Love deeply. Laugh. Cry. Talk to God. Be realistic about the to-do list. Stay in touch. Hug. Dream. Smile. Break Bread often with Family. Spend Time with your Girlfriends. Shop til you Drop! Extend Grace. Be Quick to Forgive and Slow to Anger. Walk. Breathe. Sing. Dance. Read. Eat Chocolate. Savor a Good Glass of Wine. Wiggle your Toes. Sleep well. Life is Good!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Get a Grip!

That's exactly what I've been trying to do!

Get a grip on my art business. The details that is. Some days it's more of a desk job than a joy. Keeping up with everything from bookkeeping and inventory, to where my art is outsourced and scheduled event and show applications. It never ends. The only real peace is sitting in my studio with the radio on painting. Balance. I must find some balance!

Get a grip on my health. Dealing with this B12 issue is driving me nuts. And now the herniated disc in my neck causing numbness and pain while pressing on my spinal cord. Surgery is elective at the moment. Hoping to keep it that way. Pile on the other physical challenges and it makes for a less than joyful day. But it is quite amazing how my 14 month old granbaby girl can help me relax and chill!

Get a grip on my diet and supplements. This kinda goes hand-in-hand with the aforementioned issue. However, it's not about weight loss (though that could be a grand side effect) as much as general health. Trying to figure out the foods and/or environmental triggers that bring about an inflammatory or autoimmune reaction. Just some more junk!

Get a grip on my filing. Paperwork is a necessary evil, in my humble opinion. I throw away most of the junk mail. But, you see..... I am an artist. I have to keep a certain amount of stuff!! I just do. It's not just the art paraphernalia, but household files, garden journals, vet records, medical records, birthdays and other events, appointments, schedules. Ugh. I'm a procrastinating perfectionist. Does that tell you anything?

Get a grip on my garden. I miss being outside sticking a shovel in the ground, turning the earth. Pulling weeds is therapeutic! I love color! Unfortunately the last couple of seasons a variety of stuff has blown in on the wind and taken root all over our yard. Some other invader has killed the Knock-Out Roses and the Indian Hawthorne. The trees need trimming so sunlight can hit the grass and make it plush once again. The raised bed garden needs to be sterilized and boosted for a new crop. The last one was a bust. A total bust. We hired a guy to come pull weeds and trim for three days. He's a hard worker. Worth his pay! I just wanna get out there and do it again. Another good reason to get a grip on this nerve pain and disc problem.

Get a grip on my art. I don't wanna be put in a box by choosing one particular medium or subject matter. I like variety and various styles, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, collage and assemblage. There is so much out there I want to try. I have my strengths and my weaknesses. Some mediums are more stressful or challenging than others. I don't want to be known as a Jack of all Trades/Master of None, but I do love a challenge.

Get a grip on the clutter. There is now a table full of photographs which were boxed up from what we could salvage from the Katrina flood. I pulled them outta the closet a month ago. There they are ... still! I'm also a chronic collector of dishes. Pretty serving pieces, pots & pans and stemware. I'm a addict really! They are everywhere! And ... I collect art. All kinds of art. Problem is, I've put it here and there between three or four locations and there's nowhere else for it! And then there's that linen closet and the guest room closet and a good part of the garage. It never ends! Downsizing is sounding good right about now!

Get a grip on all these ideas in my head! But that would require a notebook and another file folder to keep up with. Not a bad idea considering tomorrow I won't remember the details if I don't write it down now! Where's that pen of mine?

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