A Boatload of Happiness

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My life has really changed over the last 6 months or so, and in some profound ways.  I can’t remember ever being as happy as I am right now.  Things are falling into place in my life, like ducks in a row.  Actually, they’re not “falling into place…”  I’m PUTTING them into place.   Some I can talk about here.  Others are top secret…for now….

This story begins with my decision to strive for greater work-life balance.  I am not the only person who depends on my paychecks, so I’ve been working my fingers to the bone putting in insane hours, sometimes not taking a day off for weeks…..until recently.

I just saw my life slipping away from me, and I got really sad about it….but I’m not much of a whiner.  I’m more of a do-er….so I set a plan into motion.  I wasn’t making art at the rate I like to incorporate art into my life, so I joined an artists group.

The group is expensive, and it only meets two days a month, but there is something about the cost that  really makes me commit to going.  I concentrate on producing good work while I’m there, and it puts me into the right mindset.  However, the best part of all, is that it has connected me with a great group of supportive women artists who stimulate my mind and make me laugh, and who give me great critiques and suggestions.  I’m really loving this experience.

It was through one of these women that I got involved with the dragonboat art show.  I attended last year, and was blown away by how outstanding it was.  I really wanted to enter a piece this year, so I did….and it was accepted….and it’s hanging down by the Willamette in a beautiful little cafe called, “The Little River Cafe.”  The show’s opening was last Sunday, and when I was there, a thought started to nag me….and it’s something I followed through on.

Starting this Monday, I will be an official dragon boat paddler!  I officially joined a club that meets 3 mornings a week to paddle down the Williamette, race sometimes, to participate in water parades and to do all things related to the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boating!  The group consists of a fun bunch of open minded/hearted folks who come from many different walks of life to join in and have fun.  They do other things besides boating.  The group hikes, goes out for meals together, attends lectures, kayaks and does a boatload of other fun things.  So yay!  My husband is relutant to join.  Says it isn’t his thing, but that he will go to some of the events with me.  I think he eventually WILL join, but we’ll see.   (He is ten years older than I, and has a heart problem. )

I have been attending A LOT of musical events lately.  Went to see Motown sensation, Bettye Lavette,  Shook Twins,  Rae Gordon Band….Rae Gordon Band….Rae Gordon Band….Went to a Kwamie Alexander lecture.  I’ve been going here and there.  Working in the yard.  Working on the house.  Still writing…writing…writing….and conducting research for two different companies.  Still putting my own business together.  Just feeling good.  Smiling a lot.  Enjoying the moment….AND  looking forward to the future. 🙂   I’ll post dragon boat photos in a future post.

 

 

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