The practice of gratitude.

It’s been quite a week.. Starting with a little scare when I thought I felt a lump on my breast. Really made me stop and think about my life. Told myself I really need to be grateful for every day I am on this earth. Then a few days later, I found out that a dear colleague has ovarian cancer. Still trying to process that…

And today I was going to join 3 art friends from Squam (an art retreat I have been going to the last 4 years) for a great weekend by the beach chilling and making art. Makes me smile just thinking of that..

Woke up real early to catch the 6am flight to Newark, only to find out that my flight to Boston has been cancelled and I am rescheduled for 5pm that day. A whole day at the airport?! No! Thwn began the frenzy of looking at different options. Planes, trains, bus, rental cars…. I Looked at every option. In the end chose to stick around and wait for the flight. (Some how it always end up this way)

Feeling real sorry for myself and frustrated. Forgot everything I said earlier in the week about being grateful for what I have. I finally decided to make the most of the situation. I have my art supplies, why not find a good spot and do some drawing? And i even got a few poke balls as I walked around the airport:) (for those who play Pokemon go, you will understand).

As I was settling in, drawing, I saw a post on Facebook from Elizabeth Duvivier, the founder of Squam. She posted her podcast, this time she interviewed one of the most generous lovely human being I got to meet at the last Squam. Marceline Smith. As I sat and drew, I listened to them chat about everything from life to art to knitting etc. it was so soothing and calming. I really think they were Angels sent to me when I needed them. And then they talked about the practice of gratitude. Bam! Exactly what I needed. I have so much to be thankful for. A husband who is happy to hold down the fort at home so I can go have a girlfriends weekend,

the ability to take time off to enjoy this, the space to create, the ability to charge my phone and stay connected online…. I have so much to be thankful for. And most of all, thankful for the wonderful 2 angels who came to me when I needed this reminder. Elizabeth and Marceline. Check them out.
And this is my sketch at the airport… Practicing side profile.

Don’t forget to practice gratitude every day❤️💖💜 have a fabulous day! 😘


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