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She Did It Anyway!

2014-06-08 She Did It AnywayGood evening!

Some days, this little mantra, from Melody Ross, “She did it anyway”, keeps me moving forward! This morning, I had made the decision to get back into my art studio and after doing a little bit of cleaning, and organizing, I would finally actually do a little bit of rating too!

Well, before I got going full swing, something hit me mid-stride, and I ended up back in bed, with my doggies, having nestled back down under my covers, ready to spend my entire day hanging out in bed, enjoying some time on the new tele my sweetie has recently installed, and having all of my meals delivered to me in bed.

That is when Melody’s voice started repeating in my head. Yes, melody and I do have that kind of relationship, although I am sure she is not aware of it! 😉 I kept hearing her say, “She did it anyway”.

My inner critic came up with every kind of comeback that I was sure would give my subconscious, a non-guilt inducing confirmation that my day-in-bed plan was a good idea!


Here is the how the imaginary conversation kind of went…

Me: “I don’t feel like arting!”
My imaginary bestie AKA Melody Ross: “She did it anyway.”
Me: “I am too tired!”
Melody: “She did it anyway.”
Me: “I’m too sad to art!”
Melody: “She did it anyway.”
Me: “Who would even know or care if I didn’t art today?”
Melody: “She did it anyway.”
Me: “The mood has left the building.”
Melody: “She did it anyway.”
Me: “I am already snuggled in, and have my day planned to watch this movie.” (SIDE NOTE: you should, know that this was the point I really started whining!)
Melody: “She did it anyway.”
Me: “Dangit! I really don’t wanna!” (yes, I know, I know, insert highest mature self here!)
Melody: “She did it anyway.”

You must know that Melody kept her graceful cool the entire debate, I must say I was quite impressed!! 😉

Well, I knew when I was beat!! I put on my, figurative, big girl panties, drug my bootie out of the bed, much to the chagrin of my four-legged girls, and made my way directly to my art studio. Before I realized what was happening the momentum of what I was doing anyways had, not only gotten my organizing/cleaning finished, I really was in the mood for arting!

I decided to do some art journaling. I had a few new art techniques that I had been mulling over the past week, and thought that giving them a try in one of my smaller practice journals would be the way to go, since I had no idea if they were going to be successful or if they would turn out into a muddy mess (yes, I am speaking from experience!!!)

When all was said and done, I could honestly say that I really LOVED the way this finished spread turned out! I was also really happy that I was able to use some new techniques that, not only the ones I found on YouTube, but a couple that I had made up, worked out really, REALLY well. The overall spread turned out much better than I could have anticipated when I had first made the decision to spend some time arting this morning!

I decided to use Melody’s message of “She did it anyway” as this spread’s main message so that, in the future, maybe it won’t take me quite so much whining, moping, and complaining to remember to just get out there and do what I know I should/want to be doing!!! Just think, if Melody’s inspirational message hadn’t been running around in my head nothing would have gotten done today!!

Thank you, Melody!! Call me, bestie…we’ll do lunch!! 😉

Here is to a FABULOUS evening! 😉





If you want to have a different life, live differently!!

A New Toy!

Good evening!

It is really late as I write this post this evening! My sweetie encouraged me to do something insanely out of character today, and I have to tell you I AM SOOOO EXCITED about it!!! I bought a Mac Book Pro!!! YES!! ME!!! A self-professed PC girl!!! My sweetie, after many years of pestering, he has finally convinced me that getting a Mac would be an investment in my creative future! Don’t you just love that???? I do!!

It has literally taken me something like 8 hours to figure out how to get this far, but so far so good!!

Well, that is all I have to say tonight! I have so much to learn, and I know GREAT things will be being produced and shared from my neck of the woods!! I will keep you posted on my progress!

Here is to a FABULOUS evening 🙂





If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!!

Jumping Back In!

Crown HeaderGood afternoon!

There has been so much that has happened between when I last posted, and today, that I am a little bit overwhelmed with where to begin, so I just thought I would take a deep breathe and just jump back in!

As previously promised, big, BIG changes have been going on around in my world!!

The summed up version…well… I have left my job, hopped into the world of consulting, and in July am preparing to leave my field of work in it’s entirety!


and OMG! What the heck are you doing you crazy person???

At least that is what my inner critic is saying to myself!

Listen you! I have got important work to do, so back off!!

Whew! Now I feel better! 😉

Well, last time we spoke was in February. Since then:

  • My sweetie and I have gotten ourselves out of debt.
  • I went to Brave Girls Camp, which deserves a post all on its own.
  • I have left my job that I had been at for almost 14 years
  • I started a consulting job that requires me to commute almost 5 hours every day but pays more than I ever dreamed possible
  • My sweetie is happily, and very successfully, if I might add, helping his brother grow his home remodeling business
  • I am in love with that man of mine more now than I thought was humanly possible – I think we have hit the bliss stage of marriage
  • I have gained almost 20 pounds since starting this job, 2 months ago (didn’t know that was possible), which is about 35 pounds more than my lowest weight, which means mama’s got some serious work to do
  • I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and will be able to start putting my own wants and needs back on my radar again; and that has been a long, loooong time coming!! 😉

My official plan right now is that after, July3 (my last day as a consultant), I am taking one entire month off!

No guilt!

No obligations!

No shame!

No blame!

This will be my time to get to know me again.

What do I really want?

No, I mean, what do I really, REALLY want?

How much sleep do I need to feel awake?

Which foods agree with me and which don’t?

What do I really, REALLY want to be when I grow up?

Do I want to go back to school?

Do I want to be an artist? If so, what does that look like?

Is now the time to start my business? What would that look like?

The list goes on and on and on and on and…well, you get the idea!

This is such a luxury to be able to take this break, and I truly feel blessed to finally be in a situation where this is possible. After that month off? I am not exactly sure what is going to happen, I am just going to be playing life by ear.

My purpose is to find my joy and then get out there and go live it!!

My husband and I have agreed that I will be taking a 6 month to 1 year sabbatical from a “J-O-B”, which isn’t to say that I am not going to be working, but it is not going to be a typical 9 to 5.

What am I looking for?



Creativity every day

Authenticity in the work that I am doing

Freedom to do what I want, when I want, how I want

Opportunities to work with dynamic and creative women who inspire me

Beauty all around me as a habit


Work/Life balance

A sense of contribution

A sense that I am know, that I am loved, and that I matter!!!

That’s not too much to ask for, is it?? 🙂

I know it will be a lot of hard work, but I am certain that I am well on my way! I can feel it down to my very core of who I am.

This is all going to be a very good thing!!!

Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated!!! 🙂

Here is to a FABULOUS day! 🙂

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If you want to have a different life, you have to live differently!!