Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life. Mandy Hale

Do we let our insecurities stand in our way or do we face them? Do our fears hold us back or do we overcome them? What does facing our fears and overcoming insecurities look like?

How hard must it be for people who make their living with their looks to know everyone scrutinizes everything about them? Many of us who don’t make our living with our looks feel scrutinized.

Tomorrow an artist statement video is being filmed. How many of us really like how we look in pictures? Some people look better in pictures than they do in real life but the rest of us… Maybe we need to get okay with how we look because when we look back on those pictures in a few years they will look better to us.

On YouTube, some people seem comfortable with themselves and others do not. In my video I don’t want to seem preachy, or like I’m giving a speech and I don’t want to be a talking head. What I want is the B Roll shots to tell the story about my art and writing, and my words to encourage others.

Creativity feeds our soul, and when we find our voice we find ourselves. Art and writing have been important to me throughout my life. We don’t know what we can do until we do it, and we don’t know what something will be until we complete it.

Life is a journey of self-discovery and when we finish a project we need to start another one because it is in the creating that we find joy.  

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius

There is a certain amount of joy in stress. When we aren’t quite sure we can pull something off but in the midst of creating it we are completely enthralled with the process. This is where we find flow, and the joy of creativity enlivens us. There is a certain amount of stress to making a big dinner, a party, big celebrations, and the preparations are a big part of the fun.

It isn’t what we create that makes our life, it’s that we create. Some days we create dinner and some days it’s just something on the table to eat. There is a difference. This is why we like to try new recipes.

How we live our ordinary days is how we live our life. We need to find a balance between order and chaos, creativity and routine.

I’m looking for music to set the mood for my video. I found Beethoven’s Ode to Joy played by four saxophone players. Beethoven is in the public domain but is the performance copyrighted? Hagood Hardy’s, The Homecoming speaks to me. Do I really need to worry about copyright on a video that I am not making money from? If it gets played on YouTube and flagged as a copyrighted work it sounds like I have to agree I do not own the copyright. If money is made from it the artist has to get paid which is fair.

Is life what we make it, do our thoughts and words have power? Is every day a day to create, celebrate, and be grateful for the bounty and beauty in our lives?

Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. Stacey Charter

The greatest part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. Martha Washington

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim

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