GRATITUDE – and about being here, on Earth

Gratitude
Photo: “Gratitude”, mixed media on canvas, part of a new series of mini paintings
GRATITUDE.
 
I am sincerely happy to be human here on earth, with opportunities to love, learn and grow.
 
I remember once when I was about 15 years old, I wrote in my diary that I was happy to be a human being on earth, and it was here I wanted to be now. That I did not want to be heading anywhere else , but simply be fully present here.
 
My parents were religious. Not in the usual understanding, but in a searching, open way. I have deep respect for the fact that they never tried to enforce their beliefs on me. Still, I experienced that what they searched for often sounded like something that was THERE (in heaven) and not HERE. I wanted to be here. I liked it here, on earth, and I could feel heaven right here.
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I’m still happy to be here. I mostly feel it when I have good days and can get a grasp of life. On days where everything seems to fall apart (and that happens for us humans, certainly for me!), I find it more difficult to feel gratitude.
 
I would like to practice that; to be able to FEEL gratitude, even on those days. Maybe just for tiny tangible things as my bed, our sweet cat – or a good cup of coffee.
 
Today I’m just grateful. For the blossoming spring, for my work, for my family and how we develop together, and for good friends. Tomorrow may be different. Thank you, Creation, for everything. It is a unique and rich experience to live!
 
Love from Lise.
 
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2012 review

2012 you surprised me. You showed me for real how to actively make dreams come true. Over and over you told me the story of the power of many small steps in one intended direction. You made me feel humble and sometimes not able to contain it all, and at other times so impatient that it almost hurt.

Some favourite moments with you:

THE SONG

One evening, after seing the art of Kelly Rae Roberts I was totally inspired and wrote a song. When Kelly Rae so openheartedly recieved the song, and in response posted THIS on her blog, it made my heart sing. Her post send many kind people to my blog, and also generated my first US painting sale. Like a circle dance of goodness and smiles, truly enjoyable.

EXHIBITIONS

From the exhibition in the shop/ vintage inspired café Emely and Elliot, one of my fav places to have a cup of coffee and a writing hour on my own

From the exhibition in the shop/ vintage inspired café Emely and Elliot, one of my fav places to have a cup of coffee and a writing hour on my own

About 2 years ago I was unsure whether I would ever find the courage to have an exhibition on my own.  With good help from an artist-friend who urged me to do this, I ended up having 5 painting exhibitions this year. One in a church, 3 in art galleries and one in a beautiful clothe shop/café. The paintings have been touring non stop, and I truly enjoyed the whole experience.

MULTIPLE ARTS COMING TOGETHER

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As part of one of the exhibition-openings, a piano-player and I made a small concert. Later in the evening I told about my painting journey. Loved that evening so much. I have always wanted multiple expressions; the paintings, the songs, the stories. And here I was allowed to share it all in one go. I felt so grateful for that opportunity.

LETTING GO, AND FINDING SOFTNESS

Old friends

(“Old friends”, original available, just e-mail me)

20012, You have shown me that I sometimes need to let go of situations or relations that for some reason are keeping me back. Even when there is nothing wrong with situation, or the people, or with me. Simply because – for reasons that I may not fully understand at the time – it is no longer a win-win situation.  You taught me about trusting  and following my “gut” in this, also when my brain don´t understand the full picture.  You also showed me that the true part of friendships will rest safe guarded in my heart, even in times of low tide. You made me firm so I could be more true in my softness.

ASKING FOR HELP

Knock and doors will open

(“Just knock”. Original sold. Print available here)

You urged me to dare ask for the help I needed, and you amazed me with the outcome of that simple act, many times. You surprised me when help arrived in often totally unexpected ways. You totally charmed me with that!

PAINT, PAINT, PAINT….

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I found so much joy during days of painting. Those hours opened up a connection to places and things beyond me. This was exactly where I found the strength to keep pursuing the dreams for my business and my life. Being in a creative mood or not, that was not important. It just mattered that I showed up, willingly, week after week. And then it would sneak up on me, the inspiration. How come it took me so long to learn this for real I don´t know. But I know that this wisdom is now deeply engraved as experience in my heart and soul.

PRODUCING LISE MEIJER POSTCARDS AND POSTERS

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2012 was the year where I began selling cards and posters for real. Researching printing options and choosing a wonderful company to print my work. It also involved reaching out to shops I wanted to sell my products. 8 shops in Denmark and 2 in Holland now carry the Lise Meijer products. A fun, and for me completely new process. I am proud of this birth. It makes me curious how things may unfold in 2013.

FIRST WEB SHOP

Dancing with life

(Dancing with life, original painting available, or print available here)

Yes, yes, yes, I finally did it! Opened my very first webshop on Etsy. I love my little shop and you (you!) sweet customers from around the globe, who have been buying prints and postcards for yourself or a loved one. Thank you so much for your support!

CREATING A HOME

coffee in our new home

2012, you became the year where me and my family could finally move into our loooong anticipated new house. (We lived in a caravan-home for 4,5 yrs.).  And once we moved, you threw in an extra challenge we did not see coming: For 7 long weeks we were ill in turn, all 4 of us, and unable to create a home. A big test for me; I felt sick in my soul by not being able to unpack, make order, grow roots. So much bigger the joy when christmas arrived, and we finally got our strength and vitality back.

Home is where the heart is

(“Home is where the heart is”, original sold, print available here)

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What a blessing a home can be. Our new home includes a wonderful working space for me. Thepic above was taken before we moved in. Right now it´s still filled with boxes, but not for long. I can´t wait to begin create in it!

ENJOYING FAMILY LIFE

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This year I had many joy-filled moments with my family. I think I like being a mom of growing up children more than the challenging years when they were toddlers. Of course I loved my children endlessly since they arrived. I just enjoy life as a family more now they have grown a bit. Celeste is now 9, and Vincent 6. Less awaken nights (we had 7 years of them due to skin-allergies). Less hard work. More spending enjoyable and relaxed time together. More laughs. Rune and I also celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this year. I think that´s worth a toast!

KINDNESS

Sharing a moment

(“Sharing a moment”. I think this is my own favourite painting from this year. Original available)

This year, I have recieved help and presents that seemed to arrive on my doorstep from out of the blue. A friend gifted me money, and it wasn´t even my birthday, a sheer act of kindness. Another person I only knew via facebook offered to help sell my cards. She did so succesfully in her home country, Holland. One of my friends went on a trip to sell cards for me here in Denmark and landed my biggest order yet. And so many more stories of kindness and help. It all made me feel grateful and humble. I am very aware that no one can do it all alone, I definately can´t. I believe that true success in life is when the outcome is not personal, but spreads its benefits to many people. I found myself smiling at life, saying: thank you, sincerely, for being part of such rich a circle of goodness.

Thank you, 2012, you have become a dear friend!