What is your ____ worth?

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What is your TIME worth?

What is your MONEY worth?

What is your WORK worth?

What is your SELF worth?
These are questions we all ask ourselves. In fact, many times how we answer these questions is how we define ourselves. Will we be selfish with our time? Will we be money hungry and obsessed with profit ? Will we believe our work is worth more than the next person’s or worth less?  Or finally, will we be so self-absorbed that we consume ourselves or that we see no value in our continued existence? 
How do you value things? Personally, self-worth and worth of my work have always been the things I struggled with the most. I’ve fought against body- image issues for over half of my life and I’ve struggled to comprehend the value of things I create like my art. 

The body-image issues are something that is mostly in the past, not to say they don’t show their ugly mugs from time to time but I like to think I have a much better awareness of my physical worth now than I have in the past.

 My art is another story. I love my art, I work quite hard on it, but there always seems to be someone better, at least in my perception. That makes it difficult when it comes to pricing my original pieces, because you can really only charge what someone is willing to pay, but it’s virtually impossible to know that in advance. Valuing your own effort is difficult, and it can be frustrating, as I’m sure anyone who has ever tried selling anything homemade would tell you. For me, it helps to ask a group of my friends if they would honestly pay that much for something, it helps to put things in perspective. 

So how do you define value and worth? What areas do you struggle with? 

Simple Thing = Big Difference 

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It is still a fact of biology that we all have parents. We all have them, whether we’re close or not, whether they’re with us or not, is another matter entirely. We are also all shaped by our parents in some way,  both by what they do and don’t do. We learn the most though, from the the actions that we observe in them. 

This post is kind of inspired by a combination of things. I am one of those blessed with parents whom I still see, and last night we watched a movie together. We watched The Accountant ( click here if you want info). It was a pretty good movie. It had a fairly original plot concept that I found intriguing which is rare today in the world of comic book movies and remakes. Anyway in the movie, the titular character is quite literally shaped into what he becomes, by the choices his parents made. Now the titular character has a form of high-functioning autism which led to my parents and I talking a bit about an old school friend of mine who has Aspergers who just graduated from college.  Now my dad knows my friend (small school) and they talked quite a bit whenever they happened to meet at school functions, but he didn’t know my friend when he was younger like I did. When my friend was younger, he often had a hard time relating to people and picking up the subtleties of human interaction, as is typical of his condition. Over the years though, he has learned ways to recognize things and interact which is what we were discussing. Anyway, we were right in the middle of talking and Dad got up, got his phone and started calling someone. He called my friend, just to let him know we were thinking about him. 

When was the last time you did that? Dropped everything and called someone just to say you were thinking about them? My friend was obviously surprised to receive the call but he was also very pleased and grateful because he’d had a rough couple days and that call raised his spirits. By the time they hung up they actually had made tentative plans to meet up for lunch next week. 

Now there may be plenty of things my dad and I don’t always agree on but I would still say that he and my mom have taught me so much about how to care. About just caring for the people around you, no matter the circumstance, whether you met them five minutes or five years ago. All of my life, they have shown me by their actions, that everyone matters. That there are no un-important people. That every single person on this planet has a role and a purpose. My dad didn’t know that my friend had had a bad couple of days, but a simple phone call made a big difference for him. 

So what small simple thing can you do today that may just make a big difference to someone else? 

Check In

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Hello hello, I am still breathing. It’s been a pretty crazy year for me just as I’m sure it has been for you. 2016 sure was something wasn’t it? It was definitely one of those years that punches you right in the solar plexus and, so far, 2017 is the year that is standing over us looking down and trying to decide whether it wants to help us back up or not. Here’s to hoping and praying that it’s the former rather than the latter!!!!!

Today I was at a Ladies Tea that my Everyday Job puts on and it was a great deal of fun. Had some tasty food and fun entertainment. I recently got a brand new set of watercolors to play with so I donated a couple of quick pictures that I did for the door prizes and I think the ladies who received them will enjoy them. I’ve posted pictures of them below but forgive the quality and masking tape. Took the pics while they were still drying. 

That’s all for today! Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to posting more often. Fingers crossed at least. Take care till next time! 

Professionalism and Propriety

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I don’t know know about anyone else, but one of the areas that I have seen a major shift in today’s culture is in regards to professional behavior. This has especially been on my mind as I put together my own business plans. Now in my, admittedly limited experience, it is my understanding that as a business owner, you provide a product or a service to the consumer and without that consumer, you have no business. Therefore, it would stand to reason that you would want to do your best to keep that consumer pleased with your product and/or service as a matter of propriety. Right?

WELL, recently a small diner was opened in my hometown. Most of the people I knew were rather excited at the prospect because, let’s face it, it is food after all. Haha 🙂

Anyway, this diner had a bit of a rough start their first week. The food truck that was supposed to deliver food didn’t show up and that among a few other factors led to very long wait times on orders.( By long I mean up to an hour and a half.) Most people were understanding and in online reviews acknowledged that the waitstaff was courteous and food was pretty good once they got it, but as expected, there were a few bad reviews. Unfortunately, the owner/manager then proceeded to Facebook stalk, slander, insult and publicly berate those people, not only at the restaurant but on social media.

Now, he’s posted an apology, of sorts, claiming that what he said was misconstrued. The thing is though, from what I’ve seen, there’s not a ton of room for anything to be misconstrued. The screen captures circulating web pretty clearly show the conversations and derogatory remarks he made. I realize he is likely not a horrible person because I have seen posts by people who know him that say as much, but I just can’t quite get over the massive breach of professionalism he displayed.

The way I see it, he has done nearly irreparable damage to not only his own reputation but to that of the business as well. It just goes to show you how much damage a single, let alone multiple, post[s] on social media can do to a business and the importance of professionalism and propriety in the business place.

Art Stuff!!

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Hello one and all! It is I, the semi-absentee blog author who has left you all stranded. You have my heartfelt apologies because I know you have just been wasting away in front of your computers wondering when I was going to post again, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. 😀

Anyway, I have had a pretty busy month or so, I have had many work related activities happening lately and unfortunately this blog has suffered as has my art time.

*gasp*

Yes. My art time. It was distressing to me too.

In fact I literally woke up in the middle of the night and grabbed the closest piece of paper I could find because I just had to draw something. Anything. That time is mostly past though – I hope – Fingers crossed because I have been working towards hopefully setting up my own Etsy Store later this spring, offering custom portraiture and other original pieces. I will also be displaying a few paintings for sale in a local coffee shop, as soon as I get them framed that is.

This fall/winter I also tried my had a doing a time lapse video of me drawing a portrait. The subject is my two year old niece, drawn from a picture I took of her on the Fourth of July this year. The actual picture ended up going to her grandma for Christmas but I have the video. The video itself was a tad glitchy on the focus but it still turned out cool enough that I believe I will have to do a few more as time goes on. I’ve attached it below. Feel free to comment, and remember, I do take commissions if you would like me to do a portrait for you! They make great gifts! 🙂