News Flash! I’m an Artist…Rona made me do it

Hey guys…Its been a while. How are yáll surviving this Covid-19 situation? Am I the only one who has gotten used to this quarantine lifestyle? Anyway, I am pretty sure a lot of you have found out you are capable of so many skills you didn’t know or you may have been forced to pick up these skills due to the lockdown.

I happen to fall in the category of those who have ignited new passions and also learnt a thing or two due to Aunty Rona. So when Rona hit and my government decreed a lockdown, I quickly contacted an art supplier and got a couple of art supplies that would last the duration of the lock down. I already had been gifted a set of canvas in December so I was all set. Hmmm.. who knew they’d come in handy!

So I started painting during the weekends and on days that i’d feel determined or inspired to paint. Fun fact is that I studied Visual Arts in school and specialised in picture making so this was really nothing new. Another fun fact is that I have been a creative person since my youngins. It came as no surprise when I opted to study Visual Arts in School. My teachers were a bit disappointed with that choice since those kind of courses were not appreciated in those days. My Dad (bless his soul) was excited that I was going to study that as he knew what I was capable of. Lets just say on his numerous trips abroad, he’d always get me paint brushes and water colors. That “dude” knew me! Damn! ( of course Christy! He was your Dad! lol).

Anyway I digress, so I begun painting again. The first couple of paintings were not so bad. I think I am better now. Below are a couple of works I have done which I must say I am very proud of. I started off by watching some youtube tutorials then painting from my imagination and from pictures that I loved.

Follow my art page on instagram to see more art pieces from me. @artandfoodgeek

So what do you think? If you have started painting, do let me know how it is going. Are you having fun with it? Remember, the most important thing is to have fun with it. Same thing applies to any hobby you have discovered.  Don’t beat yourself when it’s not coming out as great as you want it to. lol. You can always try again. The most important thing is that you are happy doing what you love!

Aside painting on canvas, I also painted my bedroom! Yes, Rona made me do it! It took me 2 days. I laid in bed for a whole day because my legs disowned me. lol! Mehn! My hat off to the professional painters out there. Ohh.. I also turned into a Chef! Thanks to instagram and youtube I am able to whip up food I’d usually buy out. lol! I have also started a vegetable garden. Hoping to harvest my first produce by August/September. Guys!!! Rona got us being Jack of all Trades. Lol!

What have you discovered you can do these past few months? I’d love to know. 🙂

With love Always

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ThatAshantiGirl

Stay in your lane 

“Stay in your lane. Run your own race. Nothing good happens when you compare and compete. God does not judge you according to the talents of others. He judges you according to yours. His yardstick for measuring faithfulness is how faithful you are with your own gifts. You are not responsible for the nature of your gift.  But you are responsible for how you use it.”

​I shared this post on the gram (Instagram)​ about a year ago. This was during a time when I was in a hurry to achieve a whole lotta things in my life. I was struggling to keep my sanity in check!

Why? Because I was doing a lot of comparisons and secretly competing with people just because i wanted to be where they were.  And trust me nothing good came out of it! I completely wasted my time and energy doing things that were not meant for me. I lost focus on the things that was meant for me. I was not  happy and sadly I was never satisfied with anything I did. I felt I needed to be perfect at everything.

Then one day, i chanced upon this message i posted on Instagram from a devotional on the Bible app and it stuck to me ever since! I think this was God speaking directly to me. You see, I wasn’t staying in my lane. I was looking at what other people were doing and got distracted. I thought I could also do what they were doing! I wanted same too…but i soon forgot that it was a process that led them to where they were! I immediately forgot that I was a “badass” at something and started wasting my energy and time on things that were just not me!

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that we all have our purposes in life! What a boring world this would be if we all had the same personalities or had the same jobs or wore the same clothes… are you catching my drift? No? 😐

Be unique! Don’t waste your time and copy someone because you wish you were that person or had that person’s life! You may not be happy if you were in that person’s shoes. It takes time and a lot of practice to be good at something.  Even Beyonce wasn’t built in a day sweetheart!

I’m running my own race at my own pace (damn girl!! Did I just rhyme!). I am staying in my lane and hope you will too.

Don’t be in a rush to be successful! When the time is right, it will come…and oh it will be magnificent! Just continue being you and let the universe do it’s work.

We are all in a journey in this thing called life. Don’t run because someone is running. Walk if you have to! Hell! Crawl if you have to. Don’t get distracted by anyone! You will still get to your destination.

Stay in your beautiful lane

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Thatashantigirl