Hey, guys! I know it’s been a while. But, needless to say, last year really sucked for alot of us. Now, it’s a new year and I have goals. Enjoy, everyone. For the full video : *click* here 💖
This my motto for the week. ☺️ I struggled with staying positive about my work for a long time. That struggle turned into laziness and laziness is the gateway to downward habits that get me no where with my dreams. Here’s a watercolor snippet from my current art journal entry.
The laziness that almost took over had me questioning ALL of my decisions at one point. I was bringing in promising clients and would go all out with designs and concept sketches just to get: “Oh, I love them! I’ll let you know which one I want soon.” but ‘soon’ sometimes, wouldn’t come. It bothered me. I spent time to create and get nothing back? That can’t be fair. What if…
“Am I doing the right thing?” “Maybe people don’t like my illustrations…” “I hope my family doesn’t suffer because of me.”
All bad thoughts…
Then one day, a few weeks ago, I had to stop those questions in my head and remind myself WHY I started in the first place. It wasn’t to be popular. It wasn’t to be rich. I started because I love to draw. Always have. Remembering something so simple, was the kind of wake up call I needed to stop the downward spiral of laziness that would only lead to giving up – something I’ve never done before.
So I made my dream a priority again. I wake up early, meditate and have my coffee. Then, even if I don’t have an idea yet, I work. It’s getting easier to not overthink during my ‘conquer’ phase. Without those thoughts, I can’t talk myself out of anything. It’s a great feeling.
I continue to share my work. Not for others, but for myself. If I let my love and graditude show in my work, others will see that love and some will be compelled to reach out to me. That’s where the finance fun will truely begin. All in all, my faith is stronger than my fears.
Light and Love
I’m on YouTube! I told myself this year will be the year I reach out in a different way. See my daily affirmation art process in action on my new Art channel on YouTube. I’m kinda nervous, but I’m using that as courage fuel! I know I can do this… It’s brand Spanking new, so YouTube lovers, art collectors, and all the in-between, check it out! Like and subscribe! Just hop on YouTube and search : OpaChi Artist. My goal is to post upload everyday (or every other day) since these are “daily affirmations. Hopefully this will be a bigger gateway to a brighter, more self sufficient life as well. Enjoy. I’d Love to hear what you think. 😘
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
❤️🎄️Today’s Affirmation : The Best Gift Is Life🎄❤️
It’s easy to get caught up in the goings on of life that we may not realize we are just “going through the motions” and not really “living” it. It’s so easy. Trust me, I know. Take a few steps back every now and then today and just breathe in all that’s around you. Even in tough moments (I had three today), remembering to breathe instead of spaz gets me through it quicker then suffering in silence. We are alive. We can make choices and do fun things and hard things and all the in between things. Life… ‘Nuff said. ❤️
So, being that Christmas is just 6 days away (yay!), I decided to make this week’s affirmations holiday themed and meaningful. Today was a great day. I caught up with family, and spent time with loved ones. I even snuck in a little commissioned work. I’m feeling blessed and cheerful for sure. Even in the down moments, I keep smiling.
❤️Today’s Affirmation : I am full of Cheer ❤️
Keep that cheerful light burning within you all the way to Christmas. With or without gifts, and no matter your religion, you can’t deny the power of warmth that comes with this holiday season. The kind of warmth you suffer through the year for. I lost my taste for true Christmas when I was a kid. Batman brought my love back. I feel like a kid again, watching those packages come here and knowing what’s in it is for me. Life rocks.
Happy Monday/Tuesday! (Its midnight, here) ❤️ Let see how amazing we can make this week. Light and love. L
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.
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.