Week of Thanks: My Work

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I love being able to create art for a living. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist. Then I became a practical adolescent and knew that I did NOT want to be a starving artist. So, for a while I wanted to be a psychologist.

Then I discovered graphic design and realized that I could make a steady living and as an artist.

Now I have begun to illustrate more and more. I cannot tell you what a pleasure it is to do illustration work! I love watching characters come to life, from either my own mind or from the mind of an author, with my own visions and creativity. I will be forever grateful to Megan Braden-Perry for hiring me to do her children’s book and for my day job for giving me the charge of illustrating our WhoDat/WhoDon’t series in our KIDS issues.

And finally, I’m grateful for this blog. While it isn’t a paying job, it is work; but it is work that I genuinely enjoy doing. I hope to continue to grow Lazy Lady, and maybe someday it will provide me with some (even a little) income. So thank you, dear readers, for your continued support through my blogs highs and lows. I am grateful for all of you.

Week of Thanks: Family + Friends

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(It just by coincidence that the photos above only feature ladies. There are men in my family and in my circle of friends, fyi)

My cousins, brother and I

My family is small and close. I really only have contact with my mother’s side of the family these days, and I love them all dearly.

My aunt, grandmother and mom

I don’t get to see them except for this time of year as we are all scattered. However, I am lucky that my mom, her partner, my brother and his family all live here (even though we were all in Mississippi up until a few years ago).

Karen and Mom

My family has grown quite a bit since marrying Mr. LL. He comes from a very big and mostly Italian family.  I’m still getting to know them all, but so far I really enjoy most of his family. I say most because I just haven’t met them all! Or…remember meeting them all. I need flash cards.

Ladies of the Collective

My friends are the family I’ve hand picked. My core group of friends don’t even live in the same state as me, but I wouldn’t trade them in for anything! They are all creative, funny, smart and wonderful people. Everyone is laid back and non-competitive and that is the kind of friendship everyone should have in their life.

The D&D crew

So, thank you my family and friends. I am grateful to have all of you in my life.

Week Of Thanks: My Soulmate

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If there is one thing in my life that I am most grateful for, it is Mr.LL. He is my love, my heart, my soulmate, my best friend. I never thought/knew this kind of relationship existed.

We have our fights, and during the growing pains of our marriage, we had a couple of big ones. But we worked through them. We grew stronger. Mr. LL is the source of my greatest happiness and where I go to find comfort. With him, I feel I can accomplish anything.

Little Mr. LL

Little Mr. LL

He makes me laugh for hours. He introduces me to new things and puts up with my fears and anxieties. He is supportive and encouraging. He is also a good sport when it has come to being my guinea pig for new recipes or partner for craft projects.

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I love you, Mr. LL, and I am grateful to have you in my life and as my partner.

Week of Thanks

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I wanted to do something special this week on Lazy Lady. For any of you Lazy-Lifers out there who don’t live in the U.S., this is the week of of Thanksgiving; and even though Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday (for a plethora of reasons), I still feel the urge to share what I am thankful for at this time in my life.

So, all week I will be sharing my bounty of thankfulness (instead of the regularly scheduled programming). I hope you will join me, no matter how or if you celebrate Thanksgiving.

If you’d like to share what you are thankful/grateful for along with me, feel free to join! Here is a graphic for your blog:

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Giveaway reminder!

This is just a reminder that if you donate to the Kickstarter for the children’s book I illustrated, be sure to comment on the GIVEAWAY post to be entered to for a chance to win one of ten original prints from the book! The giveaway will go on as long as the Kickstarter is up (till Dec. 6th).

Also, if you saw yesterday’s post, we are fully funded! Thank you to everyone who has donated! There is still a need for donations, however, as some unexpected costs have arisen. So, please, keep sharing and donating!