“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’” – Stephen Covey, best-selling author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
All my life I have heard how lucky I was to be an artist. I hated hearing those words because the words belittle the work of any creative being. Knowingly or not people who work in the creative fields tend to have low self-esteem, constantly seeking out affirmation that there work, which for many artists there soul expression, matters. Artists seek confirmation in various ways and often those ways come up short. What I have learned is to decide if your work is important to you and are you doing everything you can to produce the best work every time you create. If so then the next step is to mark your highest priorities and have the courage your soulful true self knows what it is doing.
Having faith in the world or in your religious belief is fine but knowing the big yes inside on an intimate level is everything. The divine universe requires nothing but a decision and a plan for you to achieve everything. Being good enough is not an option in my life anymore but being the ‘best’, I am sweetly smiling. This does not mean I am the best at what I do but I do the best I can for myself every time. Saying no when you know that one thing does not fit your priorities in your life. Instead of blindly looking at the IPad or talking to a friend via the Smartphone say no and work at you and your life. You are worth the effort and you are the only one who is the best at being you.
So why did I hate hearing how lucky I was to be an artist? Because it is easy to give up and follow the norm in life, get a real job, work every day mindlessly, get married, have the kids, and you can always paint as a hobby. No I cannot and I tried for years to do just that, failing miserably. I work very hard at my job. This is not easy. This is not fun. This IS fulfilling and purposeful work. Many years of study is applied to a creative work. Art is serving the soul in each of us. Art speaks to the soul and through the soul it speaks to all creation. It is why people say his or her work speaks to me. I work to feed the creative energy shared by all things. That is the burning ‘yes’ inside every creative person. My work matters, and your work matters. Remember when you head off to the office or to the studio or to the kitchen to tend to your family to do your absolute best and never less. Not THE absolute best, YOUR absolute best.
A new woodland fairy house sculpted by the hand of Laurie Rohner.
New Garden woodland fairy house is a custom made bedroom cottage magically sculpted with moss fern twigs and branches. Handmade to delight fairies and believers of all ages. My woodland fairy house is for gardens or inside your cottage. This woodland garden fairy house bedroom comes furnished with custom fairy sized woodland furniture.
Inside you find a nice large bed with windows to allow for breezes and sky watching next to the bed is a table and stool. A beautiful lichen rug is on the floor. On the other wall is a long table with two stools. Just outside the entrance is a fairy light hanging from the branch. Moss twigs pine cones and other natural finds decorate the house but I left enough room for your own or fairy touches.The entire house is constructed of branches custom cut and notched together to form this amazing enchanted magical fairy house.
Once upon a time fairies created this fairy house for your garden or cottage. Woodland Fairies were delighted with what the fairies created. Think of the happy joyful energy that will surround your home and your life when you add this fairy cottage to your house.
Note: All my houses are blessed by a fairy.