Exciting news in the world of Alyssa can’t stop painting! So I love painting, but have recently realized that I keep accumulating all these paintings that while I absolutely love, I will probably never use or hang in my home.
Enter my new Etsy store! From here I’ll be able to keep painting and maybe make some money off them? I’m not painting in the interest of generating any income, lest you be confused. I will continue to paint no matter what, even as the stack of paintings continues to take over my room :) Friends, I’ve decided that my newest requirement in my dream home is a sunroom where I can sit and listen to music and paint and just really get absorbed into my work. You know how in nail salons they have those shelves on the walls with just rows and rows of nail polish colors? That’s my goal for my acrylic paints. Just rows of endless color options on the walls, a nice room with some sunlight, and maybe a nice big easel so i can start tackling bigger projects. My next goal would be to get started painting on a larger scale. I think up to this point the biggest canvas I’ve painted is 11″x14″, which is not a bad size, but I would just love to see what I’m capable of on a canvas 2 or even 3 times as big!
Anyways friends, that’s my paint rant. I love it, it makes me happy, so I’m going to keep doing it! Simple as that.
Friends, what do you do that brings you happiness? Think about it, whether it be something creative like painting, drawing, or writing, cooking a good meal for your family, or even just getting a good workout in, consider what brings you fulfillment. Do you do that often enough for yourself? If not, how can you alter your days to bring that in?
Before I began painting as often as I do now, I rarely touched any of my old art supplies. I brushed it all off as a part of my past that was a little tender to recall, and didn’t really spend a lot of time drawing or painting, because it reminded me of the failures I had endured as an art student. But, I love to create, I do. I love to sing and play guitar, and do so as often as possible. It’s not always easy to find time/space to bring out my guitar, get it tuned up, and get back into the swing of things, but I sing everywhere I can! When I’m at work watching B and G I get a huge satisfaction out of belting out a Disney tune for them and watching them smile in return. Now that I have a creative outlet, something that only I can do, something only I can create, I feel a larger sense of fulfillment in my life.
In all honesty, I kind of felt like I had just been going through the motion of things. Work, home, dinner, TV, bed. Wake up and repeat. I love my boyfriend dearly, and he helped me get through this sort of repetitive rut by making sure we always had something planned for the weekends, whether it be as simple as going to the grocery store, or an entire day spent window shopping downtown and getting dinner afterwards. The motivation to get up and do something on the weekends rather than just stay in bed til noon and waste most of the day away watching TV (as we had been known to do) gave us a chance to experience new things as a couple, give us more to talk about, and ultimately bring us closer together. Not that we don’t love our lazy days from time to time, but we find our weekends more beneficial if we get to go out and do the things we don’t get a chance to during the week.
I’ve been able to find so much happiness just sitting down and really doing what I want. I finally began the first steps to getting my postpartum doula certification, a breastfeeding class and conversation with a lactation consultant, and I’m so happy! It’s so amazingly refreshing to think about my passions, figure out what I want to do with it, and go after it. Why in the world wouldn’t I want a career that I’m passionate about? Why would I want to spend 5/7 of my life at a job I don’t enjoy, just to make enough money to enjoy the other 2/7 (weekends) if I’m dreading going back to work? I legitimately enjoy my job, some days more than others of course, but it’s not something I ever truly dread. Okay, maybe when that alarm hits 6:30 on Monday mornings ;)
Truthfully, I don’t think that enough people are pursuing their passions. I often wonder if they would be happier by making simple changes to make room and time for the things that they want to do. Nothing is worse than actually knowing what makes you happy, what brings you joy, and actively not doing so for whatever reason. Friends, this week sit down and think about it. What makes you happy? Don’t say money, money doesn’t bring happiness. Money is a means to material things and experience, and yes more money can lead to less stress, but simply having cash in your hand doesn’t make you a happier person. It changes what you can do, sure, and security can bring you happiness, but say it with me friends, money does not bring you happiness. Do you want to spend more time with your family? Figure out a way to schedule a sit-down family dinner more often, and allow enough time for you to talk and connect with each of your family members. Do you want to write more? Buy a small journal and write down your ideas. Once you see all the great things you have to potential to write, it’s easier to justify finding a quiet hour to two a week to make it come to life.
The point that I’m making is that once you find what brings you happiness, and try to bring more of it into your life in the smallest of ways, it becomes easier to work them into your life in bigger way. Does getting a good workout make you feel great, but you often feel to busy? Take one night a week, just one hour, for yourself and do that tough workout that you want to. With time, you come to value the feeling it brings you, and you are able to commit to doing this action more often.
Fulfill your lives with your passions! Live the life you want! Do the things that make you happy! I wish I could scream these things from the rooftops, even if just to get one person to consider their lives, and make a change for the happier. That’s all, friends. I am just so ecstatic about my life right now and the direction it’s headed, as well as everything I have now. No, I don’t have it all. I don’t have my own retirement plan, my phone screen is cracked, and I have to budget every month. But I’m happy. I’m happy, I am. The moment you say it, the less you question it. Don’t ask ‘am I happy?’ because you’ll simply come up with a million reasons you’re not. Say I am happy. Ask what brought you happiness each day. Today, among many other things, I am happy because Starbucks didn’t spell my name wrong. Today I am happy because I have my health, a wonderful loving boyfriend, friends and family who care about me, a fulfilling career, an artistic passion, and I had apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast, my favorite.
Get out there and find your happiness. And tell me about it! Did my little ramble help you at all? What things in your life have you reconsidered? How will you find happiness today?
If you’d like to check out my Etsy store and support my artistic fulfillment, you can do so here.
Until next time friends, have a beautiful (and happy!) day, and I hope to see you here again soon.