Thursday, January 29, 2015

time flew

I realized the other day - that it was already the
end of January!!  And that I hadn't been on my blog
since the beginning of the year!  Sheesh!

Winter Over Water by Sue Allemand 2015

Time really flew!!  I've been so busy busy -- but it's been
a great year so far!  Lots of work, lots of
walking, lots of going here and there, lots
of being sick.... just LOTS!

I know I said I was going to come back and tell you my
list of "goals" for 2015...  well, some of those goals
are more like "challenges" - and YEP I'm still doing them!

#1 Goal was to walk EVERY DAY!  Doesn't matter how
far the walk is... but just to make sure to get a walk in
every day!  And I have - even when I was sick!  (Pat on
my back - haha!)  I'm over 46 miles so far for
the month... hopefully I'll make it to 50!!  That'd be a 
great start!

As artists - we do an awful LOT of sitting!  And I really needed
to get my butt up and start moving again!  I was starting
to feel like a noodle... working all the time... 
not working OUT...
not lifting weights.  But now I'm back on track and it feels
GREAT!  Days 1 - 29 are in the books!  And I intend
to keep on moving my rear!

I LOVE succulents!  www.sueallemandart.com

#2 Goal - was to take a picture EVERY DAY - something
I see #onmywalk - and post it to Instagram!
I think having to find something to take a picture 
of, makes me BE in the moment!  Always looking at
the beauty that surrounds me - and noticing all the little
things I might miss if I was just walking past mindlessly.
It's been fun to find something beautiful, odd or funny
to take a picture of!

Harbor Island, San Diego, CA

#3 Challenge - I joined an Art Challenge started by a friend
of mine on Facebook.  The 52WeeksofArt Challenge!
Every week - a different word prompt... every week a new
painting.  Well - for ME a painting.... other people in
the challenge do other types of art (writers, photographers,
musicians, etc.)
 So at the end of the year we'll have 52 pieces!  :)
The first picture in this post was my week 1 entry - "Winter"
was the prompt.  I AM still plugging away,
trying to keep up with these
in between tons of orders and work deadlines... I'm
only a couple days behind but I should be caught up soon!  :) 

It's been such a full month!  And it's not over yet!  haha.
I hope you're all having a great year so far --
and keeping up with your goals/resolutions!

Maybe talk a walk!  :)
Hugs,
Sue



Friday, January 2, 2015

new year ~ new word

Happy 2015, friends!
  
I don't really make 
"resolutions" each year - because they inevitably
get broken within a week or two!  But,
I do think about goals I'd like
to accomplish or work toward in the new year
and things in my life that I'd like to take in a new
direction.  I also pick a Word Of The Year -
to inspire my work and give me something
to focus on when I have big decisions to 
make!


So... I decided my Word for 2015 would be FLOURISH!  And
I guess it was meant to be - because a couple days
later Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women announced
she had designed this new planner!!  Well... of course
I HAD TO HAVE IT!!

I LOVE that it's full-size, so you have LOTS of room to 
write a bunch on each days' block - plus you can use it
as your artist's workbook, notepad, idea keeper,
appointment minder...
anything you need to write down!  I LOVE it!
Just have to switch over to my bigger purse - so I can
carry it with me wherever I go!!  I want
to fill every page!  Maybe I'll be able to limit myself
to just this one planner/notebook this year!!  Instead
of a bunch of little ones!  ha.

#onmywalk, www.sueallemandart.com
#onmywalk - Day 2
As for my goals, I started writing them down a couple days
ago, and I'm still working on refining and
organizing them into doable chunks!  But, I did start one
of my goals - which is a daily walk!  It doesn't matter
how far, or how long -- just get my butt out there in
the fresh air and walk!  365 days!  That's my goal.  
And ~ I decided to take a picture every 
day!  Something I see on my walks.  I'll be 
labeling them #onmywalk and
you can show me your pics too, just use the same
hashtag!  Come walk with me!  And follow 
me on Instagram to see my daily photos!

Pointsettia tree, www.sueallemandart.com
#onmywalk - Day 1
These are the first 2 photos for the first 2 days of 
January!  I also signed up for the MapMyWalk app - 
so I can keep track of how many miles I
have "moved my rear" this year!  If you don't
have a smartphone - you can keep track on
your computer!!

So let's get MOVIN' peeps!!  Lets be healthy and strong -
so we can take on the world!

I'll be back tomorrow with the completed list of my
goals for 2015!  What goals are YOU trying to
achieve??

Hugs,
Sue