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Monday again! So, where’s the Motivation?

Good morning, friends.

I’m always coming up with new ideas and business plans over the weekend so come Monday, I am usually fired up and very productive. However, it seems that I have a hard time getting back into the right mindset after drill weekend passes. It ended up being a pretty hectic last few days and I find myself having difficulty getting motivated this morning. I’ve spent the day so far by scheduling out my work week, taking care of some bills, cleaning the house a bit, and giving some extra love and attention to Nova and Haku (my huskies) since I’ve been on base for the past weekend.

This week, I feel like my “to-do” list is pretty heavy. I’ve got to plan our unit’s Holiday party for next month and there is a lot to do to make sure that it is all in order. As president, I feel responsible for making sure it all goes off without a hitch. I’m  definitely up to the task, but I think the pressure of making sure it all works out has been clouding my mind with worry and stress. I’ve also got some left-over work from the weekend I haven’t finished so there’s that too.

On top of the Air Force responsibilities, I need to make sure I keep up with my blog, painting, and filming schedules. Since I’m just beginning with my blog and films, I know how important it is to keep the content flowing on a regular basis. My recording mic also came in the mail Friday and I am so excited (and intimidated) to film my voice-overs for my Patreon videos. I’m not a very charismatic person by nature and I have a hard time putting my thought into words so naturally I’m a little nervous I won’t have much to talk about. Wish me luck with that!

Thanks for staying with me while I whine about my responsibilities. It really does help to put the thoughts down in writing. Now that my mind feels a little clearer, I really need to tackle some of the things I’ve got on my list for today. Write blog post √

Be sure to look out for a new video this Thursday on my YouTube channel and tune in later this week for another Festive Friday blog! You guys mean more to me than you know. Thanks for reading-now get your Monday on!

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Festive Friday Day #4: A Simple Update and Snowy Adventures

Welcome back to another Festive Friday post! Thank you all for tuning in today. It means a lot to have you here. Blogging is less exciting when no one reads your posts, so I am truly grateful for the support of my readers. I see you and you all make my posts worthwhile. Thank you for that.

Today’s blog is just going to be a simple update. I have Continue reading Festive Friday Day #4: A Simple Update and Snowy Adventures

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Festive Friday Day 3: Giving Thanks & Shop Small Sneak Peek

Good evening, all. This is going to be a quick one since I am short on time today. I truly  hope that everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends and some good food! My phone died halfway through the day, so unfortunately, I don’t have many festive photos to share with you all as I had planned.

This was the first Thanksgiving and Black Friday I’ve had in a long time where I didn’t have to work. When I was Continue reading Festive Friday Day 3: Giving Thanks & Shop Small Sneak Peek

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Shop Small Pop-up Prep!

Good morning everyone and happy Monday!

As you can see from these photos, my studio is packed and I am busy getting ready for my pop-up shop in St Francis, MN! I have plenty of artwork that is in search of new homes and a few new pieces that will be displayed! If you’re local, I’d definitely love for you to come and see me!

Don’t forget that I am holding a drawing for a free surprise gift!

All you need to do is stop by, say hi, and sign up!

Have a great week, and happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’ll talk to you soon!

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November 24th. 10am-2pm. The Healthy Hangout. 3220 Bridge St NW St Francis, MN 55070-9611, United States
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Festive Friday Day 2: Art & Almond Ginger Soy Latte

Hello again and happy Friday, everyone!

Welcome to Day #2 of my Holiday Blog series, Festive Friday.

For today, I’ve got something warm and cozy in store you. With Thanksgiving fast on the way, I was planning on featuring my famous stuffed mushrooms for today’s post, but I wanted to keep things a little more simple with how busy things have been lately. I also may have eaten most of the mushrooms already because I forgot I was saving them and my hunger got the best of me. Heh heh…This leads us to plan B which is my favorite go-to warm beverage that is perfect for this time of the year and guaranteed to keep you warm and cozy. Continue reading Festive Friday Day 2: Art & Almond Ginger Soy Latte

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Festive Friday Day 1: Decorating and Kickstarting the Holiday Cheer

Let’s get this party started!

Today is the first day of my Festive Friday blog series and what better topic to cover than that of decorating for the season. I know many people disagree with Christmas decorations being put out before Thanksgiving has passed. As for me, I think that the Continue reading Festive Friday Day 1: Decorating and Kickstarting the Holiday Cheer

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What Now? Holiday art series?

Hello again, everyone!

I feel like I’ve been a little absent since my last blog post about the 30 Days of Fall closing. I took a few days after writing that post to give some attention to other areas of my life. I spent some time catering to myself and relaxing. I’m pretty sick in the head apparently because my idea of relaxing always relates to cleaning of sorts. Ha…I got a lot of deep cleaning and organizing done around the house in preparation for Christmas decorating. I am really excited for that!

Over the weekend, I had drill and that actually went very well. I got a lot accomplished and lately I’ve noticed that my entire attitude about drill and military obligation has changed since I left my restaurant job. I don’t feel drained and exhausted any more and I  feel so full of life; Continue reading What Now? Holiday art series?

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30 Days of Fall Closing…Thoughts and Excitement

Happy November, everyone!

I can’t believe October, along with my art series, 30 Days of Fall, has finally come to a close! Creating a new piece of art each day has been very challenging, but I am so glad I was able to pull through in the end. It definitely takes a lot out of you creatively. When I came up with the idea, I had no idea the kind of commitment it would be. (I also had no idea “Inktober” was a thing either or I might have done that..haha..) Between creating the actual art to taking decent photos, creating listings on my website, and even just sharing each post on my social media, I had almost no free time in the day to do other business related things most of the time. (Not to mention that I was constantly blowing up everyone’s news feed-sorry about that.) There were many days where the last thing that I wanted to do was draw or paint, but knowing that I had already made a commitment to this gave me the motivation I needed and kept me creating.

All the artwork featured below:

If you have followed the series over my posts on Facebook and Instagram, you probably noticed the variety in different artworks and styles. I envisioned creating a lot of different types of fall-related paintings, but found that these took an incredible amount of time and materials. I would’ve had no canvases left once the series ended! Doing a detailed, quality painting every day I feel would have really burnt me out fast over the 30-day time span. In the beginning, I started with more surreal and abstract paintings then went on to landscapes/scenic paintings followed by illustrations and more abstract work. Towards the end, the look and feel of my pieces were beginning to encapsulate the essance of the artwork that I love and hope to keep creating. I love revolving my work around nature and emotion. All in all though, working on this series was the exact push I needed to kickstart my art journey and new lifestyle. I can see myself improving with each and every day.

After making it through the hectic time of October, I am starting this month feeling fulfilled and very motivated! I have a lot of things planned for this November and am very excited! If you got my newsletter that went out today as well, you will have heard all about that so I wont bore you with announcement repetition. Not subscribed to the newsletter? Subscribe here.

Drill is coming up this weekend and I am actually somewhat excited for that mostly because it will be easier for me to focus being that I won’t feel the pressure to create art. I find that I create my best work when I can simply be me and create what I hope to see exist in the world. I struggled with coming up with ideas over my series also because everything was supposed to be “fall themed.” Towards the end especially I just started creating more woodsy, forest-inspired art and I felt the most happy doing those sorts of works. Perhaps that is my own personal style starting to poke through? I’m still working on discovering it all.

Before I end this blog-sorry if I completely bored you all to death-I just wanted to share real quick that I’m having a fall clearance sale in my shop starting today! Use coupon code fall30 to get 30% off any and all of the artwork I completed for 30 Days of Fall!! It gets better! I’ll also be offering free shipping for orders over $49! Sale ends November 15th. There is only one of each piece and once it goes, it’s gone, my friends! Happy shopping, loves!

Also!

Now that Halloween is over, I think it’s perfectly socially acceptable to announce that…I’m going to start decorating for Christmas this week! I’ll post all about that (PLUS PHOTOS) in my next blog, so stay tuned! Get into the holiday spirit with me and subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss it! I love you all so so soooooo much!

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Vision and Plans – Setting Goals for 2019

Good morning, beautiful people.

You may have noticed that all most of the cover photos for my blogs and website are of sunsets and landscape scenery. I do this because it’s just so beautiful living out here and I really want to share it with you all. I take these photos myself and am really getting into photography with all the beautiful nature surrounding me.

The last week was full of a lot of self-discovery. I have leaned my artwork more towards Continue reading Vision and Plans – Setting Goals for 2019