Well, I've decided to stay in L.A. to spend more time with my mom. I mean, I'd do it in a heartbeat as she is such a wonderful, warm, sweet, ever-loving, bubbly and more importantly, mindful person in the whole wide world. Her co-workers and friends can attest to all that. She is such a natural, and she just don't give her all to family, but, she also shares her love to friends and co-workers. Yes, she makes me feel so loved, welcomed, and more importantly, super spoiled and happy. Her beautiful, spacious and fragrant home (I got to have what scented oils she has on each table) has a fabulous 'Feng Shui' going on. Never was a doubt on my mind that it was done intentionally. It is how her mind works. Like the old days, she always whips up amazing things, like a perfect artist that she is.
Oh LOL. See the photo above? You can see that my fur girl LOVES to frolic in mom's backyard garden. It doesn't matter if it is late at night or early morning. She loves chasing the white butterflies, and birds.
What's my point here? Well. As you can see the title/subject---LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY and MONEY. All of them are essential. Each plays an important role in achieving an ideal family life. Heck, life can be busy, sometimes too busy making money, because there are many responsibilities, and so little time—what is a person to do, right? Well, I firmly believed, and learned how to balance work and family/love. I see it the easiest to deal with my family than any type of work. I don't know about you. I am never stressed out, or unhappy, or angry. There's just pure joy. HOWEVER, I have lived long enough to be able to say that at different stages, each of all the three aspects mentioned above, which was the most important? To be brutally honest, I cannot be philosophical about one thing, which is the importance of money. Okay, this, I believe, is largely driven by a need for a sense of security---We can exchange the money for food, clothing and shelter. We can dress ourselves up. We pay for health care, either directly or through taxes. We try buying security -- or rather, perception of security. We try buying peace of mind. So, yes, money is very important to us. Or at least, we perceive it to be. It's deeply tied to our notions and emotions related to suffering and deserving. I understand. But what about it's actual importance? The more you work, the less you live =/ I don't think we realize or think about how much we work versus play. In fact, it seems sometimes the more money one has the less secure and more obsessed about gaining it one becomes. Money can't buy immaterial things. It's easy to dismiss our immaterial needs as merely things that go on in our heads, yet they are as important, if not more important than our material needs. Money can't buy security because security is an emotion. It's immaterial. To get peace of mind, that is, to feel secure, we have to use immaterial means. To be caught in this loop, I simplify my choices in life, and that is a balance between life, love, family and money.
Oh and you thought I'm just this boring-ho-hum writer, huh? LOL. Nah. Honestly? I am a better writer than a conversationalist. It takes a lot for me to warm up to people, to trust, and to be able to hear me talk, may it be through phone calls, or live chat, and of course, in person. Once I get to know you, then, you'll see my colorful side. I am also predictable. I've been often teased by family and friends that I can't play poker, LOL!!!
But anyway. About sculpting art dolls. I've decided to transition from pencil/paints, to polymer clay. Not that I will completely stop drawing and painting. I am in this new phase right now, and once I've tasted the bitter-sweet, I never looked back since then. However, I'm doing my very best to emerge better (as a sculptor) than ever, but the reality of it all is that being good does take time than I thought. Easier said than done. But, I've come a long way from my last few creations, and boy was there a HUGE difference---HA! Not bad for someone who doesn't make dolls each month, huh? *Tee hee* =P
I'll be back on social media when I am ready, however, I have to keep that promise to not linger or nothing would ever be done. Take extra care of yourselves and I will catch up with all of you soon. My fur girl and I wish to remain home.