New Website! May 12, 2012
I am currently in the process of creating a website for my artistry and crafting. 🙂
A Clean Mind May 4, 2012
I recently became unemployed. Even at 19, I am one who believes there is a reason for every event, every change– positive or negative.
While I was employed, I hadn’t picked up a paint brush in nearly 6 months. I had NO idea how big of a space my soul had because of this “loss”. If you are an artist, or breathe and dream art/creativity you know exactly what I am saying.
Men, it’s like not watching a single game of your favorite team all season. In the beginning you miss it, you crave the next time you will be able to sit down, put your feet up and watch a single game. But after a while, once a single season has past, you find yourself not craving it as much.
You convince yourself there are more important things in life- bigger responsibilities. And your biggest passion slowly works it’s way down your priority list.
This can relate to nearly any topic and any person in life.
This is where you feel like your lacking a part of yourself.
So today I got off the sofa, after being a poo-poo head about having no income, and sat up at my studio table. I opened my easel, pulled out the supplies – and I painted.
This is the result of a previous 6 months with out touching a brush.
There’s a part of me that definitely feels reopened, revived, and newly motivated.
My dream is to do this for life, a career. Not necessarily to make money, but to do what keeps me, me.
What I have learned the past couple years, after being 100% responsible for myself, is that I need to be as realistic as possible.
Just like any young lady, I dream of being married, to raise children, to provide for my family, and I and to have the oppertunity to explore, travel, and continue to check things off my bucket list.
SO– after saving money for over a year, I am only a few steps forward than where I started. But my wisdom has grown tremendously. I have decided I WILL work my ass off to become the best Elementary Art Teacher as possible. 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I remember my first art teacher’s face, her voice and her outlook on life; such an inspiration.
All in all, after today I learned to stay close to my heart, keep the doors open, continue with things that make you happy, and not to be cliche– live your life to the fullest. REALLY to LIVE YOUR LIFE to the FULLEST. It’s your life.
Don’t ever miss the chance to smile.
“Fight Like A Rockstar” TURN OUT May 1, 2012
What a great craft show you guys!
There were tons of families and local crafters that had shown up to show their support!
THOU$AND$ were made and many lives were changed because of the people who chose to help make a difference. 🙂
Thank you so much for the great time for an Amazing cause!
MORRISTOWN, NJ High School EVENT! April 27, 2012
Event: “Fight Like a Rock Star” for Childhood Cancer
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
9am – 3pm
@ Morristown High School (Morristown, NJ) ~ Use GoogleMaps for Directions.
* I will be a donating vendor there. I look forward to seeing some of you! *
Ronan Thompson was a normal three year old boy who did everything three year old boys are supposed to do; play, explore, fight, get in trouble, go on adventures, learn from his two older brothers, learn, and love…not get diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma.
(Neuroblastoma is type of pediatric cancer affecting 650 children annually. It is the most common extra cranial solid tumor in children, and the most common cancer found in infancy. It is extremely difficult to treat, as there is no known cure. I will post more about this in the future!)
Ronan, the baby boy with the most powerful blue eyes, was fighting a monster. His mother noticed he had been acting strange and that his left eye seemed to be getting swollen. Following her maternal instincts, she took him to several eye doctors before receiving the worst news of her life.
Each and every post Maya writes is brutally honest, saddening, uplifting, real, and inspiring all at once. Although we were total strangers, I came to be captivated by her family’s story and willing to do anything I could to help them. After reading Maya’s words, I learned more than I had from anyone or anything else.
They were also the most simple things. I realized that appreciating our good health should be done daily, multiple times a day. It is very easy to forget everything our bodies do, day in and day out, without fail. In the end, if you have your health, you have everything. Enjoy the simple things. Although this may sound a bit cliché; it is the truth. Become more honest with yourself, others, and the world. You will feel a whole lot better. Open your mind, think outside of the box. Too often we go through life worrying about trivial things when the real matter is making sure each and every day counts. The second I begin to feel sorry for myself because I got a bad grade on my French quiz or do not have enough money to buy that really cute dress, I immediately think of Ronan, the three year old who never hurt a fly, and his mother, the warrior who will never stop fighting, and suddenly, any problem I am facing is no longer a problem.
Sadly, after an eight-month battle with this monster of a disease, Ronan passed away in his mother’s arms on May 9, 2011, three days shy of his fourth birthday. Never in my life have I seen anyone face such a harsh, grim reality with as much grace, dignity, positivity, and love as Maya and Ronan. I also never realized how quickly and simply my outlook on life could be changed by a total stranger, no less. From now on, I can only hope to have such a profound effect on someone, to have changed someone’s life for the better. I owe a million thanks to the Thompson family for opening up my eyes and showing me that life is comprised of much more than things you acquire, and to live does not mean your alive. Find your passion, and chase it down. Because of Ronan and Maya, I have learned that there is a constant force of undying love and dedication somewhere within us all.
Written By: Alexandria Misthos of Morristown High School
I hope to see those who are able to make it, there!! 🙂
Enjoy your weekend!