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Have you been so busy you’ve forgotten to enjoy the simple things in life? Or, you’ve set aside something you love to do in order to finish your current project?

I confess. I have.

So far, 2022 has been a crazy year for me. Not necessarily in a bad way…just BUSY. I’m doing what I love and I’m thankful. However, there are times I get bogged down with deadlines, social media, book launches, and I don’t take time to look after myself. This is so important for us, isn’t it? Hobbies, spending time with family/friends, exercise, etc are vital for all of us.

One of my favorite things to do is tole painting. So, recently I put aside everything else and picked up my paintbrush again! Guess what?

It made me smile. I’d forgotten how much I love to create a scene on wood. It’s also my place of serenity. Helps calm me. Here are pictures of my most recent project. This is a Jamie Mills-Price design. She’s awesome!

When we forget to do the things we love, I believe we lose a part of ourselves. Let’s make time to do the simple things. (Click to tweet)

What do you love to do? Do you take time to indulge or do you constantly leave it for “tomorrow”? Share with us!


  1. Debby Barnard

    Making blankets for people that are special or in need of it’s warm

    • Darlene L. Turner

      That’s awesome, Debby. Good for you for sharing your gifts to help others. Love it!

  2. Sarah Taylor

    My daughter Loves making stuff like this and she gives it for Christmas gifts and she love’s anything gnomes these are amazing! And I love making ornaments to give to friends and family!


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