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I’m not trying to be a super model
Posted Jul 11, 2013


It’s time…. this is how I roll … I work out, eat healthy… all gung ho and then…. I let it slide a little… then a little bit more …. until I just stop…. I’m ok with that as long as I never completely stop, give up or throw in the towel.

I am 48 and I’m healthy ish…. I’m sure I could be better… but I’m ok with me, but I know when it’s time to get moving, cut out the bad stuff like bread, cookies and second helpings.  I don’t weigh myself because I know when clothes aren’t fitting right and I have a war with my jeans just to get them zipped and I opt for yoga pants….. or I’m sluggish and I just don’t feel good.  

I’m not a super athlete, or body builder because that’s just not my thing…I’m an artist who gets distracted easily, who meanders through art magazines for hours, who gets all wonky about a new technique or an idea for a piece of art, who loves to have drinks and food with her girlfriends and laugh for hours…... but I know when I need to take care of myself …. so that I can take care of everything else.  Getting some exercise, losing a few pounds, and putting healthy stuff in my body make me feel good “literally”. I have more energy, I’m more focused and creative and I’m happier… which makes everyone around me happy!  I do this for me, because I know it makes me better at everything.

So off to the gym I go…..

get moving

Take care a your self today, make it fun, and you will feel the difference.

Big Smile = Shawn

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Posted Jul 11, 2013
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


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