Saturday, January 16, 2010

. . . received a paycheck




The first one in more than eight years. It has "withholding" taken out, so it's an official paycheck. Most gratifying to me, an event I will remember. The only thing that supersedes it is when I sold my first piece of art. And it's all mine, just mine, to do with as I want. I don't have to pay someone else's bills with it, just mine. I'm proud of myself. To earn it, I had to drive in the dark and in the snow, which has always terrified me and which I have always avoided by any means possible. But I did it, and now I feel more confident that I can make it through this rough patch in my life on my own. There are still a few challenges ahead, but I have a plan now, and eventually everything will turn out all right. AND I have Monday off. Life is good.


I just love the colors in the picture above, another Christmas Eve junkyard photo. Have an art-filled weekend.

11 comments:

Ian Foster said...

I am very happy for you, I can tell that it is a great moment for you. Good luck!

Margaret Ryall said...

Great job Mary on the job and the photo you posted. I know what it feels like to have to drive in the snow and the dark. Both conditions stress me out too. I"ve recently taken a part time job so if the weather is bad I have to go out in it too.

jeane said...

congratulations Mary! am so happy for you - it must be so satisfying :)

paula said...

its wonderful to hear you so happy and strong. enjoy it, i am!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

It is so lovely to hear the strength in your voice Mary, to know that you know you will be okay. And on top of that you are finding yourself still true,perhaps even more true, to your artist's soul. Bravo Mary, Bravo.
xxoo

Gina said...

Congratulations to you, Mary! Everything you have accomplished is fantastic and I am so happy for you. You have kept a sharp eye while taking inspiring photos, too.

Miki Willa said...

Congratulations on finding the wise strong woman inside. You will be fine. The best thing for the rest of us is that you still find time to create and share. Wonderful!

Jazz said...

Congatulations Mary! An art sale and a paycheck. Gotta love it.

Sandra L. said...

Mary, I am happy for you. Congrats on your new job! I hope I'll be finding one myself, soon. :)

Mary Buek said...

Ian: Sometimes the smallest thing just seem to make life a bit easier. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I appreciate it, and I love your art.

Margaret: Thank goodness there is someone else who shares my unease at driving in the snow. But now I've done it and didn't crash or slide off the road or get stuck, so maybe I'll overcome that fear. I hate to fly, too. I have been told that these traits display a fear of losing control. No kidding.

Jeane: Thanks so much for your comment. I love what you've done with the yupo lately. But then I totally enjoy all your work on flickr.

Paula, thanks. I worry about you, though. I believe that thoughts are powerful, so I try to think positively, which is so hard when it feels like disaster is so near. I only hope your venture showing your art will be fun and successful.

Ah, Leslie, my friend, I will be okay, and it's due in no small part to friend like you and everyone else who shores me up on this blog. Thanks so much.

Gina, thanks so much for your comment.

Mary Buek said...

Oh, Miki, you're so fine, you blow my mind. Ha ha. My little grandson loves that song. Anyway, I love the description "wise strong woman" and I am striving to be exactly that. Well, I don't know about wise, but strong is good.

Jazz: Ah, yes, for now life is sweet. Well, really, always LIFE is sweet.

Sandra: Thank you. All I can say is I hope you find a job with people as nice and helpful as the ones I work with. Every one of them has welcomed this new kid on the block.