Happy Friday! I am excited about the sunshine and weekend. Vero and Melissa are coming up to ATL tonight through Sunday for a little vacation time, and tomorrow James and I head to Columbus, GA for the day to celebrate my sister Christy’s birthday. In our family, hardly a month goes by with someone turning a year older. That’s the beauty of having a large family, so we always seem to have a reason to get together.

I would love to start biking more. Next week I want to commit to riding my bike to work for two days. I am about four miles away, but the real issue is the hills (and therefore sweat).  Also, do I wear my work clothes? Where do I put my bike once I get here? These are all excuses I’ve used in the past for not doing it, plus the fact that I would have to get up a little earlier in the morning (and I’m a sleeeeeeper). I think I would enjoy making the effort, so I am going to give it a shot. Plus the exercise always does my spirit good. There is something about a nice bike ride to get your mind in the right spot.

Last night I took on a little mini art project – I drew James’ face in crosshatch. I love doing any kind of fine art, it is relaxing and gives my brain something fun to focus on. I don’t really do much hands-on art anymore other than film work or computer driven activities. I’d like to change that though as nothing really compares to making something manually. I love precision and trust. There is never a time when I’m creating something that I don’t question if I’ve ruined it at several points…which to me is a great exercise in perseverance. Even in mediums where you can’t erase a mistake, there is usually a way to make it work. (Make it work!! – Tim Gunn)

I hear myself saying this phrase a lot: “If only ____ would happen, then I will be completely happy.” If only, if only, if only. The biggest load of crap statement out there. I have every reason to be super pumped about the way things are right now. This way of thinking is an easy trap for those of us trying to attain goals or dreams. Yes, I do want to one day make a feature film. Does that mean I am incomplete until that happens, absolutely not. Wanting more for yourself and others that you love is a fantastic trait…but it doesn’t mean that you aren’t already experiencing wonderful things. To evolve and change is to be human. But to appreciate and become aware, those are invaluable acquired skills.

A drawing I did of James this week.

A drawing I did of James this week.

Biking with Vero. Nothing like catching some wind as the sun goes down.

Biking with Vero. Nothing like catching some wind as the sun goes down.