Doing Impossible Things: Introduction

I got accepted to my very first Art Show EVER.  I probably told you: I tell everyone, even myself every day. I remind myself for 2 reasons.

1. because I am honored and thrilled!  Someone besides my mother thinks I have some talent.

2. because I have to somehow, someway, amidst the clutter and chaos of my single parenthood life, pull this off.  All. By. My. Self.

And it’s huge. Gargantuan.

If I can do it, you can do that crazy impossible thing you want to do but think you can’t.  If I can’t–maybe you can’t either. Maybe there really is such a thing as impossible.  I hope not.  I want to believe, given enough faith and hard work and prayer, mountains really can move.  This mountain was given to me.  I am supposed to try to scale it.

Here is the impossible part. Let me set the stage.

I am divorced mother of 4 boys whom I homeschool. They live with me full time. I also have a full time business that pays the bills, and it’s not the art. Yet. There is the laundry, yard, house cleaning, weeds, chasing rabbits eating my 3 green plants, bills, yard, dishes, dishes, dishes, did I say laundry…..sigh….and sometimes I have a date. Date?  There’s another STORY…..

….and now I am going to do a 3 day ART SHOW??

HOW?

Arrow signs

Watch and see if a divorced full time homeschooling dating mother of 4 boys can do a big exciting well published well attended fancy art show in San Fran. All By HERSELF. And with some help from my friends kids.

Next time: Is it possible to recruit your kids to substantially HELP you?

19 Comments

  1. Tiffany, I am so happy for you and so inspired by you! Way to go and way to show us that we can achieve our goals if we work hard, have faith and persevere. Your boys must be so proud of their momma!

  2. Tiffany–your indomitable spirit is so inspiring. You’re a candle in the quiet night, a soul we all are proud to call “friend”. Love ya — and Good Luck!!!!!!!!

  3. You CAN do it! It’s not a mountain. It’s a huge wonderful ice cream cone–just a matter of perspective. And nobody ever does anything all. by. herself. unless that is what you really want so you can say you did it all by yourself which, by the way, is much less rewarding. You have friends for moral–or immoral–support, depending on what you need. You have parents who believe in you. You have kids who are the essence of spirit because they learned it from you. And you have God who would not have given you this gift if you couldn’t do it. Carry on–you indomitable creatrix, you! And above all, enjoy the experience!

    1. A cheering section is a very helpful thing. It certainly can magnify the joy. We encourage each other. But, in the end, I have to do the work. Sometimes a cheering section will roll up their sleeves and help with real hands on things. The grandparents are traveling. Friends are happy for me but busy. I will have to do this. I have framed it this way, because I need to marshal my courage and energy to equal the task. I am already pretty stretched. Hard to imagine doing more…..but I will, by Gods grace.

      And I will be loving hearing you guys scream encouragement to me…..

    1. Thank you. I hope to be encouraging. It is said that if God gives us a task, he will give us what we need to do it. I can not do this on my own power. So we will see how this works!

  4. Reminds me of a joke:
    Q: How do you eat a whole elephant?
    A: One bite at a time.

    If it seems overwhelming, try writing down everything you have to do.
    Then break down each thing you have to do into smaller and smaller tasks until all the task seems manageable.

    Remember, God would not ask you to do something if he knows you cannot do it.
    Lao Tzu said that being deeply loved gives you great strength
    and loving deeply gives you great courage.
    You have already demonstrated great courage,
    you just need faith the God will provide you with great strength (and people who love you deeply )

    1. Thank you! What a beautiful thought!
      Ironically, I am seeing chunks of time to paint, all of a sudden. I did 2 jackets yesterday! Very rewarding.
      Thanks for your advice and input.

  5. Hang in there Tiffany, you will move mountains!! And people will stand in awe…
    You’re doing what others dream!

  6. I will pray that you will find the calm eye of the storm. In that place find the tranquility and inspiration to bring out the beauty within. Do this so that through your art you may reveal to the world the magnificent beauty that is you.

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