Balance

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I am always seeking balance between a part time job, full time artist, running a business and all my other life that happens in between.  I am often talking with God and seeking his wisdom.  This year my desire is to live an intentional life.

What is an intentional life? I got the idea from listening to Family Life Radio, Dr. Randy Carlson,  www.flr.org.   I have decided to take the challenge by working through the stubborn procrastination that lingers like a shadow, always following me like a bad habit.   I choose to be intentional about facing not-so-fun tasks that need to be faced and worked through head on! The difference between now and other times is I have Jesus to lean on.  Proverbs 3:5,6 tells us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding…”

This is not the first time I have taken an oath to myself only to give up and accept that it’s just the way I am.  So my intention is to lean on God and he will give me the strength and wisdom to work through these issues.  I believe that as long as I start my day with prayer and devotion I have fought half the battle.

My intention is to really understand how to be successful with social media, how to manage a business and create sales on line and also create or find an already existing support team of artists that are searching for the same things.

I just joined a group called 4Tucson, http://www.4tucson.com.   It is a Christian based organization who desires to make a difference in the City of Tucson through partnering with our public schools, colleges, government, businesses, arts and media. I am passionate about sharing the “good news” with others but also share how I got started in my business, what I have learned along the way and basically create or be a part of an atmosphere  that is positive and follows biblical principles.

We all have a desire to belong and to make a difference and so I would invite you and others to join in.  I am very excited about getting involved.  Let’s make Tucson a great city, together.

Flower Power, bold ceramic flower handmade , kiln fired, indoors or out
Flower Power, bold ceramic flower handmade , kiln fired, indoors or out

yellow daisy side view

white rose flower box close up

white rose flower box side view

Published by robinchladdesigns

I have been doodling, coloring, drawing, cutting, sculpting, painting, sewing, writing and everything in between since I could hold a crayon in my hand. My first art projects were filling up a big, fat coloring book of bridal dresses. I boldly ventured into new territory with paint-by-number sets. I graduated to luxurious and decadent velvet (paint-by-number) sets. Eventually, I mastered the art of Spirogragh. Originally from upstate New York I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1986. Back then I was a single mom and found myself in the job market. I went to Pima Community College for training. Instead of diving into my academics I kept hanging around the pottery studio. Some people lived there and if I didn’t have two little girls at home I would have ended up living there as well. Joking aside, I fell in love with clay and all its possibilities. Being in a position to care for my kids, in 1989 I created a very marketable, creative, and functional item. It was a simple concept that took me into new heights of the craft world and I became an entrepreneur. Creating and selling became my passion. I had achieved success for many years. I loved being my own boss and living the artist’s dream. Life moved real fast and before I knew it my girls were all grown up, moving out, getting married and having kids of there own. Hey, wait a minute… I am a Gramma at 40? No sweat, I handled it gracefully. Fast forward to the present: I have been on a journey led by God. I took a sabbatical for the last 6 years learning new people skills in real estate, retail and care giving to the elderly. But my natural instincts kept leading me back to what my soul cannot deny. New visions, new risks, and a stronger faith has lead me to this point. Have I arrived? It’s like my life is all mapped out and a red arrow points to You Are Here! But the road keeps going and I have learned to listen to that still small voice. My days are filled with a little bit of art, a little bit of caring for my grandchildren, care giving to the elderly and volunteering at Sunday school. I am currently working on sculpting with clay in a tile mosaic setting, like my Seed Pod series or House of Fruit Trios. Some of my pieces are a mixture of individual 3-D tiles, shadow box shrines, and ornaments. The work that’s being created is inspirational, whimsical, and contemporary. Even though life can be very serious and intense I hope to achieve simply bringing joy or even a smile to someone’s face though my creations. I am also designing and developing my%2

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