Hello there! This is my page that might help you to know me better. It’s not necessarily about art, (but sometimes it will be) but it’s about who I am, the people and experiences God has placed in my life that have influenced me, and maybe a few thoughts and dreams sprinkled in. “To everything there is a season, and time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Memorial Day is here! What does it mean to you? Backyard grilling with family? Up north trip? A three day weekend off from work? Watching a parade? Of course it means all of these things! But let’s not forget the real meaning of this holiday: Memorial Day was declared a national holiday through an act of Congress in 1971, and its roots go back to the Civil War era. While Veterans Day honors all those who have served in a branch of the military, Memorial Day honors all military members who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. Many cities and towns have special services at their cemeteries. I personally love to attend at least one, it is such a humbling experience. A very moving ceremony takes place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, here in Holly, Michigan. Just visiting that cemetery at any given time commands reverence. The Avenue of Flags is something to behold: words can’t describe it adequately. Tall, stately proud flags line the entrance; you can hear the quiet reverent flapping of the flags in the wind, and God whispering “These are the soldiers who gave their lives for freedom, God, and country.” I encourage you to take a moment of silence to thank God for your country and your freedom. It came at a great cost. God bless America!
Anyone who knows me would know why I posted this picture. For those who don’t know me, it’s because of the patriotic colors and content: red, white and blue, Old Glory, anything patriotic will draw my attention.
So I was in a large department store the other day buying a few grocery items and came across these fanny packs. They were not directly in my sight, but I saw them out of the corner of my eye, hanging on an end cap. I immediately grabbed both and put them in my basket. I loved the denim with the bling letters, and the red, white, and blue equally. Which one should I buy? I wandered around to the other end of the store, picking out my grocery items, all the while trying to figure out which pack I liked the best. I finally realized I couldn’t decide. Buy both? I could, but they were kind of pricey, probably because we have a patriotic holiday just around the corner. So I told myself to decide already! Couldn’t do it. Then I had a fleeting thought: put it on Facebook and ask my FB friends. Would they be interested? Well, it was worth a try. Maybe they could help me decide.
So all I did was post this picture and one short statement: “I can’t decide.” Almost immediately I began seeing people “voting” on which one they thought I should buy. So many people casting their votes! But guess what: it turned out to be a tie! And a couple people said buy both. Well, I didn’t buy both. After considering everyone’s comments, I decided on the denim one with bling. Why? Two reasons: one is I think that preference had been in the back of my mind all along, I just needed to acknowledge it. And two: I have a red, white, and blue leather fanny pack that is almost identical to this canvas one. So what I learned from this is that the saying “go with your gut” does have some merit. But also, I love hearing other people’s opinions, as they can help “push me over the edge” so to speak. God bless the red, white, and blue!
Something I hear a lot from people when I ask them if they want to paint with me is “I’d like to but I can’t paint” or “I’m not artistic.” This may be true in their mind, but is it really true? I also used to hear similar comments from my students in school. One boy in particular would always say, I can’t do math.” He had convinced himself that he would not pass his math class because he didn’t have the skills to do so.
I think the key to achieving whatever you want to do is having the right mindset. By mindset I mean the beliefs you have that influence how you think. In my opinion, there are two kinds of mindsets. One is a “fixed” mindset, and the other is a “growth” mindset. I learned these terms while taking classes to become a teacher. If you have a fixed mindset you believe that your characteristics are permanent and can’t be changed. This type of thinking would make it very hard to learn something new. In fact, it could actually be discouraging.
A growth mindset is open to the idea that you can improve at something, or learn how to do something you don’t know how to do. A growth mindset would definitely be an asset to obtaining goals. So which type of mindset do you think you have? If you think you can’t do this or that, you might have a fixed mindset. Give it some thought and consider making a change in how you think. You can learn something new, it may take some time and work, but you will feel the thrill of accomplishment when you achieve your goal. And you might be encouraged to keep moving forward with something else. It is that way with everything, including learning how to paint. Now go and have a great day!