Milestone — I got 200 Followers

Sea Life 2

Sea Life 2

I would like to send all the people who follow my blog a BIG thank you.  I just reached 200 followers.

When I decided to start a blog, I figured maybe I’d get ten people following.

I started this blog to talk about how I managed to have a life even with Fibromyalgia and lyme.  But soon after I started blogging, I saw that really, I’m an artist.  That is who I am.  Life can do what it will to me, I do art.

I thought Fibro and lyme had taken art away.  I basically did very little art for over 15 years as I was too sick.

Since starting treatment for lyme four years ago, the art abilities have come back. 

I’ve had to start at step one.  In addition to the physical problems I have, I also have neurologic damage.  I got to the point where I could not even write my name legibly.  I had to learn to write again.  So drawing anything has really been a challenge.

But I’m doing it.  I started painting in 2012.  I started with abstracts, and my only real symbols were circles.  In the painting class I took, the instructor told us to make our symbol library.  So, I took her advice, and have slowly started practicing drawing various shapes and designs.

I had so much information wiped out, that I cannot come up with ideas on my own.  I found a wonderful series of books to help me.  One of the books is called 20 Ways to Draw a Doodle by Rachael Taylor.  She has several 20 ways to draw books.  I have several of them.  Every morning, I get up, open one of the books and draw.  Slowly, I’m building my version of my symbol library.

It is very frustrating in some ways.  However, I am choosing to be grateful I’m able to reconnect the circuits in my brain.  There is always a choice in how we look at life and its challenges.

Me, I’m a gal who thinks her glass is half full of the sweetest lemonade ever made.

When I practice being positive and keeping my mind positive, then positive appears in my life.  I’m glad I had figured that out before I got sick.

I went through many years of hysteria and negativity.  Then, that little voice deep inside me said, “enough.”  I slowly dug my way out of the negative black hole I was in.

So, to all of my followers who have been so supportive of me and my art, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I appreciate each one of you.

The fish is one from one of my fish paintings.  You can see him with his other buddy here.


  12 comments for “Milestone — I got 200 Followers

  1. Ros
    December 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm


    I’m one of your most recent followers. I found you through another chronic illness blog and I followed you because I love your use of colour. Your pictures bring light and life to my life.

    I’m so glad that you are able to be creative again. I have found that losing the person you used to be isn’t easy to come to terms with. So I can understand something of your struggle and the remaining frustration. It reflects my own. But, like you say, there is also the joy of seeing the world opening up again – of being able to take pleasure in the little things – whether a bright little fish or the achievement of representing it on paper.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much for your comments, Roz. I really appreciate what you said about my art. I agree with you. Losing who we once werw is vert hard. Its initially like a stranger walks in and takes over.


  2. Peggy
    December 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Love the art especially all the colors. Hope to see you soon.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Peggy. I cant do the 19th. Jill will start a three-way email going so we can set a date. Thanka for stopping bt the blog.


  3. December 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Awesome! Congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. December 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Congratulations! In a blink of an eye or the swish of a brush it will be 1,000. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. December 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations on the milestone! Your story is very inspirational and I love seeing your artwork.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Carole Jeffries
    December 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Wonderful! Congratulations!


    Liked by 1 person

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