Year of the Fierce Woman

FIERCE word art in bold colors of black, white, orange and pink. Ink and marker drawing. Geometric and abstract.

It’s done!!! This, the first piece of entirely hand rendered art I have completed in over 7 years, represents the attitude with which I intend to face everything this new year tries to throw at me. Nearly a year ago, seeking an outlet to express my frustrations over so many different things, I started it. But, as they say, “life got in the way”. In less than 4 months, I’ll be turning 40…this past year has given me much to think about and at the end of it I finally came to a crossroads. After what I like to call a “slap in the face from the universe”, I realized that the time to reach for my dream of becoming a full time artist is now, that “someday” will never come and that I’ve allowed doubts and personal insecurities to hold me back long enough. I’ve set my 1st goal of completing 10 pieces and re-opening my Etsy shop before my birthday at the end of April and (unlike in the past), I’m logging my time to ensure that I reach it. A favorite quote says, “We are what we repeatedly do”. So, I’ll be making a lot of art this year and I couldn’t be more excited! Keep an eye out for progress updates, new pieces and help me stay accountable, won’t you? Bring it on, 2019!

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What Deserves Your Energy?

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Another good one from @itscatharriss on Instagram. I have to say, the closer I get to 40 (still have a few years to go), the easier this gets. Partly because I don’t suffer from the same insecurities I once did, but more so because I am acutely aware with each passing day, just how few things in life really, truly matter. And those that DO deserve all the energy I can give them. What DESERVES (not just demands) your energy?

How To Turn Fear Into Success

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Wow, I just had to share this great thought from @jennscalia on Instagram. I’ve become somewhat of a ‘worry wort’ in recent years, allowing all of life’s problems, big and small, to overwhelm me to the point where I feel helpless and stuck (and in turn, accomplish very little). I know I can be better and that I shouldn’t let my insecurities keep me from reaching for my goals. Time to face the facts and work harder!

Never Stop Learning

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Allow yourself the freedom to have your perspective altered by new people and experiences. Feed your mind – you will be richer, wiser and happier because the human brain’s capacity to learn is unlimited. Don’t ever forget that.

Collect Moments Not Things Inspirational Quote

Collect Moments Not Things Quote by @itscathariss on Instagram. Live in the moment. Daily encouragement. Inspirational, motivational quote.

Beautiful thought from @itscatharriss on Instagram I had to share. The only things that last forever are our memories. Take some time out from the whirlwind of activity to just be and to savor every precious moment with your loved ones. For me this week, it was being asked to dance by my 4 year old son when Michael Buble singing White Christmas came on Pandora…as we slow danced together around the living room, all I could think about was how no present in the world would never mean as much to me as that oh so special moment.

Kindness = Happiness

Martin Luther King Jr. quote about finding happiness in helping others. Inspirational, motivational & positive encouragement for daily life.

This pic from@quote.niche on Instagram really struck a chord with me today…one of those days when you feel like it’s taking all of your energy to keep your head above water, meanwhile the waves just keep coming…how do you keep up the positive, ‘can do’ attitude, you will need to survive the trials ahead? I don’t have all the answers (which is one of the reasons I like to collect quotes), but I do know from experience that whenever I’ve felt the most downhearted, the one thing that lifted me out of my funk faster than anything else was to do something kind for someone else. So, that’s what I’m going to do. And if you’re feeling a little blue, I encourage you to try it too. Let’s make the world a better place together.

Fall is for Family Time

White Fireplace decorated for autumn with a grapevine wreath and a sign that says family. Firewood piled up ready for cooler days. Fall leaves and berries. Family comes first. Country cottage style rustic decor.

I love the simplicity of this photo ( @countrylivingmag on Instagram) & the timely reminder that even as our lives become busier with the approaching holiday festivities, at the end of the day all that really matters is family. So make sure that you put them first, cherish every fleeting moment & don’t stress too much about the little things.

We All Have The Same 24 Hours

24 hours in a day motivational time management quote by Shalom Schultz Designs. Do what you love & follow your dream. Daily challenge for artists and entrepreneurs. Inspiration for small business, women & those who work from home.

This has been my daily challenge for this year. As a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom (who also holds down a part time job to help pay the bills) it is much harder than it sounds. But I’m learning that if I make it a priority (the dishes can wait for an hour while I sit down & sketch something) more often than not it actually happens. I’m making progress towards my big life goals and I’m happier for it.