Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Greek God

The last few days in Greece was spent in Athens and I was able to check email. Clicking on the "Inbox", I wondered if anything could bring about a level of excitement like that of the past two weeks. Well....there is an email from Dayna asking if I want to be part of her Art Buddies Invitational project. And once again, that spark of excitement is felt inside. I immediately push the reply button and of course say YESSSS!!!!

I arrive home and there is my package from her.

Even her packing material makes me smile. Everything she touches just has PIZAZZ! Her rules are as follows:

"Once the invitation has been accepted, I will mail one of my wooden art buddies to them and ask that they do one of the following to the wooden poser: 1) art it up, 2) alter it beyond recognition, 3) take a photo/photos of the little guy going on a field trip, 4) think of something I haven’t thought of, or 5) a combination of all of the above!

Once everyone has received their Art Buddy and done something artistic with it, I’ll have everyone send me a photo, which I will then post on my blog – a sort of virtual Art Buddy reunion. And, the cool thing? My real life art buddies will have an Art Buddy to serve as inspiration for them!"

The Greek Gods are still ever present in my mind, so I think I will be turning my buddy into one.

I thank Dayna for easing my way back.

Now I just have to figure out how to get those sexy jeans and smile on my Greek "Buddy". I know he'll be able to inspire me!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Simply Simplified

May 4th ~ the first day of the start of my retirement life (2 years ago). I knew the time frame I wanted to retire in. What was hard for me to do was to push that button with the "exact" date. It wasn't until Tom Novotney asked me what my favorite number was. Four I told him. "Then retire on the 3rd and start your new adventure on the 4th," he said. Some things can be so SIMPLE.

This month, everything seems to be leaning toward the word SIMPLIFY. The new T-Shirt Karen got me for my birthday just says "Simplify" along with a little tiny label I just noticed while ironing it for Greece that says DO WHAT YOU LIKE~LIKE WHAT YOU DO. Hmmm..... SIMPLE.

The new sign I got for my dining room last week stating just SIMPLIFY.

Business trips to Denver for two days use to warrant a huge suitcase. Why I thought I needed ALL of that mystifies me now. The suitcase packed for Greece is a third in size to that Denver one. I will be in Greece a little less than 3 weeks. Aww...SIMPLIFY.

And since taking the Artist's Way class, I have noticed that my life and home have been greatly simplified. It was needed and it feels wondermous.

I am excited to be taking that itty bitty teeny tiny suitcase to Greece. Just to know that I can do it. Fewer things are being packed~my baggage is lighter these days. Of course my knee socks and pink lipstick are still packed and being taken, I simply just don't need that kitchen sink with me any longer.