Three days without TV…

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Wow.

I mean WOW.

Last week I underwent an extremely depressed state, and I was having trouble figuring out exactly what the problem was. It wasn’t hormones, I knew. I felt the source of my depression was a feeling of severe frustration. But what could I be frustrated about? Was it overwhelm with the kids homework after the Holidays? Maybe. I felt this sense of feeling STUCK or… no… CLOGGED. That was it. I felt CLOGGED. I tried to tell my husband about all the things I felt I was NOT getting done – I was feeling a sense of BACKUP – an overwhelmingly long list of things to do that I was just NOT getting done.

But why? Why couldn’t I get anything done?

I seemed to be doing well BEFORE the Holidays… but ever since, I have not gotten a single thing accomplished.

I have two retreats to plan for – one large event in May and another in September. Time is running out! I also have a wonderful lady I need to do caricatures for – why can’t I seem to get my act in gear to get them done? I have an animation to do for a friend as well which I am SO, SO excited about (top secret project for now), yet the progress has been sluggish to start. I’ve barely blogged at all this month, too, and another month has gone by without putting a newsletter together. And I STILL have barely touched Goddess Leonie’s “Incredible Year” Business Calendar and Planner which I REALLY wanted to work on this month to kick of this new year with a BANG! This year has begun more like a slimy slug. WHY??

I’ve been feeling like a terrible failure.

Then Sunday night my husband had a suggestion for me. “Let’s eat with the kids from now on, Wendy. I’d like to get more work done in the evenings.”

A wave of relief came over me. Ever since the Holidays, David and I have sunk into a sluggish routine where we eat and watch a couple hours of TV after the kids go to bed – It frees us up to have time alone together in front of the TV and savor our dinner. I’ve been enjoying this time of lazy entertainment. Even though we don’t have cable anymore, we’ve found a way to find entertainment by streaming shows through Netflix and YouTube, and bumming recordings off of friends. It’s felt fun… until recently… that’s when I started feeling depressed and CLOGGED UP. By the time we finish watching TV at night, it’s too late for me to start doing anything productive, so I end up just going to bed.

After only THREE NIGHTS without TV time, I have gone straight into getting things done! I’ve been in MAJOR productivity mode. I started by sending out the delightful “serendipity mailings” to my commenters from my last post. I became caught up with communication regarding planning the May Event, and last night I focused until 11:30pm on my September Artist’s Way Retreat – I am SO excited, because I had almost nothing planned, and now I almost have the whole thing concrete – just need to get the website together, which will only take another night of work. I even cleaned one of the bathrooms which was much needed! Tonight I spent time finally getting updated with my “Incredible Year” planner, and felt inspired to write this blog post.

AHHHHH… I’m feeling delightfully UNclogged now!

It is SO amazing what happens when you step away from the TV for a few days – especially when you are in “catch-up” mode.

Okay, now. I’m caught up with all the Dexter seasons, Walking Dead, and my zombie days are officially OVER.

Back to LIFE!!

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Serendipitous Mail ~ FUN GIVEAWAY to EVERY Commenter!

wpid-JA11_LW2a-240x240I’ve made the choice to try out a fun idea I’ve had for a while.

I love sending mail to people – we just don’t get enough fun mail anymore.

I thought from now on I’m going to try adding a little extra something in any letter or package I send to someone (including caricature orders). That “extra something” is one of Louise Hay’s “Power Thought” cards (or an angel card). I bought TWO Power Thought decks through Amazon, one to keep and one to use this way. I’ll shuffle the deck and take out whichever card is calling to me, and send it off in the mail to add to my letter/package.

This feels like so much fun, I thought I’d launch this idea with yet another giveaway.

Maybe I’m becoming addicted to doing giveaways – it’s just FUN!

BUT… THIS giveaway is different. Basically ANYONE who leaves a comment here before the end of this week (by/on Saturday, Jan.12) WILL receive a randomly drawn “Power Thought” card in the mail. I actually use the same technique to draw the cards as I do with my angel readings. I just let the cards tell me which wants to be drawn (either they poke out of the deck or drop out of the deck as I shuffle).

I encourage you to try this yourself! just tried it yesterday with a thank you card I sent to a friend and was very excited to see that the card I drew actually matched something she had written about in her letter to me. COOL!!

My 2012 Word – What “Abundance” Has Brought Me in 2012

abundance-cardThe word I’d chosen for 2012 was “Abundance.”

So what kind of Abundance has 2012 brought me?

Well, certainly it has brought an abundance of ideas and creative inspiration. I don’t feel I’ve been given a huge load of FINANCIAL abundance, which is what I wanted, but I haven’t been in the poorhouse either. I’ve had steady work with my day job and have been able to make a little extra money here and there.

I’ve also learned a lot about what I cannot handle right now in my life, so I’ve been granted an abundance of lessons this year.

  • Don’t use up all your sick days in the first half of the year. Ask your husband to care for the kids when they’re sick, even though you prefer to be caregiver.
  • Don’t agree to illustrate a highly-rendered, non-cartoony children’s book when you have two little kids and a full time job (um, DUH!).
  • I can only handle one “side-business” at a time.
  • I don’t have the lifestyle that allows/supports me to do spiritual coaching.
  • I need to focus more on my art and creative/spiritual workshops.
  • I need to focus more on customer service.

I’ve also had an abundance of blog entries this year. My writing habits are much improved, and I believe thanks are due to my participation in Nanowrimo and Camp Nanowrimo.

So what’s my word for 2013?

CREATION.

2012 was a year of gestation and idea-building. 2013 will be a year of CREATION. I have a desire to create more art this year, getting my fingers wet with paint and sticky with glue. I want to allow myself to get messy with the kids and allow them to join in on my creative fun – i fact, I know they will be my little muses and inspiration through all this.

Time to GET THINGS DONE, and bring my ideas into life.

So what is YOUR word for 2013?