"Every calling is great when greatly pursued." (Favorite quote) - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I am an artist. I am here to live out loud." - Émile Zola, French author
"An unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
"Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving." - Kahlil Gibran
“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” - Wilfred Peterson (1900-1995), American author
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin
Today is a very important day. It marks my 6 year anniversary of quitting booze. 6 years ago I was in a horrible situation with a very troubled person. We took different paths, and she is now dead and I am 6 years sober. My life is the antithesis of what it was on May 3, 2013. I am happier than I have ever been in my life. I am in a great relationship with a wonderful person I am engaged to, I'm getting a new studio this month, I have goals and plans to really develop a business of selling my art and offering art instruction. I have great people in my life who love me and always have my back. I am so grateful.
It was a year ago that I came home to see this sign on our fence. She was initially going to put it in the window across the street from our favorite restaurant, but the store in that location is a christian book store, so she knew they wouldn't allow it. We're still planning on getting married on Halloween of next year.