This week has been a busy one, I had a birthday, our Demi Pair arrived, Julia went to long daycare for the first time, I had a doctors appointment and I completed an A2 portrait in 5 days!
Having our Demi Pair has meant that all those small housework jobs that never got done, are finally being done as she is taking care of the main ones, and the kids are no longer under my feet when I am preparing meals etc. It'll take a little while to get used to someone else in the house but so far it has been good, and tonight my husband and I finally get to have our first proper date night in over two years!
The doctors appointment was good too, as I think I have finally found a Doctor that actually cares about me as a person! I am more than just a number to her and she has really put some thought into treating my injury that has plagued me for over a decade. I have been given new stretches to do and have a referral to a Sports Medicine Clinic. Fingers crossed! All I can say, is thank goodness I am left handed, because if this was my dominant arm that felt this way, I'd never be able to put pencil to paper. So, I am diligently doing my stretches daily and massaging my shoulder muscles whenever I get a chance while I wait for my appointment, next month.
My art style too has been stretched; this week as I was requested to do a portrait in crazy colours of my choosing. It took me a while to settle on which colours to use, but I came up with turquoise, purple and pink! My favourite Bohemian colours! I am really please with how the portrait turned out and the clinic sent me a glowing review. Lets hope the recipients feel the same way! I can now do pop art, should you require a portrait that is a little funkier than normal, then I am open to anything. Challenge Accepted!!
Long day care was a welcome change for both Julia and I. I finished my portrait ahead of schedule and she spent the whole day playing and making a mess that someone else had to clean up! She was so tired she could barely stay awake when she got home, and was a little clingy to me the next day, but I think she'll soon settle in, and this give me the break I need to concentrate on growing the business and also gives me a day when I can book in clients and know that I won't be distracted by my very demanding child.
Getting older.... how to put that on a positive spin,,,, At least there is hope for me now, through the CFS Recovery program I can see myself in a future where I am better and able to do all the things I have dreamed about. Before, I saw only more pain, and more exhaustion as the years went on. I have hope again, where I thought it was lost. Baby steps, if we can fix my shoulder, I should get more sleep, then more energy will naturally follow and where there is more energy, there is always room for a little more improvement... a little at a time, not to much, not too little....slow and steady, just like everything in life...
So, the moral of today's story is to - Keep Stretching! Whether it be your body or your skill set, never put yourself into a box that is too small, never stop reaching for that top shelf, no matter how high it is, or how far our of your comfort zone it is, you might just surprise yourself by what you can achieve if you never stop striving for what you want in this life.
Hi, my name is Chrystal Carter, I am a mother to three lovely girls. I emigrated with my husband to Australia in December 2014, and have been living the dream, ever since! We are settled in the Dandenong Ranges and I have recently set up my brand new home art studio , in the heart of the hills, Tecoma. Here, I can follow my life long dream of being an artist drawing another of my greatest passions, animals, in particular, peoples beloved pets. I have always been fascinated by animals, nature and wildlife and where better to pursue my passions than here in Australia, and it certainly hasn't disappointed me! Follow me as a take on this new venture and brave new world, together with my wonderful family, and not forgetting my furry companions, Vin the Cat and Juno the Dog!