When you look back on your life, you can find things to be proud of if you look hard enough. This one’s not too hard to locate. I’ve known Joell Schmidling-Peysar since we were 12. That’s 32 years, if you’re counting! She’s the closest thing to a sister I will ever have in this lifetime. The road has been long, and full of times, both hard and unimaginably good. She’s a devoted mother and family member, one of the most positive people I’ve ever met in my life, and a fiercely supportive and protective friend. She taught me to see the bright side of any situation. She taught me about patience and fidelity. And today, I celebrate the anniversary of her birth.
Happy Birthday, Joie! Thank you for making my life a better place. I look forward to many more memories to add to our virtual scrapbook. Don’t you forget about me…
I’ve been branching outside of my skill set to find work the past few weeks. The graphic design job market is flooded with candidates, and I have to take into consideration the possibility of not finding work in my area for a considerable time. But my intention is to stay, and that means being able to meet my financial obligations. We’ve reached an era when MBA’s are applying for entry level positions. I read long ago that the key to success is to constantly reinvent yourself. That means taking work where you can find it, rather than holding out for the perfect job while sitting on your duff, dreaming about it. Therefore, I’m making my parachute as multicolored as I can manage. My hope is to continually create as high caliber art as I am capable of. I’m proud of my artistic abilities, but not so much that I’ll turn my nose at a decent position to keep me fed and happily ensconced in Colorado.
But to shamelessly plug myself, the picture below is also a link to a random sampling of my art projects, both contracted and self inspired…
I’m up, dressed, hydrated, fast broken, and adrenaline pumping. My goal: Fill one more bin with leaves and twigs. It’s almost disturbing sometimes, when I get on a tear and want to barrel through a project. One might venture to suggest I’m obsessive about it. But I’m proud of the fact that I know when to call quitting time. But until then, I’m signing off, because part of knowing my limitations is knowing I should get the heavy labor done before the heat of the day sets in. Have a fantastic Sunday, everyone!
I just spent a solid three hours trying to tame the yard. I know it’s a never ending battle, but there’s something thrilling to me about getting your blood pumping, sweating your butt off, feeling alive, and having something to admire after you’re done with it.
Trying to keep it to small doses, though. Overdoing it in a new climate could be hazardous to my health, and just plain silly. So now I’m going to go sit on the patio with an iced cold barley tea and smugly survey my accomplishments.
It’s first thing after I’ve gotten out of bed. Well, after I’ve cleaned up cat ralph and done my daily shoulder stretches (mobility is markedly improved, btw!). I’m standing in the office, talking to Quincy, and this song pops up on Random.
Is this the universe trying to tell me something? As if I didn’t know! Maybe it’s trying to tell me the elusive paycheck is just around the corner. Either way, it made me laugh with my whole body. Gotta take enjoyment out of life where you can, you know?
Coming home from the writers’ group this evening, I was struck by the awe inspiring beauty of the sky above Denver. Well, actually, every day has been even better than the last. Is it because I’m closer to them? Is it because there’s no smog to fuzzy up the view? Or is it merely because it feels so darn right being here? I’m sure the answer is an amalgam of all of these. But you know, I don’t need to know the true answer. I’m just loving it.
I post this video every few months, in the hopes that it finds one of you who hasn’t seen it yet. It makes me cry everytime. I hope it motivates and inspires you, or just makes you look at us kooky creative types with a little more respect and sympathy.