Ehhh! I’m the worst art blogger in the universe!
Anyway – Happy New Year Bitches! Yes – I know it is February. I wanted to thank to all my clients and loyal fans, friends, and family – this past year was the best year of my career! EVER!! And I even had that horrible elbow pain this past spring (and really slowed my painting activity) for what seemed like 5 months of it! That being said, I swear I am the luckiest person in the world! I’m so excited to be a able to do what I do, and actually get paid for it. As a self-employed person and an artist, there are many ebbs and flows in business….so at the moment I’m majorly going with the flow – and will ride this wave as long as I can! (my pretend Florida surfer reference)
I wish I could be my usual snarky self and say that my new years resolution is “to not have any resolutions”….however (on a down note) in late November, my Mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her spine and liver. I also have a good artist friend that was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer, and had her tongue removed the other day. So I immediately started to change my diet (mostly Paleo or low acid – low carb, no dairy) – to reduce inflammation, and even started running. Most people that know me well know that I do not run unless someone is chasing me. So this is kind of a big deal! I began making the food modifications in October/early November, have not lost that much weight, but my joint pain has reduced tremendously, and my skin and hair look amazing! This is the longest amount of time (that I can remember) that I have gone with out a piece of Pizza! TORTURE! We will see how long it lasts. You don’t have to believe everything you read, but go ahead and watch Forks over Knives or Fat Sick & Nearly Dead if you get a chance – form your own opinion about how food is killing us.
And I also want to live out loud – MORE. For those of you that think I’m already a complete obnoxious bitch, need to go ahead step back and get ready for some Towanda! I always tell people that if I ever get cancer I’m just going to ram my car in to people/drivers that piss me off. Of course, I’m not really going to do that because I love my car too much, but why wait to live out loud? Why wait to use your silver 1-2 times a year, or wait for a special occasion wear your fanciest jewelry? I wear my best perfume everyday and tell my friends and family I love them! It is never too late to right a wrong, or apologize, or even ditch those toxic people from your life. Be fancy EVERYDAY!!
I’m a pretty shitty daughter, so I’m going to try and visit my Mother in San Antonio every month for a week or more, and in order to do so I really need to buckle down and adhere to a strict work schedule. I basically have no social life!
I have also started sleeping more. I use to get about 6 hours of sleep. But now I’m trying to get 8-9 hours. I don’t drink very much coffee (if any) so I do not get jacked up every day. I feel so much better, and don’t look and feel like the walking dead all the time. Also, I have discovered B-12 shots! Amazing! (which reminds me I need to go get another one)
The above photo is a commission I just finished for a hotel renovation in Atlanta. I was trying to complete it in record time – so there were quite a few cold & rainy days where I just stayed in my PJ’s all day and painted non-stop in my living room while watching movies. I really wanted to impress this client and made an effort to step up my game. I think they turned out great! One of my other resolutions is not only to avoid procrastinating, and over committing – but to get ahead and come out early EARLY – like tremendously early with my deadlines! We will see how that goes as well.