Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Don't Let Your Struggle Become Your Identity


Today is my 40th birthday. 


I thought I'd be older. 
Thinner
Smarter
Well-read
Sure of myself
Further along my journey
Healthy and Whole

But I also never imagined that I'd be 

So dedicated to my family 
Creative
Living an artful Life
Actively seeking beauty
Pretty good in the kitchen
Madly and hopelessly in love with my husband of 18 years.
On the 10th year of my health struggle but still fundamentally me-ish.

Because one of the things I strive for is the message of this art,

Don't Let Your Struggle Become Your Identity

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This "canvas" is actually a See's candy box. How great is that?



xoxox

Warmly,
~~~Nicole

8 comments:

Teri B said...

Nicole,
Happy, happy birthday! Enjoy celebrating the anniversary of you today!
Received my artwork yesterday...so in love with it! Thank you.
Fondly,
Teri

Carmen said...

I adore this piece and it's message.

Happy birthday amazing lady :)

Tina said...

Happy Birthday! I love the message in this piece as well. And recycled materials make my heart sing :0)

Danielle said...

Happy Birthday!! I love what you wrote in this post. I can relate as near my 59th birthday!! :)

My name is Erika. said...

Happy birthday.
You may not be what you thought you would be (whoever is) but you must be fantastic because this is another great piece and I really enjoyed reading your post.

Barb Smith said...

Love the girl and the saying - happy birthday!

Michelle said...

I love this message! Happy Birthday :)

chksngr said...

Happy Belated!!! LOVE the saying on this one...Its something I should always remember myself!