in-spi-ra-tion (n) : the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative

My Family

I'm just so thankful!!

With the ups and downs of the past few years and those in recent weeks, I just feel so lucky to have them in my life!

The Little Things:

Sunglasses, Sparkles, Cloudy Days, Flowers, Baking, Shopping, New Art and/or Office Supplies, Childhood memories and trips to Disneyland - all make me happy and puts me in the mood to create!

Travel:

There's nothing better than completely escaping the day-to-day. Traveling means walking in the footsteps of one's ancestors, being immersed in history, reconnecting with family and learning more than you anticipated. 

Friends and Family:

It's difficult to describe just how amazing my family is or how thankful I am to be related to such a wonderful group of people. In my darkest times, its my family that I can always count on to be there for me. 

I don't know what I would do without them!

 

My fur babies, Calli  and Holly- These girls are two of the purest souls I have ever met. They are sweet and rambunctious too. They aren't keen about working in my studio but, if I bring the paintings to them, they are great little assistants! I have no doubt that our Lily sent these girls to us!

 

Music:

I grew up listening to everything from the Beatles and the Andrews Sisters to Queen and Paula Abdul. So I have  

an eclectic collection of music that has a little bit of everything in it. Just to name a few:   Edith Piaff, Sugarland, Bing Crosby, Aaliyah, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ingrid Michaelson, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, TLC, Vitamin String Quartet, Notorious BIG and of course Paul Simon

Let us not forget the two most important musical influences on this HistoryGirl: The Backstreet Boys

and Michael Jackson

 

History: 

"History is a ribbon, always unfurling. History is a journey. As we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us, and we see and hear again the echoes of our past." -Ronald Reagan 
 

Holidays and Changes of Season:

Crunchy leaves

Blooming Flowers

Twinkling Lights

Seasonal Lattes

The Smell of a Burning Fireplace

Pumpkin Patches

I get excited just thinking about it all!

Working Out

I miss my gym and the weight machines.... I really miss those weights! I've come to love being at the gym. And there's a tremendous sense of pride whenever I find I can lift heavier or show greater endurance! 

I also love

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