Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sometimes when I run...

I walk.

I dream.

I empty my mind.

I write about a dozen fucking amazing, insightful, clever, witty & funny blog posts...and forget them all immediately.

xo Lisa

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I miss...I love...

Last week A couple of weeks ago now Nadine posted a "Currently" list. And one of the items on her list was "battling the comparing game dialogue - she can make it work and makes it look easy, why can't I?"

I think about that shit all the time. But it's getting better, and less bitter. And more worldly even. Huh.

I know that very few people have it "all". I have met many people in my life that appear on the surface to have all the money, freedom, looks, luck, brains, nannies that they could possibly desire and they still are worried and self-conscious about something. They play the comparison game as well.

I thought I would do a little exercise here in self-exploration and expose some of those comparisons I make within myself. Sometimes it doesn't even take an external force for us to start comparing and complaining about what we have or do not have. (Or want...)

P.S. I might come across as a wee bit of a narcissist with all the upcoming photos of my gorgeous self, BUT I also think it's a kind of spectacular and necessary thing to splash real life lady-bodies all over the Internet. Like, everywhere. Chubs and all. Especially the chubs.

I miss blogging / I love not feeling stressed and obligated when I miss blogging

I miss having free time in the evenings / I love cooking for BFF and exploring the ravine with Dude

I miss the good old (less stressful) days at my job / I love my job!

I miss the past / I love the choices I've made to get me where I am today

I miss cable (some days...) / I love reading before I go to sleep

I miss the gym / I love working out in my underpants

(Tell A Story Interlude: Sometimes when Lucas is getting dressed - or undressed - he tells me he is going to take off his "overwear" and leave on his "underwear". Yes, it is super adorable. You can say "awwww" and giggle now.)

I miss having my own studio room / I love that I can create (read: make a mess) wherever I want

I miss scrapbooking and Project Life / I love this hobby and am still finding time and space for it in my life on my own terms

I miss financial security / I love being purposeful in my spending & saving, only getting the things I truly want or need

I miss Dude / I love being by myself

I think that this proves that the comparison game is only helpful if you can use it to look inside and see what a truly fucking awesome life you lead!

Or as an excuse to post dorky outfit photos of yourself on the Internet. As if I need an excuse!!

xo Lis

Friday, August 01, 2014

It's no secret that...

I want to paint a rainbow in the shape of a heart.

I want to paint the stars as they are seen by the Chandra X-ray Observatory & the Hubble telescope with all their x-rays and gamma rays and ultraviolet light showing.

I want to tell a story with a line and a splatter.

I want to write out all the words in my heart. One at a time.

I want to share all of this with as many people as I possible can...

I will be teaching a basic watercolour class at Treasured Memories at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 21. I am really in love with how these turned out, and I can't wait to share this excitement with my students! Won't you join me...?

xo Lis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Internet Love

Click on the link to read the entire comic. There are no boobies pictured. I promise.

xo Lisa

Monday, July 14, 2014

Like Riding A Bicycle

I will admit that I was strangely nervous going in to my class on Thursday night, and I can't quite explain why. Perhaps it was just energy and excitement! It has been quite some time since I taught my last class at Treasured Memories, and I was glad of the friendly faces.

We were painting houses...

It's serious business. Just kidding! My classes are so laid back, I think sometimes the students forget there's a teacher...

My teaching style can best be described as "go with the flow" and "loosey-goosey". I want to inspire you and give you the confidence and basic tools to DO SOMETHING WITH ART! That's all. No pressure, and no expectations.

This was a fabulous group of ladies. I am so grateful for their kind words and compliments! And while they say I have inspired them, I think the reverse is also very true.

I only have one more class scheduled, but I have loads of ideas for more! If you want more info, click the link below or call Treasured Memories (780.414.1540)

Thanks for stopping by!

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