Life Changes

Feather variety I was on one path setting goals to move me along and then I got a phone call… “am I interested in a short term, part time job with the School District.”  I jumped at the opportunity.  Just like that, my life changed.  I begin work in two weeks.

I’ll be a member of a team, traveling to all the high schools in the District.  There will be a learning curve for all members, which is a relief since I’ve never done this type of work before.

All kinds of things are going through my mind about tasks to prepare.

What time will I need to leave?  Set my alarm every day – 6am or 6:30 am?

What clothes are appropriate?  I’ve been dressing too casual.  Went shopping and got a few new things – all on Sale!

New Shoes – my old tennis shoes are comfortable, but I’ve worn them every day for a year.  I found some new black ones.

Still would like to get a hair cut, clean my home, prepare easy meals to freeze.

Anyway, lots of practical things to do.  I am so excited to undertake a new challenge.
I’ll work February to May and hopefully get my foot in the door for other employment.
Wish me luck…LR

 

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Goals: Social Media

LR floral sunflowersI spent some time this morning reading about Social Media with a focus on Instagram.  I’m like the turtle: slow and steady and wondered if “Throwback Thursday” applied to me.  Definitely have one foot still in the past.

Last year I made the leap to a Smartphone, and my world opened up.  Love the texting.  Love the photos. I do not have e-mails coming to my phone, so my workhorse is a PC office computer.  I also have an IPad and use that to check out library books via Ebooks and, Facetime my granddaughters too.  Definitely have my other foot in the present/future.

My technology goals for 2018 are to start an Instagram account; understand my existing Facebook/Messenger; acquire a “Square” or some other credit card payment system.

Any advice out there in Blog world?

Best wishes. LR

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Focus on 2018

Esalon Big Sur 2015Happy New Year!    I’m still re-reading my journal from last year and still clarifying my intentions for 2018. Some goals carry over from last year.

First focus is on TIME.  Commonly known, there are 24 hours in a day making 168 hours in a week.  First question, How am I spending my time?

My most notable experience last year was going to the Women’s March I Was There!.  I also participated in art shows, took several classes, attended two writers workshops, worked part-time, watched my grandsons, traveled to Cambria and San Luis Obispo.

I read the following books:
Quiet by Susan Cain
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Chasing Matisse by James Morgan
Without Reservation and Educating Alice by Alice Steinbach
M.C. Higgins, The Great by Virginia Hamilton
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Money, Master the Game by Tony Robbins

Hours in a year:  8736.  I can and will do more in 2018.

Next, I need to get rid of limiting stories.  Last summer I was moved to write twenty short pieces of flash fiction.  I made a list of life changing events that had occurred in my life.  The shortest was 300 words and the longest about 900 words.  In order to release pain, I had to face my pain.  All of the twenty were of painful memories.  In 2018, I want to write about the life-changing events that were profound and happy.  I want to look forward, not back.

Find strategies that work.  This goal has to do with focus and organization.  January is the month to clutter clear.  I’ve already cleaned my bedroom, found clothes to pass on, gotten rid of all the piles that accumulated in my room last year.  This goal is on-going but I am getting smarter about it.  More often, I jump in, get it done, and free up time for other activities.

Focus on Health:  Exercise more, eat nutritious food, get my check-ups……

Here’s a quote for today.

“Where focus goes, energy flows.”

I like this one too:

“There’s nothing like the power of the human soul on fire.”

LR

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Working on my Goals for 2018

This is a re-blog from (cbwentworth.wordpress.com) on setting Guidelines for the new year.

via Checking Off The 2017 To-Do List

I’m still working on my list.  My process includes re-reading my journal from 2017.  How successful was I?  What were my new experiences?  Do I need to get more specific on my goals?

I will blog again after Monday, January 1, 2018.

Roses at Night,  Photograph by LR

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2017 – a Creative Year

Hello!  It’s been so long since my last blog.  I hope all are well.  This year is memorable for me:  Lots of finished paintings, some writing, some adventures, new people, new activities.  I am grateful.  I feel alive again! New ideas are beginning to flow.
From my Women’s Series….

Here’s my most recent painting titled The Dreamer. (Copyright: Linda Ruddy)
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Title:  The Dreamer
Year: 2017
Medium: Acrylic
Style: Modern Graphic
Series:  Women
Artist: Linda Ruddy (Copyright)
Award:  Judged Show, 2nd Place Ribbon, San Clemente Art Gallery, California

This year, I have been more public with my work, entering competitions, participating in art festivals.  I prefer the making of art, but this year I have started to learn about the marketing of art.  Not so easy or profitable, but at times, extremely satisfying when a person really connects with one of my paintings, when my art speaks to them in a personal way.

Here’s another ribbon winner:  Experiment in Color No. 1, (Copyright: Linda Ruddy)

LR Experiment in Color No 1

Title:  Experiment in Color No. 1
Year: Finished in 2017, started in 2000.
Medium:  Acrylic
Style:  Modern Graphic
Series:  Women
Artist: Linda Ruddy (copyright)
Award: Judged Show, 1st Place Ribbon, San Clemente Art Gallery, California

Enjoy!  I wish all my readers the best. LR

 

 

 

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Painting: Sacred Center

Print - Sacred Camara

This year, 2017, I have been active with my women’s series of paintings.   The above painting is titled Sacred Center.  (Acrylic, Mosaic-like)

Currently I have two paintings hanging in the San Clemente Art Gallery.   My life is opening up again and I have joined two art associations and a pottery & sculpture club. Making new art, working odd jobs, babysitting my grandsons, meeting new people…life has gotten busy.

And, I am beginning to write again.  I have re-connected with my Center.

Best wishes to all.  LR

 

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Painting: Daughters of the Earth

daughters-of-the-earthMy most recent painting:

Title:         Daughters of the Earth
Artist:       Linda Ruddy
Year:         2017
Medium:  Acrylic
Size:          Framed – 20″ x 24″

Several artists, this past year, have encouraged me to continue painting my women’s series in this style, stating “this is your strongest work”.    Words of encouragement are GOLD and I am grateful for the nudges.  This painting recently won 1st Place.  More encouragement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  More gratitude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lr-8-x-10-_2-webSimilar faces have inspired another of my paintings titled Native Land, from 2010.

 

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I Was There!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017.

I’m in this crowd waiting at the 7th Street Metro Station, Los Angeles, CA for my train ride back to Long Beach and then home.

There were thousands of people here today for the Women’s March:  some estimate as many as 500,000.    I never made it to Pershing Square because of the crowds, but the energy electrified the air, the streets, the atmosphere.  From all the signs and posters, people gathered for different reasons.

I was curious.  Not to be left out, I wanted the experience.  I went outside my own personal box, comfort zone, and I feel a seed has been planted.   Not sure where it will go.

For great photos from all the marches around the world google NEW YORK TIMES, images from the Women’s March.  The protest signs from a little town in Alaska stood out to me.

You can imagine with the large crowds finding a place to rest was difficult.  While looking for a bathroom, I visited the Los Angeles Central Library.  What a great surprise!
Historic, old, aesthetic, I will definitely go back to explore all the nooks and crannies of this center of learning.

Wishing you new experiences in 2017.

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2016 Year of Changes

Esalon Big Sur 2015 2016: What a roller coaster ride!!

This has been a year of changes:  New home, new work experiences, new social, two more grandchildren (I now have four).  A year of lots of “firsts” and making solo decisions.  It’s been a year of more exercise.  A year of re-discovering my own identity.

This has been a year of writing in a journal, basically a daily log of what I have to do or what I did do or what I want to do, or will do in the future.  The wonderful thing about writing, is that once in a while there is a gem of insight.

I’ve been re-reading my journal and found that forgiveness was one thread that I re-visited during this year.  In order to move on in one’s life, I found that I needed to put the past to rest.  All those old “hurts” had to be faced and the process always ended with forgiveness:  of someone else, of some action, and/or of myself.  Powerful healing!!!

Also in 2016, I have completed some paintings that were started several years ago.

Here’s one titled “Lantern Light” by Linda Ruddy 2016, oil sketch:

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Wishing you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a very special New Year. LR

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I’m Still Alive

LR floral sunflowersHello out there. I hope life is good.  Hope you are safe.

I just spent about 10 minutes re-reading past blog posts…and I’ve come a long way in a relatively short amount of time.   I’ve moved.  I now have four grandchildren.  My work life is re-adjusting.  Exercise is more consistent.   And I am grateful!

 

LR floral peachArt Update:  I signed up for an Art Walk in Laguna Beach to sell products and this goal has me thinking about the business of art and making note cards, matted prints, and framed canvases.   And planning a booth area.  And lots of other details.  And I needed another challenge and now I have one coming up on July 7th.

 

LR Los Rios 8x10Writing Update:  I consistently make entries in a journal, but haven’t had the mind for anything serious.

 

LR floral 6x8 rogersOne guarantee:  Change.

Life goes on………………..LR

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