Night Owl Chronicles 

 A little “Night Sky”  practice for one of my current commisions. I couldn’t sleep and the kids are so congested, all I hear is sniffling and attempts to breathe during those sniffs coming our of their room. . Poor babies. Batman is still working, so why not I?! Lol! I’m in love with making night skies. That’s not weird, right? Happy creating, all. 

What do you do when you can’t sleep? 

Oh, commissions are currently open. I have three now, no biggies. I’m ready to take on even more. 

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Daily Affirmation : Work In Progress

    This is a rough draft and color test for a bigger painting I’m working on. I ended up really liking it and framed it to see. Yeah, I think I’ll finish this “rough draft” eventually and see where it leads. But the big painting will have her in different colors. This is the beginning of yet, another OpaChi chapter in my life. My New Year is all about making my name mean something in the artist/artisan world. 

 🎀Today’s Affirmation : I am The New Year🎀 

Now, this isn’t about being or acting snooty or big headed. It’s about helping yourself believe that you ARE important enough. YOU Do matter, as we all do. So why not share your gifts with the world and watch it explode with passion for you and themselves? Do you see how that works? Positivity is just as contagious as negativity can seem to be. Sometimes seeing someone do something brave is all that’s needed to unlock your own passion. 

I have a friend who purchased this ⬆️⬆️ art from me. She said my posts have made her want to draw and she loves it. It’s “so relaxing”, as she put it. To me, that was more rewarding then the sale…. But the sale was nice too. Let 2017 be the start of your never ending story. Never stop learning and never give up on your goals and dreams. 

What’s your new years resolutions? Are they believable and doable for you? 

Happy new years, everyone. Light and love. L 

Daily Affirmation Through Illustration : Play Your Cards Right

 So I’m sure we’re all familiar with a saying about life dealing you unknown cards. Some cards suck, and some are great. So, just play them as they come and do it with grave. Sometimes the best ideas and outcomes come from the worst of cards. 

❤️ Today’s Affirmation : I will play life’s cards with Grace❤️

Grace means to do something with elegance. So, if you don’t like a card your dealt, keep that smile plastered in to help you get through  it. Keep thinking positively because, as I said, sometimes, the BEST ideas or outcomes come from a bad card. You can see that situation and freak out, or take a deep breath and just see what happens. Make the best ‘feel good’ decision and go for it. Feeling good matters. It’s the gateway to getting the things you want in life. If anyone would like me to go deeper into why it matters, let me know. That topic deserves its own post. ☺️ I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Light and love. L. 

Daily Affirmation thru Illustration : Unavoidable Mondays

     

    It’s Monday again. I know , I know, but hear me out. We are here, so we  may as well make the best of it, right? It seems on Mondays, the entire human race is cranky and unhappy. I think we all have a problem with letting the weekend go. Especially Sunday –  our day of rest. But be mindful of your thoughts at all times. Thoughts create things, so if you wake up and start your day, cranky, it’ll only continue since that’s the signal you are sending out to the universe. So, today’s Affirmation to combat this emotional warfare is the simplest thing you can say, that works the best. 

 ❤️ Daily Affirmation : Peace, be still ❤️ 

   Such a simple phrase yet at any given moment, it could be the very phrase that saves your day or stops you in your tracks when you feel a swear building in the back of your throat for the driver who cut you off on the road… again . This morning while taking my oldest, Chi, to school, I was cut off. I got mad but only because I was still so tired. Still, since I didn’t check myself emotionally, it happened two more times before I made it to the school.😒  The school is a three minute drive up the road. I had to check myself. I was spiraling down the wrong rabbit🐰 hole  and I knew it would only get more frustrating. Once I said the Affirmation, it didn’t matter what happend to me. I was blind  to the stupidity of others because I changed my focus. Sure enough, nothing else happend. 

   When you feel anger, irritation, sadness, or just overwhelmed, say this Affirmation. Take deep breaths and say it (eyes closed or open). You’ll feel at peace so fast, you won’t remember why you were mad to begin with. L. 

Daily Affirmation : Beyond the Galaxies to success

   Batman told me “No housework today. You need a day off too.” I’m stubborn, but he got a quiet “okay” from me. So, I’ll be happily painting and gaming today!! 

    I painted so much yesterday, I was dreaming of color blending. I woke up shocked because I never remember my dreams but I’m so happy it was about something I love… I believe once you dream in sleep what you dream awake, you’ve reached a whole new spaceship to success. 

   NOTICE, I said “spaceship”… It’s only up from here, baby. ❤️

 ❤️❤️Today’s Affirmation : I will make my dreams a reality❤️❤️ 

Do you remember your dreams? Have they ever inspired you to keep going? Dream bigger? 

Daily Affirmation : What self-doubt? 

   I’m pretty sure we’re all familiar with the saying “I am my own worst critic”. To that, I say there’s a reason why it’s call an ‘old saying’. We can learn a lot from our history. Especially old sayings made by the millions who had to go through it themselves to find out. Don’t let how you feel about your creation cloud the beauty thats really there. You just can’t be that simple-minded anymore and expect life the go smoothly regardless. It just doesn’t work that way. So, this goes off something I said before, be your biggest cheerleader instead. Self-doubt is deadly and dream stopping, if you let it be. 

❤️ Today’s Affirmation : Today, I wash away all self-doubt” ❤️ 

 (Close your eyes and take some breaths. Then say it three times between breaths.) 

Now, I suggest three times the first time you say it. To get your mind going on the right foot, for a change. Then throughout the day, whenever you hear that doubtful brain of yours bringing you down, stop and say it again. In your head, out loud –  whatever it takes. You can control your thoughts. And to rid yourself of self-doubt daily can really be life changing. It worked for me today. 

 I hate to post so late on my daily affirmations, but I just wanted to finish the sketch so bad –  teaching myself along the way. Like these bubbles. 🤓

   Watercolors are so much fun, and so forgiving. It makes creating easy for me. So, Affirmations for the week so far.  I hope you use this one. I’d love to hear how it went for you by the end of your day. L. 

Daily Affirmation : Gratitude keeps it going 

So, I think Wednesdays are officially including mailing out orders and coupon clipping. 😑 It’s unavoidable. Lol. I know I’m not the only mom who may or may not leave a pile of coupons sitting. Sometimes, too long…. That’s a habit I’m trying to break. Im forever grateful for every order to fill and coupon to clip. Without the coupons, there’s no savings. And without my friends, customers, and clients, my business would still just be Wishful thinking. I won’t bicker over the time it takes to clip these stupid coupons, and I won’t let naysayers stop me from bringing joy to others through my work. It’s my JOB and I love it.

 ❤️Today’s Affirmation : I AM too blessed to be bitter. ❤️ And so are you. Live your dreams, no matter what, or you will never be truely happy. I also have an art commission I’m starting today for a good friend who needs a smile. I have so many ideas!

I’m feeling so good, I painting this with my new watercolor set. 

Did you smile? L. 

Daily Affirmation Drawing: My own Joy… 

So, if you are anything like me,  having a dream and making that dream happen a little each day is an awesome feeling. But sometimes that awesomeness can be bitter sweet. When you are proud of a project and share it with the world, with not much response in return…. It can be discouraging.

   I ask myself,  “Is this really neat or am I just happy I did it?” and “I guess I need more practice”. It didn’t take me long to realize I had unknowingly started to base my ability in the amount of attention a project got.  When did this happen?! How did I let what others thought matter more??   I’m so proud of everything I’ve made and will make.

❤️ Today’s Affirmation : My Joy Comes From Within.  ❤️

   Don’t end up like me and waste your time trying to change what you fell in love with about yourself, just to please the audience. The joy within you is so much more rich than the riches designer  on the planet. Close your eyes today, and find that warmth within you just by thinking about the things you love about you and what you do. Sometimes we gotta remind ourselves of that every now and then . Our reasons, our goals. It’s something I’m still working on. I got this and so do you.

QuestionWhat are some creations of yours that you are proud of?  🤓

Light and love. L. 

Daily Affirmation & My Quote: When Life Gives You Lemons. . . 

   Just wanted to share a still shot of my butterfly-loving Mermaid, Who thought face her fears and defy all odds, just to have her very own.  When life gives you lemons (those sour moments you can’t avoid),  defy all odds and find a way to move forward anyway.  You just might suprise yourself. Even just goal step forward can tip the balance and change your whole outlook on that lemon flavored life crisis you ‘thought’ you had. 😆✌️❤️ Happy Saturday, all. Light and Love.  (site link in bio,  if you wanna keep reading)