It’s been a week of incredible dreams come true… I am opening my studio… and this happened… I am the new host for the CreativeMornings boston chapter. I dreamed about this but never thought it possible because our current host was never supposed to leave… πŸ˜‰Β  But it has happened, and I can hardly contain my excitement! After a call with CMHQ yesterday and today’s event, it is OFFICIAL! <3

So this happened today…. I have been waiting for two whole months to share this news because I was so afraid that I would jinx it or something would fall through…. I am opening my own art studio and co-working space for a small community of hustling creatives!!! Ack… someone pinch me! It’s a dream come true! Now to make this space what I envision it to be in my mind…

Dreams come true. They do. But they don’t just happen. Work first.

 

Life is good when you can take your work to the park and your adorable toddler runs over to brings you dandelions every few minutes.

I’m gearing up for a crazy few weeks with some incredibly exciting new ventures and projects unfolding but for now, I am exhaling and anticipating all the wonderful new starts.

Spring has finally sprung in Boston… Today is a hybrid between April showers and May flowers. I had to get out to take a walk to get my mind right. There are so many amazing things in the works and sometimes I feel like the hardest part is being patient and waiting for things to unfold in their right time.

Time… Timing.

Sometimes things happen that make me feel like time and/or timing is not working with me… but after the fact, when I look back, I see that timing was always perfect. It just doesn’t always look like it when things are unfolding into the unknown. Today I remind myself of that… everything happens for a reason, and it happens exactly when it’s supposed to happen.

With an unprecedented lapse of 6 days since my last post, one can easily imagine that the “rough” traveling got “rougher.”

One would be right.

Sick toddler, trouble with accommodations, jet lag, time difference, etc… all lead to one giant heaping mess. Our family of three has never been more grateful to be in our own little home.

In the spirit of catching up on the posts, I am putting all of my recent 100 Day project posts here in chronological order:

Day 4/100 – Got kicked about 5 Dozen times last night by the cutest little toddler feet but we are making this happen. I’m a work-from-home mom so I get to spend a bunch of time with my little one, but I’m feeling EXTRA maternal spending 24/7 with her on this trip. It’s kinda nice, albeit exhausting. I know one day she’ll be all grown up… this phase goes by so quickly. I’m soaking it up. <3

Day 5/100 – My toddler is obsessed with fish – we draw, sketch, and paint them endlessly. She had a rough jet lag day today and may be coming down with something so we took it easy and we sat and drew lots of fish. “Mommy, draw el pescado please.” No joke, she even sleep talked about it. Lol.

Day 6/100 – As a mother, nothing quite breaks your heart as much as watching your child suffer any pain or deprivation. Baby girl had a 102 fever yesterday, still so jet lagged, and not eating out well because she is missing home cooking… and she is just in protest mode.

Day 7/100 – A half hour poolside while the morning shade protected us… just to get some fresh air with our sick little babe. Took the opportunity to do a little something… totally not my fave, but it was an experiment and it gives me something to work with. Most importantly, it is done.

Day 8/100: Even though this trip has been a disaster, and even though this family of three has been tested and tried, I can honestly say I feel blessed to have my little family. This too shall pass. Flying home today.

Day 9/100 (today): I always thought of home sickness as a mental and emotional state of painful longing, but I learned on this trip that it can be physical pain as well. I missed our home so dreadfully… I know the hubs and kiddo missed home as much as I did. We are all in happy (sleepy) recovery mode.

First within, then without.

“Make the world within beautiful and opulent and the world without will express and manifest the conditions which you have made within. You will come into a realization of your power to create ideals and these ideals will be projected into the world of effect.”

-Master Key System, Week Seven

Collect inspiration.

I love Austin Kleon’s perspective in Stealing Like An Artist.Β  Nothing is original and “all creative work builds on what came before.” The good artists embraces influences but not indiscriminately – she carefully chooses to consume the work of those predecessors that resonate with her soul. The good artist is selective about what she consumes with eyes, ears, mind and heart because she will consciously and unconsciously leverage those influences as inspiration for her own art and personal style. It is the unique collection and manifestation of each individual’s life experiences, tastes, interests, influences, and inspirations that gives each artist the opportunity to be “original.”

Let’s stop obsessing about originality and invest in the cultivation of our individual tastes. Let’s feed our eyes, ears, minds, and souls with the things that inspire us.

Happiness and Choice

The sage phrase, Happiness is a Choice, refers to much more than simply choosing a “happy” state of mind. It is a call to action. It begs us to make choices and to follow through, to secure our present and future happiness.

Happiness starts with a Choice.

Choose the noble path. You may not always get the desired results but there is happiness in knowing that you did the best you could do, with what you had, and what you knew, at the time.Β 

Choose to listen to, and honor your self – to follow your dreams and passions means living a fulfilled life doing what you arecalled” to do.

Choose to love and embrace others instead of harboring hate and contempt for the world.

Choose the fellowship of kindred spirits. Toxic and negative people are happiness killers. Surround yourself with positive energy.

Happiness starts with a choice, but it is achieved through actions. What will you do to secure your happiness today?

Don’t press the panic button…

It’s one of those days – a huge list of things to do and a highly structured day to make sure it all gets done. As a work-from-home mom, I know too well how fragile it all is… that feeling that if a call goes 10 minutes over or I spend an extra 15 minutes on one project, my work simply won’t get done and I’ll feel unaccomplished. What happens when, like it so often will, a wrench gets caught in our plans? Whether you tailspin into despair or roll with the punches is a matter of choice.

Today I had to remind myself to take a deep breath and not press the panic button. And it all worked out in the end.

Joyful Purge

Following the sage advice of Marie Kondo, the life/space organizer guru, I purged my work area of books, supplies and magazines that don’t spark joy. I have never been able to work in chaos so my desk and art area have always been tidy, but I realized that I was surrounded by a neat pile of clutter and things I didn’t love, or need for that matter – pens, notebooks, books, decor – things that just did not spark joy in my work life/ work space.

Why was I holding on to these things that I never use? Because I am afraid of being wasteful? Cause I might need it one day?

Sometimes the things that hold us back are the seemingly innocuous clutter of material things we hold on to. Lift the weight of things, and you’ll feel free to soar… and the things that remain and make the cut, will actually be the things you enjoy and love.

What are you holding on to that just doesn’t spark joy? Is it time to let go?