The Holidays can be a very stressful time of the year. The stress often leads to crankiness and bad moods. We all want to be happy during this joyous season, but it's hard.
Here are a few suggestions of ways to Get-Your-Happy-On during the holiday season.
Make it a HAPPY day - and season!
This is a picture that I took in 2013 as I was creating my book Moments Meant to Savor. It is the background for one of the first pages in the book. When I look at this, and the turkey that I collaged in the refridge, I am always think of thanksgiving.
Today, as I look at this image, I am reminded of thanksgiving, but I am struck with a feeling of gratitude. I recall creating this refrigerator and all the food and giggling my way through it! I had so much fun figuring out how to make paper look like an eggplant, and BBQ sauce, and a milk jug. It was a blast to figure out that a little bit of vellum made the vegetable look like they were in the crisper drawers. And it cracked me up that a turkey on a platter with a typed-on drumstick looked at home on the top shelf. I was so jazzed each time my paper was cut into the perfect shape and looked just right!
I loved the creation process! I am so grateful that I dared to illustrate my book...because without that...I would not be creating the art that I create today.
The book, and this refrigerator especially, was the beginning of me finding my love for mixed media collage art. It was the beginning of believing that I could create "good stuff". It was the beginning of me slowly relaxing into the "artist" title and owning my creativity.
But it was hard. So many times, I wondered, "Who did I think I was to illustrate a book??!!" Often, I looked at my illustrations I am wanted to crumple them up and throw them into the trash can - and sometimes, I did! I seconded guessed my abilities daily and I swore to give-up, almost as much.
But I pushed passed my negativity and insecurities and just kept moving forward.
So today, on the eve of thanksgiving, I am grateful for my journey and the courage that it took to get here.
What are you THANKFUL for?
Happy Thanksgiving Friends!
Make it a HAPPY (and grateful) day!
ps - if you are interested in learning more about my book Moments Meant to Savor click here.
Last month I joined an online group for soul-driven women entrepreneurs called Hello Soul Hello Business led by Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Kempton and I am really jazzed about some of the amazing nuggets I have gained in such a short amount of time!
Specifically, in their amazing workbook, Kelly and Beth really challenged me to understand WHY I share my artwork with the world through my business. This has helped me to become much clearer and focused.
So I thought I would share with you MY WHY.
While doing the exercises in the workbook three items became crystal clear to me...
So ultimately, ART is my little way to add more HAPPY into the world!
What's your WHY?
Make it a HAPPY Day!