So today is my Birthday, yay, and I really mean it this year! Seriously though I cannot believe another year has come and gone! Where the heck did our year go? For most of my life I’ve kinda got short changed with having my Birthday right after Christmas so I’ve never really celebrated or made a big deal about it. This year I am viewing my special day in a whole new light. I don’t have anything special planned, but in my heart and mind I do! A lot of us don’t get the opportunity to go all out, but we sure can do a whole lot for ourselves emotionally. I am going to try my hardest to accomplish all of the things that I have wanted to do for myself. It may take me a while, but it’s something that I am determined to do. Isn’t that what lifes all about…doing what makes us the happiest.?
I recently posted a quote, “A Lot Can Happen In A Year” and have been reflecting on that a lot lately. This quote is so true isn’t it?! It was almost a year ago today that I was in an accident and unfortunately spent my last birthday in bed and in an out of the doctor’s office. I’ve spent nearly the entire year in therapy, in more pain than I care to admit, lots of days spent in bed, lots of tears of both pain and frustration, not a good time, but this year I am feeling so much better, not so much physically, but mentally.
I’m not saying at all that the accident was a good thing, but it forced me and gave me the opportunity to reflect on how I was speeding through each and every day. It forced me to slow down “a lot” and re-evaluate how I was going about things. I’ve always been one to stop and appreciate the little things, especially when my kids are around, but never really took too much time for myself. As a single mom, I’ve always been in go mode (I’m sure a lot of you can relate, right?) always just plowing forward like a robot, day in and day out, solely concentrating on work, my kids, their schedules, the pets, etc., but never really on me. My whole goal everyday (literally for my entire life) besides the norm, was to work as hard as I can so I can give my kids and I a better, easier life and in the process always put aside what made me happy. There are two different kinds of happy, for me anyway, the pure love you get from your children and then the feelings you get from doing something just for yourself, whatever that may be. For me, it’s my creative side that fills me with so much happiness, there seriously isn’t anything like it. I think we are all given a gift. Some of us know it right away, some of us have to search a bit for it, but either way I think we are meant to share our gift with others once we do find out what it is. It’s the giving that makes our hearts grow in so many ways and I have to say I truly find so much joy in giving, even the smallest of things.
So going forward I am going to work on stepping out of my comfort zone to pursue those things. I’m going to take time out for myself (and hope you do as well) even if it’s just a few minutes here and there. I’m going to keep my faith strong and keep moving forward with a happy heart and to trust the timing in my life.
I’ve been working on a series of pieces that reflect the “love and appreciation” I have in my life and thought this would be a nice piece to pass on. I can never say it enough, the heartfelt gratitude I have for you all. Your constant love, support and inspiration means more to me than I can ever put into words. You all have been such a wonderful part of my life and am so happy that I have you here to share it with. I realize more and more every day. “That while life is not always easy, it can be beautiful”. So my wish to you is “ “May your life be as beautiful as you are.”
Ok, so a bit about the giveaway! This one was inspired by an old vintage “Ex Voto” piece. Starting from a wood heart. “Just another reminder that even though life is sometimes hard, we can still make it beautiful”. I added my tea stained papers with a bit of french script and vintage roses coated with a light wash of white. The outside of the heart is painted in gold, also with a light wash of white. The back reads…J’ Adore “I Love” a simple daily reminder. The top is adorned with an old jewelry bit and a vintage rhinestone and from the bottom hangs a few clear crystals, a gold wooden bead and strands of painted jute twine. The piece hangs from a strip of torn white linen.
The piece measures – 11′, Heart measuring – 3 1/2″ including rhinestone, Linen strip measures – 4″
Please post a comment here on the blog (only once please) with something you hope to do “just for you” in the coming year. The giveaway will run until midnight (est) Friday January 2nd . The winner will be randomly selected at that time.
This piece is filled with lots of love and intention from my heart to yours! Best of luck to you!