Sunday, October 16, 2011

Simplify


In my youth I adopted the adage “Go Forth and Multiply,” not so much in the biblical sense but I applied the saying to my multiple mediums of art making, business opportunities, husbands, children, my never ending variety of pets etc. Lately, I’m practicing more of a “Move On and Simplify” attitude, and it feels great! With our upcoming household and studio move (the new house is just five minutes away from our current house but a bit smaller) I was forced to scale down, consolidate, clean up and REORGANIZE. I was also forced to better FOCUS on my business(es) and art making. More importantly how and WHERE I perform my art making. Today I will also be moving my Blog to my web site. Don’t break up with me and stop reading or drop me from your Blog Rolls –that would make me so sad, please UPDATE your links with this new link to my Blog. I’ll still have regular posts and photos of what I’m up to in the studio, rants (of course!) and the ups and downs of being an artist, sneak peeks about the fam and photos of living the good life in Alaska -but it will just be located on my web site under the “BLOG” tab.  I'm simplifying!




10 years ago, it was confirmed...
I really did look more like my dad!



This is a great time to move on and celebrate my newfound simplifying focus. These reflections and changes have reenergized me and reminded me of the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead. For the last 10 years, October has traditionally been a very difficult month for me. Specifically, the day of October 23. On October 23, 2000 I was COMPLETELY SHOCKED to have been diagnosed with AML Leukemia during an appointment for what I thought was the stomach flu. The rug was yanked out from under my entire family 11 years ago when I was flown overnight to the University of Washington Medical Center for emergency treatment of Leukemia, that would last about a year. Thankfully, I’m in TOTAL remission and after 10 years medical professionals like to kick us survivors into the “CURED” category of statistics. I’m way too superstitious to say I’m “cured” and would be a liar if I said I don’t think about it much anymore –at least it’s down to thinking about the effects of being sick weekly instead of hourly. I would not be here today if it weren’t for the professionals at UW Med Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the many donors at the Puget Sound Blood Center, who generously gave me their blood and matched donor platelets throughout my treatment (BTW, donate blood whenever you can, it really does save lives -I’m living proof).  I am happy to say that this year, for the first time, I feel I’m approaching October 23 with a whole palette of possibilities and a positive mental outlook on a calm, HEALTHY future.  Thanks to those of you who have purchased and enjoyed my art, for your thoughtful comments, reading my posts and overall support and friendship. Now bookmark my new Blog link and keep reading and sharing –I live for those comments!


6 comments:

Tracey Broome said...

WOW! If you ever decide to give art a rest you could go into motivational speaking! Great blog post, I'm done feeling sorry or myself now. ROCK ON girl!!!! new blog address noted :) s

Tracey Broome said...

Sooooo, I tried to add your new blog to my blog roll, it won't show up and then I tried to leave you a message about that on your new blog but duh, can't figure out how to do that..... I'm staying here where it's safe :)

cindy shake said...

Thanks Tracey! :)
When you add/edit your Blogs,open a second window navigate to my new link and copy my new link from the address bar, navigate to my existing link on your Blog list, delete my old link and PASTE the new link, then SAVE. xox

Linda Starr said...

congrats on the ten year anniversary.

cookingwithgas said...

I for one and very happy you are here! CELEBRATE!

ang walford said...

yeh for october then, congrats cindy!!!