Holidays pull most of us in many directions. It does me! My family has more than three birthdays each month till January! I host Thanksgiving at my home every year with 15 - 20 people. I am feeling like pulled taffy already. We are at the half way point of finishing our youngest teenager's remodeled room as her gift for next week. I had an unforgettable Halloween as I assisted moving my UCF freshman daughter from one house to another. I made the decision to be a Pesca Vegetarian last March, after listening to "Skinny B" girls Rory and Kim on my Ipod during my flight home from Italy then bought their book while on lay over at JFK. I am recently inspired to eat raw by comments on Twitter, Stephen Hopson on his Adversity University blog, the VEG FEST, and my need to be healthy. Raw food eating is interestingly creative. It also awakens my mind and gives me more energy. In fact after moving my daughter the next morning I got up and jogged a mile for the first time in years! I want to become one of those kind of people. Here in my studio I am surrounded by framed art I just took down from the Steinway Gallery and works in progress. I am checking my lists and calendar;I have a show to judge this week, three show entries, a lecture, a multitude of openings I wish to attend and two shows to take down and pick up next week. There's more but no sense in sharing every little detail. I am breathing in deeply appreciating an email from my friend and writer Barbara Fulghum- Clemmons where she shared the "Finding Joy Movie". In a few moments my paradigm renewed as I dwelt on Norman Vincent Peale's words "Change your thoughts change the world." And approach the holidays with "The heart that gives gathers" by Marianne Moore. I am filled with gratitude. I am blessed with friends, family, health, and a good life. Thank YOU too for sharing in my world. What blessings are filling your world?
Above is "Standing in Awe" featured as a $10.00 matted reproduction in my Etsy Shop. The original 24" x 18" image created in pastel is also available, framed or unframed.