As I have journeyed down my life's path, there have been many offshoots along the way. The choice is of course our own, and the outcome can be surprising and life changing.
One such life changing path that has influenced me greatly is WLS (wieght loss surgery); in conjuction with diet and exercise. I have lost over 75 lbs in the past year and have dropped 12 dress sizes.
This has given me so much more energy; confidence and increased health benefits that all areas of my life are improving. My insulin (type 1 Diabetic) has dropped over 60 % -- that is huge! My Doctor's are overjoyed to say the least.
This increase in energy has helped me with my art, in the sense that I now have more energy to paint; have more drive and focus; can and do arrange photo shoots; field trips; and the will to try new things.
Not only trying new things in art, but life in general.
Don't be afraid to tackle anything and everything.
Don't hide behind inexperience and excuses.
Life is waiting to be lived.
Art is demanding to be painted.
It is time I stop and reflect on all the good things and people I have in my life. It is the friends, family and fans (hopefully I have some), that truly empower me and allow myself to express my own individuality in art and in person.
In being able to speak, act or paint without borders, or limits if you prefer, is such a priviledge and so very freeing from many constraints found in our world today. I am sure each of us can think of many instances that we, or other people in our worlds, are constricted and unable to be themselves due to censure from others.
Even our health can restrict us from being ourselves, and how we act around others. Sadly I have had friends and family recently diagnosed with cancer, 4 in 4 weeks. It struck me that one commented that because they now have this 'c' in thier bodies, and will be fighting it with all they have and can do, they are afraid that thier 'friends' will be scared and slowly fade away.
So because of this I want to clarify, that I am here to stay. I will not fade away!
I thank you for who you are, and who you allow me to be.
Hugs, I am here for you.
As those who know me, and those of you about to find out, I love to talk; meet people; learn from others; and most importantly I LOVE TO PAINT!