Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights...

Yes, it IS a country song!

And it is my life! Wasted? Hmmm...I'm not sure about that...A LOT has been being done, just not ART, as I had hoped! I have NOT gotten the Etsy shop up and running yet (sigh!) and I have NOT been in the Studio as I had hoped...I have NOT even been volunteering at the Thrift Store the last two weeks because things have been so hoppin' crazy!

I HAVE been:
-prepping and doing the GlenEagle garage sale (read: getting rid of TONS of junk around here! YAHOO!)
-Spring Cleaning (in the Fall nonetheless!)
-hosting two great U.K. coaches for a week (check out www.UKsocca.com for more info)
-taking the BOYZ to soccer/swimming and going to soccer games
-working out like a madwoman (read: ENDORPHINS BABY!)
-going away with dh for a MUCH NEEDED weekend!
-going away on a weekend "lifebooking" retreat with CTMH girlfriends
-Designed, ordered and received my new business cards - yay!
-Making and taking the boys to TONS of different types of dr. appointments (eyes, ped's, psych's, etc.) trying to make sure we get them ON THE RIGHT TRACK and get them WHAT THEY NEED to learn best.
-figuring out a daily/weekly routine that will work with the new school/teachers that the BOYZ have this year
-sorting through a TON of paperwork and bills and financial YUCK that I avoided all summer long!
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooo, needless to say, this week, I am hoping to:
-get the Etsy shop up and running!
-get in my studio again!
-start blogging daily
-continue my workout regime
-keep eating HEALTHY (fell off the wagon there for a week or two...oh my!)
-oh! And figure out FaceBook...my newest discovery - chalk that one up to the two STUARTS who were staying with us - thanks a lot guys! :)

Okay, I promise to post a more insightful and artistic posts as the week progresses...
keep checking back for photos and inspiration :)

Good NIght for now...and hey - does anyone know where the expression "Bloody Hell" came from anyway? Do tell....

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Note to Self:

Remember - always be true to your inner voice.

happy Sunday!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A new day is dawning...

but what did I do with it?

Today's Daily Quote is PERFECT for my new adventure! I will write it here, since it will be different tomorrow.

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." -Carl Jung, psychologist
PERFECT TIMING! And no, I had no idea that would be today's quote! :)

So today, Big Lar asks me after he gets home from taking Jonah to soccer practice, how my first day of "discovery" was....hmpf! How WAS it? How WAS it? How WAS it? Really, how WAS it?

Let me tell you...
Jonah and I woke up, got ready for life, ate, take laundry down to the laundry room, sort, fold and start a new load. Then we head out to the Sr. Ctr. thrift store to do our volunteering. We stopped by the gym to pick up the new schedule and check out the swimming class info. since Jonah thinks he wants to look into the swim team (thanks to watching Michael Phelps in the Olympics - hey, I'm all for dreaming BIG!). We end up signing Seth up for a class so he has a "sport" - J is currently doing soccer, so we investigate his options as well and sign him up for an assessment as to where he is at currently. We need to come back later for that. We pay and as we are about to leave we run into a GOOD friend of mine that I haven't seen for a couple of weeks. I end up sitting and talking to her for a bit about my "retirement" since it shocked the bejeebers out of her...
Finally Jonah and I head out to the thrift store an hour behind schedule. We stay there happily working until 2ish. Then we go get gas, get home just as my dad pulls in with Seth asleep in his car. We visit with G'pa, unload all the stuff from both cars, take sleeping Seth out who then wakes up and turns into GRUMPY Seth (although G'pa SWEARS he's been an ANGEL for 3 days!) and once G'pa leaves the feud is on to get Seth into a swimming suit BEFORE he watches a short movie (bribe to put on the suit) before his swimming lesson. I end up winning that one, and Seth and Jonah both watch a short movie whilst Jonah is running around packing up his stuff for soccer practice/swimming assessment.

We all run out the door to J's swimming assessment (Seth is a stinker the entire time insisting on jumping in the pool even though his lesson isn't for an hour! AND refuses to listen to me the entire time - NICE!) Lar meets us there, loses his cool with Seth's behavior, we decide to send Lar to soccer instead of me, I'll stay at the pool with Seth for swimming. Seth and I hang out for another half hour to wait for his lesson, J and Lar go off to soccer - Seth continues to misbehave for another half an hour, then his class starts and he starts to behave a little better. Luckily it's only a half an hour class! Next time we'll only be there for the class and I'll make sure he's not so tired!
We get coffee for me afterwards and get home to a messy kitchen and very energetic dogs, so I clear off the countertops, wipe them down, throw the ball for the dogs off of the deck while intermittently washing my hands I start chopping stuff for dinner and putting it all on the BBQ for what ends up to be a chicken stir fry of sorts (turns out good). Once dinner is over I quickly balance the checkbook (much needed!) - it's at this time I think that Lar asks me how my first day of "discovery" went...
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! A complete waste? Not exactly...

Here's what I learned:

1. I initially thought I wanted to drop most everything I had going on in my life right now, but I think I want to keep some things, like the Thrift Store - I GET energy from it somehow. Even though sometimes it drains me to think of going, once I'm there, I get energized. Being around people is good for me. Plus I get ideas there. It's a different dynamic that I don't get anywhere else in my life.

2. I re-learned that I need to SCHEDULE time for my ART. No one else is going to do that BUT ME. I need to MAKE IT A PRIORITY.

3. Sleeping in is nice, but I need to choose - stay up late and sleep in or go to be before midnight and get up early, but going to bed early and getting up late is a WASTE OF TIME!

And that's what I learned on Day One of my Re-Discovery :)

Here's a little eye candy for you - my Art Studio is coming along nicely - I have LOTS more to purge now that I know I'm not going to be a Consultant anymore...GARAGE SALE is SEPTEMBER 12/13th (I'll only be here the 12th, but Big Lar will be manning the sale the 13th)
And the other photo is the boys at Pike Place this past weekend (another one of our Family Fun Adventure cards - loving these!) - lots of the photos I'm using are from this trip :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


New take on life!
Time for Rediscovery :)
Daily Studio Hours
New email: MyArtStudio@rocketmail.com
Deep Breathing
Living Green
Eating Better
Taking everything slower
Learning the art of "no"
Asking, "In the grand scheme of things..."

Here's to a new year...yes, I know, it's only September, but it always feels like the start of a new "year" to me, more-so than January. Must be because I always LOVED the start of the school year so much :) So here's to new beginnings!

Goodbye CTMH!

Goodbye CTMH

After 12 years I am retiring as an active Consultant! I am turning my customers over to a few VERY CREATIVE and ACTIVE Consultant friends who will take good care of you! My downline will roll up to my upline and will be taken good care of as well :)

This has been a very hard decision, and I have taken 6 months to seriously consider it, so I am not making it lightly. I am going to pursue some other endeavors at this time (which you will most likely read about here!) and explore some new things as well. I am looking forward to this time of "rediscovery"as Big Lar is calling it.

Thanks for all of your support. Please let me know if you need the names, websites and/or emails of a Consultant to take care of you in your area. My friends Maggie and Debi are having their new Fall Idea Book release party this Sunday at 2:30pm Let me know if you want to attend. I will be attending as a customer to see all of the new things myself - I can't wait :) What a different feeling!