Monday, May 20, 2013

change, choice and peace of mind...

No, this isn't about a marriage proposal.
it's about saying YES to life itself.
Saying yes to making art part time
instead of full time.

Saying yes to a 15 minute art session
instead of a 2 hour one.

Saying yes to knowing that art will always be with me,
regardless of what i do from 9 to 5. :-)

As many of you already know, a few months ago,
i made the decision to look for work outside the home.

The whole business of making a living with art
became very disheartening to me.
I seemed to be struggling all the time
to make ends meet.

When the struggle overshadows the joy -
it's time for a change.

When i lost my job unexpectedly almost 10 years ago now
and made the decision to become an entrepreneur,
i had no idea what it meant,
or where it would lead
or how i would do.

But i knew one thing.

i would give it a damn good shot
and when it no longer worked for me,
i would steer in a different direction.
Here we are, 10 years later,
and i am steering towards a new path.

I have made countless creative connections,
i've worked with tons of wonderful (and not so wonderful) clients ;-)
and i have learned more about myself
that i ever thought possible.

Oh, and i've become more brave. :-)

Too often, we say no to change.

We don't trust ourselves enough
to be able to handle whatever comes our way.
We want to keep things the same,
protected from the possibility of maybe failing...
of maybe losing control...
of maybe making a mistake...
of maybe being judged by others.

I've failed at many things.
i'm quite ok with this. 
i think as a society,
we need to worry less about what others think
and listen to our own hearts for a change.
Be kinder to ourselves.
Viktor Frankl -
a man i admire, for so many reasons...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude
in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor Frankl


  1. I sure hope Emerson is right! I love these WIP photos, each one so great on its own. I hope great things happen with this new path you're on.

  2. I LOVE your portrait art, Pauline!! I too wish you well on the new path you are taking. I hope you'll continue to share your art journey and wisdom with us too. xo

  3. Your thoughts and writing as well as your journal entry and your painting of Viktor Frankl resonated so very deeply and synchronistically with me today and how I've been feeling, Pauline. I so very much respect and admire your honesty.

    I too want so much to believe that Emerson's words are true, and that the universe will indeed conspire to make it happen...or at least help make it happen.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your wisdom, your honesty, and your art with us, Pauline.

  4. Wonderful portrait as always your style shines through. That Emerson quote is a favorite!Profound words, I have no doubt you will take the right path, if not, you will again change direction.... One thing I know for will always SHINE!!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. What an awesome portrait! It looks just like him. :)

  6. Viktor Frankl - one of my heroes too. Such a great post today - thank you!

  7. This is a wonderful post and I love your portrait.

  8. Fantastic work. Gorgeous portrait. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Gorgeous portrait! I love it!

  10. I wish you the best in whatever path life takes you - keep making art no matter what!! I always enjoy your insights on life - you have a way of putting many of my own thoughts in a cogent manner! THANKS for that!