Today is Thanksgiving in the United States.  What better day than today to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for in our lives?

I found this great quote which has inspired this post:

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
– Albert Schweitzer

Sure, it is easy to let the speed bumps get us upset and out-of-wack, for the little disruptions to consume way more energy than they deserve.  At times like that, as well as days like this, I like to sit down with a pen and paper and write (or in this case type and blog) about all the wonderful things I have in my life to be grateful for.

Here is a list of things that come to mind – in no particular order and in no way all-inclusive – but simply what is flowing to the typewriter as I think, reflect and focus on all the good things in my life.

  • my son & my significant other, Craig (These two men do so much to keep the joy and meaning in my life, without them things would be very different so I am thankful every day for their love, humor and support.)
  • my family & friends (supportive, fun and tolerant of my sometimes ‘quirky artistic temperament’)
  • my health, creativity and thirst for knowledge (without these things my life would be much more boring!  Maybe less busy and hectic some days… but I wouldn’t trade it for lack of inspiration!)
  • my business – the art and the teaching/sharing sides (being able to license my art and all that that entails, as well as having an outlet to share what I know and what I am learning, feeds my soul.)
  • the artists who read this blog, connect, learn and share on so many levels (without you, I’d be writing into the void – it is so good to know that I’m not!)
  • the artists and industry experts who have become a piece of the ever growing “Art Licensing Info” family.  Never would I have guessed that the site would evolve the way it has and for what it is and what it is becoming, I am grateful.  We all work with this question at the forefront of our creative process: “What would we have wanted to know at different stages of learning about how to license our art?”  Thank you Paul Brent, Jill Seale, Cheryl Hodgson and Suzanne Cruise
  • my home and life in Portland, Oregon.  (I am here by choice and love all that the Northwest has to offer!)
  • the internet!  10 years ago all that we are doing and the ways that we are connecting didn’t exist.  Even a year and a half ago I couldn’t see how all these pieces would fit into my life.  But today I am thankful for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, the forum, blogs, email and more!

I hope you take the time to focus on what is really important to you and all the things you have to be grateful for as well.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara