Tiny Gift, Big Heart

Tiny yellow and white daisy in a small pink glass bottle

A tiny flower in a tiny bottle. A gift from my son yesterday to let me know he was thinking of me while I was at work…had to snap a pic so I can hold on to this sweetness forever!

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Christmas Cards and a Cozy Cottage in the Woods

Cottage style Christmas mantel decor with a green tinsel tree in a white pot, mini lighted paper house , a red & black fabric bird, and a wood snowflake ornament. Rustic country style holiday decorating. By Shalom Schultz Designs.

The magic is in the details! I love how cozy my little cardboard cottage in the ‘woods’ looks at night when I flip the switch on the led tea light inside. Overhead, my collection of Christmas cards is steadily growing. Holiday cheer is in the air!

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.

Motivation vs. Discipline

Motivation vs. Discipline Inspirational Quote

Excellent advice from @1000lifelessons . This is something I really struggle with when life gets hectic. But by identifying specific goals & committing to working on them every day, I’ve achieved more than I ever would have by simply waiting for the ‘mood’ to strike.
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Just Keep Going…You’ll Get There

Confucius quote. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Inspirational, motivational.

The other day I was taking an ‘Insta-break’, while I scarfed down my lunch before resuming work on a design project with a looming deadline, and when I came across this quote I just stopped. Could that really be true? I mean, nice thought, but I’m pretty sure my paying customers will mind quite a bit if I suddenly decide I need twice as much time as I originally told them to complete their project. Then it hit me. Yes, some things in life do need to follow a specific timeline, but when it comes to the broader goals I have for myself – both personally and professionally – no matter how many roadblocks I keep coming up against, I’m only a failure if I decide to quit instead of pressing onward. And some days it really feels like I’m making zero progress, but deep in my heart I know that’s not true because I haven’t stopped. And I’m not going to.

Create, Create, Create

Create what makes you happy inspirational art quote by Shalom Schultz Designs. Creative motivation.

As a lifelong artist, I’m constantly seeking new sources of inspiration (sometimes consciously, sometimes not). I have within me a NEED to create, which tends to pop up at rather ‘inconvenient’ times – like when I’m halfway through a project and suddenly get an idea for something else I just HAVE to try out. Now. On any given day, you can walk into my office and see several different works-in-progress in various stages of completion…I used to consider this one of my biggest setbacks as an artist, but I’ve come to accept that this is just how I work. Eventually I will circle back to each piece and finish it. And more often than not it turns out better than I originally envisioned. I just needed to take a break so I could return again with a fresh perspective and renewed energy. As it happens, this applies to quite a lot of other things in life as well.

How To Have More Time For What You Love

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It may seem impossible at first, with so many other things vying for your urgent attention, but the truth is if you want more time for your passion you need to make it a priority –  because (as we all know) ‘tomorrow never comes’. I wasted over a decade doing what I thought was ‘right’ and what ‘had to be done’, feeling like I was constantly in survivor mode, jumping on the same treadmill day after day, year after year. I swallowed the rhetoric of ‘follow the money’ but it only left me feeling drained & unfulfilled. Of course, we all need a little cash to get by on (which is why, much as I’d like to be a full-time artist, I have a part-time job to supplement my husband’s income). But for me, money is no longer the primary, driving force behind what motivates me to get out of bed every morning. The excitement I feel when I’ve hatched a new idea and the sense of pure relaxation when I lose myself in the creative process are such priceless pleasures – I will never trade them in for the promise of a ‘good life’ again. But perhaps, if I work really hard at pursuing what I love most, one day the money will follow me (instead of the other way around).

Find Success: Stick To What Already Works

I came across this thought-provoking article by James Clear today & it kind of rocked my world. What do I know in my heart (or from past experience) is a proven strategy for success, but I haven’t been doing lately? Have I been focusing too much on what’s ‘trendy’ and ‘exciting’ while ignoring the tried & true, but perhaps ‘boring’ or ‘time consuming’ methods? Am I wasting precious time seeking a quick & easy solution?

I’m afraid the answer to all of these in one aspect or another is, ‘Yes’. Ouch. Time to step back, reevaluate my goals & priorities & follow a lot of my own advice (instead of everyone else’s).