How To Feel MISERABLE As An Artist


1. Constantly compare yourself to other artists.
2. Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.
3. Base your success of your entire career on one project.
4. Stick with what you know.
5. Undervalue your expertise.
6. Let money dictate what you do.
7. Bow to societal pressures.
8. Only do work that your family would love.
9. Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron/investor asks.
10. Set unachievable overwhelming goals to be accomplished by tomorrow.

Ok, I admit it, I stole this post.  There now it's out.  This is NOT Original. Haha. But I needed to post this because I need the reminder.  So thank you Promise Tangeman for this post.  If you haven't heard of her shame on you and go check out her stuff @

I am all to guilty of DEFINITELY 1, 3, 4, 5, and 10.  Gez I feel like that's a lot?  Please do share yours and don't leave me hangin' :)


WOW Jo! Where have you been??


You know I would like to know the answer to that too!  It's been a CRAZY couple of months!  As with all posts I think pictures just make it that much better so here are some visual aids to help me share...

Taken with my ipod touch: See that itty bitty bridge in the background??  That's the Golden Gate. Yes, My hubby and I went to San Francisco to visit my brother and sister-in-law. The wind was blowing in the pic so that's why my bangs look all weird.  We ate, we saw Alcatraz, we ate, we went hiking, we ate, did a little shopping, we ate... see a pattern forming here?  Oh and did I mention it was 60 degrees and sunny in mid January?!  It was a good vacation :)

I've been doing some business planning, re-branding myself, and working on my website!! That's my Chai kitty (AKA Chai-ster) and her beloved rope that she carries all around the house.  She's completely obsessed with it  for some reason and thinks it's a MUST HAVE to be included right in the middle of my inspiration board.  {{{SIGH}}} So be sure to check back soon for the official launch of my website 'cause I am REALLY EXCITED about it!! Hopefully it will be soon :)


I was sick a couple weekends ago and it was not fun! When I started to feel a little better I met my friend Maggie at Yoga Pearl in downtown Portland (which also has this fabulous cafe with vegan food) NOTE: Im not vegan but I enjoy pretending sometimes ;)  and ordered a wellness toddy (the non-alcohol kind) cause, well, it said wellness and I thought that should help.  Oh man did it help!  I will spare you details, but it irritated whatever icky, slimmy, goey gunk that decided to set up house in my head so much so that it decided it was time to move on out. So while there were some not so great few moments, there was much rejoicing when it was all over with and I could breathe again.  I hate being sick.

I've been enjoying some much needed down time!! I've been catching up on Bones and am really enjoying it.  It helps to have something to watch while I wait for the next episode of Fringe each week.  Isn't Netflix the BEST?!

All that to say: the plan is to  catch up on some blogging, add some fun new topics, and to blog at least once a week. So check back soon, and you guys should help hold me accountable ;) And since I missed all the holidays Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Valentines Day  :)  Be Blessed!