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Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography- Category [Life Stories]

So I am sure that some of you are wondering where the video I promised you is. The answer to that is...it’s on the way. It probably won’t be done till later today due to the fact that I got distracted and started cleaning out my room. See every year I donate things to lessen the load on me and to also make sure that I don’t start hoarding items. So I go through everything I have. Clothes, CD's, Dvds, boxes, bags, etc. I go through it all and I make a pile of items that I am going to donate and then I donate them as quickly as I can so that I don’t second guess and decide I need to go back and save them. Sometimes it’s difficult but honestly its actually quite nice to do it every year. It helps me and it makes me feel good about myself. 

When I was sixteen I started donating and the first time i ever donated stuff I literally filled the hallway. I had so much that I didn’t want or need anymore and because of that I decided to stick with the process. Honestly I just don’t get why people hang onto things. I understand that some items will always hold a place in your hearts. I understand that it’s hard to let go of the past. I understand that you just can't come up with any reason to say goodbye to the items you cared for all these years.  

 

Yet the reality of the situation is that we are such materialistic people. We always want to keep things and we always want to have this stack to someday hand down to our children. We think its a good reason so we hang on to things. We hoard and we become obsessed but the real situation is, we have to learn to let go. Let go of things that are taking space you need. Let go of things that you haven’t used in years. Let go of the memories that hold you captive (good or bad). Let go of a life that could make things really difficult on you later in life. 

So yes, I know I owe you guys the last video of this New Zealand series and I promise you it will be uploaded sometime today. You might not really see it till tomorrow but it will get done. Right now I am just trying to de-clutter my life and I hope you all can understand that. 

 

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Tomorrow I will be receiving either a yay or nay on this trifecta piece that Immanuel church has asked me to do. We had a meet up on Monday where I got to see the space, understand what I am doing for the piece and just talked about commission. I don’t think they realized just how much it would cost for them to hire me to do a three piece set in such a large space. It’s one of those situations that I think just hit them dead on and I am really hoping that I will get the green light to do start the process. 

When I Say process though I mean that I will be "studying" the bible so to speak. I’m not religious in any way so for me to do this piece it will take some reading, digging, and I might ask a couple people on what they think about the passages I was given. I’m not sure what I can create since I don’t really think religion is a big part of my life and I don’t really like the idea of someone being up in the sky making all the decisions and judging me on is ideal but I am willing to give this piece a shot. 

There are so many ways I can go for this piece and there are so many different interpretations that I think no matter how it turns out it will be quite perfect in its own way. It’s going to be messy, it’s going to be crazy but it will be fun and in this church for years to come. Honestly I’m just super excited to get this opportunity. 

So if you are wondering what medium I will be using to make these pieces I will have some examples for you guys. The pieces are for sale and are 10% off so please take a look and see if any of the ones I have now peak your interest. I really do think it will be so much fun to make this piece and I really do think it will be amazing to have my artwork represented in a church. 

 

 

 

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We are back home and it is quite nice to be able to sleep in my own bed. I feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. Of course in three weeks we will be heading back up North to go to Mackinaw Island to do the Lilac Race and to take some pictures while we are there. I am super excited to spend some time up there in our favorite place and relax. Mackinaw City and Mackinaw island are two of my favorite places to be and I honestly love every second of it when we go. Its so simple and beautiful. The weather is usually a perfect temperature of 60 to 70 degrees and there is no humidity anywhere. Of course for those of you that live there you probably don't love it as much as I do but I that is probably because I don't live there. 

While we are home for this short time I am going to be editing videos left and right. I will be updating my YouTube channel and for this month I will be uploading a new video every Friday. I have the pinball video coming out this Friday and next Friday I have the last video for New Zealand to do. For the last Friday of the month I am still thinking about what video I want to do but once I figure it out I will let you all know. 

I am so excited to get back into adventuring and I think that this trip to Ann Arbor was a perfect way to start off this years travel plans. There is so much I want to do and there are so many things I want to share with you all. Videos, advice, my artwork and so much more. 

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I do encourage you guys to take a look at my artwork. I have lots of pieces still for sale and they are all 10% off right now. The sale ends on the 17th so get your pieces while you can. Click here to go to my art gallery and see if anything spikes your interest. 

 

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There are three things happening right now that you all need to be aware of. 

1)There's a new video coming out tomorrow and it's the second video of a three part series about New Zealand.  I share my experiences with gas prices, tours, and food. I give you guys some recommendations on how to save money and what to expect while you are over there. Of course the information I give is based from September to early October of 2018 so I am not sure if it will be current for those of you that are heading over there this year or next year but I am hoping that it will be a little helpful for you guys. 

2) I am having a 10% off sale on all of my art pieces and this is going to be going on for a few weeks. Its the first one of the year so grab the pieces you love now so that you don't miss out. You just have to click here to head over to my art gallery.

 

3) We are heading to a pinball convention in Ann Arbor Michigan and I am hoping to do a video while I am there so that you guys can see this magnificent collection. Its something to see and I am super excited to be able to play as many games as I possibly can. So make sure to subscribe to my channel so that you can get the latest on every adventure that we go on. 

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On Saturday I attended my very first art and music festival and I was able to sell two art pieces while I was there. I’m not going to lie I do with I sold more than two but the foot traffic wasn’t there and because of that I wasn’t able to get more than two to leave my tent. None the less though I am super happy that I was able to get at least two to leave. While I was there and talking to people this older lady walked up to my tent. She had to be in her 70's and she saw my half sleeve. She looked from my arm to my face and I could think of a million different things she wanted to say. 

"That that marker on your arm?" She took a second and looked up at me. She seemed to be thinking that I had gotten a huge fake tattoo on my forearm and I am sure that she wished I was going to say that it was fake. I smiled at her and shook my head no. 

"That's permanent?" I smiled and replied as nicely as I could. "Yes Mam it is". 

Quickly she frowned and looked at the people near her who I assumed was her family. I think there was a moment where she couldn’t believe that I was standing there. We were at a church and everyone else around us didn’t really have any tattoos on them. I was the only one that was clearly showing off my artwork and I was ready to take her down if she started anything. Were in a new time and age so I knew where I stood on the whole tattoo argument. I waited for her response and when it finally came all she said was, "What are your grandchildren going to think?" 

To be honest I was a little thrown off by the question. I didn’t think I was ever going to have children and it is something I still am unsure of but, I know the idea of me having kids doesn’t sit well with me. So i smiled and said "Well I don’t know, it will be a different time by then. Who knows." 

She didn’t say anything else, she just walked away with her family leading and from there I continued to do what I needed to and tried to sell more artwork. It has been a while since I have had anybody as me something about my tattoos in that sort of manor and I really do think I handled it well all things considered. I just had to keep in mind that older folks don’t see things the way we do. That the times have changed and we are in a new age where we have to be kind and teach others this new way that we do things in our world. 

Of course not everybody is going to agree but that's ok.

 

 

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