Friday, April 13, 2012

thoughts & pretty things

{ print }

Almost three months ago I shared I was taking a break. I finally gathered the courage to admit I wasn't balancing things well. Having a shop became a burden; blogging became a burden; too many irons in the fire just equaled a big ole mess. 

During my "time off" I really had a chance to reevaluate my priorities. I became the perfect housewife and mother and immediately lost 25 pounds. What? Hahahahaha. Wouldn't that be nice? No really, I began to rethink being a housewife and mother and I also started taking care of myself more. At the one month mark I didn't feel any different. Today, I do feel different, though. I am still disorganized. I still let my boys watch an episode of Sesame Street while I try to get something done (like write this post). I still feed my kids (blankity-blank) peanut butter sandwiches when they won't eat anything else. But I feel stronger, mentally and physically.  
I feel happy.

As you have seen, during my break I began drawing, doodling, sketching. I really don't know what to call it. I just sit down with a pen and a sketchbook and hope something good happens. I have taken advantage of social networking and shared my work. As an artist it feels so good to be able to show people what you have made. And my response really is thank you for the sweet comments on what I create. There is enough ugly stuff in the world, so I just want to add some things that are pretty.

I am back. It's not that I disappeared, but I think I am back on a more consistent basis. I want to blog, and I want it to be from my heart. I want it to edify and encourage. I don't want what I do to be for more followers, more comments, more traffic, more pins. 
I want it to be simply to connect with you and to put a smile on your face. [You may say, "I thought that is what you were doing before." And it was, but I had just gotten to a place where my intentions were mixed up.]

So, there are my thoughts. Thank you for following along and thank you for encouraging.

Life is short y'all.
Let's do something pretty while we can.