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When it crosses your mind to wonder ‘how long did it take…’ flip the question.
Ask yourself why you feel like you need to know. If it’s because that you fear the odds are stacked against you just remember this.

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  • Deborah - August 27, 2017 - 11:05 am

    When I was 27, I looked into what it would take to be a piano tuner. After a few calls, I found a tuner that would teach me with a couple of other interested women. What are the odds? I tuned all of my friends’ pianos to practice while I was working full-time and raising 2 small children. I got a job tuning pianos for a piano store. What are the odds? 15 years ago, I started to paint. I was juried into a wonderful painting group. What are the odds? I have gained so much over those years. After 36 years of tuning pianos, I am retiring at the end of this year. And I can put more time into my painting. Well, that’s in between driving a school bus. What are the odds? Thanks, Dreama. You make us appreciate what we do, what you do, and reach a bit farther.ReplyCancel

  • Kymee Martinak - August 27, 2017 - 9:36 am

    Strange that I would open this yesterday because you see for the last two years I have asked that question in my mind never posed it out loud to anyone, but yesterday it was screaming at me in my head, than your post that answered it. Thank you so much for your contribution to all of us artist I really need it.

    I don’t have what are the odds story yet but I have hope now that I will

    Again Thank you..

  • Judy Jarrett Hoffman - August 27, 2017 - 7:59 am

    Love to beat the odds. Love hearing about so many others beating the odds in so many ways. Positivity & just doing what we are called to do are important first steps. Live your own life-love the life you live. Paint on!ReplyCancel

  • Madeline - August 26, 2017 - 1:15 pm

    Just start and enjoy the journey!! Paint for the love of it. Best advice I ever received .ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Jeris - August 26, 2017 - 11:47 am

    Two years ago I painted a picture of a local diner that turned out pretty nice. I tried to find out who the owner of the diner was to show it to him/her through Google, and thought maybe I had, but didn’t know how to contact him. I wasn’t brave enough to go to the diner and say, “Hey, I painted the diner can I show it to the owner.”

    Two weeks ago he found ME! and contacted me through a website where I sell my work. He bought the painting and it will hang in the diner.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia Jenen - August 26, 2017 - 9:04 am

    What a wonderful & original way to say don’t compare yourself… just follow your heart, doors open and “magical” possibilities occur. Thank you for the post!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Hamm - August 26, 2017 - 6:53 am

    My “what are the odds” is that I paint. And not only paint but have such a passion for painting. I am 48 and my whole life I have tried to have “a hobby” reading, using yarn of different ways and many other things. When I picked up a paint brush for the first time it just fit. I have been painting for about 3 years now. Thank God for YouTube. It has become my passion. It is a stress reliever, inspiring, calming, happy,sad and really allows me to get out my emotions. And had helped to bring down my blood presure. But I would have never though I would like painting well alone be good at it and love it as much as I do. Thank you for yourwritings I love them.ReplyCancel

  • Trisha - August 26, 2017 - 6:33 am

    It is interesting to hear the answers to these questions, but they come with the caveat, “Your mileage may vary.” This means you may take more time or less time than someone else. It means you may need to exert more effort — or less effort — than someone else. The important part of the answer is that it *IS* possible. Hold onto that. Believing is the first step on the path to achieving.ReplyCancel

Words are like food.

They can be powerful, debilitating, liberating, limiting, infused with energy, sorrowful, joyful, expressive and at the right time….


I find I need words in my life to steer me.  To bring to remembrance what matters, what is real, and what is TRUTH.

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  • Sue Taylor - August 24, 2017 - 1:40 pm

    It’s all about the Journey!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Houston - August 23, 2017 - 10:15 am

    Encourage what a wonderful way to lift up and make someone reach for their goal.ReplyCancel

  • susan - August 23, 2017 - 8:32 am

    “The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”ReplyCancel

  • Melisa - August 22, 2017 - 5:39 pm

    These mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.ReplyCancel

  • june - August 22, 2017 - 11:21 am

    I’ve collected quotes for many years too – I love words and I love collecting words, and have written them in journals or cut them out of books or magazines or cards and made them into art journals over the years.

    A few of my favourites are:
    ‘Love is the answer’
    ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’
    ‘It’s all good.’
    ‘Not all who wander are lost.’
    ‘Bloom where you’re planted.’
    ‘Perhaps the dream is dreaming us.’
    ‘Listen to the stirrings of your heart.
    ‘Don’t ask what love can make or do…just look at all the colours of the world.’
    ‘Nature does not hurry…yet everything is accomplished.’ReplyCancel

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  • Chris Sutherland - August 20, 2017 - 12:06 am

    Color Outside the Lines!ReplyCancel

  • Christie Foor - August 19, 2017 - 11:57 pm

    This has to do with creativity and giving myself permission to do things that are not conventional. “Doesn’t matter if it really is or has ever been because it is so inside my head.”ReplyCancel

  • Kayley - August 19, 2017 - 9:23 pm

    I like “She thought she could, so she did”!ReplyCancel

  • Maryann Leake - August 19, 2017 - 9:15 pm

    “She is clothed with strength & dignity & she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25
    Love this. It says so much.ReplyCancel

  • McKenzie Leopold - August 19, 2017 - 7:39 pm

    “She did it anyway”
    and, “You had the power all along my dear”. Glenda the good witch in The Wizard of OzReplyCancel

  • Julia - August 19, 2017 - 7:31 pm

    “You’re right where you’re supposed to be.”ReplyCancel

  • Rose HERCZEG - August 19, 2017 - 3:44 pm

    “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” ~ Dr. SeussReplyCancel

  • LeAnn Kalita - August 19, 2017 - 2:52 pm

    Today is the first day of the rest of me life.ReplyCancel

  • Martha Happs - August 19, 2017 - 2:06 pm

    “A divine universal plan exists and….it is beautiful and full of joy”
    by, Paramahansa Yogananda (autobiography of a Yogi)ReplyCancel

  • Judith Foster - August 19, 2017 - 1:45 pm

    Perfection is a long way off, but improvement can be made to happen everyday.ReplyCancel

  • Cher - August 19, 2017 - 1:36 pm

    The purpose of art is washing the dust of the daily life of our souls. – Pablo PicassoReplyCancel

  • Laura S - August 19, 2017 - 12:45 pm

    I love CS Lewis quotes, and my favorite word to have around is vessel, is just reminds that I am the Lord’s!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - August 19, 2017 - 12:30 pm

    “It’s never too late to become what you might have been..” is a favorite of mine!

    “A goal without a plan is just a wish,” is another.. .ReplyCancel

  • Dori - August 19, 2017 - 11:26 am

    I’ve collected aphorisms for decades. Here’s my #1:

    “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
    ― Martha Graham

    For my (young) students I stop after, “Keep the channel open …” — they can deal with the divine dissatisfaction when they are older!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne Kleiman - August 19, 2017 - 10:44 am

    All that matters in the end is How well did you live. How well did you love. How well did you let go of things that did not belong to you. BuddhaReplyCancel

  • Brenda Manheim - August 19, 2017 - 9:51 am

    and from Romans…nothing formed against me shall prosper.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Donofrio - August 19, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Press on…ReplyCancel

  • Reveille Kennedy - August 19, 2017 - 9:37 am

    I love to tell people “You are profoundly loved”ReplyCancel

  • Kris Teachman - August 19, 2017 - 9:35 am

    Choose JOY!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Nelson - August 19, 2017 - 9:12 am

    Think on all that this honorable, right, true, upright, I can’t remember the scripture right off, but it gets me through the disparaging recordings in my mind, the unkind thoughts that appear in frustration. I am ever grateful for Jesus presence in my mind and heart. Loveliness of mind brings such peace, increases love of others, and in ables me to let it go. I like little plaques with encouraging words scattered throughout the home, reminders of where my mind needs to remain. I never forget beautiful words are meant to be directed towards myself also.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - August 19, 2017 - 9:01 am

    How will you know if you don’t ever try?ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Roberts - August 19, 2017 - 8:42 am

    it does not mean to be in a place
    where there is no noice, trouble
    or hard work. it means to be in
    the midst of those things and still
    be calm in your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Stolk - August 19, 2017 - 8:40 am

    When I lay down at night and my head is filled with all the crazy noise of the day, this saying/song comes to mind. It is not written on a piece of paper in my house, but is written on my heart.

    “Jesus loves me, this I know
    For the Bible tells me so.”ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Angilletta - August 19, 2017 - 8:20 am

    “Don’t be afraid to try something new.
    Remember, the ark was built by an amateur.
    But a group of professionals built the Titanic.”ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 19, 2017 - 8:09 am

    Be with God, become like Jesus, bless the world by the Holy Spirit… : )ReplyCancel

  • Marcia McLeary Hodges - August 19, 2017 - 6:35 am

    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! LIVE the life you’ve imagined.


  • Ruth Carrier - August 21, 2017 - 8:37 pm

    “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray” -RumiReplyCancel

  • june - August 22, 2017 - 11:40 am

    One of my favourites, Ruth.ReplyCancel

View your life from 10,000 feet.
Allow yourself to dream.
Grow into your dreams.
When one is fulfilled, there are more to follow.  

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  • Pebble - August 15, 2017 - 5:09 pm

    You have a talent in drawing people into your conversation and paintings. Your writings are thought provoking and inspiring, hence I signed up for one of your online courses, Dream. Love. Paint. and so far even though it seems to be taking me more time to get started, I am hanging on to every post, video, inspiration from other students to find that nudge for me to get started. My dream has always involved art, loved it as a child when I won my first finger painting ribbon in first grade! When it came time to choose my career, I was torn between the medical field and art. I chose nursing as college was close to home and have been a nurse now for 23 years. Still inside, I LOVE art and want to continue to pursue my passion! My dream out loud is to pursue art as passionately as my time allows (in between continuing education in nursing and full time work) to see where the journey takes me. I already feel blessed to have started this painting journey!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 15, 2017 - 3:05 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful and helpful journal entry for today! One dream that is in the forefront at this moment is to learn the basics of watercolor. I feel like I’m spinning my wheels a bit as I am trying to learn on my own. I will try to relax and enjoy the spin!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - August 12, 2017 - 5:39 pm

    While my dream/prayer has isn’t about painting, it would definitely affect my painting, and it is a return to good health. So, I’m saying it out loud and putting it here in black and white, with hope it will come to be. I’m also looking forward to your new surprise, Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Jody Ashley - August 12, 2017 - 10:38 am

    Dear Dreama,
    What a beautiful name Dreama♡ One meaning is “joyful music” and it seems perfect to describe your paintings. They are so lively that you can almost hear joyful music!
    My given name is JoEllen. I have decided to use that name to sign my future paintings. My dream is to become a happy painter developing my basic knowledge into something inspiring. I am crazy for your upcoming class in September♡
    I have been anticipating your class for months. My husband has built me a “She Shed” just for me to realize my dream to paint. I have sold my wedding dress lately to get the money for the class. I have set up my easel and paints in my new “HAPPY PLACE” near a window that overlooks a marina.
    I am so excited about your class and pray I will be chosen as one of your students. Your paintings and writings move me♡

  • Lila - August 12, 2017 - 9:50 am

    Your thoughts and dreams are very inspiring!
    My dream is to do some lucious paintings today!ReplyCancel

Come drink from my well.

It is full at the moment.

Next year may bring rains, it may be dry—we share the abundance we have as we have it and no one goes without.

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  • Glen - August 5, 2017 - 11:46 pm

    Your soulful words have blasted me out of my doldrums on this very windy, wet, grey winter’s day in Melbourne. Powerful words, beautiful painting – we need more Dreamas in this world. thank you for sharing your wisdom.ReplyCancel

  • Etta Yeary - August 5, 2017 - 7:23 am

    Breathtaking scenery, painting, and words……..Dreama, it’s amazing how you see, do, and say and share all the joy your feeling at the moment to others so they can feel it too!!! Time after time……..it’s a wonderful wonderful gift you have and share!!!!! Thank you…..ReplyCancel