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6 steps to clean out your closet and live with only what is essential

Deciding what to wear and trying to find your socks in a messy closet wastes time, literally years of your life. All those hours spend standing in your closet in your underwear searching for your socks, or trying to make up your mind about what to wear, could be spent doing something you love.

If you live with only what is essential you will have more time to draw, write, play, sleep, think, read a book, and clean out litter boxes. I need more time, I have seven litter boxes.

How I almost got scammed out of $6,846.48 by a fake IRS agent

I asked my daughter if I should call my story “How I almost got scammed out of $6,846.48 by a fake IRS agent.” She said, “That title is too long. How about, “I am an idiot.”

The only place to start is at the beginning

When I start a painting. I want to know how it will end. Before I begin the painting I want to see the finished piece. But I can’t begin with the ending. The only place to start is at the beginning. I want to know how the story ends before I read the whole book. […]

Will you be nice to yourself today?

dishwasher

Will you be nice to yourself today?

When you come downstairs and see the dishwasher door open will you laugh and say to yourself. You sure were tired last night weren’t you? You forgot to run the dishwasher. That’s okay, I’ll start the dishwasher for you. Or will you be mad at yourself and think with a mean voice? You can’t do anything right. You can’t even remember to run the dishwasher. You are such a loser.

How my stuck Christmas tree showed me we have to let go of our past to move forward

The fully decorated Christmas Tree was stuck in the hallway between the front door and the kitchen. I was dragging it by the branches from the front room to the family room in the back of the house. The tree was easy to move until it got stuck.

My stuck Christmas tree showed me we have to let go of our past to move forward.

Don’t think about making art, just get it done

Get it done

Once you are dead you are dead.

So while you are alive. Make art. When you finish one painting, sign it, frame it, hang it. Then make another one.

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.

Are you willing to show the world who you are?

My daughter and I saw the movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In the movie, the mom tried to encourage her daughter after she was escorted off the stage in the middle of a school play, by saying, “You were willing to show the world who you are.”

Do you paint your house when you want to avoid a project?

This week I was supposed to format a book I wrote, “The Artist’s Manifesto,” for Create Space. It will be for sale on Amazon soon. When is soon? I don’t know because I haven’t formatted the book yet. I opened Create Space and started to create the file for Amazon. Then I thought. Hmm, this […]

Do not hand-wash all your dishes when the dishwasher breaks

The start button on my dishwasher broke. Yes, it did. “When did I buy it?” you ask.

You are so kind to ask. It was purchased on January 27th, 2014. Yes, you are right. I am very lucky it broke within the one year warranty.

The full load of dirty dishes has been emptied and all of my dirty dishes are in the sink and on the counter. My family and I keep taking clean plates and cups our of the cupboard to use. And, every single plate, glass,bowl, cup, spoon, fork, knife, pot, mixing bowl, and frying pan is dirty.

If you were a pair of shoes what would you be?

My husband and I were invited to a reception for a new office building. We were in the car and almost out of our development, on our way to the reception, when I said, “I am having a lot of anxiety.

He asked me, “Do you want to go?”