Miami was nice and warm. We were one day early, otherwise, I would have been able to go in to the Art Basel exhibit as well as two others that were doing their VIP day while we were there. I didn't want to abandon my travel mates - so I was unwilling to pay the VIP ticket price. That was an unfortunate turn of events. Oh well, guess I wasn't meant to see it. We enjoyed South Beach, just wandering about. I loved the architecture - we were hanging out in the Art Deco district so the buildings were very cool and the people were fun to watch. The water was so clear and blue. I did have a sea shell bash my foot, I still have a bruise from it. But, we had a great time. We even ate at the famous Mango's (there were no performances while we were there though - boo).
While there, I had a coaching call with one of my coaches. I really am motivated to do things differently from here on out. I'm beginning to find clarity in what I must do. What I've been doing isn't making me a ton of money - which limits the impact that I can make. So I am so ready for change. Ready for big things. Ready for the opportunities that are coming my way. Ready to buckle down and get the work done.
So, today (after getting frustrated looking at insurance costs) I continued to work on getting myself organized. I have so many things I want to do, I must get it all written out and figured out so I get out of this "overwhelm" that I feel. I have some paintings to complete and one ornament (I only painted two this year because I didn't advertise)...then I am completely open and ready for new jobs. I hope to finish all of these before the end of the year. The paintings on my plate have been sitting there for a while (that ornament as well) so it's time. I am feeling the push. Thankfully we are in one location for a while now so I can actually get my paints out and not have to pack up over and over again. Not that that is any sort of excuse...but it is one that I have been using and it is time for a change.
Day 55 was our Miami trip - Day 56 we simply stayed at Jordan's dad's house. Spending time with family (well, he spent time with his dad and I graded things for iSucceed). His little brother wrote us some really nice notes (he's 8) before we left. He's a sweet kid. I got to help him with his vocabulary. But, I had to get a lot of grading done because my students apparently used Thanksgiving break to try to get caught up. I don't particularly like computer work...but it is a means to an end (and a paycheck).
Day 57 (Thursday) brought us home. We were worn out and didn't do much once we got home. We really needed to go get groceries but didn't even feel up to that. Which meant that we had cereal or oatmeal for breakfast on day 58...which resulted in a blood sugar crash for me. That's no fun at all. Thankfully, we had just gotten back from the grocery store and there was food to help bring it up. Just proof that the foods we've been eating lately are not working for my body. Anyway, there really was nothing too exciting to report for Thursday or Friday.
One thing to note, the drivers down here are ridiculous. They weave in and out of traffic - we had a few close calls because they just come over in your lane - sometimes before they are fully past you. I'm grateful we made the whole drive without an incident. They also drive very fast...oh, and the use of signals is not common. We're getting used to it but I definitely don't advise driving in FL if you are tired.
On day 58 - besides going to get groceries, I painted a bit. I also began looking at insurance since the open enrollment closes next week. Talk about frustrating. Holy cow - costs are ridiculous. I tried to look again today - day 59 - but got super frustrated because of how expensive it is (and my mom texted to say that the IRS sent a very large bill for something that I already paid with the house sale - so hello stress and frustration). I finally messaged a friend in the insurance business because my time is better spent on my work - not trying to find insurance. Hopefully she'll be able to find me something that I am willing to pay.
This life is constantly throwing things in our paths that challenge us...things that push our buttons...things that make us face our fears. I am working on releasing those fears...and worries...all of mine are almost always based around finances because I grew up in the mindset that there isn't enough. But there is. There is abundance available for each of us. What we want, wants us. I know that I was given this gift, and this push to hit the road, for a reason. I know that there are people who love my art and the right people and opportunities will come to me. No, I'm not going to just sit around and wait...I'll be posting, creating marketing, connecting with people...getting out there and showing my work. I am open to the amazing opportunities that are on their way. Because I have gifts that the world needs. I am figuring out the best ways to use that gift so that I can impact the most lives possible.
For now, I will continue to blog - I'll start drawing live again with both hands (although I haven't used both hands at the same time for a little while so we shall see how it goes) and I will continue to market on FB, IG and other social media platforms. I will do what I know, and be open to opportunities known and unknown, expected and unexpected. I will paint, because I'm good at it. I will inspire. And now that we are not moving about, I will get it done. No more excuses. It is time to live differently.
It is time to make the changes necessary to make the big impact I came here to make.
So, if I am a bit spastic...just know that I am doing what I am feeling led to do. Ha ha. I might be all over the place...but I have a lot of things that I want to do - things that I feel led to do.
I hope you will follow your heart, follow those promptings, GO when you feel prompted to go. Do the things. Be the thing. Just BE.
Love you all. Have a beautiful day. Tomorrow makes SIXTY days on the road. Crazy. I haven't seen my baby girl in 60 days. That makes me sad. This year is the first year we haven't gone to the Boise Christmas Show. That Santa there is the same Santa that was there when I was a toddler - he's the REAL Santa.🙂 I am missing that. Big time. It's weird that this is my life. But it is exciting and I am doing things that others hardly ever have the courage to do...inspiring the masses along the way.
I had a dream that I was traveling all over the world. In less than 6 months, I sold almost everything I own...bought a Toy Hauler (the "garage" is my art studio) and am now living wherever, whenever...just me, my art, and my cats.