Where bulldogs all wear pants!
All day as I've been packing and getting ready to leave the country I've been singing the Burl Ives song, Watch the Donut, Not the Hole.
I actually listen to Burl Ives a lot. I listen to this particular album while I work. It lifts my spirits, and warms my heart. True story.
Anyway I just got done with Quilt Market. I realized a lot of things. I have a lot of writing to do, and a lot of thinking to do, which really, is why I'm taking this trip. I'm going to draw, I'm going to write, and I am going to glean all of the inspiration I can. Thank goodness I get to check bags!
I will be taking my computer with me, and I will be attempting to blog my travels. I want to share with you my experience as it happens. Also, maybe I'll get a new job as a travel blogger... who knows??? My posts will probably be bite sized, but maybe that's just what we need. Little bits of courage, and support, and love, and art, and candy... or whatever.
I do want to share something that I thought a lot about while I was walking the floor of quilt market, seeing my friends, meeting my peeps, people showing me the Pearl Bracelets on their finger nails, and so on. I was getting weepy. I tend to be a little weepy, as a rule. I'm tender hearted and it easily surfaces. I just kept thinking about how grateful I am. Grateful for my life. Grateful for the work that I get to do, and the people that I get to meet. I'm grateful for the dearest people that I've met through this work that are now some of my best and closest friends. I am overwhelmed by it.
I have now been a part of this industry for 7 years. I kept thinking about the people at Andover, and how they have known me for my entire adult life, and again I am overwhelmed by time, and care, and work, and dinners, and what that kind of relationship means. And how they have been a part of my growing up.
I guess what I'm saying is that I could never have seen it. I could never have planned these things, in all of my idealistic lists and schemes. No amount of planning could have predicted or allowed me to understand the kind of joy that I would have in my life from knowing all of these people and being connected to so much goodness through being an artist. It's all so beautiful.
Ok. The point. I want more. We all want more. But what's that quote, "gratitude is knowing that everything I have is enough?" I write to you all today to tell you that it is enough. Things can always be better, and it would be great if things were easier. But when we are constantly seeking what we don't have we loose sight of the good we do have. I have so much good. I don't have my own family, and my garden is dead, BUT, I have a faith that lifts me up, and I am healthy, and loved. I also get to make art as my living. I am also getting on a plane in 4 hours to go spend 2 weeks drawing in one of the most beloved museums in the world. I have enough. And as more comes, I will allow it in. And then my love and gratitude will grow and I will cry 30% of every day, but in a good way. But if I focus or lose energy or sleep over the things that I don't have, then what I do have will never be enough. That's no way to live I tells ya.
I will never stop working and pushing for things to be better, but mostly I get distracted easy, and I don't want to lose sight of the great things that make up my little life.
A couple of business notes. I will be shipping all items purchased from October 23-December 1 on December 2nd. Also, no Christmas cards will be available this year! I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but I'm just a singular sensation. But! if you ordered an iPhone case, it will be shipped to you when I get to Boston that third week in November. So keep an eye out for those!
Ok. I love you all. Stay tuned for drawings and thoughts as I galavant through London, a new city for me.
"As you go through life make this your goal: watch the donut, not the hole."