At Brush Dance, early summer is our busiest time of year. We are shipping orders out to our largest customers, coordinating time away (because even though we’re crazy-busy at work, everyone deserves a break), and working quickly to finish up our 2019 (!!) calendar designs. It’s busy!
In my personal life, I have already traveled some to see friends and family, and there are another couple of trips on the horizon. I won’t even mention our home remodeling project. When it’s like this, there’s only one thing to do – Embrace The Chaos.
Actually, I like to think of it more as “Embracing the Organized Chaos.” I am the kind of person who enjoys making lists, being organized, and knowing what is coming next. I don’t mind if the plan changes last minute because I know that I can fit any priority item into my schedule.
Priorities. That’s the key, right? Figuring out what is most important and then setting things up so that we can treat those things like the priority they are.
In no particular order, my priorities for this summer:
Brush Dance projects
More practice with drawing/watercolor
Visiting with family and friends
Play board games (we like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Boggle)
Goal: Complete an entire week’s worth of NY Times Crossword puzzles with my husband
On Wednesday, Renee Locks will celebrate her birthday, and we are celebrating right along side her.
One of my favorite Renee stories: I’ve been with Brush Dance for something like 12 years – Renee has been here much longer than that. When we first met all of those years ago, she greeted me with, “You don’t look like the president of a company.” Uh..thanks?
We became fast friends, and I regularly tell people that when I grow up, I want to be just like Renee. She is a kind environmentalist who is quick-witted and honest. She is political and doesn’t mind sharing her opinions with those around her. Renee raised her family largely on her own in the San Francisco Bay Area where she still lives. She is a yoga devotee, a teacher, an optimist, and – of course – an artist.
National Breast Cancer Awareness month was founded in 1985. The famous pink ribbon came along in 1993 when the Estee Lauder Company established The Breast Cancer Research Fund. Ever since, pink ribbons and October have served as reminders that all women need to be screened for breast cancer.
As women, we have a tendency to not take care of ourselves. To put the needs (and even the tiny wants) of others before our own.
Some women may think they won’t get breast cancer because it doesn’t run in their family.
Others may feel like there’s just no time to get to the doctor for a screening.
It’s important that every woman get screened for breast cancer. You’re important. You owe to yourself and to all of the people who love and rely on you to take care of your body.
Please get screened and talk with your provider about any family history and the appropriate schedule of screenings for you.