I’ve combined a watercolor painting I created when I was a little girl with The Desiderata poem. Enjoy!
What defines success? It’s a good question. So many see it as money/sales and fame. While I am really happy that my artwork sells, it isn’t the biggest part of how I define my accomplishments. It’s actually quite small…
I thought today would be a good day to remind ourselves of all of the “good” in our lives and what truly makes us a success. It’s a simple little exercise that might take some thought, but surely success can be found in even the smallest of things…
I am a success because: in my life, the people around me have always underestimated me. When they said “you can’t do it”, I always did. Whether it was mucking horse stalls in Florida’s Summer heat, defeating cancer naturally 15 years ago or selling my art and earning a living with it. When they said “no way”. I’ve done it!
When I was a little girl, Sunday mornings were fraught with anxiety and dread. It was a day of worship and family which should have been a rewarding and pleasant time. But when you grow up in a home and culture of abuse, it is anything but. It took me many years to lose my religion and find my spirituality. I am not against the tenets of most of the religions I know. It is the hypocrisy and misuse that is harmful to me. I have many friends who find their religious life enriching and integral to their lives. What a blessing! For me, I had to reclaim Sunday mornings and make them a peaceful time where I can relax, drink tea or read a book and contemplate all of the good in my life. I am thankful for so much! I also enjoy having a nice and calm meal with my husband and daughter. It’s a great day that I have come to look forward to each week.
Sunday….there is just something about it…
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When I was a little girl in kindergarten, one of my earliest memories is my teacher asking all of us what we thought the moon was made of. I boldly exclaimed “Swiss cheese”!! And everyone started cracking up. It wasn’t because I thought that our lunar orb was a stinky hunk of fermented milk. I simply loved to make people laugh. Mission accomplished. 🙂
As I make my way around Casey Key, FL right now on foot, I have started collecting these interesting little rocks. Their shapes and holes remind me of Swiss cheese and I was taken back to my childhood and that warm feeling that comes from giving others delight.
I am not sure why these rocks have so many holes and impressions, but they are so interesting to look at and feel. The surface is so smooth. Our ocean is amazing….
Be back soon!
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Walking along Lido Beach with my husband waiting for that last glimmer of light, I see some children playing in the surf. Two little girls and one boy squealing with joy as the waves splashed at their backs. Parents were chatting and pointing at the horizon. This guy was a whir of activity with limbs going every which way and toys thrown about. He payed no attention to people passing by. Then for a split second….just a small moment, he stops and looks at the setting sun as if to say……not yet…I am still having fun. I cannot believe I captured this….
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Red and delicious! Watermelon is a staple for us in Florida this time of year. Summers are hot and humid. The air is so thick that you can almost swim in it. We search out the biggest shade trees, the coolest springs and the juiciest watermelon. As a kid it was one of my most anticipated events. That first fruit….lip smacking good. We grew them in our garden and the crops were plentiful. I like mine ice cold. The newer varieties do not have seeds, but I will take them either way. You can spit the seeds or you can chew them up with the fruit. There is no wrong way to eat them. The rinds make a delicious refresher if you juice them.
This piece was left behind by someone on a recent beach outing. It struck me because there was so much left. I would have never left that much…..
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