By far this has to be one of the COOLEST projects I have ever been a part of!

Picture this: A french business guy….and a mexican doctor gal fall in love….
The French guy moves to Mexico to be with his beloved….
The French guy opens up a “taco truck” that serves French food in Ensenada!!!
They hire THIS GAL to draw a mural that covers almost the entire surface of the taco truck. (SO COOL)
Everyone lives happily ever After!

Check them out!!

Project Details:
Project: Illustration of a “taco truck”
Customer: Le Pinche Frances Restaurante
Location:  Ensenada, BC Mexico

    • 7′ x 21′ side of a truck plus back door panel
    • Only Requirements: French and Mexican Stereotypes
    • Sketched by hand, then vectorized in Illustrator for optimum large format printing on vinyl

Truck Before:


Some sketching:

Final Sketch:


Truck After:


Truck Closeup:


French guy and Mexican gal (left) on opening day <3


Let the Party go on! and on! and on!
I wish you guys all the best with your frenchie truck!


Check them out!!

Latest and Greatest Wedding Portrait Completed :)

Congratulations to Rachel and Anthony on their Destination wedding!

This was a really fun project, including the “City Lights” theme in the background.



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Provide me a good caption…and I gift you a card ;)

Hey All! I just drew this today as an idea for a new Greeting Card but Im lost for words…I need all my moms out there to help give me a short and sweet caption that I can use on the card that goes with the message. Don’t hold back!

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Are you getting married? How about a custom illustration (maybe from an engagement pic?) to display at the wedding….or use as the center of a large “Guest Book” signable framed mat to hang on your wall?

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Color-A-Page is heeeeere! “Qingming” whaaaat?

Qingming Festival. aka “Tomb Sweeping Day”

So I read about this really cool festival in some parts of East Asia…..Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and some places in China.

Ever thought to respect the memory of your dead ancestors? I must admit I havn’t….until now! I think it’s a great festival! Who are we without our family and our history? So it has officially been added to Color-A-Page!

There are many traditional activities involves with this festival as stated in this article. But the most intriguing to me are the kites!

Flying kites is a traditional activity on Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day. People like flying kites on Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day, no matter in the daytime or at night. In the evening, they attach strings of little colorful lanterns to the kite or the thread, which look like twinkling stars in the sky, giving them the name “sacred lantern”. In the past, some people would cut off the thread when the kite flew to the sky, letting it drift to wherever the wind took it. It is said that this can cure diseases, prevent disasters and bring good luck.


February Creativity: Day Thirty One….Clean your Workspace!

Are you a messy worker? Are you “functionally” disorganized? Me too!
It’s funny though… I can begin a new project on a messy desk, but I cannot begin cooking with a messy kitchen…weird? I think so.

I believe having a clean workspace when starting a new project takes away some subliminal stress we carry in messy zones. Starting with a clear workspace gives me a clear mind free of distractions to begin without any hinderances. And without those pesky hinderances I can be more creative! TA-DA!!! win win.

That being said…I cleaned my desk 🙂 (applause)


ok…so maybe you don’t see much of a difference because we have a lot of stuff and not a lot of space, but…

…I feel like….

Go on…try it out!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Have Fun!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Nine….Stop Trying to Be Someone Else’s Perfect!


Again, I feel like this is one of those truths that is easier in words than in application.

All I can really say is…just do it folks, Do your best to be yourself and do more of what makes you happy…not what others deem important, necessary or what is and isn’t perfect. Perfect in not attainable, stop trying and just be you.

’nuff said.


Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Got an Idea? Write it Down!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Eight….Create A Framework!

What the heck is a framework?

frame·work  [freym-wurk]


1. A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed.
2. An external work platform; a scaffold.
3. A fundamental structure, as for a written work.
4. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.

ok, got it.

We all need structure to complete what needs to be done. Without structure we wander aimlessly….
SOmetimes the structure needs to be broken, essentially it is just a set of guidelines to help keep us on track. To keep our creative priorities at the top of our lists by creating a structure that allows for productivity, and not time wasting on the non-productive aspects of our lives/jos.

I read this interesting article on Creating a Framework for Productivity, and I am totally going to steal his basic principles and apply them to my situation…gotta love appropriation right? He basically says you need to set time aside for both the “mundane” and “creative” tasks in your life to “get them out of the way” and to make more room for “real work”, the projects your want to finish. Some people just say it better 🙂

Basic Concepts:
1. Create a system for the mundane/repetitive tasks that you do everyday. A checklist or folder…..
“Taking care of the simple and mundane stuff everyday is a key part of creating your productivity framework. Without it, you will always have that sinking feeling that something is “falling through the cracks”.”

2. Block out time for the creative tasks you do everyday.
 “These are things that I need to do everyday to keep my creative energy flowing and to allow myself to do something other than think about “real work”.There are a couple of creative tasks that I have now that repeat every single day including writing 750 words and working for at least an hour on my web app idea. This time is blocked out everyday, so no matter what I am doing two things that benefit my spirit and sanity.” 

3. Move your projects forward and accomplish your goals.
Management Tips to increase productivity
  – Prepare in advance (lists of the days project goals
– Schedule your time
– Start Early
– Be organized (at least have a system for your functioning disorganization 🙂
– Utilize your Prime Time (the time of day when you work best)

I am now revising my daily schedule. It is hard being freelance because it is SO EASY to change my schedule on the fly, have coffee with a friend, etc. It is hard because when people know that you work from home they assume that you are automatically free at any moment. But if I want to REALLY be truthful…I am the BIGGEST TIME WASTER OF ALLLLL TIIIIIME!!!


I have a hard time with this….So I will reivise my daily schedule, my framework, and be FIRM in keeping to my “working hours”. (which really means eliminating my Facebook time…and reading time…and staring into space time….) (PS> Facebook is the DEVIL!)

Here I go!
Good luck with YOUR new framework!!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Stop Trying to be Someone Else’s Perfect!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Seven….Read a Page of the Dictionary!

It’s crazy.
I DO NOT own an English dictionary? Really?
Apparently I rely WAY too much on the internet……
So I improvised to day with one of the dictionaries I DO have. My mini Turkish-English Dictionary that I carry around in my bag everyday 🙂 I also have a Spanish-English dictionary but since Turkish is more of a minority language I thought it would be more fun to share!

photo-4But then after reading the page I was disappointed because I knew all of the words…the English ones that is….
But what is the creativity purpose of this Day? To learn new words and maybe use them as fuel for creativity no? hmmm…
Well, there are no new English words for me here…but I am surprised that “skittles” is in here? WTF?

I guess I need to invest in a good English dictionary!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Create a Framework!
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February Creativity: Day Twenty Five….Do More of What Makes you Happy!

“ Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18. ”

— Mark Twain


Sometimes I wish life was as easy as a flow chart….or is it? It seems to me the human race always tend to make things more difficult than they are; there are always excuses using so-called logic to back us up. We prioritize what we deem as important…But in the end, doesn’t everything just come down to making a choice? And just like anything else in our lives….I believe happiness is a choice, at least for those of us that are able to read this right now.

For those countries full of strife and oppression, like most of Africa and other 3rd world countries (read this interesting article about the happiest and saddest countries in the world) no…it isn’t a choice. No matter how optimistic you are. When confronted with horrible living conditions and censorship of personal rights it is basically impossible to be happy. So for those of us NOT living in those regions of the world, what’s our problem?

For us, it IS as easy as a flow chart. If you aren’t happy…CHANGE SOMETHING!


Are you a paper pusher who secretly wishes to be a horse trainer?
Are you a construction worker who writes poetry on your lunch break?
Whatever your situation….

Even if it means taking a pay cut. DO IT.
You may have to rearrange your entire life to make it happen. DO IT.
Or if you can’t quit your day job then MAKE ROOM in your schedule to do what you love! You want to be a watercolorist? Tell your day job that you can’t work on Mondays…and devote all that time to what you love to do. FIND A WAY!

Don’t know what makes you happy? FIGURE IT OUT!
If it is regards to a career..check this gal out, she’s a career coach with “When I Grow Up”

Life is WAY damn too short and we are too damn blessed to be in countries where we have the FREEDOM to do/be whatever our heart desires. So why waste that opportunity?

Just. Do. it.


Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Don’t Force it!
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February Creativity: Day Twenty Four….Break the Rules!

I’ve never been much of a “rebel” per-say….the worst thing I did as a kid was steal a pack of gum or pierce my bellybutton as a teenager without parent approval (yeah, REAL hard to hide lol) Big rebel ’round here….

So I guess the best I could do today was break my fast food rule. Ive never been a big fast food eater until I came to Turkey. Turkish food is yummy but it gets old after a while. ANd there is basically no food diversity ’round these parts. Its Turkish food or fast food. So today I broke the rule and ate a Steakhouse burger at BK. OMG. YUM.

I have been trying to eat healthy buuut…today was about breaking the rules right??
Sorry I couldn’t go bigger, “Break the rules” FAIL! haha! mmm…



Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Do More of What Makes You Happy!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Three….Take Risks

Risks? Really?

ok…..I take risks EVERY DAY by walking on the street in Istanbul…riding buses in Istanbul…taking taxis or ANY kind of public transport in Istanbul. Crazies I tell you!!! I put my life at risk trying to get from point A to point B.

Why don’t I get a car you say? Because I have an even higher risk of DYING from the crazies on the road! OMG! At this moment in my life the LAST thing I need is more risks..thank you very much!!

Its really hard to explain what really is happening with the transport around here, I wish I have taken pics of what I have seen…I was no so successful online so my words and this guys article will have to suffice. The guy in the article describes a few Turkish driving habits as follows (and I agree with every one):

  • They don’t like indicators, traffic lights, paying attention to pedestrians, signals or road rules.
  • They do like honking their horn, continuously. Even at police cars.
  • They also like to randomly drive in reverse. If you are in the way, look out!
  • Turkish drivers will also stop unexpectedly, presumably just to annoy you.

I would like to add:

  • Any choice you make on the road is automatically Okay if you turn your hazard lights on. Even if you are going against the flow of traffic and on the sidewalk.
  • Bus drivers on the phone….totally normal.
  • Dolmuşes (mini buses) so full of people that the driver just leaves the doors open and people are literally hanging out of it. I see it everyday. I WISH I had a picture!

True story. Today….My husband and I are walking down the street. We cross the stree (legally with the green light and everything) and this guy in a van backs out randomly without looking, almost runs me over…my husband (who was a few steps ahead of me) kicks the van to get his attention and he looks and continues and I am almost smooshed. The driver backs out from the alleyway into the main street in the middle of the way, stops traffic, people are honking and getting irate…..and why does the driver do all of this? oh…to just pull back into the alley way!!!??? WHAT? ugggghhhh….

Don’t get me wrong…Turkey is AWESOME in SO many ways…but driving and transport efficiency? NOT one of them.

Some pics for your enjoyment:

This one happened just last week!

And this one is my ultimate favorite (you KNOW that guy on the bridge ate it big time 🙁  )….also note: the drivers continue to pass the wreckage!!!!


Need I say more? Until I leave Turkey…NO risks for me! hahah!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Break the Rules!
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February Creativity: Day TwentyTwo….Get Lots of Rest

Yeah baby.


I am not stingy when it comes to resting 🙂 I may be a little too “rest-inclined” for most people’s tastes. haha. I do have an advantage though. I do not have a demanding job nor children…I only have a husband to distract me 🙂

Today I took FULL advantage of “Getting lots of Rest”…you know….for my Creativity….
I woke up at 10:15 am. and it was AWESOME! I then took my time to arrive at the gym…you know…I dont want to “over” do-it….gotta rest today.

And the rest of the day just flew by. I did some laundry, cleaned up a little bit…but not too much….gotta watch my rest-o-meter….., then I updated my blog. And now it is night and I have to think of something for dinner.

Le sighhhh….

I like these resting days…I may even go to bed early to be sure that I have fulfilled my creativity quota for the day 🙂

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Take Risks!
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February Creativity: Day TwentyOne….Count Your Blessings

Ohhh man. Am I blessed. Let me count the ways…..

Not only am I blessed with a “plethora of family and friends” like I said in yesterday’s post…..
My family is HUGE and the branches of the tree stretch for miles…
I am blessed to still have my parents and most of my Grandparents….and a relationship with them…
To have a family who loves me…
To have an AMAZING husband that treats me the way any woman wishes to be treated…
I have a roof over my head…
I have food in my belly (sometimes too much)…
There is not too much debt…
I have the option to work or not to work…
I have the time and means to pursue my hobbies…
I can travel the world….
I am healthy….and if I’m not I have insurance…

I mean, holy crap! I am so blessed in so many ways! Once you start a list that realization dawns :)-

Anyone who sees this list, or has a similar list….or maybe there are less things on the list but they are the most important…or maybe your list is completely different, it doesn’t matter. We are all blessed with something, whether we see it or not! I am thankful for what I have, are you?


Try and use what you have in your life as inspiration…as a means to bloom your creativity….and your existence 🙂
Good luck!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Get Lots of Rest!
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February Creativity: Day Twenty….Watch Foreign Films

Stoked about this day’s post! My ALL TIME FAVORITE foreign film is Pan’s Labyrinth:


Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
Year: 2006
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Country of Origin: Spain
Genre: Science Fiction-Fantasy / Horror

But being that this month is all about doing NEW things, I felt it was time to put my foreign film ‘feelers’ out to see what other greatness there is awaiting my vision!!

I am so blessed to have a plethora of family and friends at my disposal…and a large section of those wonderful friends happen to be a wonderful mix of nationalities 🙂 So naturally I picked their brains for some great foreign films to watch on this oh-so-awesome February Creativity day 🙂 These are some of the films suggested to me, by them. You can click on the images to watch the trailers or see their ratings:

  le_scaphandre_et_le_papillon,2Title: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell & The Butterfly)
Year: 2007
Director: Julian Schnabel
Country of Origin: France
Genre: Biography / Drama

Title: Fa Ueung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love)
Year: 2000
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Genre: Romance / Drama


 Title: Le Pacte de Loupe (The Brotherhood of the Wolf)
Year: 2001
Director: Christophe Gans
Country of Origin: France
Genre: Action & Adventure / Drama / Horror

El Orfanato

 Title: El Orfanato (The Orphanage)
Year: 2007 Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Country of Origin: Spain
Genre: Mystery-Suspense / Horror / Drama


Title: Der Untergang (Downfall)
Year: 2004
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Country of Origin: Germany
Genre: Biography / War / Historical Drama


Title: Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks)
Year: 2008
Director: Dany Boon
Country of Origin: France
Genre: Comedy


Title: Om Shanti Om
Year: 2008
Director: Farah Khan
Country of Origin: India
Genre: Bollywood / Musical / Drama / Romance


Title: Idi I Smotri (Come and See)
Year: 1985
Director: Elem Klimov
Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Genre: War / Historical Drama

In the end I decided to go with a Turkish film. One, I have never seen a turkish film…Two, I LIVE in Turkey so I thought I should represent…and Three, I was in the mood for a romance…..Four, I’ve always wanted to learn Sign Language….So my choice was this one, Thank you


Title: Başka Dilde Ask (Love in Another Language)
Year: 2009
Director: Ilksen Basarir
Country of Origin: Turkey
Genre: Drama / Romance

Even though the ending caught me off guard it was a very intriguing movie. I love the actors. They a re great. Plus it doesnt hurt that they are attractive :))) I love how there are mini plots (lke the neighbors) happening. All in all I enjoyed the film. Now onto the rest of the list!

I really enjoy foreign films….I suppose they could spark some creativity if it is a culture that you dont know much about.

Have a great day!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Count Your Blessings!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Nineteen….Go Somewhere New!

Mr Man and I had to go into the city center today to get some paperwork filed and stamped ….
(that would be 1.5 hours in public transport one way and dealing with lots of pollution, of people and contamination that is. If you don’t know anything about Istanbul, check it out. It’s a great city but HUGE! Even though we are that far out we are still WELL within the bounds of the city…)
…where was I? Oh yes…We went on an adventure out to the center….If you HAVE been to istanbul then you know what I mean.

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My husband keeps RAVING about this fish market on the side of Galata bridge where in between the fresh fish stands there are some fish “restaurants” (more like a few crowded tables with plastic chairs and low stools under a makeshift roof made of multiple strung-together tarps to cover the ‘structure’ of cement walls surrounding a large man with a big fish BBQ and fryer…but charming in its own right 🙂  Apparently this place makes a mean ‘boquerones fritos,’ that’s spanish for beheaded, de-gutted, fried anchovies. (FUNFACT: the country that eats the most fish in the world is Japan, the second is Spain. FACT: my husband is from Spain and loves fish, especially these little ones that you just each whole, boquerones fritos…like…spine and everything. ew.)

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Now, I have NEVER been a fish fan. I’d rather eat my left foot than a slab of oh-so-delicious-says-everyone salmon. yuk. But Mr. Man woo-ed me, and we WERE in the area….I like to make him happy, plus TODAY I was supposed to go somewhere new (I have never been to that side of the bridge nor have I been to that particular fish market, I tend to shy away from smelly places :), which also includes trying something new no? So I said I would try it, the fish that is…and if I didn’t like it then he could finish it. ¡Que Alegro! haha…

Mr. Man and My Before Plate:


My After Plate:


So….They were actually pretty good! Being that they were fried, and dousing them with lemon helped…Here’s to trying new things!!! The only thing I couldn’t handle was eating the spine. It was too crunchy….even though it took me twice as long to eat mine, I left the spine behind. I didn’t feel so wierd doing it, all the turks around me also had greasy fingers from removing the spine. It appears it is the SPANIARD that was doing it differently….buahahahaha! I <3 you mi amor :)))

Well, that was fun.

So we walked around the area… I showed Galata tower to the man, who had not seen it before, and then I spied some cool graffiti and some awesome stairs and we had some fresh orange juice off the street (FACT: my favorite thing about Turkey is the readily available, cheap, FRESHly squeezed orange juice on any street corner. Yes, Turkey rocks!) All in all it was a fun (and long) day.

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Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Watch Foreign Films!
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February Creativity: Day Eighteen….Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes!


Someone else said it best :

“If you don’t like your output, do not be upset. Who knows, someone else might like it and this will make you like it, too. Remember that each of us view things differently. So do not be afraid to make a mistake. Do not be afraid to fail. Keep your work where you have committed a mistake and consider it as a motivator for you to work better. And always be persistent despite the mistakes you make.”
~Naldz Graphics

I think accepting our mistakes is hard for everyone no?
Especially recognizing the ones that are beneficial in the end, the ones that help growth.
I can definitely promise that I will be making mistakes in the near future. I just hope I am artistic enough to “keep the good ones.”

Good luck all you ‘good-mistake’ keepers! Keep your eyes peeled for a creative opportunity made from our own mishaps!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Go Somewhere New!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Seventeen….Practice! Practice! Practice!

I’m an Artist! Not a boar! hahaha..

Is it silly? Yes….
But it drives the point home. To become better at what you do, you must practice!

If you want to be a great archer….you must practice, even if it means dressing up your friends as animals to shoot down, haha….
If you want to be a great artist….you must draw everyday….

I’m not sure if practice automatically initiates creativity…I believe you need outside sources for that, but it is at least related.
As my dad always said while growing up and forcing me to practice on my trumpet 30 minutes per day (NO exceptions)…Practice makes perfect!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes!
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February Creativity: Day Sixteen….Don’t Give Up!

Ok, so I decided to skip day 15 (Collaborate) because I feel it is just a combo of day 13 (Surround yourself with creative people) and day 14 (Get feedback). Basically, work with others, get their opinions, bounce ideas off them with will in turn give you ideas = CREATIVITY… and all will be peachy. Got it.


Don’t Give up….

Well. This one is pretty much self explanatory. And for me it was a slap in the face.
SO….I worked on a series of acrylic paintings on canvas this summer. They were painted in a post card style, of cities where my husband and I have lived together..Madrid, New York, and Istanbul. I included things that were my favorite part of that city, using colors I felt represented it. I wanted to include a cityscape and important landmarks in the paintings. New York and Madrid came out great , and it was a fun idea…….


………….until I met Mr. Istanbul. I had all these ideas but when I put them on the canvas I couldn’t make it work and got disheartened…and put it aside.
My husband is so funny. At least once a week he will ask me if I am going to finish Istanbul. It drives me crazy, but he is right! I should finish it and I shouldn’t give up on it. Just because it is a personal project and not for any client doesn’t give me leave to just give up on it, nor permanently place it on the back burner.


Here and now I pledge….to finish my Istanbul painting. haha. Maybe it may even be my Day 33? haha, we’ll see 🙂

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Practice! Practice! Practice!
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February Creativity: Day Fourteen, Get Feedback!!


“There is only one way to avoid criticism:
do nothing,
say nothing,
and be nothing.”


Word Aristotle! It seems we always take criticism to heart, myself SUPER included. Personal flaw..I’m working on it 🙂
But if we just change our views on the definition of criticism, what we view as insulting can transform into something complimentary or encouraging: feedback…This is the path to improvement. This can be said for our personal lives as well as our careers.

In art school getting my work “critiqued” aka criticized/”feebacked” was really rough. I have always been a person easily offended…too soft I guess. So it was a really good process for me. Remember from Day Twelve I said that part of why I have a hard time of being open is because of fear? Well it is usually fear of people not liking my work, which to me is the same as people not liking ME.
Silly, irrational maybe, yeah I know.
But unfortunatley it is in my DNA and I have been this way since my mom popped me out several decades ago. Like I said, personal flaw…or is it?

I am learning to take criticism of my work as a way to better it. Especially when it comes to doing custom work for clients. They pay for it. They get it how THEY want it. However, I am not perfect and sometimes is still hurts when someone doesn’t like my work >ouch< And I can still become disheartened and stop painting for a while >ouch< But I eventually warm up again and keep plugging along, haha. Progress, NOT perfection PEOPLE!

HENCE why we should ALL get consistent feedback on our work by peers we TRUST! It gets us used to the constructive criticism so we are not thrown off course when someone suggests an improvement. We should all have a few peeps to get opinions from as we work. They can give you advice when you are stuck on a design problem. They can give you praise when feeling down. ANd the good ones give you a slap when you are going in a REALLY wrong direction.

So I say, keep working when you’re feeling down. Get as much feedback as possible.
Share your gifts with the world and you will be rewarded!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Don’t Give Up!!
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