone who never in a million years would say he was creative but he actually was.

When Brianna was in kindergarten, Sammy used to make her lunch all the time. The only thing that little girl would eat is Bologna. Not in a sandwich, mind you, by itself.  The thing is, Sam wouldn’t  just throw a slice in a sandwich bag for her. Nope, he’d take a two liter bottle top and cut circles for her. He cut them around the perimeter of the bologna so that it left a star in the middle. So every day she got her bologna circles and one star. He created a perfect and “creative” lunch for his little girl.

As a parent whose money gets tight, what do we do? WE get creative with our spending and we make it work. Or, if you’re somewhere (I hate when this happens) and an article of clothing decides to malfunction on you or your child, what do you do? You dig in your purse for a Mcgyver gadget to get you out of that situation. Again, CREATIVELY!

The fact of the matter is we are all creative! We may not think we are and we may compare ourselves to the wonderful world of Pinterest, but I’m sure if Pinterest were a webcam filming its contributors actual life, we’d all see some major crapola going on back there.  So stop beating yourself up already.

HOMEWORK- Think of 5 things you’ve done creatively this year. Whether it was painting the Mona Lisa or finding a creative place to hide your husband’s TV remote. You’re the creative one, and you don’t have to share your story here if you don’t want to but at least start thinking outside the box when you think of your attributes. Some days we just need encouragement and it’s better to start with ourselves.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What Do You Do When You’re A Round Peg Living In A Square World?


Do you love to write?
Do you love to paint?
Do you love to color?
Does Pinterest call your name and sing it’s lovely music straight to you ears?

Yes, Yes, Yes and YEEESSSSS is my answer to those questions! But the bottom line is I’m a big time round peg and I live in a square world.

My problem is I’m a creative type working in a non-creative environment. By that I mean, I have a VERY good job that takes care of me and my family but my heart and rainbow colored soul seem to be left out of that equation. I’m one of those people where everything is fluffy, comfy, colorful, bright and sun shiny…and my job…not so much! Don’t get me wrong, I get that any sane person would either quit or put on a pair of big girl undies and get over it. I do. But at this time in my life, it’s just not as simple as that.

So this is where it got all hairy for me and the boundaries of work/ hobby, got all discombobulated.

A couple of days ago, I had a review at work. It was a good review but I can’t tell you the weight I’ve had on my heart since that day. It has literally been on my mind and it all stemmed from when my boss asked:

“would you be willing to step up in a better role if there was an opportunity which would mean more money and a  bonus?”

For me, it wasn’t a quick, “heck yes!”. There was actually a pause, followed by these words from my boss that struck a nerve I guess  “obviously if it’s not painting furniture or coloring of course”.  But all I heard was  “because you can’t paint or color for a living”. Now, that’s obviously not what she said but it made me do some serious thinking.

The thing that bothered me most as I drove home that day was that I questioned myself and my ability. I doubted the creativity that lives inside of me and the fact that maybe I couldn’t do it as a living. Which had my head spinning but also had me looking at the bigger picture.

I am creative, I have a passionate heart (sorry ladies of my church group that saw that side of me this past week!), I like to draw, and I want to inspire others!! But then reality comes and hits me in the face with it’s always lovely brick to the nose that says something like “but wait, you have bills, you have children to put through school, you have a mortgage, you need insurance …” and all that sweet smelling creative flow comes to one big halt.  In other words, reality tells me not to quit my day job.

So you know when you’re at that place where you think you know what you want to do in your life and then you stop and think, what am I crazy, I can’t do that?? Well,  I was stuck there for a minute in my car on the drive home.

I know you’re probably wondering where I’m going with all of this and I’ll get there soon I promise. I just need to get it all off my chest(every little piece) so it’s out of me already and I don’t scare church people anymore.

So it took me a while to get here but it I figured something out! First, I trust that God puts me in these sometimes painful situations to learn something that will help in my future whether its creative or not.  I’m leaning toward the fact that I need patience and thicker skin because where I work, you don’t get by without it. Second, my family depends on me and the resources I bring by having a full-time(yet colorless) job. That fact won’t change and I know that.  Lastly, I finally see that because I have a source of income, I don’t have to sell my furniture for food which means I can color, I can draw, I can play... yes even as an adult. We are all entitled.  I think there’s magic to be found, friends to meet, a community of creative souls just like me and maybe a little inspiration that even I can share. We never really know for sure but can’t wait to find out!

Thank you , thank you for letting me get that all out (whew, I was going to explode)!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Creativity Spark and Course Changer This Week

This week I’m doing something different on my blog and It all stems from:

1. having my creativity stomped on and shoved down my throat (figuratively speaking of course)

2. getting the creative juices flowing again

3. writing just because I miss it

Often times, I think if I over write, I’ll lose readers or I’ll bore people to death. But let’s face the facts, those of you who read my posts are either family, or aren’t mean enough to tell me I suck and I appreciate that! And if one person gets anything useful from me, then it’s always worth it!

Consider that your warned and I hope I bring you some joy ;)