IT’S BEEN several months since I’ve posted a F*ck Yeah Friday because, in all honesty, I haven’t been all that grateful. I’ve been feeling sad and disappointed and sad again. I’ve been pissed and screaming at The Powers That Be and have been spending a lot of my time having a knock down drag out fight with The Fates. I’m talking full on bloody cage match action with only one survivor.
ARTISTICALLY (and I know how trite this sounds) it’s been a goldmine. I do my best artistic work when I’m going through stressful or heartbreaking times but when it comes to my writing it’s been h-a-r-d to come up with content that isn’t either self-indulgent whining about how sad I am (bor-ing) or equally crappy posts about depressing topics.
(Would you want to read about suicide rates among different professions? Sure it might be interesting every now and then but a stream of Debbie Downer posts all week every week is not what anyone wants to read. We all need a little sugar now and then.)
AS A FAVOR to you and to allow me an outlet for my feelings I am using my art (and more specifically, Project 52) to work through everything and keep my mopey posts to a minimum. Yeah. You’re welcome.
IN SHORT, I’ve been having a really hard time. Which is precisely why it’s all the more important for me to show a little gratitude today, regardless of my current (or I should say persistent) less-than-grateful mood.
Today we are rockin’ some gratitude.
SO with that I bring you a looooooooooooong overdue edition of…
** Knowing I have an exciting announcement to make to you guys very soon about something I’ve been working towards for the past two years. ** Finding silver linings in the greyest of clouds. ** Having an honest conversation about my art with a cherished friend who has no idea how much strength he gives me. He once told me I was brave but when I’m around him I feel fearless, bold and free in a way I’ve never known in my life. He truly brings out the best in me and my life and heart are better for knowing him. He is a walking, breathing F*ck Yeah Friday in my life and I am always grateful for him. Every day. No matter what. (and I know you know who you are.) I only hope I lift him up as much as he does me…if not I’m doing a sh*t job as a friend. ** Knowing I gave Bruce Campbell (insert fangirl squeeee! here) a chuckle when he retweeted this ridiculous photo of me (long story about why it was tweeted but it was a joke…good god, my willingness to look stupid for a laugh is ridiculous but totally worth the payoff!):
** Having a potentially negative situation be resolved in a totally positive way. What a relief. ** Booking a beautiful wedding with a sweetheart bride at a dream venue. (Seriously. Thorncrown Chapel. Stunning. Designed by F. Lloyd Wright’s student, Fay Jones. Drool worthy architecture, for sure.) ** Expanding horizons and new opportunities. ** Getting ready to launch a complete site re-design for both Kisses & Chaos (which should be ready to go super-soon) & Alli Woods Frederick Photography (coming a little later, but still soon!) ** Giving a big “Thank you!” to everyone who has liked my facebook page (500 likes. My heart is so full. Just, wow!) by giving away a free tarot reading to one of my lucky facebook followers this weekend. I love giving back to you guys. I love saying thank you for your love and support. You guys are amazing…and for that I am always grateful. **
WHAT are you grateful for this week? Share your love in the comments or if you’re a fellow blogger and have your own version of FYF then feel free to share the link. The more gratitude the better. Let’s flood today with love and goodness.
Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick