Every month a group of women from around the world have banded together to post a blog with the same theme.  This month’s them is Gratitude.   Here is my contribution – and when you are finished with this – head on over to Jennifer Vitale’s post here.


At this time of the year, we all spend time giving thanks. Like everybody else, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, my health. To me, gratitude is making a conscious decision not to focus on what is missing from my life, but focusing on what I have.


One of the things I’m most grateful for is the self realization that I’m an artist. But, how did that happen? It was a journey, and when I started on it, I didn’t know where it would take me.

I admit, I was always a little different, I’ve always marched to a different drum.  I dressed a little differently, I thought a little differently, I’d like to say my head was in the clouds, but it really was always in a book.

I was always drawn to the creative people, not realizing I was one myself. Then one day I saw a book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.  Well, this got my attention as I’m left-handed, and therefore a little right brained. So, my journey began, and it continues today.

But, I knew I was an artist when I started seeing things differently. I see faces in the negative spaces of foliage, or in the plastic window of the jeep in front of me.  I see people dancing in the clouds.  I began observing, really looking at the world around me.

 I see a mother playing with her baby in Canada.

I see so many things in Russia.


I see colors.

So, while I’m grateful for so many things, I am grateful that my journey has allowed me to see with the eye of an artist.

In reading about gratitude, I have joined The Gratitude Challenge, and signed the pledge.

Now – head over to Jennifer Vitale’s post here.




  1. becky in burma

    I loved reading your post and learning your process of how you came to recognize yourself as an artist. I think it’s incredible that you see things/images/people/faces in the negative space. That’s really amazing + fascinating to me!!

    We’re all grateful you’re an artist, too!

  2. Jennifer Vitale

    Vickie, I’m so glad that you found your path to the artistic you. I have many friends who I know have artists just waiting to awake in them but they just can’t seem to see themselves as one, heck sometimes I still stumble over actually calling myself an artist. I really loved your point about how “gratitude is making a conscious decision not to focus on what is missing from my life, but focusing on what I have.”

  3. Chandra

    I like to see with an artist eye as well things in the clouds, wallpaper and light. I am thankful for all of you flying lessons women and the great artistic talents. Great post! 🙂

  4. Jean Wagner

    Oh! I love the heart clouds picture! And the mother and baby in Canada….love that! It is so rewarding to go to all the blogs and get into the artistic side of so many amazing women. Thank you for your post.

  5. Nancy Lennon

    Hi Vicki. I really enjoyed how you showed the different ways you see things.Now that I take pictures, I see light very differently. It is cool how shapes appear to you! I am loving our blog circle! blessings, Nancy

  6. Janice

    “Gratitude is making a conscious decision not to focus on what is missing from my life, but focusing on what I have”…so very true! Gratitude is definitely a life-changing, peace giving, soul settling practice. LOVE the clouds image!

  7. Sue

    Vickie- I love how you wrote this from an artistic eye, a vey unique perspective, I loved it. See you next month on the blog circle!

  8. Suzanne McRae

    Vickie I feel so blessed to have taken this opportunity to read your post and seen the world through your eyes. I love that you are an artist. You have me intrigued now about seeing a mother playing with her baby… in Canada. I come from there so you can bet every time I will see the Canadian map I will try and find that mother and her baby and will be thinking about you and this post. 🙂

  9. Kat

    Your blog circle sounds gorgeous. And powerful.
    How have you been since Blogtoberfest? Congrats on blogging every single day, by the way!!
    I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
    Would be so rapt if you joined us!
There’s a little giveaway too. :-)

    Details here:

    Take care,

    Kat xxx

  10. Lalyblue

    Hi Vickie! Last month was a bit packed and I didn’t take the time to comment on everyone’s posts in the circle, but I’m reading it all again today before we post the new one!
    This is a lovely post and I agree with gratitude being a conscious decision. And I can totally see the mother and baby in Canada, and legendary figures in Russia… I need to grab my Atlas!

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