Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Random Thoughts

I'm trying here, but it's not always easy to collect my thoughts coherently and get them over to the blog.

What have I been thinking of late?

That the sun last week in Mexico was wonderful, but pales to the glittery ice atop freshly fallen snow. Although the snow gets grimy and dull very fast.

That I need to do something about my Feedblitz feeds before Feedblitz goes "poof" at the end of next month.

That I'm thoroughly enjoying painting the candies. Valentine's Day was an easy excuse, but I really should expend some energy and figure out how to market these paintings.

That I need to clone myself. As I catch up on some tasks, I fall way behind on others. The idea of a virtual assistant is terribly tempting, but a little out of my financial league.

And speaking of finances, I really should start on the studio's 2008 tax preps. And pay 2008's sales tax. Hmmm...

I remain in love with the idea of an annual word. "Focus" has worked extraordinarily well for me. Especially when I get distracted from other things by housework - "focus, Kim, focus!!"

That I am so very grateful to be able to work from home, be here for my family, and follow my dream. What did I do to deserve this?

And finally, I'm thinking I should go start a big pot of soup for dinner. Pasta Fajoli anyone??

I'll try to check in again next week,

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009 - The Year of Focus

There's been all sorts of talk among my friends about choosing a one word theme for 2009, as opposed to setting resolutions and specific goals. This was an idea that I believe should be credited to Christine Kane, but one that carries much merit. 

For instance, it's way easier for me to remember a one-word mantra than to visualize a page of scribbled thoughts.

Hence my Year of Focus.

"Shut up and Paint," which has been written overtop the studio door for a couple years, will get masked out, and "FOCUS" will be written fancifully on the wall.

I could FOCUS and do that today, but instead will FOCUS on the boys and figure out how they can access email through their new handhelds while still preserving our parental controls/screening. Then I will FOCUS on balancing my checkbook, which I have neglected for a little too long. And then I will FOCUS on making a killer breakfast-for-dinner feast for the family, our New Year's Day tradition.

Next week I'll be able to FOCUS on studio work. But for now, the FOCUS is on family.

Happy New Year!!

PS If you have a minute, you might want to FOCUS your eyes on my new Etsy store, one that has over 80 paintings for sale!! will get you there. Keying in "DOGADAY" during checkout will get you 20% off any paintings on canvasboard.