Thursday, January 24, 2013

priorities (and passion) make it possible

i've been doing a lot of reflecting lately. it helps me return to center. re-group. re-focus. re-align. it is a sometimes painful process but in my book, is absolutely necessary in moving forward.

i'm continually thankful + in awe of the beautiful sunlight that streams into our home lately.
the culprit responsible for opening this most recent mental can of worms is none other than the good ole looming feeling of tax season! dun dun dun!

this photo needed no editing. look that that light! heaven.

you see, i really REALLY dislike tax season. i have this huge pile of art biz receipts (it's a daunting pile). and tax season means i have to go through them, add them up, and figure out how much money i spent on art during the year. (i really need to find an organizational system that works for me - but that is beside the point). who wants to think about money, anyway? this girl doesnt, that's for sure.

LOVE my kitties by Whimsy Kitten!

i learned (or remembered) the truest of true notions while calculating expenses, though. and that is: priorities (and passion!) make it possible. because lets face it. the way i was able to spend (ahem) 8 thousand dollars on art equipment and supplies this year is not because we had that cash laying around. far far from that. it is because sacrifices were made. creative ways to save money were learned. my wardrobe got left un-attended to, once again. ;) dinners and dates out turned into evenings at home, which actually we love just as much.


i have a girlfriend who loves shoes. i mean LOVES shoes. it's easy for me to wonder how she has extra money to buy another pair of (in my mind frivolous) nordstrom heels. well, the same way i have 'extra' money to buy a scanner, i suppose. whatever our priorities are in life, that is where we focus our attention. how true is that!

details of home
leo and his friend:). we are thinking of getting him a real playmate soon!

the happy ending to this story is the fact that because all of my print making + computer + camera needs are now taken care of, (whew!) i can really focus on re-couping those expenditures this year. :) i think the hubby will appreciate that!


what are your priorities these days? do you notice that you willingly make sacrifices in some areas of your life so you can meet the needs of your passion? i'd love to know:) xxo


  1. Ohmagosh - so much cuteness in your house!

    And good on ya for investing in your biz. That's awesome you were able to make such a large investment happen! xo

  2. Hi Mary!

    Curious- what printer and scanner did you end up buying last year?? (if you don't mind me asking :)) I'm starting to look into getting a large-format printer (with up to 16 x 20) and don't know where to begin or how much $ I should expect to pay. Prayers for you to heal quickly from surgery so you can get back to all that art goodness! <3