My daughter-in-law bought me a daily photo book. It is one that you actually print out the photos and paste them in a paper book! It is beautiful, and I have truly enjoyed filling it in everyday.

Let’s face it, I know I am lucky, being able to live my creative life, but there is a lot of pressure that comes along with that. I need to be painting everyday, working out everyday, cooking a wonderful, healthy, low calorie dinner for my husband every night, and why is my house such a mess! I should have time to be skinny, available for family and friends, and every art club in a 50 mile radius! I was putting so much pressure on myself to be perfect that I wasn’t having fun. The first thought in my head as I rolled out of bed was ‘I have to do better tomorrow’ – why would anyone get up in the morning if that was their first thought?

The photo book has given me a chance each day to breath, appreciate what I do, what I have, and the love surrounding me. Slowly I am starting to be nicer to myself, I want to get up in the morning and I want to be in my studio again.

The idea of doing this here is that I can post what I am grateful for, uplifting quotes, what I have accomplished, etc. I hope to keep this going for the long haul. It is worth it for my sanity and creativity!

29 May, 2020

Pretty grateful for feedback from artists who are much wiser than I. Ones that know art and the art world to help keep me from falling apart!

22 May 2020

So lucky to have a husband as supportive and talented as mine is! He made me this incredible work bench with lots of storage!

14 May 2020

Grateful for technology that keeps us connected as this pandemic stretches on. I miss my kids and can’t wait until we can make plans to be together again. In the meantime – thank God for FaceTime!

8 May 2020

Ya, I am the luckiest woman in the world! My husband is a true believer in what I have the potential to accomplish – you really can’t be any more blessed in life than that!

1 May 2020

Very thankful that my sister got me out of my comfort zone and making these weekly Draw-A-Long videos. They have been so much fun!

24 April 2020

So grateful to still be learning at 51! Looking forward to everything else I get to learn!

25 February 2020

I am grateful for amazing friends who appreciate my art, help me with my art and push my art. Check her out, on FaceBook!

24 February 2020

The promise of spring!

23 February 2020

I am grateful for unconditional love!

22 February 2020

I am so very grateful for modern technology that let’s us easily communicate – even across oceans. I remember many years waiting for a 5 minute call once a week and the sadness when I missed it because of the time difference or a grocery store trip!

21 February 2020

Jim brought this lovely plant home for me over a year ago now. It asks for so little and provides so much beauty in return. My goal is be more like this beauty. Ask for little from my life and loved ones and provide ample beauty to them and the world!

20 February 2020

Three months worth of magnetic refrigerator calendars were delivered today! It will be so nice to keep track of Jim’s travel dates and all the great things we get to do now that we live so close to family! I got it filled in a bit more after dinner and dang, we do get around!

19 February 2020

All the pieces for our new bookshelf, storage case have finally arrived. I am excited to be able to display our photo albums and keepsakes – display them mostly for me, the memories make me happy and excited for the next opportunity to make memories! Please don’t time me on this one! 🙂

18 February 2020

I am so grateful for color and pattern, natural and man-made. I have spent my life studying it and still am a beginner! I am a joyful student!

17 February 2020

Still cold, and still beautiful. I love to be out in nature, it never ceases to amaze me with it’s beauty and originality!

16 February 2020

Grateful I am able to help my children by using my professional experience.

15 February 2020

Brutally cold day, but the sun was shinning and the snow was stunning!

14 February 2020

I am so blessed to be married to my best friend and a man who knows me so well!

13 February 2020

Grateful to be getting stronger and healthier everyday I just show up.

12 February 2020

I was so heartbroken that my $10 necklace from a Cheyboygan MI tourist store broke, but so grateful for he memories made when we spent the weekend there with family and friends. Will have to replace it with a new one from Cape Cod

11 February 2020

What could be better than a full morn above the clouds as you head back to your home?!

10 February 2020

Grateful to have spent a little over the week back in our old haunt, catching up with friends and family and hanging out with my one and only!

9 February, 2020

So grateful for wonderful friends and happy visits whenever possible! And hopeful to get back to visit much sooner than I was able to this time!

“True friends are never apart maybe in distance but never in heart.” ~ Helen Keller

8 February, 2020

Sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico are an incredible show of color and splendor!

7 February, 2020

Always grateful for sunshine after the rain!

6 February, 2020

I am grateful for Grandmas, I wish they could stay longer, and I hope they know how loved and missed they are when they have to leave!

5 February, 2020

I am grateful for long walks on the beach anytime of the day, any weather, any water – walking on the beach is just one of the best activities there is.

4 February, 2020

I am grateful for waking up to a cup of coffee that Jim got for me from the lobby, cooled to just the right temperature!

3 February, 2020

Today I am grateful for beautiful sandy beaches and glorious sunsets! This planet is amazing!

2 February, 2020

Today I am grateful for the Air Forces’ many opportunities that led Jim to his current position with Global Jet Services and our chance to travel the world, visit family and Air Force family!

1 February, 2020

Today I am grateful for swim meets and daughters! They are both pretty impressive!

31 January, 2020

I am grateful for dinners out with Mom and Dan and Jazz Concerts featuring Juju! Spending time together!

30 January, 2020

Today I am grateful to live close enough to family to meet up for ‘Wing Wednesday’ at the local craft brewery!

29 January, 2020

Today I am grateful that I get more patient the older I get! I have been working on this website for what feels like days and I still have very Little to show for it! I am also grateful for my niece Julianna and wish her the happiest of birthdays!