I am finishing up a long and extravagant holiday break, but leading up to this, I had been so busy that I could only take care of whatever happened to be in front of me. The other me would have been horrified by this state, but it’s been a wonderful lesson on how to let things go. The weeds and leaves are fine where they are, so I didn’t get to planting garlic this year, my husband is taking up a lot of the slack, a lot, maybe we order in more than usual, and volunteering?… not so much. But what I have learned is that when I let my propensity for perfection go, life is more spontaneous and  fun.

Since my blog is one things that has fallen by the wayside, here is a little catch up on what I’ve been up to.

My job at Maximal Art.

Maximal Art desk

Turns out I love making jewelry!. I always knew I loved working with tools but for some reason had never made jewelry before. Of course it doesn’t hurt that my coworkers are amazingly sweet and funny and kind and I would choose to hang out with them all day even if I wasn’t getting paid.

My pet portrait business is still chugging along.

Brody and Curtis complete

Though spending 40 hours a week at my 9-5 has changed my ability to do more behind the easel, I still have commissions trickling in at a pace that I can keep up with.

My hand painted greeting cards.

greeting cards

It is a perfect in between project for me to work on while pet portraits dry or I am waiting for pasta water to boil for dinner. It keeps my juices flowing without having to stress about the time commitment. Sort of my meditation time.


I love this new realization that being busy doesn’t take away from my ability to appreciate life but rather adds to it. I am truly looking forward to all that this new year has to offer and know I am ready to take it on!

Happy New Year everyone!