The past few months have been all about living a happier life and working towards a much better me. Living by the beach was the first step. Life seems so much more pleasant and relaxing. I was running and walking on the beach a lot, but I found a workout location to go to, Transformation Center in Huntington Beach. It has been great! I love my fitness trainer, Alex. He is just the right mix of pushing us past our comfort zones, motivation, and support. I'm happy to have found him. I think what I like most about him is that he explains the reasons why he has us train and eat the way we do... AND he gives examples. Being a teacher, this seems to work for me. I do have to admit that I feel like I'm cheating on Brea Fit Body. I thoroughly miss them, a lot! But this is for the best. I feel so much more healthier and stronger! I think part of it is that I have nothing to distract me from focusing on creating a healthier and happier life for myself.
Plus, I'v been showing my Mizzles and paintings of their adventures at the Santa Ana Art walk the past few months with Orange County Creatives Gallery. Jason and Maggie Tockey have been so great to me... and to my best friend. I am looking forward to showing with them again in December. And I might be showing some work in their new Laguna location!!! I'm a little excited about that opportunity.
I joined the Huntington Beach Art League in September and this past October meeting I submitted my first entry to be judged. I entered Mizzles Camping in the Mixed Media category. Whoever demonstrates an art technique at the meeting gets to judge the artwork. To my pleasant surprise, I took 1st place!
So, with all of this healthy living and positive feedback from showing my work, it only makes sense that I have renewed energy and determination to complete my children's story about the Mizzles. I have to say I have a few doubts, but those are just compositional kinks that I will work out. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with the progress I've been making.
It seems that the specific location I moved to is filled with people who hit a "rock bottom" and are finding themselves, or finding ways to make them a better version of themselves. We are all creative types, who enjoy living by the beach. I can't help to think how perfectly meant to be this all has been. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for me!