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Today - focus-focus-focus

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

on the task on hand - taking pictures of what I have made and posting to Etsy. It is hard because the little nagging voice in the back of my head is trying to belittle me - saying - so to lessen the voice I am writing down - as I learned in a work shop and countering these
"You're not good enough"
"Why are you kidding yourself"
"Why are you trying to jeopardize your family's finances"
"Are you insane"
"Nobody will buy your stuff"
"Only losers become Artists"
"They were only trying to be nice by buying from you before"

Most of them I can counter quickly with "I hosted an event and sold over $1600 dollars in one day -without trying and most folks had never seen my stuff before that moment"

The folks who bought - have bought more

The folks who bought - their friends have bought from me as well.

I just need to keep focused and remind myself positive affirmations of love, worthiness, creativity, happiness, and most of all, the feeling of watching someone fall in love one of my pieces and cuddle it like its a baby, showing it off when they wear it.

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GRAYGRANNY 10/9/2013 3:19PM

    Positively positive!! Keep that thought!!

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SENTERSTOCK 10/9/2013 9:45AM

    YES!! Focus-Focus-Focus! A great Mantra!

Senterstock-Grandmother's Fitness Club, co-leader

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SPARKVERNICE 10/8/2013 7:38PM

I love how you countered the negative thoughts. That's what we have to do stay focus on our goals and stay on track no matter what. :)

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More energy than I have had in SUCH a long time

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.

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LINDAM.1 10/7/2013 10:30PM

  My pantry is full, My wonderful husband thinks meat and potatoes, a must. He liked the bean rice and a bit oh hamburger was good . Still have some White noodles.

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CELEST 10/7/2013 8:00AM

    I have begun a big clean up also, for me mainly because I want to sell my house and find something smaller. Once we have the new home (probably only next year some time) then I will go hunting for new stuff that fit the new size house. Till then I just will have to wait patiently.

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SENTERSTOCK 10/7/2013 7:04AM

    Go un-clutter, re-structure and enjoy your new found energy! emoticon I am inspired!

Senterstock - Grandmother's Fitness Club, co-leader

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MERRYMARY42 10/6/2013 9:34PM

    sounds like you have a plan, stick with it, emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 10/6/2013 9:07PM

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Enjoying simple pleasures

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.

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TAISIAKAT 10/6/2013 6:29PM

    MT-MOONCHASER - But I do have money coming in from my craft, even as I transition I've already sold 600 dollars worth of designs. I just won't have the size of paycheck I've gotten used to for the last 15+ years. The truth be told, we're simple folk. And Dan and I can live on a lot less, instead of going nutz like we did. I just need to be more cautious about things, and work on making sure we stay solvent. On the slow season I can always work contracting as a SQA engineer, of which I am very good at.

Thank you for the encouragement and compliment.

I am very happy that we have the family and network I have.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/6/2013 5:48PM

    I like your attitude. I wish that you still had a paycheck, but if you dreaded getting up in the morning to go to the job, you are probably better off without it. I hope you got a good severance package and can draw unemployment. That always helps when you are trying to get a new business underway.

Isn't it great when you can get along so well with family? It's always nice when they can make you smile so much and be so helpful.

I hope you have a good week.


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SENTERSTOCK 10/5/2013 9:51AM

    All I can say - is with heart and passion and family - all dreams come true! Love hearing your page in the journey! Helps me to relish in mine emoticon

Senterstock, Grandma's Fitness Club, co-leader

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TINY67 10/5/2013 9:27AM

    Sounds like a great family.

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A second (x) chance

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.

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TAISIAKAT 10/5/2013 2:14AM

    Thank you SENTERSTOCK for the encouragement. emoticon

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TAISIAKAT 10/5/2013 2:13AM

    CELEST - I've gone through this experience before and it devastated me. I had so much 'tied' up into the career of who I was, and how I was supposed to be, that when the termination happened, I was mortified, I was horrified, I felt like I was the worse person/major failure in the world. - However, Wednesday, I have spent the last year working with a coach on becoming more authentic and to follow my passions and stop giving away my power by spending my energy worrying about what others think or say about me.

Yes I wasn't happy they let me go, but at the same time I was miserable, I wanted out. - Now for me is not to collapse, to try to not fall apart and give up but to move forward into this new chapter and embrace the experience of my life.

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SUGARSMOM2 10/4/2013 8:55AM

  everything we do is based upon a plan

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CELEST 10/4/2013 7:40AM

    I was about to say "snap" based on the start of your blog. But the snap is only for that first sentence. After that our lives change, but I too will be making some brand new changes to my life and its somewhat daunting but has to be done. The challenge for me is not to resort to eating my way to comfort again. So far, so good....but Monday will be the telling point for me.

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SENTERSTOCK 10/3/2013 9:31PM

    How wonderful! Sounds like you have made a great decision! Look forward to hearing more.
SENTERSTOCK, Grandmother's Fitness Club co-leader.

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The important things

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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    Blowing bubbles with your grandson sounds delightful! Sorry about the knee. While doing therapy last year I was told that my knee may heel because I was not using it because I could put no weight on the right foot. That knee is much better even after being able to use the foot and leg when the cast came off.

Hope you find something else that you and your grandson enjoy. DO NOT USE BUBBLES MADE IN CHINA!


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CELEST 7/28/2013 2:32AM

    That is odd that your old injury is aggravated with the weight loss, usually weight loss helps old injuries. Have you spoken to your dr/pharmacist about some over the counter anti-inflammatory tablets. There are foods that are also high in anti-inflam properties, I recall that pineapple is one.

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/27/2013 11:48PM

    It sounds as if you had a delightful day (aside from the knee, of course).

I hope that you find out what is going on with that knee.

I tried some of the chair exercises, and they are really quite a workout. Good luck.


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