Monday, October 20, 2014

When was the last time you did something for YOU?

Let's face it, life is hectic!!

Most of our days, are spent doing something for someone else. I am not saying that is a bad thing. As a spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, business owner and many more, we all spend a majority of our lives giving.

The problem comes when we have given all of ourselves. Yes, you are a spouse, parent, friend, etc., etc. But, first and foremost, you are you!! Don't ever lose track of your hearts desires in the busyness of life.

There is a saying, "If mom's not happy, no one is happy". It is harsh, but true.

In the last year, my family has made some major life changes. It is all good. We all are very happy where life has taken us, BUT!! But, in the process of keeping life happy, keeping the plates spinning, and keeping my family on the straight and narrow, I lost me. I took on the pressure, and in the process kind of forgot about what really made me happy. I lost my self confidence. I doubted that my art was any good. I worried more about what others thought, then what I thought.

So, earlier this month, after taking the family on our first real getaway in a long time, I broke out my paints and painted for ME. This painting is just for me. It won't be for sale. It was me finding me, and it turned out perfect!! It is an amazing feeling to get to this place in my life. I painted what I liked, and I don't care if someone else likes it or not.

This painting is my heart. I call it "Circles of Life". When I look at it, it shows me that life is a colorful mess, sometimes up, and sometimes down, but ALWAYS good. It now hangs in my dining room area, and it makes me smile.

Life is good. Life is really really good!!!

When was the last time you did something for you?
And if you are an artist, when was the last time you hung up your own art?
You are amazing. You are worthy. Your art is worthy. Do it!!!

The little LB in the corner is new. In the past I always just signed the backs. I have decided that I like it. LB is me, it's time to let the REAL me be seen, and not care if someone likes me or not.


Stayce DeWid said...

Good for you!!!

its awesome piece of work!

big hugs girlie

Anonymous said...

How true this post is. I'd just love to give you a great big hug right now!! My own fears of what others will think has kept me from doing and creating many things in my art. And no, I don't have any of my art hanging up in my house where anyone else but me an see it. I don't even do canvas's really as I'm scarred they won't be good enough. I really think it's time to change that. I LOVE your canvas and everything it stands for by the way. Big huggsss!!

PixieSprite said...

Beautiful painting and wise words.

Anna said...

Love this Lori! It looks perfect hanging there on the wall!

Mary Friederichsen said...

I love it Lori!! and you are so worth it! I may not have moved in the last year,but you spoke words of how i feel a lot of days, heck probably the way a lot of us feel on a lot of days! haha! Thanks for putting it in words and sharing with us! Keep on painting for you and sharing please because I love it!
Sending you Blessings for your new home,new life and a big hug and a hope we get to meet someday real soon in person! <3

Donna Lueders said...

I love this so much! The story behind it brought tears to my eyes. BIG TIME! I lost my way also, my mother died in August while I was her caregiver, she just gave up on life. SHe thought she was useless to everyone. I gave up also......This is just beautiful!

Tamiko McCurry (MEKOfoSHO) said...

the thoughts and emotions expressed here echo in my head daily.. its a battle to not only to create.. but to share.. be acknowledged or to be ignored, be critiqued in positive and negative light.. being an artist comes with a double sided sword, sometimes I feel like you just gotta NOT be afraid to get cut and always.. always treat people.. the way you would like them to treat you! you have gone through a lot, sacrificed a lot.. I can see how one would lose themselves.. so glad you took a breather to remember that YOU ARE an ARTIST.. an OUSTANDING ARTIST.. and sometimes you just gotta PAINT.. and if others like it... Its a BONUS and if they don't.. who cares.. YOU DID IT FOR YOURSELF.. and YOU are the ONLY person who really needs to like it!

Pakrat said...

This is fantastic Lori! Love your words too - can totally relate

Jean said...

This is awesome!!! Love it!

Sharon Estes said...

Lori, the painting is beautiful, and I am so glad you have decided to get yourself back and paint again, I have been in the same place, and I am back at the age of 70 I learned from Tracy, Let it go, and Breathe. I hoping to see more of your work show up in your blog or somewhere on line. You are blessed with a super talent so Let It Go...I am glad you are in you happy place, as I am in my favorite place in life.
Where is the Kleenex...

Heather Thompson said...

this is beautiful, wow, I love it!