Art, Life

Life lately and future plans

Hi everyone! It’s been a while. To make up for my absence, here are some fun recent photos.

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Adam and I visited Cary, NC, and Kure Beach to unwind before his second semester of school. We had a great time and found that we love The Triangle, its wonderfully paved roads, greenways and trails for biking, art scene, southern location…

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We went to the pool one time. It was fun too.

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I left my family at The Record Delta to pursue freelance writing and blogging. That first week I spoke with editors at two national magazines, and from there it’s all been in God’s hands. I believe He’s redirecting me back to painting—and that is OK!

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Finally met Leo, my best friend Tiffany’s baby. He is such a sweet little chunk!

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And I finally. Bought. A sewing machine. Learning slowly but surely. :)

Last month I also accepted a part-time banking job, which will likely be full time through the end of the year. It’s not in the creative field, and so far that’s been great. Now I spend a good bit of the day working with people and numbers, then I use my creative energy—namely on various painting projects—during the evening. I can’t wait to show you what I’m making!

Six years ago God was clear in telling me to paint. Lately, thankfully, I’ve felt refreshed and ready to do just that. For the last three weeks I’ve painted 4-5 times per week, for several hours each time. I’m working on one commissioned piece, I’ve garnered interest in a Paint Night—which we’ll host at home in a couple weeks—and I have some cute ideas for Christmas too. It’s unbelievable how quickly things picked up when I began seeking God’s will.

There are a few things I really want to stress in this post. Here they are: If we never take a leap of faith, if we stay in our comfort zone, we might never truly start down His path for us. We may never realize what He has in store for us. We probably won’t reach the people we’re asked to reach.

I don’t know about you, but someday, when I stand before God, I don’t want to try to explain why I didn’t make the most of the gifts and talents He gave me on Earth. I want to do my best to follow and obey Him now.

I do intend to keep this blog for style purposes, but in the future there will be a greater focus on faith, life, and art—hence the blog’s name. Thanks for being patient during this time of rebranding.

See you soon!
A

“Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. —Proverbs 8:32-33

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. —Jeremiah 29:11

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