I have to apologize for posting so rarely these days. It’s in my mind to post everyday, but I just never find the time or the topics to accomplish it. The business takes up the time and it also seems to make my mind turn to mush when it comes to knowing what to write about. Sigh…
But today I do have some pictures to share. My whole idea of having models has mostly been falling through. One of those is a VERY busy person. And then another that has been kind of slow has pet issues right now and health issues with a pet you have had for over a decade are so hard to take. So I am being patient with both. But one of my models didn’t fall through, mostly because I was the one taking the picture and I was at her place anyway so she couldn’t get out of it!
Then my two mask samples, those models fell through for health reasons. So I have the masks, but I think I am glad about that one. If I get all the masks I can be advertising with them and any compliments I get gets a business card!
The masks are actually quite comfortable once you get used to the bands around your ears. The mask I had been using wraps around my head and is quite hot, these aren’t. And these definitely stay over the nose and mouth. It only took one wearing to get used to the bands for me. And they are washable. Though according to my dad’s cancer doctor spraying it with alcohol (assuming you can even find that!) is a good between wash measure. Just make sure your alcohol is over 60%. Who knew alcohol wasn’t all alcohol!
So that is all for me today. And here’s hoping sometime soon I can get back on task and post daily, or almost daily!
One of the things that the veterans administration has begun to add to their list of healthcare services is Whole Health coaching. Whole Health is just what it says. It looks at every part of your life and helps you to balance things so that you have a happier more balanced life that is suited to you. Think of a life coach. Now from my point of view this is a wonderful thing and I think all veterans that have access to the VA ought to take advantage of it.
Some examples of the areas of your life that they can assist with are: moving the body, surroundings, personal development, food and drink, recharge, family, friends and co-workers, spirit and soul, power of the mind.
How It Works
So the first thing you do is an individual health inventory. There are several questions you answer about the above aspects of life. In these questions you assess where you are in that part of your life and where you want to be. Now the biggie is honesty and realism. The other biggie is being willing to think about these things and then the desire to work on those things.
Lately for me I have been working on Personal Development. My needs have revolved around time management. With starting the business I have really been having to learn how to make room for all the things I need or want to do. Today I realized I am on a good track with that. A far way from perfect and not done working on it. But now I think I need to look at organization. I spend a lot of time thinking, “what was I supposed to –” do, get, go.
I meet with my coach (on the phone for the time being) once every 2 weeks. I could see him more or less based on my need and how much time I want to spend on that session’s goal. We talk about what I accomplished on my goal since we last spoke and then work towards tweaking that goal or starting a new one.
I find it very helpful and would recommend it to anyone who has that, or something like it, available to them. You work at your own pace, and work on goals based on your needs. It’s fantastic. I have managed to get my business stuff a little better organized time wise as to what I need to do. Now I just have to get better at doing it. That is a matter of me being diligent and practicing what I have set out to do.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with it. It’s been very gratifying and useful to me. I hope this helps others to balance their lives some!
Today is the last day for the giveaway. We have had very few entries, so you have a great chance at winning. Just visit my store, look at the mug designs (has to be from my store), choose one and post here. I’ll let you know sometime tomorrow if you won! It’s that simple. Best wishes!!
I have been so busy. I have allowed this thing to take over and I am trying today to get more organized and spend a little less time staring at a computer screen and more time painting and some time relaxing and recharging!
As to my saying business is booming, I haven’t had a single sale. However, I have so many followers on facebook I can hardly stand it. So I count that as a success. Now to just get them from my fb page to my store!
Speaking of the store, don’t forget, “myblog” in the promo code will get you 10% off and that ends on the 9th, so only a little more time on that! Also don’t forget about the poll to choose my next designs to put up!
So I was thinking it would be great to let y’all pick the next design I put up in my store. So here is a poll to give you a chance to pick. I figure I’ll give it until a week from Friday and then I’ll put the design up that day. That is the 14th. So give the designs a look and let me know what you think!
Well this one scared me half to death. Funny how the ones that scare me usually turn out better than the rest. I thought water, which meant capturing movement or hands, nothing on the human body is my forte. I went with water, I did one time accidentally catch a pretty beach so I thought, “maybe I can do it again.” I looked up a picture, which happened to be a picture of another painting and to the races I went.
I was really happy with my use of various blues and with the blending I did. And really really happy with how my beach turned out. So this was today’s painting work. Hope you like! Feel free to comment, I would love to hear what you think.
There was probably a lot I could have done with this, but I went with literal and decided to “do-over” my prompt “green.” I can’t say I am any happier with this green than my other, but hey! I’m new at this.
I don’t know what I was thinking about with the dirt, texture I guess, but that is nothing like dirt at all. But you know what they say…if at first you don’t succeed try try again. So I will keep on trying. I kind of have to now after spending my savings on opening Kendall Stewart’s Art Shop. And yes you are going to keep hearing me plug it, sorry but I need to get the savings back at least! 🙂
So it has been busy, busy, busy! At this point I think the only thing I have left is opening my bank account! I can’t do that though until I get some paperwork back from the state.
I am looking into getting a new scanner, or printer/scanner, that is a higher definition than mine. What I scan is fine for here, but if I want to spread it out over a tapestry or a blanket, or a canvas, well, not so much at all. Problem is I don’t know anything about scanners and so I need to do some research. I don’t have thousands of dollars, but there are some scanners that sound like they are high definition and not so expensive, so maybe I could save the trips to Office Depot and the money to scan.
I have been so busy lately that it has been hard to keep up with my painting and my spiritual routine so today is no business Friday! Except for posting here and uploading one design later on today. We’ll see if I can keep to that. Truth be told, I am loving doing it all. It is exciting and nerve racking and fun. Kind of like a roller coaster. I have just always wanted to share my art, the good pieces anyway. It started here, but this is such a broader opportunity, I mean it could be in people’s homes! I never would have imagined that!
I really couldn’t come up with anything on this one. I could have tried to do a person posing for something…Oh man, I just thought of something! A camera! Well that isn’t what you are getting. Anyway, I just gave up and added a Y for a new prompt all my own. And I did it without drawing it up first, which I think turned out better than if I had tried to draw it.
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