Gratitude Friday

Gratitude Friday

Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual that Nolwenn started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during her week. She invites us to join her; you’ll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read her introduction post.

It’s been a long time since I posted for Gratitude Friday, but not a long time since I expressed my appreciation for all that I have in my life. It’s actually something I do on a regular basis. I try to express my appreciation for things/events as they come into my life and I periodically stop to make lists of what I’m appreciative or grateful for. Often, my husband and I do a few appreciations as we are snuggling down for sleep. Even so, I see the value in stopping once a week to publicly declare my appreciations. As usual, there is so much to express!

  • My husband has a new job. He starts work on 29 August. His new job is about 120 miles from where we currently live, so we’ll be moving soon. I love the house we live in now, but I will be happy to move, too. We’ll be living in the Greater Los Angeles area — someplace I’ve wanted to live since I first came to California 12.5 years ago. There are so many aspects to the new job to be grateful or appreciative of! I’m happy for my husband and our family, but also happy about the impact that this could have on my arting. I’ll have a chance to attend more classes and show at more venues. I’ll have access to some amazingly creative and supportive people that I’m just now meeting. I’ll have access to food and shopping. And it’s a chance to create a new routine — one that supports my dreams more than my current routine does.
  • I’m so appreciative of the music in my life. As I type this, I’ve got my alternative playlist  keeping me company. I know it seems an odd choice, but the energy of the music is inspiring. I love listening to it when I’m creating or writing. My iPod Touch was a gift from my husband when he got his last job. He’s such a sweetheart.
  • My husband loves me, supports & encourages me, and spoils me. Marrying him was the best decision I ever made. I’m so appreciative that our life paths brought together. I can’t imagine being without him.
  • I’m deeply appreciative of some newly found inspiration. It’s partly because of a new book (Collage Couture by Julie Nutting), partly because of a online painting course I’m taking with Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen, and partly because of another online class that I’m taking (more about that in a minute). Whatever the cause, I’m happy to be inspired again. I have a couple of ideas for new things to add to the Mixed Grill Favorites line. I’m trying not to start anything new or buy anything that I’ll have to move in a few weeks, so the new products are only dreams right now. But it’s hard to keep from at least working on prototypes!
  • I am taking Kelly Rae Robert’s ecourse, Flying Lessons. I really struggled with myself before I signed up — and now, I can’t really remember what the struggle was about! It probably had something to do with wondering whether I was ready to take my art to the next level. I love the creative process and I want to share my work with as many people as possible. It’s difficult for me to admit it here, but I’d like to be handsomely supplementing our income with money from my art. Taking Kelly Rae’s class is forcing me to put my money where my proverbial mouth is. It’s not so much the information that is being shared — although there is some good stuff there — but the sense of community and support that has sprung up around the lessons. There are sometimes hundreds of comments on the lessons, so there’s a chance to learn from fellow students as well as from Kelly Rae. There’s an amazing private Facebook group that is full of encouragement and connections. I think I’m enjoying the Facebook group more than the official lessons. I’ve already connected with Creatives that live in the LA area! I’m really looking forward to meeting them in person. And, I’ve made a connection with another artist who lives here in the High Desert! Just as I’m leaving, but better late than never!
  • My father’s birthday was last week; he would have been 84 years old. I’m so appreciative of the role he played in my life. I have many good memories of growing up with a dad who really let me be a part of his life. He built the house I grew up in, and I remember hammering alongside him. I helped install baseboards; I helped pour concrete. He never took the attitude that it would be easier to do by himself. He welcomed me into his routine around the farm. I got to help feed the pigs (glamour, I know!) and stack firewood. He taught me to use a table saw, and supervised as I built shelves in my bedroom closet. He was funny and decent. He sang to me when I was a little girl. He eventually gave me his prized Pentax camera. I was so sad when it was stolen — not so much because I loved photography (although I do), but because it had been his. Dad was in the Navy until I was about five or six years old. I am so proud of his service to our country. He’s part of the reason I love a man in uniform. He was a Viet Nam vet; I think of him every time I thank a military man for his service.

So much to be appreciative of! This list is just the “big things” — there are so many small things to be appreciative of that I’d be here all night writing about them. Things like our kitties and all the technology in my life that usually works so well. Time spent with good friends and people who have recently reached out to me. It’s been an amazingly week for me; I hope this upcoming week is as magical for you!

4 Responses to Gratitude Friday
  1. Monica Lee
    August 19, 2011 | 4:53 AM

    This is a great post. I have a husband who supports me too and I am really grateful of him! Exciting about your big move!

  2. lynn richards
    August 19, 2011 | 8:22 AM

    this is a great post. i’m so glad you are loved and supported in so many ways and have wonderful memories of your dad. what an amazing thing to help build your home!!
    thanks for sharing.

  3. Julie N
    August 20, 2011 | 9:24 AM

    Wow..what a post! You do have a lot to be grateful for! I’m so glad you found inspiration again. We all go thru that dry spell at times and usually something great comes out of it at the end. Moving is going to do you a world of good girl! I always feel inspired by the energy of LA.Happy flying and creating to you!

  4. Janece
    August 22, 2011 | 4:38 AM

    This was such a joy to read! 🙂 I live in Orange County, so we’ll be ‘neighbors’! I don’t know where you live now, but for an artist, you sure picked a good place to move to!

    I wonder why it’s hard for us to admit sometimes that we want to make money with our craft? Almost like it’s shameful or prideful or something!! I’m to the point that I want to make money with my writing – and NOT for my employer…for me! LOL :)\

    Here’s to wonderful new possibilities for you and your creativity!