Life As I Knew It

Things are changing, slowly but surely, I’m making changes. Those who were bringing me down, or in my eyes, helping keep my mood down, have slowly fluttered out of my life.

The job that was causing me an inordinate amount of stress has been kicked to the curb as well. I wasn’t doing what I loved, it was meant to be a filler, and as a filler, it sucked. It was distracting me from my dreams, and it had to go.

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’ve been putting out feelers in the world I’d like to populate career-wise. Fingers crossed. Prayers said. Wishes made. Hopefully I’ll hear back from something soon.

Someone special is coming to visit me tonight. I can’t wait! 🙂 I haven’t seen him in just over two weeks. I’m excited.

Weekend of Awesome

This weekend was spent:

At a Halloween costume party!

Reconnecting with someone from my past. He’s awesome.

Really good food from a really awesome restaurant (Blue Dog Cafe = hotspice)

Scrumptious icecream (Maggy Moo’s)

Labyrinth fun!

Stargazing

Two back-to-back date nights of epic proportions. ❀

Happy Halloween, folks!

Little Magical Moment

Today, everyone seemed to have a serious case of the Mondays. Even I was grouchier and mopier than usual. Work was dragging, and nothing was really thrilling me.

This afternoon, a deaf guy came into the store and wanted to pay his bill. At first, I just thought he was like every other customer and couldn’t hear me because I have a soft voice… Quickly frustrated, I raised my voice to greet him again. It finally dawned on me that he couldn’t hear me because he was deaf. Slightly ashamed, I took his information, pulled up his account, and paid his bill. As he was leaving, I thanked him (in sign!) and smiled. He smiled back and thanked me (in sign!) and departed.

He made my day better just by being patient, friendly, and super relaxed. And I’ve been smiling ever since.

(I’ve always wanted to learn sign language… I really only know how to say hi, introduce myself, and say thank you.)

Fais de ta vie un rĂȘve, et d’un rĂȘve, une rĂ©alitĂ©.

Fais de ta vie un rĂȘve, et d'un rĂȘve, une rĂ©alitĂ©. -Antoine de Saint ExupĂ©ry (Make your life a dream and with a dream make reality.)

I’ve always been a dreamer. Oh my gosh, have I always been a dreamer.

Last fall, I read Le Petit Prince and instantly fell in love. (I’m so in love, I’ll likely read this every night to my children again and again and again.) There’s a quote by de Saint ExupĂ©ry that really struck me. “Fais de ta vie un rĂȘve, et d’un rĂȘve, une rĂ©alitĂ©.” (Make your life a dream and with a dream make reality.) I recently saw it pop up on the notebook doodles and it got me thinking…

My thoughts are filled with dreams. Every day, I think about what I’d like to do, what I wish I could do… I forget that I can make these dreams into reality. I simply need to set goals, small achievable goals. Today, my goal is to sit down, make a list of everything I’d like to accomplish. Then make more lists of how to achieve these with step-by-step.

The world is full of possibilities. Your life is what you choose to make it, so why not sit there and dream and plan. You just got to figure out what steps to take and find the path most suitable for you.

Friday Love-List

Brent Smith of Shinedown

Brent Smith of Shinedown

So, a lot of things last week made me happy!

1. SHINEDOWN!!

2. Apple pie and French vanilla ice cream! Oh my gosh. I gained 7 billion pounds this week.

3. Chili spaghetti or sghetti, as I like to call it. (Five-ways all the way, babeh!)

4. Shopping with the mom-factor. She makes me happy 🙂

5. Wine with good friends.

6. Live local music with good friends.

7. Flirting with strange guys. (*This is relatively new to me.)

8. Finding new music! (Post about this coming soon.)

9. Planning future trips (Post about this coming soon as well.)

10. Riding motorcycles. (A friend of mine took me on his bike not too long ago, and it was so thrilling, I’m still happy about it.)

The Beginning of Something Beautiful

I keep debating what I want my second post to be about. It’s much easier to write the first post, as a simple introduction… but the second post should, typically, follow the “feel” of the blog… or the “feel” you hope the blog eventually portrays.

On that note, I kind of think it would be fun to look at my first painting. I painted it in December/January. I have always been a fan of van Gogh’s Starry Night, and rather than buy a cheap print, I decided I’d like to paint my own version. Although I’m a fan of the town, I’m not particularly fond of the large brown mountain, so I took that out… and subsequently, the town. I kept the rolling hills, and really focused on the sky. I’m pretty pleased with this painting… and it renewed a feeling of creation in my soul.

Starry Night - as I see it

Before this, I would say I was “artistically” spirited, but I never took the time or effort to put anything down on paper (or canvas.) Since then, I’ve done three other paintings, countless sketches, and a few journal-painting entries. I don’t think I’m particularly artistic, in the sense, I don’t really come up with my own ideas yet. I’m practicing and trying to determine my craft… and I find that easier to do when I find something I like, and I try to mimic it. I guess all students have to start somewhere.