2015 – Wearing My Rose Colored Glasses

2014 was a very rough year. It was hard emotionally, it was hard physically, and quite frankly, I’m glad it’s behind me. I have felt like a grey cloud has been looming over me for far too long.

Those of you who know me personally know that I am not a big fan of the whole New Year’s resolution thing, because I feel like it carries too much pressure.  Trying to obtain our goals should be a fun thing to do, not something that comes with a fear of failure.

My plan for this year is very simple … worship more, and create more art.

I’m putting on my rose-colored glasses this year, and I’m going to keep them on for all of 2015! I need to see only the beauty in life for a while.

I talked with Derek about what I wanted to do, and he encouraged me to follow my passions. So, the year of 2015 is going to be dedicated to art. Yes, the whole year! Art has always been a passion of mine, and while I know that I am creative in some aspects (scrapbooking, making journals, etc.) I have decided to take some art classes.  Real ones. The kind you have to pay for.

After taking a deep breath, I plopped down some cash, and here are the first two classes I have signed up for.

Both classes are given by a well-known artist by the name of Christy Tomlinson.

I’ve admired her work for years and would have loved to have taken her classes sooner, but it was hard for me to think about spending the money when there was always something “more important” to do with it.

Funny how we always put our own desires and passions aside because it’s hard to spend money on ourselves, isn’t it?

I received my class information today, and I’m incredibly excited! I already have most of the materials I need to get started, but the ones I didn’t have are supposed to be delivered tomorrow by UPS. (That is, if they can get through the 3-feet of snow we just received last night and today!)

I’ll post my projects here on the blog as I go through the classes. I hope you enjoy them, and I look forward to sharing them with you!

What is your passion? Are you following it? If not, take a leap of faith, and see where it lands you.  ♥

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Here’s to messy hands, and beautiful art!

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    January 5, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Good for you. I’ve wanted you to take art lessons for years. You have talent, no develop it and shine!

  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    January 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Also, change that, “no”, to “now” in my previous comment.

    • Reply
      Tori
      January 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      LOL! Thanks, Mom. I’m definitely looking forward to getting started.

  • Reply
    Derek
    January 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Go get ’em baby!

  • Reply
    Dianna A
    January 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I can’t wait to see your projects. It’s funny but I decided this year that I was going to do more fun crafty things as well because I love creating. I always put that on the back burner but when I create I feel good. It helps me to clear my mind and brings me joy. So that is what I am going to do. It’s hard to do sometimes because I will have to “make” time for it but its my escape. Totally can’t wait to see what you do.

    • Reply
      Tori
      January 6, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      That’s how I feel as well, Dianna. I look forward to seeing your projects too!

  • Reply
    Carla
    January 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    That is really exciting!! Good for you!
    When I read the part of not spending money on ourselves (as if we aren’t worth it) I instantly thought of the many times I have caught myself being guilty of the same thing. You are so talented. I’m glad you are making some “you” time!
    You go, girl!!!!

    • Reply
      Tori
      January 6, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you so much, Carla! It’s so nice to have the support of not only my family, but my friends!

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