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I FOUND JOY IN PSALM 30…

I HAVE A TESTIMONY TO SHARE!

30 years ago I proclaimed I would be an ‘artist’ when I grew up. The universe has showed up in so many ways “time after time” telling me that it was possible. 20 TEW33x6
years ago, I graduated high school with art awards, honors in art, a trip to see my painting of my own self portrait in a museum in Washington DC, merit art
scholarships, travels to other art schools to study, and a full $30k+$ ride from my parents to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For many years, my art was quite disturbing {as my parents would say} and I now realize it was because I was simply calling out, and speaking up with my paintings instead of my voice. With my random and wild, colors and lines, that had no idea where they were headed. I went on ahead, moved downtown Chicago to an esteemed art school against the suggestion from my art teacher to go to ‘business school’ at Bradley instead. Did not listen, never listened! I quit the Art Institute after the first year, and never returned to college until age 30.

I f&^$#@#&*! around on 8 different jobs in 16 years time; I either quit too soon and resented it, got fired for being disrespectful at a company which housed a very iconic brand name, got laid off four times and resented each one, let a boss abuse me for 3 years day in and day out; and even shared abusive tendencies in my marriage for just as long, for not loving myself enough. All of this happened, until I could do it no more (3.5 years ago). I quit my job. Ran a successful design business and in our 6th year, have earned for MYSELF and my family over a half of a MILLION DOLLARS. Yet I have felt for months that I was not WHOLE, something has not been RIGHT, and that my life must CHANGE right now.

This past November I HIT TOTAL AND COMPLETE rock bottom in my soul. The universe, and my God sent me some angels, that i will never forget.

On 1.1.15 Nicole Knox told me to just take it DAY BY DAY, STEP BY STEP….and that set me on my path of seeking my truth. On Martin Luther King Day I painted a painting with the words LEGACY across it…. thinking deeply about the message that I am sending out to the universe. Not long 1926755_10152818200083462_4133636483026784658_nbefore that, I met Susan Day, and her book www.dapo.me changed my outlook on my faith. After that, my pastor spoke about fear and finances, and it gave me some clarity. At the same time I told my friend Bernada that I needed some help and she sent me my twin to support us at Christmas. Then somehow life sent my sister from Thailand (exchange student from high school) back into my life, the one girl that knew me from top to bottom during many troubled days as a teenager. Every day my parents check in on me and bring sunlight into my darkest hours. Lastly, my h.s. art teacher, returns to support me and share the good news, that in summary – although I’ve been a little crazy, wild and unique my whole life, that it is truly time to stop being afraid, and be that ARTIST, if that’s what the hell I want to be in life! The list goes on about the amazing group of support that surrounds me daily.

SO, in my last week of reflection, I just simply wanted to share with you:

  • I am here to share my love.
  • I am here to color the world with creativity.
  • I am here to live life in love and light.
  • I am here to raise creative children.
  • I am here to help my husband recover from a lifetime of loss.
  • I am here to have the best days ever with my brothers, sisters and parents.
  • I am here to spread the joy of a mother in law that a tribe of people miss so dearly.
  • I am here to spread the good news about entrepreneurship in the arts.
  • I am here to say, start small and dram BIG as hell!
  • I am here to say it’s ok to fail and RESTART when the time is right.
  • I am here to make millions to turn around and fuel the lives of others, and of my children’s creative endeavors, and so that we may live without worry.
  • I am here to live and share how I lost so much in my own fear.
  • I am here to declare that once again, I wish to be an artist.
  • I am here to design business materials, that help businesses grow!
  • I am here to write books about life, love and the daily grind.
  • I am here, and after a few times, of trying to remove myself from this earth over the years, I will stay. I will not run. I will not hide. I will be truthful, I will be transparent, and I will share with you in times of ups and downs.

Preparing for the year ahead, I am finally excited to say that I have learned to listen to the universe, respect my calling, and do something with these gifts that God has shown me for my entire life. Without fear, without hiding, without running, I say…. I am here!
JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

Below you will see a sampling of my art from 1995, quite depressing, ehhh?

This year, I am truly on a mission to celebrate this 20 year journey of becoming who I really am!

My new book, my art, my theme, my thoughts are all about the fact that am now clear with my purpose; which is to ultimately {LIVE. LOVE. GRIND.} and more importantly to {DRINK COFFEE + BE HAPPY} for the rest of my life. I want to leave my mark truthfully, wholly, and without any regret or ill will.

Lastly, thank you for being HERE. There are about 10 key witnesses of my experiences of life, love and loss; and they know who they are. God, thank you! Things are in Divine And Perfect Order, and I am now more clear than ever.

1.30.2015 was the day I woke up at 12:01am and said I was done weeping and being silent. I cried out for help and prayed for relief. Not moments after that I learned about the scripture, PSALMS 30 – “Joy Comes in the Morning” after painting the word JOY on my picture at 2:30am.
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LIFE – 3×4′ mixed media

1995

 

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Psalm 30 English Standard Version (ESV)

Joy Comes with the Morning

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.

30 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
    and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
    you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.[a]

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name.[b]
For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.[c]
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
    “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
    you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
    I was dismayed.

To you, O Lord, I cry,
    and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
“What profit is there in my death,[d]
    if I go down to the pit?[e]
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
    O Lord, be my helper!”

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 30:3 Or to life, that I should not go down to the pit
  2. Psalm 30:4 Hebrew to the memorial of his holiness (see Exodus 3:15)
  3. Psalm 30:5 Or and in his favor is life
  4. Psalm 30:9 Hebrew in my blood
  5. Psalm 30:9 Or to corruption
English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
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