Giving It All…Determination (4/08/11 Entry)

Wow, I realized how easy it is to get away from blogging for a few days.  Been really busy with work, kids, etc. but here I am!

So I am nearing the end of my first gratitude journal and am loving the whole process.  One thing about me is no matter what I put my heart to I give it all…whether it is with work, art, my life…I am one determined person.  I love my job.  I love that I get to be creative for a living and be in an industry full of some of the most creative people. I love that I get to promote & market awesome products I love.  I have never felt more at home. 

I always say that "I used to have all the time to glue and had no glue and now I have all the glue in the world and no time to glue".  So not fair.  So finding that happy medium to bring the two worlds I love so much together and balance them has been a focus of mine.  Learning what each of the products I sell is the part of the job that I just love.  Going LIVE on Helmar's Ustream, teaching workshops at CHA are other great ways I get to share my passion and also push myself to work outside the box. 

I feel blessed, determined and passionate every day about what I do.


  • Helmar:  Crackle Medium Step 1 & 2
  • Acrylic Paint – Decoart
  • Inks:  Marvy
  • Stamps – Stampin Up
  • Charcoal Pencil
  • Watercolor Crayon
  • Rubons – Creative Imaginations

Thank you Me Rah Koh, an artist I admire greatly for these words as I move forward:

Remember that…

  • Becoming a successful and confident artist is not about having it all together, but the strength to allow things to be messy enough to discover something new.
  • Becoming a successful and confident artist is not about mastering the art, but serving the art and those who encounter it.
  • Becoming a successful and confident artist is not about accolades and awards but witnessing your creations bring healing to you and then to others.
  • Becoming a successful and confident artist is not about living in security and familiarity, but growing accustomed to living in the dark–surrounded by mystery.
  • Becoming a successful and confident artist does not keep you safe from doubt, fear and criticism, but rather gives you the opportunity to face doubt, fear and criticism so that you can be strengthened–so that you can practice forgiveness–and in the end, be transformed.
  • Becoming a successful and confident artist is not about beating yourself up because of how far you still need to go.  It’s about pausing, looking back and celebrating how far you’ve come.  Becoming a successful and confident artist is about setting sail, even when the journey itself is unclear.
  • Becoming a successful and confident artist is about answering the door when the Creation comes knocking.

Speaking of taking the Helmar show on the road…I will be teaching at Donna Downey's Inspired Artist Workshop in North Caroline in May!  Click HERE for details on my workshop:

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so not only do I get to use products I believe in but they make me stretch as an artist.  Thank you to all those Helmar Facebook Fans out there who push me to be a better artist every day!


"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."  ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

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