The Beginning of my New Exercise Regime with FITBIT

I began this journey on May 25th with my new FITBIT and today is the start of week 2 of my course of exercising and diet. I have lost 7 pounds so far and feeling ok. I have walked over 70,000 steps each week, worked out everyday, taken 2 yoga classes per week and swam 1/2 mile 3x per week. I am feeling strong and know this is a very long road to loose all the weight I have put on this past 5 years.

5 years ago I had lost a total of 125 pounds (in 2 years) and was down to a size 10; I stopped working out and have gained 50 pounds over the past 5 years. I now realize that exercise and eating right must be a way of life for me. This is the only body I have and I want it to be healthy. I also have to say that I know the basics of what I should be doing with regards to loosing weight. I had previously hired a personal trainer to help me learn what I needed to be more efficient during a workout along with how to be safe. It’s important to consult your physician before embarking on any exercise program and it’s always my suggestion if this is your first time doing this – hire a trainer. It’s really important to learn to use exercise equipement correctly. I like the fitbit and all that it can do for me, I even have the app on my iPhone. I feel like this is a way for me to have a partner along with keeping me honest. With this fitbit you can “friend” people you know who also have the fitbit tracker which is another way of keeping motivated and helping your friends stay on track.

I lost sight of what was important to me, my health is more important than anything. I know it’s cliche but if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. I will keep you posted on my progress (both good and bad) and will be sharing pictures of my weight loss.

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Thinking Like an Artist

I had a friend of mine tell me the other day that she is starting to think like an artist. WOW! What a great feeling to be able to connect what you are doing in your life to how you are feeling on the inside. I have decided that all my free time is going to be dedicated to making my insides and my outsides match!

I spent a few weekends working on my artist statement and my CV. It took a lot of revisions and reworking but and a very patient friend (the same friend as previously mentioned) helped me with the editing. I am very thankful to her and her help.  I feel really good about my artist statement and think it’s time. It’s time to let the world see what I have been up to and show them that I am indeed an artist and they would do well to pay attention to me. I feel so much happiness and joy when I am creating my work that I have a hard time staying inside my body. I move around like a little kid who has to go to the bathroom. I get all wiggly and can hardly sit still. I am going back to my meditation classes this week which should help ground me. The Saraha Kadampa Buddhist Temple really brings peace to my life, my mind and my world. I am very excited to be able to find a place nearby that I can get to once a week. The Dalai Lama said, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness”.

Bringing kindness to myself and others is one of the ways that I help bring the balance in my life. The balance of myself (inside and outside), balance of life vs. work vs. art vs. friends.

I am going to do it, I am going to start thinking like an artist and put my art out there in the world. I just sent an application in to be in a book. It’s called Embracing Encaustic, by Linda Womack. I think it is very fitting that as I am embracing my life as an artist I am embracing a book that is embracing encaustic art.

Collaboration – Spray Painting & Friends

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This is My Blog; I am going to be posting my art, my process, my struggles and triumphs. I am looking forward to sharing my life, my art and my experiences with the world. Come along and see what happens. In my experience we are who we are because of our family and friends and so it’s fitting that my first post would be about a friend and I working together to create a fantastic piece of artwork.

Yesterday my friend Modupe and I collaborated on a painting. We began with a large 60″x 72″ canvas and a couple of rum and cokes (well, I was having a rum and coke – she was having rum on the rocks). We sat on lawn chairs outside in my back yard and looked at this big empty canvas. There was a large box of Montana Spray Paint and a cup full of different caps and we talked about what we were going to do.

Half way through our drinks she picked up a can of shock red and put a dot of red at the bottom corner and we were off and spraying.

It was a really sunny afternoon and we laughed, sprayed and drank for 3 1/2 hours and ended with the most amazing collaborative painting. Take a look and tell me what you think.