January 11, 2015

Why I do what I do

This moment in these pictures right here... this is what I love! This is why I do what I do. This is the culmination of all the things I love about my job. This is my anchor moment that embodies everything I want to do. 

This was our annual bowl breaking party for "Rice Bowls". All of my students from my after school classes take a bowl and work all month to think of creative ways to fill it. They know that if they can fill the bowl all the way up then it will feed a orphaned child for about a month. 
 We all came together and grabbed some hammers, smashed the bowls, and at the end of the night counted over $1200 in change. It was so thrilling to see the excitement in the kids eyes as they realized they could serve others and make real change in this world.. even though they are just kids!

To see kids and parents feel the joy that comes from giving to others.... wow that's fun! If I can help teach kids early in life that it is truly more blessed to give than to receive..then I think I will have given them a powerful truth to take with them for life.
 And that's what we are about at P'zazz.. not just creating awesome art but also helping mold awesome kids. At P'zazz we teach so many life lessons within our time of creating every afternoon. I want to pour truth into these kids. So this night, this is my anchor moment. In this moment I was over the moon thankful for God allowing me to have a studio that could bring together so many kids and parents, that I could inspire others to give more and to serve others, that I can use art to also teach truth. and that we have so many little world changers right here in our small town.

 I am thankful and overwhelmed at God's goodness. To date, our studio has been able to provide over 25,000 meals to kids around the world through our partner "Rice Bowls".

It is my dream to one day be able to completely provide the food budget for an orphanage. I can only imagine the moment that I walk into a orphanage full of sweet kids and know that this little studio called P'zazz helped feed them for a year! Kids helping kids. I honestly have no doubt that that will happen. Not sure when or how soon but it will happen.

 Thank you God for keeping your hand on P'zazz. Thank you for using us in ways we could never have imagined. Thank you for multiplying our gifts for your glory!

November 9, 2014

What's happening at the studio

Here are a few quick pics of what's been going on at the studio. I feel like so much happens so fast that I rarely sit down to reflect on how blessed I am to have a job where I can pour into kids, meet new adults, and just chat about life while we paint. 
Here are a few highlights from the last week...
Our homeschool class and their pastels!

Birthday parties galore! 

Adult parties ..painting on windows!

More adult parties on canvas.

And getting ready with new designs for the upcoming holiday season!

September 8, 2014

Thanks Jaycob Curlee!

We recently hosted a paint night where Jaycob Curlee from "America's Got Talent" came and played for us before heading off to the semifinals. It was such a fun night and we were able to raise $1200 to give back to his family for spending money while in New York. Since that night I have been on a little guitar kick.. Take a peek!

August 21, 2014

Wait Expectantly

When we plant flowers we do this automatically without hesitation. We wait expectantly. We know they will bloom in time as long as we nurture them. We do this so easily because we've seen it done before. 
As I was creating this piece for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search I painted first and then got stuck on what words I should add. Part of the assignment was to add at least one word. There are so many that just seemed over done.. Bloom, Imagine, Dream, etc. Honestly, I do love all of those words but they don't stop and make you think. 
So I went to the ultimate creator, GOD, and asked him to reveal what he wanted me to know in this moment. I flipped through one of my favorite books "The Circle Maker" and wow did God use that book once again. I want to just touch on a few of the parts of the book that I highlighted. 

Praying is more than words " It means acting on your prayers because you expect an answer"- Hello! Why do we sometimes not expect an answer. Again, we always expect flowers to bloom, why don't we always expect the GOD of this universe to hear us and answer us. We sometimes take a mindset that we aren't important enough for his to care about our dreams but that is sooooo wrong. He put those dreams in us. He WANTS to use us. We just have to believe he is who he says he is and he can make our big dreams a reality plus some. 

" We want to reap the second after we sow, but this isn't the way it works with dreaming big and praying hard. We need the patience of the planter. We need the foresight"

"We want our prayers answered immediately, if not sooner. But the key to dreaming big and praying hard is thinking long"...... Can I get an AMEN! 

And then this...
"Then David declares, ( in Pslam 5:3) ' I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly'. Most of us just wait; David waited expectantly. There is a big difference.
Our biggest shortcoming is low expectations. We underestimate how good and how great God is by 15.5 billion light years. "

When you wait on GOD expectantly your whole mindset shifts.

Psalm 5:3 "In the morning , LORD, you hear my voice, in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. "

What are you asking God for? He doesn't always say, yes, but he does always hear us and answer us. Are you expecting to hear from him?

August 18, 2014

I am Loved so much more than I deserve

Today was a significant day in our household. Today, Kloe, my oldest started first grade. She only did half day Kindergarten last year so this is her first year going all day every day. She is more than prepared and super excited about it. But last night as we were saying our prayers I began thanking God for an answered prayer that started over 7 years ago.

About 7 years ago is when I was pregnant with Kloe. As a classroom teacher I saw that kids came to First grade already having formed their personalities, their work habits, and so much of their personality. I felt a huge tug on my heart to be able to stay at home with my new baby so I could help shape her. I had no idea how we could afford to do that. Through a lot of prayer, self reflection, and just listening to God and the clues around me it soon became apparent that I should try to teach art lessons to kids. After all .. art was a big part of my life, I had been trained on how to teach kids..put the two together and teaching art to kids seemed natural and also much needed in our community.

I started P'zazz while on maternity leave. I wasn't sure if it would last any longer than my year of leave or not. I remember praying and hoping it would last at least 3 years and if I could just make an extra $700 a month, even if I was eating noodles for dinner, we could make it.

When I think of that prayer and I see what God has done over and beyond what I prayed for I am absolutely humbled, thankful, and moved that he loves me that much. P'zazz is in it's 7th year now and we continue to grow every year. We have been able to help so many organizations and charities through fundraisers. We have loved on and encouraged thousands of kids. We are helping feed orphanages around the world. We have a second location that makes a difference within that community. My thinking was so small compared to what God wanted to do and is still doing.

So today, as Kloe went to first grade it was a huge milestone for her but also for me and my God. I felt that he was smiling as he said " I gave you your hearts desire.. why did you ever doubt me"

Sometimes I think that we don't believe that much good can happen to us. We know God 'can' do something but we aren't sure if he 'will' or not. But even when we don't know what he is going to do we can be sure of a few things.. 1) He LOVES us more than we can imagine 2) he wants the best for our lives more than we do 3) and he wants to use us

That's what I felt today. I felt God's love and faithfulness and goodness.

August 5, 2014

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. I entered!

Oh, this little picture above totally drew me and and I am all signed up for  Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search! We got our first assignment last night ( which made me super excited because I wasn't expecting it until this morning).

My running partner cancelled on me this morning at 5:30 which gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down and sketch before the kids woke up.

Here is my plan, I am going to sketch a minimum of 10 drawings that fit the theme within the next 2 days.

I will probably paint 2-3 of my favorite sketches. I am giving myself Thursday- Monday to do this. Then, I will get busy on getting it to my graphic designer, scanning it, making sure it's in the right format, etc. I have a huge mural job this week  at a local school so I am going to have to be totally disciplined to do this all at night when the kids go down for bed. I can totally do it. Sometimes juggling several big jobs seems to be my specialty.

My belief set is an interesting thing sometimes. Although, I know there are so many people better than me ( slightly negative but realistic belief) I still feel like the world is full of possibility( super optimistic belief). I am hoping that this competition stretches me and introduces me to new people who I can potentially work with. I do know that my art is a good fit for licensing in some areas. Its just a matter of connecting to the right people whose business and my art a good fit.

Thankful to Lilla Rogers for this cool opportunity! Here we go!

July 24, 2014

Giving back.. What we are made for

Giving report! 
Since returning from
Honduras in April we have pledged that every little artist ( or adult artist for that matter) who comes to P'zazz will be a part of our giving mission. For every painter we feed a kid for a day. Last month we provided over 1500 meals which brings us to a total of over 16,000 meals to orphans around the world through the  Rice Bowls organization. 

I think about our trip often and honestly long to go back. While I can't go every month like I would like to I can work hard here so we can give big there. 

My hearts prayer is that God will continue to expand my territory and give me more ways to use my art and my life to help others and give back in big ways. I know that he will..after all , that is what he desires for me too.

When you are asking for something that is in alignment with God's will their is no doubt that it is going to happen. I am just curious to see how he chooses to open doors. 

I love this journey called life. So thankful today for a job I love , a God who loves me, and a God who has come to give me a big ole full life!

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