Every year, I pick a word or theme for the coming months. I'm not into goals and resolutions because those are generally forgotten before the first week of February. But I love the idea of a theme for the year, something to put in the back of your mind and mull over gently for the next 12 months. For myself, I always pick a quality that I want … [Read more...] about 2013: The year of lightness
Proof that every penny I've spent has been worth it. (Studying at Studio Escalier, 2011 - 2012) Find out how to get some art of your own and how that helps me stay in school by clicking right here. … [Read more...] about What 1096 hours can do.
The last few weeks have been exhausting. I’ve been working almost round the clock trying to fundraise my tuition money for France while also visiting family and trying to spend quality time with them while I'm still in Canada. I’ve been feeling tired and not a little discouraged. My tuition is due tomorrow and I’m still short $3,500. I’ll be … [Read more...] about How music gave me hope again
"In life, as in baseball, getting on base can be just as important as hitting a home run." As my Sunday deadline looms closer & closer, my anxiety levels keep climbing. I am still $3,650 short of my tuition payment on Sunday. Despite raising over $6,700 in 4 weeks, I’m still not quite there. Hello, difficult feelings For some reason, … [Read more...] about Making peace with “failure”
It can feel so vulnerable dreaming big. To have a vision that feels so huge that some days it can make you feel tiny. To fiercely believe in the purity, power and beauty of your dream and yet… Yet to not be so attached to your dream that you shut yourself off from possibility or worse yet… Let desperation fuel your actions. To let … [Read more...] about The vulnerability of your dreams
I leave for France a week today. (WHEEEE!)) In 6 days, I have to pay my second tuition payment for the year. The first program is almost paid for, but now I have to pay for the second program. I need another $5,400, to cover tuition, rent & food for at least the first few weeks. If I can’t raise that, I can just about make it to the … [Read more...] about Brave Enough
(Royalty-free music courtesy of Dan-o: http://www.danosongs.com/#music) Yesterday, I was sitting in the doctor's office waiting to get some test results (good news! all is well!) when I suddenly had an idea. I knew I had to make this video, to explain in my own quirky way why going to France to study art is so important. I've just spent … [Read more...] about An Artist’s Odyssey, explained with a series of pictures!
Three years ago, I moved out of my parents' home and across the country. Last week, I came back home to stay for a bit before I go to France. It’s been 2 years since I set foot in my old bedroom. As I lay in bed the first night, I was deeply struck by a realization. Giving myself hope Eight months after I got sick, I was home alone one day, … [Read more...] about Remembering to dream
I’ve spent most of this year flip-flopping between 2 states of mind. In the first state of mind, I am strong, confident, powerful, and focused. Everything goes swimmingly. Jobs show up, paintings practically sell themselves, and my voice is clear and strong. The words that I want to share flow freely from my fingertips. I know that my actions … [Read more...] about Between the strong and the small
In just over 2 weeks, I leave for France. Right now, I’m home with my family in Niagara, Ontario, spending time with them before I leave. I’m a little bit shell-shocked. Adaptability is not something I’m especially good at (Change?! What?!) and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I no longer live in Charlottetown and am back in my … [Read more...] about Living in limbo
Can you believe that this Friday morning is when my crazy French adventure begins? I’m a packing, cleaning, painting hurricane right now, so this is just a quick note! To celebrate the beginning of the adventure, I wanted to share a taste of Sketches from the Road with you, by making a sort of “pilot” episode. That way, if it seems like this is … [Read more...] about A sneak peek at Sketches from the Road 2012
France. I promised myself that today, despite all of my fears about getting the rest of this money together and feeling super uncomfortable about promoting myself and asking for money so I can go back to school and not starve and selling my paintings and blah blah blah…. Anyways, I promised myself that today, on my birthday, I would start … [Read more...] about The only thing I want for my birthday is…
This is it. Today’s the day. My tuition is due by the end of the day, and as the fancy pink graphic below shows, I’m just $363 from my goal. BAM! That feels good. As I wrote the other day, I’ve been working hard to make sure that my journey is one of love, not fear – that my actions are always rooted in love of myself and … [Read more...] about The last stand: $363, love, fear and baby steps