We have friends who are artists, and there isn’t a job we could imagine where they would hand over their paintbrush to someone else and let them take over creating their work of art. You see an artist is particular- they have a reputation to uphold, they have an image or a quality of work they want to ensure.
Have you ever seen the most beautiful piece of art? Hanging on a wall in a museum, someone’s home, or even in the form of a sculpture? Art can be vibrant and contemporary or muted and traditional. It can be of people, animals, nothing at all, or everything all at once. We have a deep appreciation for ALL types of artwork in all venues.
Our point with all this “colorful” talk is that our lives are like a piece of art and we want to discuss with you the importance of not letting anyone else be the artist of your life! Do not hand anyone else the paintbrush!
On a personal note, when we first started to voice the idea of beginning our blog, we were so excited and scared at the same time. The idea of blending our passion for fashion and our love for supporting other women and seeing them grow, bloom and blossom into strong women who believe in themselves and their value, talents, and special beauty was something that we thought would be met with enthusiasm and total support from every one around us.
We were, of course, looking for ideas and support, but also a shared celebration of the joy and excitement that we were feeling. It was indeed an interesting learning experience for both of us. Most people were interested and asked questions about the whole blogging concept. Once we answered their questions, they were fully on board and ready to celebrate with and encourage us as we took the next steps to create our shared dream!
Imagine our surprise when we realized that there were some who reacted in a totally unexpected manner! We never saw it coming. Really, who wouldn’t be excited about a blog centering on fashion, lifestyle, positive encouragement, and shopping tips???? Some people were not afraid to throw doubt and negativity our way. Instead of encouraging us, a few were flat just negative Nancy and were so unsupportive.
For our part, we were stunned. some of these people were ones that we had always been there for, and we had always been their greatest cheerleaders. To say that we were hurt and disappointed would be an understatement. We were tempted to hand them our paint brushes and let them become the artist creating the picture on our canvas.
The planting of those seeds of doubt were like little voices in our heads that caused us to doubt our dream, our vision, our beautiful goal of helping other women feel good about themselves no matter what their ages. That’s the thing about those words of negativity and doubt that we as women often cast in the direction of our friends. Those words like a cancer. They can take control of the paint brush and destroy dreams if we let them.
We were blessed that we had each other for support and so many others who were there then and still to this day cheering us on……encouraging us to paint away…….recognizing and embracing our dreams even if they were not their dreams. We are so thankful for each other and the many people who said don’t give up….don’t listen to those who are not in your cheering section.
Our hope for each of you, beautiful ladies, is that you will find the colors and designs that you want to paint on your canvas of life! What are your passions, your hobbies, your dreams? It can be anything! We know a super talented young lad who just started a youtube channel on makeup…… an artist who sells beauty products now as well as having other creative endeavors, and several others who have started blogs of different sorts. maybe you would like to learn to fly a plane or even jump out of a plane!!! No matter what your dream is, do not let anyone else take the paintbrush from your hand or encourage you to put the brush down!! paint on that canvas of your life the colors and designs that are YOU!!! The perfectly imperfect…….talented and beautiful YOU!!! God has created you for these things!!!
We are here to say that your picture will be bring you happiness and a feeling of joy, and we will be thrilled to cheer you on and offer you support!!!
So as this glorious new week begins, take out those paint brushes and begin to add color and life to YOUR creation!!!!
Michelle’s look is colorful and you’ve seen the top before- it was a great purchase from H&M to pair with all kinds of other colors. This go round, it’s hot pink pixie pants. These ann taylor pants were a Goodwill find but have been super useful! Michelle loves color… the more the better. Summertime is a great time to splash the paint with your paintbrush and pick up the positive upbeat vibe!
Susie’s look is a green and navy floral sheath from Nine West with a bold stroke of the brush! It’s a simple silhouette with a lot of pop!! The three quarter sleeves are the perfect length! Her wedge pumps are also from Nin West! A navy hat and purse complete the picture and give her the pop she loves as she paints on her canvas of midlife!
Hugs and Kisses!!!