It’s Christmas Time! blog #13

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Happy Monday everyone, can you believe its two days before Christmas! I want to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and happy New Year! I am hoping you all are done with your shopping and last minute decorating needs before all the festivities begin, because it is intense out there!

This week is a pivotal week for me, as in blog #12 I talked about being so very busy with Christmas decorating and making gifts, and now that is all over I can start to work on other projects…not holiday related. I find this transition somewhat difficult however, as although I am done with all the things I wanted make and decorate before Christmas, it is still the holiday season in my house until the New Year. Therefore, I find it somewhat strange that I want to paint something very…dark and emotional. Perhaps it’s because I have been painting peppermints for the past month, but I find it odd as this is a time of year when the houses are lit up with beautiful colors and happy swag, all the children are excited for Santa to arrive, and from a glance the world is happy and cheerful this time of year.

However, the truth is that there is a lot of darkness for many people around the holidays. This time of year brings up memories of lost loved ones, days gone by, and perhaps even loneliness, and if your experiences have been anything like mine, you have encountered some, probably too many rude people. Rush here, rush there, cut people off, steal parking spaces, drive like a crazy person, and simply on their worst behavior. One’s natural reaction, I know mine is, is to react in some way, honk your car horn, flip them off, curse at them. But this year lets change that, let’s be the ones who understand that this time of year is not all peppermints and candy canes, but more so a time of chaos and frustration for many.

Also, let us be mindful that mental health takes a back seat this time of year for many as well, which no doubt bleeds into other areas of a person’s life. Mental health is a big issue, this time of year especially, and people walk around with their minds in the fog of all the things troubling them, the things they cannot escape, and thus they become so caught up in their own mind it reflects in their actions.

Now I am not saying it is ok for people to walk around being rude and on their worst behavior out in public, but what I am saying is this is supposed to be the season of understanding. Yeah yeah, I know it’s supposed to be the season of giving but were not going to walk around town giving gifts to strangers. Although that would probably help a lot of people’s mental state, it’s not realistic. But what we can give, that costs nothing at all is understanding. So when that person cuts you off to sneak your parking space, let them have it and move on. Clearly, they are going through something we cannot see, and rest assured if they really are just being a jerk, then karma will get them. SO in honor of the giving spirit, give understanding. It goes farther than you will ever know. Merry Christmas, Christeen

Back in the Saddle Again, blog #12

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Good day readers, and happy Monday to you all! Last week I shared how things were slow going in the studio and that I was finally getting back to work after some health issues set me back. Today I am happy to report that I am back in full swing and getting things made, and beautiful things they are. I would love to share what I have created with you all however, what I made is a Christmas gift for someone who is also an avid reader of my blog so mums the word for now.

Back to the topic at hand, it feels so good to be creating again, even better doing something I have never done before, and even better still, what I did create came out stunning! It is all soo pretty, part of me wants to keep it for myself lol. That is a good feeling for me, not just admiring what I created, but also working and being productive, especially when making something for someone I love. In fact, I have so many projects I need to focus on simultaneously, that I have to play project manager so I am working on the right projects in the right order at the right time. Love it! In blog #10, I discussed lacking motivation. Currently, I am completely opposite that, I am over-motivated. I have all these ideas floating around in my head, I feel I need to start writing them down so I do not forget something brilliant! I have been using Pinterest to keep things at hand when I need inspiration, but that does not help when I have an original idea or concept.

Being back in the saddle again (thank you Aerosmith) is great, ok I know I said that already, and I am looking forward to the busy months ahead with the holidays fast approaching. Furthermore, with the holidays in mind, I am looking forward to working on multiple projects for loved ones. I feel that is when I do the best work, when it is for someone I love, it makes me grateful I get to do what I do. It gives me many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving, and even though turkey day will be over along with your leftovers when you read this, I hope you had much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Before I leave you this week, I have to add the reason I felt a blog about getting back to work and feeling good about it was important because it does really feel good to be doing what I do best, so I encourage you all to get out there and do what you do best and get creating. Furthermore, I am a firm believer that positive energy brings positive results. Therefore, I decided to put this post out there, sending positive vibes your way today and all week long, until next week! Christeen