Monday, March 29, 2010

I Recieved a Most Precious Gift

                   ... the gift of friendship and encouragement.

Sarah from 'Cottage Garden Studios'
bestowed on me the
"Mental Duck to Mental Swan"
award, an award she created,
inspired by the words of our
dear friend Renee.
As I shared with Sarah I have
indeed felt the stirrings of my
'swan' yearning to break free,
to silence the voices of doubt
and to embrace the artist within.
Having been told that my
artistic ventures were folly, not a
solid career choice, caused me to silence
my need to create. I doubted my
skills and never thought my work
good enough to share.
It has been through the encouragement
of friends like Sarah and Renee
and the many voices of all of you in
blogland that I have finally
decided to embrace the artistic side
of my nature. If you journey to
the beginnings of my humble little blog
you will find that I did not share
my art. I shared my words,
my life, my thoughts, my heart,
but as the 'duck' I was denying
a big part of who I am.
It was by coming to know all of you
and witnessing your willingness
to share your artistic creations
that I am learning to embrace the 'swan'.
A big thank you to Sarah
for gifting me with this most
precious award.
To learn more about how this award came to be and to visit
Sarah, an amazing artist in her own right go to


  1. I am so glad you have started to share all of you, which is an inspiration to all! Here's to the swan in all of us!! Love, Silke

  2. what a wonderful award!!! i am practicing being a 'yes girl' right now...when someone asks me to participate in something with my art...i am saying yes!!! that is the easy part....the challenge is the follow through....i just get out of bed...put my feet on the floor (and my life is god's hands) and do the next right thing...pretty soon i have a success story under my belt...i love life!!! thanks for staying in touch!

  3. Congratulations on your award, Diva! I'm thankful to Sarah for further encouraging you to share what is such a big part of your soul!!! Cudos!

  4. Congrats on the award and I look forward to seeing your art. I loved the artwork that you did on the beautiful notecards you sent me awhile back and I think you have so much talent!

  5. Diva - Sarah is just the best, isn't she? :) People like her, and Renee, well, they fill us up and give us strength. I am so happy you are sharing your art, and embracing that part of yourself. We're all here rooting for you! :) xox Pam

  6. I am sure it felt good to give it to you. Your post about Renee touched my heart, I am so sorry for your loss......
    She is celebrating in Heaven with our Lord!
    Margaret B

  7. Whatever you do not give up sharing your words of wisdom with us. I love your writings and post.

  8. Good for you! Taking a risk is never easy - but the reward will be priceless!


  9. Congratulations on the awards. I'm glad you feel safe enough to start sharing more of yourself. I would love to see your art work.

  10. What a sweet thing to have been given this special award. Always remember, there are others who understand and care.

  11. I'm so glad that you are sharing your beautiful work and your sweet heart, and I'm happy that it's been rewarding for you. Congratulations!

  12. I also have an award for you today on my blog. Take care.

  13. Congratulations on the wonderful swan award.
    You and your blog deserve it!:)
    It is really lovely to meet you and thanks for visiting me and leaving some kind words.
    I am now following your blog...
    Best wishes,
    Jo May.x;)