Any worthwhile journey…

I accept challenges as part of any worthwhile journey.


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Is it: Kind? Necessary? True?

The other day I was walking my dog in the neighborhood hills where I live. A woman I didn’t know stopped me and said “I see you walking a lot, and I remember you had a different dog, a black and white one.” I said “yes, she passed away 20 months ago.” The woman said “you walked her to death, are you going to do the same to this one?” I smiled, sort of, I did the best I could and honestly what I thought and what I said are two different things. I said “she was 14 years old and lived a long, happy life with me.” Surprised, the woman said “That’s pretty good.”

 I didn’t pay attention to where she lived and have no idea if she has a furry friend. If she does, I surely would have seen her walking with the dog, or maybe she does and chooses not to walk her dog.

 Research shows that most dogs as they get older gain weight, mainly due to a lack of exercise. It also causes frustration and anxiety for the dog. It’s just like people; exercise is one of the great healers, stress relievers, and something we, as individuals, can do to keep the doctor away.

I could have reacted negatively to the woman and her unsolicited comment however I have trained myself to do three things when something upsets me or even when I am not feeling well physically.

  • Wait it out (don’t respond impulsively or negatively)
  • Exercise (in this case, keep walking)
  • Stay positive and optimistic (I believe most people wouldn’t make an insensitive comment like that, so I let it go)

 Try it; it will work for you too.

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A happy body generates happy thoughts. I keep moving.

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It’s Your Time!

It’s your dream. It’s your time. Get started.

DoWhat you Love

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Grace, It’s Amazing and Everywhere!

By definition, grace is kindness, favor, goodwill, or fortune. What it’s not is luck.

I was visiting family in Milwaukee, WI over the 4th of July holiday. It’s a beautiful time in the Midwest with impromptu rain showers while the sun is shining. The effect of this is lush green grass, beautiful flowers, and balmy nights. I loved it!

Of course, spending time with family is always the high point of any visit. With the age range of my extended family being nine months to ninety years it’s fun all around with many cherished moments.

Within a few days it was time to head back to my life in Los Angeles. While my dad and his wife were driving me to the airport, they saw a yellow minivan driving next to us on the freeway. They recognized the driver as the man who has a small business as a personal driver that they use when they travel. They tried to get his attention to wave hello, but he was naturally focused on the road.

Suddenly my dad noticed his car was not accelerating while he kept his foot on the gas pedal. The engine was whining and a faint smell of burning gears became apparent. He put his hazard lights on and exited the freeway safely at 20 mph!

Now what? Call the dealership for an emergency service call? Get a cab to take me to the airport so I can make my flight? Wait a minute, they saw their driver on the road a few minutes earlier. Quick thinking and a call to the driver got the driver to turn around and pick me up at the side of the road and get me to the airport on time. My dad’s car, after resting for a few minutes, started and he drove directly to the dealership for service. The dealership gave them a loaner car and they headed home.

What are the chances of seeing their personal driver on the freeway just before an emergency? Was that luck? It’s grace, amazing grace. It’s all around me every day, all day, if I just notice it, be grateful for it and appreciate it. If I do that it keeps coming my way!

Try it. It will work for you too.

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DIY for Greater Satisfaction

From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day I’ve learned that nobody cares like I do so I practice DIY (DO IT YOURSELF) whenever possible.

True Story: Having recently had the exterior of my house painted the painters called out an area to me where the roof tiles were coming loose from the fascia. They were concerned about fixing it because it’s not their area of expertise and were afraid they would break the Spanish clay tiles.

I called a handyman, a referral that I had no personal experience with, and he said he would stop by in about two hours and take a look. He got out his ladder, climbed up and looked. He then asked if he could borrow a hammer and some four inch nails. I thought, how odd a handyman without a hammer and nails. I got my hammer and nails and handed them to him. He proceeded to hammer a few nails into the holes in the clay tiles. He pressed into the tiles to show me they were tight. He was at my house for an hour and asked for $100. I paid.

Two weeks later I found a nail on the ground underneath the roof tiles that had been fixed. I looked up and saw the tiles were loose again. I called him and he said “call me tomorrow when you’re home and I will come by and fix it, and also want you to know that I will have to charge you for it again”. Really! I asked him what he thought if I told him the new paint was peeling after two weeks and I called the painter back to fix it. Did he think I should pay for another paint job? He said “no however this was different.” I thanked him and said I didn’t need him.

I went to the hardware store and got longer nails, actually screws that could be hammered into the wood and then tightened with a screw driver. Fortunately I have a ladder and screw driver, and we already know I have a hammer. I climbed up and did it myself.

Not only do I have the satisfaction of the DIY experience; I also can check easily if the approach is working better that what was done before. Plus I have more confidence going forward to analyze the situation and see if I can fix the problem on my own rather than calling someone.

It’s like the computer, if it’s not working, shut it down and restart, most of the time it fixes the problem and suddenly we’re all computer experts!

Try DIY first to build your confidence and satisfaction, because when it comes to getting stuff done Nobody Cares Like I Do; Like You Do.

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Shake it Off!

One of the many things I learned from my dog…don’t like something…shake it off.

Dog Shaking off Water

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Stay the course; you will succeed beyond expectations.


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To produce a good amount of quality work you have to produce a large quantity that is unremarkable. Ask any artist, writer, salesperson, business person…

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Why Art?

Art exists to inspire, to move, to educate, and to excite.


Irene Painting_1.4.15

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