A Helium Hand?

A Helium Hand?

Don (my husband) says that I have a Helium Hand. He has observed that whenever someone asks for a volunteer, my hand goes up… all on its own. He was definitely on to something there. The first part of a solution is identifying the problem. And to be honest, after his comments, I got a lot better about saying no to all the volunteer opportunities that are flung my way. (He just agreed when I told him I was blogging about this topic.) A more...

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Take Action (even imperfect action)

Take Action (even imperfect action)

Have you ever found yourself wanting to do something but holding back until you are sure you will get it right? My main lesson with IMPERFECT ACTION happened a few years ago with creating a website. I knew it was the next move, but month after month it wasn’t done because I wanted to be sure to have all the ducks in a row and have it all just right before going live. Then I joined a mastermind group with business coach, Theresa Ceniccola and...

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Are you on the cusp of change?

Are you on the cusp of change?

Are you poised for something big? Craving a change, or an accomplishment. I got a red flag about this at the gym this morning.  After 20 minutes on the elliptical, I was ready to buy a Veggie-Matic, the PiYo exercise CD set, and a “tiny house” in Alaska. Oh, and possibly sign up to foster a child. My gym equipment was (unfortunately) stationed in front of the infomercial channel. And the advertisements kept catching my eye.  Normally I don’t...

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If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

SMART is an old acronym for goal setting. But with my art class next week it’s going to take on a new meaning!  We’re going to make smART goals! Have you been procrastinating on something lately? Come to my class next Wednesday and break through the block so that you can get it done. We are going to apply ART to your goal, and capitalize on all the mental power that ART contains! You already know (from last week) that “the car goes where...

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Lessons From the Racetrack

Lessons From the Racetrack

  A few years ago, I read an entertaining novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  Considering it was fiction, it had some great kernels of wisdom peppered throughout the story. The protagonist, Denny Swift, was an aspiring racecar driver with some profound things to say: “In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control will meet that...

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What is your star?

What is your star?

Happy New Year! January is the time that everyone typically makes resolutions, sets goals, and thinks about what they want from the upcoming year.  Are you?  Even if you take a few minutes to informally formulate a vision for the year, you’ll be better off than doing nothing at all.  That’s because what we focus on grows. Today is Jan. 6, the Catholic Feast of Epiphany–a perfect time to share my artwork from December: Epiphany...

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Who Needs Limits?

Who Needs Limits?

Halloween—The Holiday of Creativity for me…the Holiday of Overdoing it With Candy for my kids! When your kid brings home a pile of candy like this, what do you do? Well, I’m guessing the one thing you WOULDN’T do is tell them to just go for it—eat as much as they can for as long as they can until it’s gone. No, in reality we know that kind of gluttony only leads to trouble. So we have them pick out their favorites, divide it up, put some away...

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Being in Charge of Change

Being in Charge of Change

Be the change you want to see in the world.  –Mahatma Ghandi If Ghandi’s advice seems too lofty (you know, changing the whole world), narrow your focus a little. Just be the change you want to see in your own life. The idea of “change management” exploded in the business world in the 90s. Remember that? One of the big quotes of the time was “The only thing that you can count on is change.” Essentially, nothing will ever stay the...

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How JOY brings me back…

How JOY brings me back…

Back in January, did you happen to complete the “Word of the Year” exercise? This is a great tool for divining a word that can serve as your beacon for the year.  I highly recommend you take an hour to do this, if you haven’t already.  If you have, I hope you’ll share your Word with all of us! This year, my word is JOY. I chose JOY because I have a tendency to take myself a little too seriously. Along with that I often take work a...

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I’ve made an assumption about you.

I’ve made an assumption about you.

I sat through a business workshop last weekend, and one of the tasks was an exercise where I describe my “ideal client.” In other words, I was asked to describe whom I most want to serve through My Art and Teaching Art. When it comes to the “my art” part of it, I simply want to serve some rich patrons who want to buy what I make.   If that’s you, please stop reading right now. Click over to my gallery page and choose the pieces you’d like to...

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