“50”

Happy Birthday

“50”

Feb 7th is my birthday and it happens to be a milestone birthday , 50.

wow.
“…how did I get here.” (line from Talking Heads song)

I’ve had mixed thoughts about this approaching age.
Though I know it’s just a number, I can’t help the many thoughts that come through.

What stands out at this point in my life?

What’s been coming up is remembering to Surrender.
Surrender… to allow life to ebb and flow.
Don’t count on an intricate plan, for I have learned how that doesn’t pan out.

One of my favorite quotes is from “Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.
“Best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry”.

“Ah, yes”, I say to myself when I think about that quote.  I have experienced that and have gained that wisdom, even though I may need an occassional reminder.

I can remember when I graduated college, back when, and how there was a stirring Big feeling of “Taking on the world”.
Hmmmm.
Well it didn’t pan out as I had expected and planned.  No surprise there.
There were challenges that I faced off and met.  Yet  there were also some wonderful and amazing things that happened to me that I couldn’t have even imagined.
Rather rich and fulfilling.
Things to learn. And things to embrace with wonder.

To allow.

My experiences has been that as much as I use my head to figure things out, and even use my heart in conjunction,  I will at times go with my gut feeling on things.

Maybe it’s because I’m an artist.
My sensitivity, awareness and observing levels are pretty acute.

That gut feeling has felt like an inner compass to me and has faired me well, I must say.
That gut feeling has proven to be right so many times…  spot on in fact.

With all that said, I must then continue my my journey with all I have to guide me.

Feel free to email me about your own experiences of “going with your gut” or what came up when you hit a Milestone birthday.

Warmly,
Lisa G.

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African Elephant
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Soldier Portraits
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For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Grateful List

“Grateful list”

Thanksgiving is this month in The United States of America.
It’s a time for family to come together and be grateful for each other and what’s present in life.

Yet we can be grateful throughout the year too.  Each day we can note what we’re grateful for.

Here’s one of my Grateful lists:

Family
Friends
My husband
Children/ my girls
House/home
Work at school
Volunteer time at Horses Bring Hope
Riding time
Art time

If you happen to make your own list, take a moment to look it over, as I do, and really enjoy it. Cherish it.

Happy Thanksgiving

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fox, autumn

Sleeping Fox
Pastel

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Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

 

 

Time for Reflection

“Time for Reflection”

Girls are back to school.
I’m back working mornings as the breakfast monitor.
Back to the school schedule.

There a sense of change in the air as we start to enter Fall.

It tends to be a time to reflect on things in life.
Monday and Tuesday were the days of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

A time to think back on the months passed.
What worked? What didn’t?
What went well? What went awry?
Where I am now?  Where I might want to be?
In what way do I want to show up in the world?

Don’t judge too harshly.  We are all human.
Be gentle with yourself.
Be you.

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great blue heron

Reflection

Pen and Ink

 

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Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

A Thanksgiving Poem

Happy Thanksgiving

This month in the USA, we celebrate “Thanksgiving”. It’s a time to remember what we’re thankful.
Through good times and bad times, there are always things we can be thankful.

I know this year I have seen many changes, and yet what I’m thankful for rides along the ups and downs. Mostly family and good friends are the main stay.

I’d like to take a moment now to Thank you:

Thank you for being a subscriber to my newsletter. Being a part of my journey. Meeting me along the road, through this newsletter.

Thank you to my clients and customers. I love being able to share my creativity and collaborate with you to bring wonderful works into this world.

Thank you for being you.

I’d like to share with you a Thanksgiving poem that my family regularly recites on Thanksgiving day.
( I know “Indian” is not considered politically correct)

The world has changes over the generations of human kind.
Yet we still come together because we need each other.

“A Thanksgiving Poem”
Where we walk to school each day
Indian children used to play
All about our native land,
Where the shops and houses stand.
And the trees were very tall,
And there were no streets at all,
Not a church and not a steeple
Only woods and Indian people.
Only wigwams on the ground,
And at night bears prowling round
What a different place to-day
Where we live and work and play!

Annette Wynne

 

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Deer

Scratchboard

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Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.