most amazing, and wonderful, and life-changing thing that has happened is that I am now Medzig to our new baby grandson, Arek! My daughter and son-in-law were blessed with a beautiful little boy on Labor Day, September 1...and then we, in turn, were blessed as well! And life, as we know it, has changed. I am in love with my grandson. My cell phone is overloaded with photos of him, and I can now understand Mamajan's (my mom's) obsession with taking photos of us all. They are what I look at between visits with my grandbaby. What a blessing. He is 10 weeks old, and when he smiles at me, it just melts my heart.
|Smiling for Medzig!!!|
I almost forgot one other big reason why I haven't been here. Prior to Arek's birth, about 2
|Panel from my new book showing the priest pouring the|
holy muron into the baptismal font
My first book, "When I Go To Church" was illustrated with colored pencil and pen and ink. I've always worked in pencil, doing a lot of layering of colors to get the right color saturation. This time around I used a new medium....Prismacolor markers, and it just made the job so much easier, brighter and faster...and therefore, more FUN! It was an intense couple of months but I was able to get the illustrations done on time. Arek was born, and I had just a week to get the illustrations shipped out to New York, but I did it! The book is off to the printer now, and I'm told it will be published in time for Christmas this year! I'll definitely let you know when it's available.
And then another exciting thing (see, I'm filled with all kinds of exciting stuff, right?) I had been struggling for the past few years about my job in the insurance world. I came into this job out of necessity. It's not a creative job. And for me, it's been very stifling in an "energy suck" sort of way. After months of feeling stuck I thought of a plan: what if I worked 4 days a week and used one day to work on my jewelry and art? It sounded good but I was sure my boss wouldn't go for it. Another consideration was my benefits. Given all my health and cancer issues, I was afraid of losing my health insurance. Anyways, I just prayed about it....all the time telling myself they weren't going to go for it but at the same time asking God to please make something happen for me. Along with my unhappiness, my attitude just kept getting worse and worse. I would go to work early in the morning, come home drained, deal with home and family, no creative outlet...I felt like that part of me was dying. I had to do something. And I did.
One morning, God gave me the courage to go in and talk to my boss. I told her how I was feeling. Surprisingly, she was actually supportive. She told me she didn't want to lose me and so if this was what I needed to do, that she would see what we could do to make it work. Imagine that. Working a 10 hour day wouldn't work because of overtime issues, but we figured out how many hours I would need to work in order to keep my benefits. And she made it happen. So I'm now working a 4 day work week. And it's really amazing how just getting that extra day to be creative has helped change my attitude for the better. The weekends have always been so full of chores and family, church and catching up. So having that extra day has been just what I needed. I've been able to focus my energy on making new designs in my jewelry and drawings. And having that creative outlet has really helped my productivity at my job too. Though my hours are longer, I try to get everything done in four days rather than five and come Friday, I am so happy to be done for the week with 3 days ahead of me.
So, take it from me, don't be afraid to dream and make it happen. I was so sure that this was not going to be something that would be happening for me. I had worked out every scenario in my head as to what my boss was going to say as to why my plan wouldn't work. That was all fear. Through prayer I got the courage to act and when the time was right, it happened.
|Last month's homeless outreach, my sister|
Susan and I working the sundae bar for
the residents there!!! Would you like
whipped cream with that??
This coming Saturday, our In His Shoes outreach group will be walking to raise awareness at Home Walk L.A., and annual event held to raise money and awareness for the homeless in our city. This year, everything that we raise will be matched, so a $10 donation is like $20! $50 is $100! If you'd like to donate, I'll include the link to my donation page on today's show (or click this link!) .
|Our In His Shoes Team of Walkers at Home Walk L.A. 2013|
Walking to end homelessness!
And finally, Given that we're in the month of November, and it's the month of Thanksgiving, I'm going to be adding something to be thankful for every day of this month....and I'll share part of it list with you next week....and we'll just keep it going for the month of November, and maybe even beyond!
Share with me! Leave a comment on my blog about what you're thankful for.
We have so much. We're so blessed.