Sunday, October 06, 2013
So while I am working on my craft, I'm also finishing up some projects that went on the way side thanks to the corporate work schedule. First one is oddly putting this wonderful material on my shelves in my kitchen that is a green product and starting to really re-organize to make a better work flow for me and the husband. It also is allowing me to make some new ideas for keeping things clean, like finally making pockets for serving dishes, covers for my mixer, blender, etc. And to finally take inventory of what we have in the kitchen for equipment.
We have bought so much over the last 10 years+ that I realized that we've got a really nice amount of quality kitchen pieces.
Decided we're going to have to replace at some point the 30 year old sparking food processor, and add a bread maker to our kitchen. The one thing I realized I don't have is a dutch oven, of which I was rather surprised to find that I didn't.
But I have a lot of awesome cookbooks, lots of wonderful mags with recipes, and just about every thing you can use in the kitchen.
This is good place to start. There are some things we're going to purge out - but for the most part, re-structuring some areas will give us what I need for making a pantry for stocking up when there are sales of dried goods.
Going back to the basics. Getting away from processed food is going to also be a great advantage for us to eat even more healthier than we are already doing.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Today we went up to visit the grandchildren. Our family is a mixed of those that are genetic (biological) and those that have been added by choice. B/K are just that couple. People who we have chosen to be part of our family and us part of theirs. (This came about with the pregnancy of A - my first grandson) and we were honored to be asked to be Nonna (Italian) and papa. Anyway, our granddaughter had to have outpatient surgery today, and so we went up to give support and hang out and fill up on the most amazing unconditional love you can ever imagine. You see A (we don't use full names for many different reasons on the internet) is autistic. But that has never once stopped him from being the most amazing, devoted to his Nonna little child. Tonight's newest change was he was tickling me (mind you we have to teach about clothing boundaries) but still he had me laughing and snuggled and loved.
It is that unconditional love - the feeling of wholehearted worthiness he spreads to me that I can take back and keep cherished inside of me. I am truly blessed.
And me and his Mom gabbed about ideas and thoughts, she showed me off her brand new loom of which I am jealous but extremely happy for her, and she brought me some new patterns to make some clothes - plus raid the freezer for tomatoes and such to do some sauces and make jelly this weekend.
I spent some more time working out how to make the craft room - the studio and then alter the end of the great room we've blocked off to be some storage and business office. The word is starting to trickle through the old company and a lot of folks have been pinging me trying to find out why I left - only to find out - it was the company that let me go, and that starts a rant from them about how unfair.
But I remind them of my love, my passion, my desire to do this, and how much they have encouraged me over the last three years to start really exploring this ability to become a full time Artist. And my biggest thing I tell them is I am not having nightmares, feeling claustrophobic, I actually WANT to wake up in the morning - instead of dreading it.
Its only day 2 since the termination and I am experiencing many different body adjustments and sensations. I'm sticking with making sure my food intake is within my range, making sure I am getting my stretching, my walking and my yoga. I need to figure a bit of a change in how to incorporate my bowflex and my bike into this but it will come.
I am grateful for having the courage and the network of friends and family to pursue my dream.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Yesterday was the start of a new chapter in my life. Most folks would have fallen apart by what happened, but for me, it was an opportunity that I have been 'talking about doing' for over two years.
I'm now making the transition from semi-professional Artist to Professional artist and the holidays are upon us, the best time to make this transition.
Yes I am scared, but am I also excited for many reasons. The biggest and most wonderful one is I am not going to be doing something I don't like which was stressing me out, which was making it almost impossible to even exercise because I was too stressed out - too exhausted by the end of the day and that end of the day ended at 11pm each day because I had two different schedules that I needed to maintain.
Stress KEEPS weight on (my eating was fine, my lack of exercise wasn't and lack of stress)
This stress - going pro is different. I have about 15 venues I work in so I am not just limited to one or two types of Art venues. My pieces when I wasn't trying to sell - I was doing 2k a month. I did something while I was in the corporate world of stocking up on supplies - and have 4 years for beading, 2 years + for paper crafting, 2 years for fabric and 1/2 year for metal/wood, the more easier one to actually get cheaply.
I've got already 400 items to take pictures of - post, samples of some very unique custom pieces I have done, and a gallery to show what I have sold in the past so folks get an idea of how unique my pieces are. Plus my daughter reminded me to make the crazy stuff that her friends all were so jealous of that she kept selling off her and I kept making more of.
I'm not going into this blind, I've done so much research, and set up, the thing I didn't really plan on was the cutover. In fact hindsight, I would not have, because I was just a bit too tied to status quo and less about the leap of faith.
I've got the network up and running. I have my first home party in two weeks just before one of the holidays I support.
This change also gave me an opportunity to regroup into the Spark system so I can actually build a routine around it. So now I am going to set aside time each day - specific time for doing the points because they are motivators, even if I didn't see that earlier.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I spent 5 hours with the Grandson today (He's autistic) - we're making significant progress in how long before he melts down. The original plans were to go to Fairyland and have a picnic, but my knee has been bothering me the last two weeks and just when I think it's back under control, poof it flares up again and I can barely walk. (Old injury that somehow has been aggravated with the weight loss) Anyway, it was a beautiful windy day for kite flying so we went down by the water and had a lovely picnic and flew kites.
One of the other things he loves that I do is blow bubbles. For me its so relaxing and stress relieve to blow bubbles (I think I developed the habit after quitting smoking*. But it was just fun with the new wands I bought.
I just wish my knee would stop hurting. Its killing my ability to bike or walk. Need to look at the chair exercise to see what I can do for cardio.
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