When your friend of 30 years becomes a professional coach, you can reap the benefit of self-help exercises for free. It seems to be an annual tradition that I meet with my two closest sorority sisters sometime around the New Year. In this case, it was a few weeks before December 31, 2016 and we were having an early breakfast in Eastern Market (Detroit) having explored the treasures the vendors have to offer. Over eggs, Carrie suggested that we each choose one theme word to encapsulate what we want to accomplish in the new year. My one-word theme was WHOLEHEARTEDNESS. To me that meant that I would let my heart guide how I approach my life and how I spend my time. Of course that means my family gets prominent placement. After that and all it entails, I will make more time for the things I love. For me, that means making art. And I’ve always had a personal goal to make a living at making art. It was one of the ten goals I had written when I moved to MI 5 years ago. I had met most of those goals with the exception of two: making a living at making art… and reaching goal weight. (I’ll have to save that one for another day.) I set the intention and now it’s in motion with the brainchild known as THATARTGIRL pre-designed wooden panels. I named the business after the moniker I’ve used for years. That was the suggestion of my long-time friend that sometimes doubles as my professional coach. I set the intention to give my first love a place of honor in my life and it has changed everything. I find myself spending more and more time making art, building my business and putting myself out there. I'm finding bravery in places where I never had it before. Growing exponentially since I started this endeavor, I have every reason to believe It will continue to do so. In the last two years, I was so panicked busy that I couldn’t find any time to make art. I'm so grateful that I tapped into the power that was inside of me the whole time: to actively create the life I always envisioned for myself. Love begets love and I’m in love with what I’m doing.