I LOVE COLOR!

 I LOVE COLOR! In this dark world. Hand painted one of a kind Aztek/Picasso shoes from ARTISTIC SHOES FROM THE SOLE of Michelle Monet. www.etsy.com/shop/michellemonetart Even though the tv just mentioned all the dark, dismal, dreary state of the world on the news —-I am in such a colorful mood. SO much darkness but it dawned on me that Color makes me happy. Even if the world is drab and dark I can still make colorful shoes. Its obvious that color is my new excitement! Here are some of my newest shoe designs. I thought I’d share them with you all today. Color is just EXPLODING OUT OF MY creative brain lately and I’m having fun. Business should be fun. Life should be fun. Right now COLOR is fun! Hand painted one of a kind ARTISTIC SHOES FROM THE SOLE of Michelle Monet. More at www.etsy.com/shop/mmichellemonetart Hand painted one of a kind…

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WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT?

What would you like to do if money were no object? From the late Alan Watts ‘Remember. Money is not the goal. Money is the tool that you use to get to your actual goal. If you don’t have an actual goal then what are you doing?’ He asked us to ask ourselves: What sort of a situation would you like to have in your life? What makes you tick? What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? I’ve thought about these questions often lately and I’ve made a conscious choice to do more of what I love. At age 55 I realized I am not a spring chicken and I don’t have all the ‘time in the world’ like I used to feel I did. When you finally answer these questions he said to just DO THAT!! and forget the…

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It’s this simple.

It’s this simple. Life can get so complicated and hectic sometimes. I heard a simple thing recently about understanding life, and it really resonated with my soul. You know how we all just want to UNDERSTAND?? Understand WHY things happen? WHY the world is crazy? WHY people suffer? WHY we are here? Well, I have always been full of questions in my life — thinking my ‘mission’ was to UNDERSTAND. Well… after hearing these 4 super simple things I am questioning my need to understand anything now. I feel more peaceful too. Here they are: 1. We don’t have to understand anything. 2. We just need to accept everything. Then 3. We need to find what we APPRECIATE in this moment. Then breathe and 4. BE. HERE. NOW.

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SYNCHRONICITY!

SYNCHRONICITY!  Not one but two synchronistic things happened yesterday. First, I  saw this article by Chad Gillls called ‘You won’t win until they start betting against you’. It reminded me of me lately. I am starting a brand new exciting business venture. No one is really ‘betting against me’ but I do feel that I need to protect my idea (like protecting a baby) from any type of negative energy or doubters so I haven’t said much about it to too many people. Today a psychic(yes psychic) friend called me and said excitedly, “I know your idea is going to be SO BIG! Its gonna explode. You will have to hire assistants to help you soon. I just feel it. I know it.’ Ok I did get excited but not because she said that. But, because deep down I feel the exact same way. I don’t want to jinx it…

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You won’t win until they start betting against you

Beautiful article. I can relate totally. Enjoy! You won’t win until they start betting against you by Chad Gills She witnessed her friend get hit and killed by a car. On top of that, her parents were getting divorced. Then two more of her friends from school died suddenly. Life was terrifying and confusing. She was only 16. The girl’s father didn’t know what else to do, so he bought his daughter a motivational set of tapes called How to Be a No-Limit Person. The girl listened to the tapes. She became meticulous about the information she fed her mind. She soon made a habit of listening to motivational and inspirational CD’s. (Insert eye-rolling from the cynics and gutless here.) Because she was still in high school, her interests became a running joke amongst her friends and classmates: “It actually became a joke in high school, because nobody wanted to ride home…

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FROM BURNOUT TO PASSION

FROM BURN OUT TO PURPOSE A history of my recent art business burn out phrasal verb of burn , be completely consumed and thus no longer aflame. I had an art business since 1999. I made mixed media polymer clay sculptures. It was a pretty successful business and I made a decent living at it for many years (at art festivals and at my studio/gallery) — until last year when I became completely burned out. I realized 3 years ago while I was traveling around the country alone to art festivals (in my U-Haul full of art) that I had no more feeling for it — and had to stop. I really hated everything about it. Driving alone with deadlines to shows (I’m super bad at maps and I got lost far too many times on dark highways in foreign cities! grr) Setting up the art booth and tent outside — -sometimes in rain,…

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MY NEWEST SHOES!

Worked almost 9 hours today on making new shoes.  Wow. So much to learn. So much technique to figure out. Which pens and paint to use. What to spray them with to seal them How far back to stand when I spray them. Design elements SO today im workin on 5 styles at once. Thats the way I like to do it. A lot of diverse ideas at once! So today its Wonderwoman, with painted faces Vegas wedding  shoes Painted elephants (for a gal who wants elephants Buddha shoes by request from a Buddha lover Bob Marley shoes from another customer! Here are a few pics of the WonderWoman shoes and the link to them on etsy.com. I handpainted these and put red glitter on the heels and underside. Fun. I’m improving daily which is my goal.yayy.   https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MichelleMonetArt/tools/listings/sort:price/512447312       You can see all my other shoes on etsy…

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TONY BENNETT IS A RARE HUMAN

I SURE LOOOOVE TONY BENNETT He’s 90 years old and ‘Just Getting Started’. I saw Tony Bennett last night on an interview talking about his wonderful life and how he just celebrated his 90th birthday. DAMN. This guy makes me teary-eyed every time I watch him. His inspirational happy vibe and total appreciation for life is contagious and life affirming. His new book is called ‘Just Getting Started’. Can you believe it? He’s just getting started at 90. What is OUR problem? I’m 55 and sometimes I can sense my time clock ticking and sometimes feel I don’t have that much time left. Tony seems to savor and appreciate each moment and just emanates gratitude and reverence for life! The Wall Street Journal reviewed his book this way: ‘What comes through in all 42 chapters is the singer’s gratitude…Let’s hope this new generation can learn a lesson from Mr. Bennett’s unflagging…

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CHOOSE TO SPEND YOUR TIME DOING WHAT YOU LOVE

CHOOSE TO SPEND YOUR TIME DOING WHAT YOU LOVE ‘You can spend your whole life doing what you don’t want to do, and die. Or you can spend your life doing what you do want to do, and die. The end result is the same. The question is whether or not you are going to enjoy yourself in the meantime.’ From the article ‘Do What You Are Meant To Do’ by Dan Pedersen Today while working I turned on a few news channels (Fox News and CNN) to check in on the North Korea, Syria, world situation. I do think its important to stay in the ‘know’, especially with the serious world issues — although it is a frustrating feeling of helplessness in most cases. Today they were discussing Iran. One pundit said affirmatively that it’s just inevitable and a matter of time before Iran becomes another North Korea. ARGH! So everywhere…

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