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it’s 8:13 am and I already feel like I have “learned”
or grown

I feel as though my entire world is much clearer now
it is all entirely because of this journey

We move too quickly in life
It is not JUST about slowing down
to smell the roses
It is about all the life we miss
when we rush
race
and tick off the next task on our giant to do list

Today is another busy day for me
But
I have decided to not allow it to stress me
To really enjoy what I am doing, experiencing
I WANT to have a good day
I don’t need to complain about what doesn’t go perfectly
because
I am appreciating the moments
whatever that might be.

I wish you the same
Appreciating every moment.

Peace,
Susan

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fifty- eight

I found today that the needs of my heart spoke louder than the needs of my environment
Let me explain

It was a “to do” day
There was a GIANT ist on my docket from very early in the morning
This would likely include no studio time.
I tried to get the computer “stuff” done early
which wasn’t difficult, or maybe it was-
(my computer crashed RIGHT in the middle of my work!)
I did not let this get to me (TOO much)
I loved on with the list-

I couldn’t move quickly enough
THEN
It Occurred to me
that indeed I had an entire grocery list of things to do
but also
I NEEDED some creative time too.

My time with a paint brush is also time with my spirit
I feel at times I pray best when I am painting.
so.
I took a step back,
found some watercolors
and played a bit.

It was like taking a HUGE deep breath
I was centered
I was whole,
the “to do” list didn’t seem nearly as scary.

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Don’t forget to take care of yourself just a wee bit
it makes all the difference in the world.
wishing you BIG deep breaths!
Peace-
Susan

fifty-four & more

Fifty four days of awareness
Keeping in mind there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for
ALWAYS lessons to be learned.
Sometimes these lessons are like neon signs
sometimes it takes a bit. I have to listen, closer

Some times I DO glorify the art of “busy”
I forget
Sometimes life is to stop
be aware
listen
maybe even PLAY

and today that is what I did.
So blessed to be called, “Nana”

enough said.

Gabby

55.
When I am inspired, I feel powerful
I feel like I can take on the world
and SHOULD take on the world.
Then reality seeps in…
(read the word DOUBT for reality)
and there you have it
another inspiration squandered.
Today
this was a real struggle
I felt SO inspired just about 24 hours ago
then over thinking crept in
and well.
another perfectly good inspiration left by the side of the road

this time however,
God
the Universe
my “support team”
everyone else had another idea
I believe because I am actually paying attention
I received confirmation after confirmation
to STOP the doubts
and go with the inspiration

LISTEN to your heart-
follow your dreams-

heart whispers

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Today is about working
believing the unbelievable
seeing success in the dust
taking risks because I NEED to
and not looking back

Sometimes it is a decision,
not a “feeling”
today- this is my decision

believe

the Art of life & watercolor

There is no other way to say it!
I AM IN LOVE with WATERCOLOR!

Please forgive me for shouting….

I remember when I first began “playing” with watercolor
It was scary. My work was awful, but I admit, I was intrigued.

Over the many years I have explored the world of art
I have flirted with watercolor on and off.

I don’t honesty think it was as scary as I thought,
I think I was just getting in my own way
(None of us EVER do that, right?!)

I’ve grown, I have learned
Now
Each time I pick up a paint brush drench it in water
and choose a beautiful color,
I fall in love with the wonder of color all over again.

Watercolor can be intoxicatingly translucent
or deep and rich, thick color
or anywhere in between
it is whatever I CHOOSE it to be.

Sort of like life-
It’s all a dance- you choose the music, you choose the steps
then the magic happens.

These days I am choosing that my days are full of color
I inhale deeply, dance wildly and sing at the top of my lungs.

My heart has NEVER known such freedom, such joy.

Do not misunderstand.
Life is NOT perfect, nor is it completely neat and wonderful
It’s down right messy at times

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But I am doing my best to NOT get in my own way anymore.

the thing is, life and watercolor can be anything you want it to be.
It’s all how you handle it,
it’s all where you want to take it.

Yesterday,
while working – my chosen media was watercolor
I was experimenting with a new idea-
One that has been rolling around in my head for probably years

Yesterday I was willing to take the chance to try
The first attempt was scary
I wasn’t sure it was going to pan out
The second was better,
third even better
and by the fourth… well… I was inlove

I felt like I had realized what was in my head for far too long
Fireworks exploded!
the Music got louder
It was nothing short of amazing.

What did I learn?
Taking chances isn’t a brave thing to do,
it’s a necessity.
Life won’t paint itself
You choose the colors, the method and the investment

then beautiful things will happen.

wishing you courage and a big sloppy palette in which to create your beautiful world
May YOU find you are inlove with your life and your palette-

In Peace and wonder,
Susan

and then there was fifty-three

Alrighty- time to get to work-
I admit I am moving incredibly slowly today.
My head is pounding (second migraine this week)
and while my mood is generally just fine, I pretty much want to stay in bed.

I run a few errands, and arrive in my studio about noon.

I looked around.
It was all a bit untidy

The echos from the workshop the night before still sat in conversation on the worktables

I didn’t want to clean.
So I didn’t

I sat down, and for the first time in a very long time, I KNEW what to do.
There was no question.
I got some tools out of my card catalog drawers
and then went to work.

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In the beginning there were some technical issues (aren’t there ALWAYS?) but honestly it was like unwrapping a Christmas gift.
It was thrilling…
Suddenly before my eyes I had work I was proud of.
Work that probably in reality has taken me 30 years of practice just flowed out.

WOW
It was magical-
and yes, I AM grateful.

wishing you the magic-
Susan

fifty one plus one

Today is a better day-
I think that sometimes you just have to let go of those weights you carry around even a little bit, and well, it clears the path for something better.
For me working in a non cluttered environment coupled with complete access to ALL of the quirky art supplies I desire to work with at any given moment-
If you are an artist, you KNOW that what I am saying is the truth.

Today was about cleaning and organizing.
that is JUST what I did.

IT was WONDERFUL-

Nearly every drawer has something in it now-

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and tomorrow I will work!

(grateful/organized= happy!)
Susan

Fifty-one

Well, just in case you think every day is roses and sunshine, I am here to confess,
it is not.
Today I decided to take some time to fill up
the amazing set of card catalog drawers my sons gave me for my birthday.
NOT ONLY would I be more organized,
thus facilitating ease of creation,
but also I wouldn’t stress so much about the gallery and it’s appearance.

Well, this was a MUCH large task than anticipated.

First, I became completely overwhelmed by how many drawers I had.
I actually had to decide what to put in them!
I was excited and nervous and well, overwhelmed.

THEN
I opened a box- and overwhelmed does not even begin to share how I felt.

It was a box full of my mother’s art supplies.
Honestly,
it broke my heart.

My mom died about four and a half years ago.
Some days it seems like just yesterday.
Some days it seems like a million years.

On any day- I’d rather have her than all of her at supplies.
I suppose that was a no brainer, right?
Touching things that she had used to create art made me so incredibly sad,
yet also to feel closer to her.
It was a mixed blessing to be sure.

I sat with them a while before finding a place of honor to put them.

Sobbing.
It was good. I lived in the moment.
I allowed sadness to leak out.
I DID NOT hold back.

So today, I was grateful to take a moment to grieve.
I know it sounds crazy- but it was indeed a blessing for me.

I AM grateful.

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Miss you, Mamacita-

Susan

Create Art 4 Good Challenge

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So… In the midst of the ALS Ice Water challenge ALL over the internet I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the innocence in which many have participated. I think it speaks a jewel in our society that we are not only willing to have a bit of high spirited fun together, but do it for a good cause.
It seems many people are not only willing to playfully dump FREEZING cold water on their heads but also donate to this worthy cause.

and I say, “AMEN!”

While my work has not yet supported ALS specifically, it has supported over fourteen non-profit organizations and equated to several thousand dollars in direct donations in it’s young life. As well as financial donations, I have donated nearly $18,000 in services and physical donations.

So I get why this ice thing has caught fire. It feels GREAT to support your fellow human. I am honored to do so. I pray that each of you continues to pay it forward- there are countless opportunities- all very worthy.

So thank you for nominating me, my dear cousin Kathy- I will continue to work hard and support my fellow human.
Thank you for the giggle… for the love-

Now back to work!

Half way there… today is 50

This awareness thing is pretty darn amazing.
I find that I am now paying attention to EVERYTHING.
Instead of a bunch of random days, my life has become a live tetris game.

Recently I read this book called, “When God Winks” by SQuire Rushnell
SQuire speaks to the fact that nothing is really a coincidence and if we pay attention we will actually begin to see how things all fit together for the greater purpose.

woah.

Okay, so while I am exploring very consciously these 100 days, I am beginning to see how everything
EVERYTHING has a purpose under heaven.

Today I had a brief discussion with someone about a potential future project.
There were no promises made, no commitments, however,
I could easily see that our experiences meshed rather well.
For me it wasn’t even about the potential future project
It was about the wonder, the path, the connecting with another human about what gives us incredible life

Pay attention-

what a crazy blessing this life is.
As my sweet twenty year old son would say, “MIND BLOWN!”

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