Appreciation, life, art and little moments…

Speaking my heart…

I am not trying to be an expert with specific points to make or something irresistible to sell.. just writing my heart…. I got up the other morning trying to figure out what to write… How do I share my heart effectively? Will I make a difference? How do I tie it all together and show hope for others in what I have learned? How do I sell my own art online? How do I find and direct people to art and unique handmade jewelry or home decorating items worth buying? How do I  express my appreciation for handmade art and jewelry items in such a way that others can’t help but be drawn to it themselves? So many questions…

Also knowing I am not a writer (yet) and wondering how to say all that I have to say, having serious brain block… I mean, I have a lot to say and a heart to help people. It is not just about selling my handmade jewelry or directing people to the right original art piece. It is not even just about helping others understand the value of original, handmade art. I have a heart to share the lessons I have learned along the way not just because it changed my art, but me. The lessons we learn in life are worth sharing and anyone we help as a result of those lessons we learn is worth helping.

 

family, income, art and heart to help….

I love art. I love good home design, fashion….. jewelry. I would not be considered the best business person though because rather than sell a painting of mine, I have been known to direct customers to an artist friend if I see something that would fit what my client was looking for more than what I had ready to sell. It has always been more important to me to help people find what would work for them than it was to just sell my own work.

I slowed down on working my studio/frame shop for several years to just be home with my children. My kids are still young, but we are in a place where it would be beneficial to have additional income. I put a lot of thought into what I could do while keeping my “at home for the kids” thing going. I decided to start a blog, start advertising both my work and the work of others – it is what I have always done but on a larger scale. The only thing I am not doing now is running a store. I look forward to directing people to a good product, well designed items for their home, wardrobe and/or jewelry collection.  Good design is out there – the current trends that change regularly may not always be good design. Truly good design will look great all the time!

The little moments…

So here I am, still wondering what exactly to write about – I decided to think it over as I took my daughter and our puppy out for a walk on the trail…. 6 miles of beautiful walk to think it over. I mean, I work with a brush not a keypad but how do I share my story and help anyone if there is not a single person to talk to in my little, socially quiet, kid filled world? I spend my day listening to boys talk about Nerf guns and watching my daughter pretend to be a princess while driving her tricycle through the mud….

I realized that the art I love to create is an amazing job – the fun of researching to find the perfect home accessory is rewarding (when I find just the right thing) and selling my art and jewelry is a happy thing… but when I saw my little girl jump out of the stroller to run and play with her puppy it hit me. What makes all that other stuff fun is appreciating my life where it is at, hard times or easy…. plenty of income or not…. peaceful moments or chaotic…. good day with the kids or a day where they fight a bit too much…. appreciating life, learning from any and all situations and using those lessons to bless others is what matters most. I may sell art, jewelry and design products… but what really matters is the lives behind it all – the sellers, buyers and everyone in between. What I have to say today is about more than art and jewelry…. its about you, me….everyone. Appreicate life. it is short. it is beautiful. It is hard… but appreciate it. learn from it and share what you learn whenever you can!

precious momentMy life has been in a hard place for like, years…. struggles that I can’t even express but to say it has been in an almost constant state of fight or flight stress is borderline understatement- mountain of family stuff, I have needed a job among other struggles. I love creating art but that is inconsistent…. my frame shop was not working because I was married to it and unable to enjoy my kids at all…..running a business was more than full time, paid some bills but not enough to make it worthwhile… and there is no amount of money that is worth missing out the most important job, raising my children….Then, the thought came to me when I watched my daughter on our walk today – time passes… quickly. Someday, whatever space you are in now will be done and you will be in a new season. Maybe you are in a season you won’t miss overall. Most of the season I am in now I won’t miss, but I will miss her as a little, sweet innocent baby. I will miss the moments like we had today. I will miss the drive to pick my boys up from school and listen to them telling me about their day. What I am getting at is this: keep going. There may be a small need, maybe a huge and seemingly unreachable need…. but there are little moments worth noting, worth learning from and enjoying…. moments like stepping stones in a stream, helping you to the other side. I have experienced the Lord placing little moments like this to brighten an otherwise difficult situation and they help me… they are there for you too, we just sometimes need to slow down for a minute in order to see them… I had a moment that reminded me to appreciate life, enjoy the moment and/or learn something worthwhile from it. Today, it was appreciate, appreciate, appreciate!!!!

In a nutshell…

Look around you – look at the people you love, enjoy them while you have them as we are not guaranteed tomorrow – look at the struggles and know they won’t last forever… it’s a season – look at the good moments and treasure them because it all is a season…. life happens in seasons for all of us. Embrace the learning process…. slow down and move through it all one beautiful step at a time…

Stop to smell the roses as they say… or in my case the dogwood …
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please leave your comments, your stories and your own lessons learned. We can all learn from each other, love each other and find something to treasure in every moment, good or bad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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