| Saturday, December 31, 2005
Of course I'm doing a list. It's New Year's, right?
I don't do resolutions--why set yourself up for failure. This one is more of a "to do" list. A to do list for life. If they don't all get done this year that's OK. Some will, some won't. My hope is that most do.
In no particular order (just the way they came to me):
lose weight (get healthy, eat right, exercise more)
sell more art (and paint more)
finish my novel (write more)
find an agent
get a publishing deal
attend a writer's conference
become more active in community
establish more art and writing contacts
visit Arts YOUniverse (art mansion)
--go to NYC
--go to Paris
get my passport
write travel articles focusing on ghost stories and the super natural
find more ghost stories from this area
Write and publish a ghost stories book
possibly move to a larger house or add on to my house
save more money
take dance lessons
take art lessons (mosaic)
finish the "unfinished" rooms in the house
find and contact (!!) places to exhibit my artwork
drive cross country
meet my online friends in person
contact people from my past
be a better friend (maintain friendships)
go out more
do more things (live more, have more fun)
buy a digital SLR camera
to work full time as a writer and artist
to be paid to travel (I would love to be a travel writer who specializes in writing about haunted places.)
to live debt free
to have enough money to put my children through college (and not be swamped with loans when they're done)
to finish college
to own a Victorian house
to live by the ocean
open a bookstore/coffee shop
fly in a hot air balloon
see the Grand Canyon
visit Alaska and Hawaii (heck, visit all 50 states -- I'm at 30 something now)
a dock for our boat (rent or own)
be a calmer quieter person (I'm loud and I don't like it)
to be more patient
to act in a play
This is not the end...it's just where I finished at the moment. I know this list will grow and grow.
Happy New Year!
|posted by Kelly @ 12/31/2005 03:39:00 PM
| Thursday, December 15, 2005
One Leaf, now at Etsy.
I could not say this any better, so I will post this instead:
Finding Encouragement from Daily OM
Your True Inner Voice
Within each of us, there are numerous voices often that compete for our attention. It can be difficult to decide which one to listen to, particularly when their messages are all quite different, sometimes conflicting, and even alluring. One voice, however, is the speaker of truth. Among all your inner voices, your true inner voice is the one which encourages you, gives you hope, and pushes you to trust and believe in yourself. Conflict within oneself is often caused by dueling voices inside of each one of us. As we move through life, we get mixed messages from the various aspects of ourselves. Some of our voices, such as the naysayer or saboteur, can speak so loudly that they drown out the voice of truth. Listening to your true inner voice - often the voice of understanding, support, and self-assurance - can help lessen and even resolve internal conflict.
If you're looking toward the future but your faith in your ability to succeed in life is wavering, you will benefit from finding and listening to your true inner voice. You can connect with it by remaining relaxed and alert, while listening carefully. If you have trouble distinguishing your true voice from the others, meditation may be helpful. You may hear many voices as you meditate, but the one you should pay attention to is the one that speaks to you with love, understanding, and compassion. It will bolster your spirits and urge you to go after your dreams. And it will never cause confusion, remind you of past mistakes, or cause you to doubt yourself.
The more you listen to and believe in what your true inner voice is telling you about your value and your potential, the stronger that voice will become. And the more you disregard the voices that can interfere with your resolve to succeed, the quieter those voices will become. Saying no to the voices that are judgmental and make you feel ashamed will help you stop being critical of your failures and afraid of success. By finding and strengthening your true inner voice, you will be able to ignore internal conflict and pick out the one that speaks the truth.
|posted by Kelly @ 12/15/2005 07:00:00 AM
| Monday, December 12, 2005
More Karma, now at etsy.
I never do this, but what the hell. Sounds fun. Got it from Toni. I think you should do it to--here (in comments) or on your own space.
Seven things to do before I die:
1. Live by the ocean.
2. Be a published novelist, and write an publish a true ghost stories book.
3. Go to Paris, France.
5. Drive cross country.
6. Live in another country.
7. Live debt free.
8. Own a bookstore/coffee shop/gallery.
Seven things I can (or will) not do:
2. Own a gun.
3. Run for public office.
4. Abandon my family.
5. This one is too hard...I don't like to say I can't.
Seven things that attract me to my spouse/partner/the opposite sex:
1. He makes me laugh everyday!
2. His kindness.
3. He's a great father.
4. His handiness--man he can make things.
5. Tall, thin, athletic body.
6. His smile and his dimple (too cute)!
7. His friendship (being married to your best friend is a bonus).
Seven things I say most often:
1. I love you.
4. I can't find my ...
5. I wish...
6. Can I help you...
7. Thank you.
Seven books (or series) I love: (There are too many too list, because I love almost any book I read, but these popped into my head first.)
1. Little Women.
2. V.C. Andrews books. (OK, shoot me, I love them)
3. Love Story.
4. Of Mice and Men.
5. Bridges of Madison County.
6. When I was a kid, I loved books about ghosts and other strange phenomenon (UFO's, Lock Ness monster, Big Foot--you know) but I don't remember the exact names of the books. I couldn't get enough of them
7. Judy Blume books (Forever, Are You There God...,etc.)
Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time):
1. Field of Dreams
2. Dirty Dancing
4. Christmas Story
5. Pretty Woman
6. Grease (because it is the only play I've ever seen on brodway--I can't help myself)
|posted by Kelly @ 12/12/2005 08:12:00 PM
| Monday, December 05, 2005
Blue, Illustration Friday.
This painting is part of a series called "The Four Seasons."
Whenever I paint a winter scene, I always use blue. Yes, I know this isn't earth shattering news--a lot of people do--but it has more to do with how I feel about winter. When I think about it, it is always in a negative way. I hate winter. It depresses me. I feel sad in the winter. I think that's why I associate blue with it--the winter blues. But, when I started writing this post, I began to wonder why. I really don't have a great reason for feeling this way, other than not liking the cold. Actually, winter is a great time for me. So many wonderful things happen and have happened in the winter for me.
My grandpa's Birthday (Jan. 2)
My birthday (Jan. 29)
My husband's birthday (Feb. 1)
My twins were born in winter (Feb. 8)
Valentine's Day--not that it's my favorite holiday, but something dedicated to love can't be that bad!
I fell in love with my husband in winter.
I got engaged in winter.
Now I'm stretching it a bit here, but, although my son wasn't technically born in winter--Nov. 23--but it is usually cold and snowy here by then, so I consider it winter.
I was asked to illustrate the book in winter.
This led to meeting many new friends--well at least I think I met most of them in the winter.
I tend to get more productive, and come up with new ideas in the winter--maybe because I'm stuck inside!
Thinking about something a little differently sure can change the perspective on things--maybe winter isn't so bad!
|posted by Kelly @ 12/05/2005 09:30:00 AM
| Saturday, December 03, 2005
Sunrise at the Lake, now at Etsy.
"Sunrise at the Lake"
(A (very) short story by Kelly Gibbons inspired by the painting )
Each day is a clean slate, a new beginning, another 24 hours to do with what you will.
You can do whatever you want with them.
So, what are you going to do with your next 24?
|posted by Kelly @ 12/03/2005 09:57:00 PM