Saturday, March 10, 2012

I Am Now A Copic Certified Designer!!

What a long day driving to Pennsylvania, taking an all day class and driving home!  However I am content.  I am now a Copic Certified Designer!!   I have been wanting to get certified for a couple years now and I can now check this off my list.  Marianne Walker was so incredible.  She is an awesome educator and adds so much of herself to her class.  She injects a bit of humor into the day that really adds a personal element and also makes the class very dimensional.  I learned so much more than I expected.  I knew I would learn "stuff", however I did not realize how much knowledge I would gain.  I don't mean this in a bad way, as with every class and workshop, I always expect to take something away from it to add to my bag of tricks and sometimes I am just blown away with what I can get out of one of these events.  So I am just tired and want to sit down and color my heart out, but I need a bit of rest after such a long day!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Today I Turned 50

I remember being a child and could not wait to grow up.  I remember being a young adult and thinking I knew everything and that I would live forever.  I remember being in my 30's and thinking being and adult was hard and not all I thought it would be.  I remember turning 40 and thinking that my children were almost grown and I was looking forward to being an empty nester.  I also remember the day I became and empty nester and cried like a baby.  My forties were the most challenging decade for me to date.  All my little birdies flew away and flew far.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer (and survived!).  I regained my MIA father and met my half siblings, spouses, & children.  I started my own business.  But most of all in my forties, I became more comfortable in my own skin.  I learned to love who I am.  And I learned that no matter what, as much as you want certain people to be a certain way, the only power you truly have is in yourself.  So although I was not thrilled to get my AARP membership in the mail and am not thrilled with turning a half a century, I am happy with who I am and who I turned into.  I wish I knew at 20 what I now know at 50.  Talk about life!  I am blessed with two children (Kim & Jonathan) and I would not trade them for anything in the world.  And Jonathan has blessed me with two grand children (Georgia & Jadelyn) who keep me feeling so young at heart.  Happy 50th Birthday to Me!!!!

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