Gratitude

I am grateful for my last day of painting at the hotel for my November residency at the Coast Hotel. It was a great place to be, particularly for the people. Everyone there was great.

I grateful for daily fun night: Cooper’s pick. We made burgers at home, then went out for some ice skating.

I am grateful for the employee at the rink that helped both my kids with some pointers to get them a bit more confident on skated. She spent some time with each of them, and it mAde a real difference.

I am grateful for the acquisition of a new coat this evening.

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Gratitude

I am grateful for a milestone achieved today. When I decided to become a full time artist, I was aware it would be a challenge. We can’t afford to live on one income, and so I set a target for gross annual sales when I transitioned out of the last of my web development practice in January this year. Today I met that target, and it justified my work as an artist as a real job in my mind.

When I say I am grateful for the achievement of the milestone, I should say that what I am really grateful for is the help and the circumstance that led me to be able to achieve it.

I have had the support and blessing of my spouse in this endeavor. That wouldn’t come easy for most people, but it did for me. She has a unique understanding of what makes me tick, and she knew I needed to try. She also has faith in me even when I don’t, and I am grateful for her and the relationship we’ve built for eachother every single day.

I am grateful for my children. Nothing inspires you to live your best life like your kids do. For better or worse, I know I will exemplify at least one way they can choose to live their lives. Bearing that responsibility means I need to live a life worth choosing, and if that means giving it all up to become an artist, well, so be it.

I am grateful for my parents. They raised me right, and I credit them for showing me how to know what my priorities are.

I am grateful for dumb luck. I was born genetically, geographically, and economically advantaged through no merit of my own, and that has afforded me the capability to take risks without the same consequences failure would bring if I were dealt a different hand at birth. Gratitude for these circumstances is key to my humility. I have worked hard and now have reaped some reward, but dumb luck is why I am able to do so as easily as do, while many are not so lucky.

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I am grateful for a day off.

I am grateful for ventolin

I am grateful for Netflix.

I am grateful for a phone chat with my Dad this morning.

I am grateful for a normal every day kind of dinner with my family this evening.

I am grateful for time spent watching Farley at his martial arts class this evening.

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I am grateful for a full day of painting at the hotel.

I am grateful for the controversial bike lanes in Victoria. Some may gripe about them, but they are working out well for yours truly.

I am grateful for Glico Japanese Curry.

I am grateful for time.spent with my lads this evening.

I am grateful to have been a spectator when Cooper opened a gift from Farley and Julie, which was a drawing of us all as vegetables. It was sweet.

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I am grateful for a fine time on Galiano Island this weekend with the boys and their Scout group.

I am grateful for the campfire last night, and a quiet moment when Coop thanked me for getting him into scouting in the first place. It was good for me when I was a kid, and I think it’s good for my lads, too.

I am grateful for clear weather today, and in the ferry trip home. The scenery was beautiful, and a reminder that I am grateful to get to live here.

I am grateful for homemade chicken noodle soup and cookies that Julie had prepared when we got home.

I am grateful for a night out curling and then a beer afterward. It was a fun night.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting at the hotel.

I am grateful for lunch with a friend. I’ve been a little on the burnt out and grumpy side lately; lunch with Matt was the perfect cure for that.

I am grateful for family fun night. It was Farley’s pick: lasagne with NO SPINACH, and then Toy Story 2. Somehow, we did all that and got the bags packed and in the car for a scout trip to Galiano Island tomorrow.

I am grateful for a snuggly time with Farley on the couch during the movie. My kids are getting big; I can’t take that stuff for granted!

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I am grateful for some time spent painting at the hotel this morning.

I am grateful for the opportunity to show my work at Caffe Fantastico again.

I am grateful for a full day that went smoothly.

I am grateful that it’s not too late, and I am headed for bed.

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I am grateful for a busy day where it all got done.

I am grateful for time spent painting at the hotel in all that.

I am grateful for time spent playing Trans-America with Julie and the lads this evening.

I am grateful for happy, active kids that seem to be getting over their colds.

I am grateful for Hawkins Cheezies that Julie brought me this evening. To be clear. Cheezies are Hawkins by definition. Anything else is something different, be it a Cheeto, or a Cheese Puff, or whatever else. Those are NOT Cheezies. The Hawkins descriptor is necessary to ensure I get the salty snack I want, but it’s redundant, because if it isn’t Hawkins, it’s not a Cheezie.