I had a chance to go to the Northwest and see a couple of my kiddos this week. I also arrived in Seattle to work. One suit case with clothes the other full of painting supplies. I with the help of my son, and a few others turned a once very pink and outdated blasville bathroom into something fun and inspiring. My son justs acquired a building for the church and coffee house that he and his senior pastors planted 4 yrs ago. So my giving was in the form of labor…. 🙂 We worked long hours but got it done. (well almost done) See the pics below. Before and after…. we used old doors, old garage doors…I added a patina to the walls . I love it! so yummy!
Working and painting for me is such fun…. it also gives me time to think… I get some of my best blogs and art ideas when I’m involved in something else. This week was no exception.
As you know I get emails and notes and comments from you my friends and I feel so honored to be part of your lives. I also get negative comments about random stuff. My writing style, my poor punctuation… etc and I will evaluate and take what is useful and let the rest go, however one comment a couple a weeks ago has stuck with me, hung on my heart.. and not sure what to do with it, I thought I would write it out and make sure that I’m not being misunderstood. I don’t feel like I want to defend myself and yet I do… so confused. The comment eluded to the notion that I am too happy… to optimistic and have no real grasp on reality or what people are going through. It was anonymous so I couldn’t respond directly.
The simple truth is that I am just a women who has been broken, and knows what it feels like to feel alone and hurting. And this women (little ol me, my soul) wants to encourage others who have been, are, about to be broken and struggling. To let hurting souls know that they (you) are not alone. I know I’m not in your home, or standing in front of you, I have to do this via the internet waves, but my mission is to encourage. I may not know all of the particulars, or have even the smallest idea of what it’s like to walk in your shoes, but hurt, is hurt, is hurt…. no matter your demographic, status, financial state, physical shape…. hurting is hurting.
One of the things that I am certain of, (and as I get older those things dwindle) there is so many broken souls wandering among us… numb and hurting. If I can cheer, sooth, encourage, bring a smile, shine hope…. at a particular moment then I have done, what my heart calls me to do each day.
So if I ever come across as trite and careless about someones journey, I am soorry! That is NEVER my intention. What IS my intention is to somehow let all who find themselves on the pages of this blog know that they are loved. That they matter. That they are not alone. That there can be healing if they choose.
I feel like my mission is pretty simple…. To love…. love all…
Oh my friends…. I am so unbelievably grateful for you! Ok…. done…. letting that go and moving on. 🙂
Just a bit of news….
My next class is August 16th at craft fusion. See what we will be doing below… Lots of color option… let your imagination run wild!
The video series…. 8 fabulous workshops… Beyond the basics was due to be released August 1st…. that is not going to happen :(…. To much editing still to do…. but it’s coming as fast as we can get it together….
Pay what you can Thursday will begin again starting tomorrow!
Also keep a look out for lots o fun and free stuff and sales for August…. It’s my birthday month!!!!!!!!!!!!! Parrrrtaaay!
That’s all for now….. Luv….. luv…. luv YOU!