Every year around (and sometimes on) Thanksgiving Day, I call a few special people. people whom I feel have made my life blessed in the last year. I call them up and tell them how grateful I am that they are a part of my life, and why I think so.
I like to do this because many people are their worst critics. They're having a bad hair day or they had a fight with their significant other, or they made a mistake that they themselves can't forget nor forgive.
I am always surprised at how surprised they are when they receive my call. I can tell that when we hang up, the person on the other end of the phone is happier than when the phone was answered. And that makes me happy.
Today I want to start another new tradition. I want to do the same thing I just described to you, but I want to do this on a continuing basis. I am grateful for so many things and so many people who have walked in (and sometimes walked out) of my life. And if I wait until a specific date on the calendar, I might just be too late to tell them!
So, who is the lucky recipient of my undying gratitude at this moment. There are three people who have blessed me with their presence, albeit only in the virtual world. I have yet to meet them, and some day I might, but they are strewn across the globe. I want to thank Holly Young, Vicky Douglas and Lisa D, crafters, artists and writers, all.
Holly is the owner of Squigglefly Designs, a digital image company. She was the very first person who asked me to design for her company. She has stretched my comfort zone until it's more like a comfort planet, with blog challenges and the lovely images to use for them. She is talented, supportive and truly generous. I wouldn't be the artist I am today without her. Thank you, Holly.
Vicky is the owner of Queen Kat Designs. She took me under her wing and helped me expand my style and discover new techniques through the rubber stamps she let me play with. She saw my organized mindset and willingness to help and gave me extra responsibilities and I have grown because of her. Thank you, my queen.
Lisa is the owner of the Path of Positivity Challenge blog. She is a newcomer into my life but no less valued. I have mentioned to her that if she hadn't start her blog, I would have started one with exactly the same mission and goals. Everyone needs some positivity in their lives. Too often we can trip down the wrong path and feel the crushing weight of responsibilities, pressures, depression and heartache, with no end in sight. Enter Lisa and her offering to brighten the darkest day with art and words-you can see her smile in her words and it's contagious. I love to create with a postive mindset, and Lisa has let me share that passion with others through her blog. Thank you Lisa.