Helga- Unpretty

An old sketch I decided to color… Title from the TLC song. Also submitted to DA.

Some quotes

“People buy things they do not need with money they do not have to impress people they do not even like.” ~George Fooshee

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~Dr. Seuss

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~Ian Wallace

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.” ~Sam Levenson

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ~Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” ~Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ~Helen Keller

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston S. Churchill

“You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama XIV

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“Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)

It is true in every aspect of life.

While examining my own life recently, I’ve realized that what I lack the most in my relationships, physical output and work is my follow-through. I lack commitment, or lose interest very easily. But it also has to deal with me jumping into things a little too quickly before fully analyzing the situation and the people involved. So, I need to make a decision now: to be more committed to my job, my life, my family and friends; and my art, my writing stories, its characters and its plotting. I need to do so many things to fix and bring up my life, but now, at least, I am willing to do it. When we do our best, the rest is just God disciplining us. So, I have to accept this discipline. But, I will not worry about it, anymore. If I die, trying, while doing my best, then I will die with no regrets. I need to take care of myself and my family, and regrets cannot get in the way of me taking the opportunities as they come. But, I need to count the costs, and fully analyze the situations first, before I step into them. This way, I will not only be helping myself, but others, by not causing them unneeded hurt by my lack of commitment.

Sometimes, I need a little extra “push” when the times get tough… ❤

Commissions and giftarts ahoy! Oh my!

Seems like there is a sudden rush for me to draw now… I need my colored pencils and markers! (They’re back in Detroit…)

Also, the other day, I had a dream where I sang this song:

Anyway… today was a great day. Highs and lows and all of that, but I also learned a lot and was inspired a lot, so yay! 🙂

W.I.P. again!

Must finish what I start…!

Music and art

Music is so awesome to inspire people to do art.

In the meantime, I’m trying my best to make art my main focus. No matter what job I have to keep on living, or to ‘pay the bills’, art is always my number-one priority, even if no one else acknowledges it. My art is for myself, and for God.

Here is a W.I.P.:

I need to finish what I start.