Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

As I look forward to an exciting new year, I want to wish you and your family happiness, health, love, peace and prosperity in 2014.

All the best,

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I Like Salad

With the New Year looming in the near future, I thought I’d get a jump on a few things I’ve been procrastinating. This way, when January 1 rolls around I’ll already be in the habit of doing them.   
Good habits are just as hard to break as bad habits.

Last week I started working out again. Walking is part of my daily routine. But in the past year, I’ve spent more time dusting our weight machine than actually using it. I now have two full weeks under my belt. Surprisingly, I’ve only experienced a little soreness in my abdomen. Not to worry though, the muscles are well protected by a cushy, layer of fluff. Fluff I hope to gradually shed and replace with something more bathing suit worthy. Remember I live in Florida, it is beach season here year round. 

The best part of working out is being done.  

Once I’ve committed to doing something new, and after I’ve and actually accomplished that task, I feel good about myself for the rest of the day. It doesn’t’ matter if I see physical improvement or not. That comes in time. It’s the satisfaction I get from putting forth the effort toward improvement that counts.

This brings me to the title of this post and the other personal challenge I’m tackling. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit considering how much time I spend writing. Here it goes, I’m a wanderer. My fingers are not at home on the home keys. Yup, my fingers knock around the key board like a tap dancing spider. For the sake of speed and accuracy, I’ve been practicing my typing skills. And I like salad. I also like alfalfa, Alaska, dad, flask, as and any other word that can be made while being loyal to the home keys. It’s amazing how much I’ve improved in only 20 minutes a day. There are so many fun, free games to choose from online that practice has become an entertaining mid-day break from routine work.
Take one small step toward your goal every day. Consistency is your friend.

It’s my hope that this inspires you to try something new or to revisit something you’ve been putting off. Why not? You have nothing to lose, except maybe some fluff.
Go for it!


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Lisa Vogt Glass Artist


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Time flies when you’re having fun.

A good day in the studio.  
 I wanted to write sooner, but instead of sitting in the office at my 
computer I’ve been buzzing around my studio and happily cutting 
glass for several exciting commissions. The projects are in progress, 
so there’s not much to show in the way of photos-yet. I’m looking 
forward to sharing pictures with you when the artwork is a bit 
further along. In the mean time, I’ll fill you in on 
other recent happenings.
Latest completed work: Lighted Theater Sign

  We’re still horsing around.

   I’m happy to share an update on Tardy. His new family 
recently sent a note to let us know that he it right in at their 
barn. He’s being well taken care of and winning hearts as 
well as blue ribbons in western shows with his new little girl.  

On to the next chapter. Meet Rori the newest member of our 
family. He’s a 6 year old, 17.1 hand Oldenburg, by Rosenthal. 
Rori is my daughter’s dream horse. He’s big, fancy and has the 
gentle, loving temperament of a black lab. They’ve been 
training together for about eight weeks and are making 
significant progress with every ride. We’re looking forward to 
showing Rori in the spring. 

 My oldest daughter is making big strides as well. A senior at USF, 
she just finished a tough fall semester coming through with flying
colors. Her positive attitude and fun, caring nature make it easy to 
forget she is working hard, on a daily basis, to make her 
dreams for her future a reality.  

Can I tell you? I am truly proud of my kids.

 Knowing they’re on track makes preparing for the holidays a little 
easier. So this week I got serious about getting things done. 
Along the way, I learned a few things that you might find helpful.     

Need shipping boxes? Cruise your neighborhood on garbage 
day before the trash is collected. I found more boxes than I 
needed on the curb and was happy to recycle them.

Don’t shop for gifts on the family computer unless you know how to 
delete the search history.  Those of you destined for the naughty list 
anyway might as well have some fun. Look up the really expensive 
stuff you have no intention of buying just to throw the 
snoopy kids off. Hee-hee-hee. 

Enjoy the holiday party. If you’re on the guest list it’s because the 
host thinks you’re fun and interesting. Chances are everyone else
 at the party is fun and interesting too. But mingling can be awkward. 
Here’s my ice breaker. Join a stray couple, after brief 
introductions simply ask, “How do you know the host?” 
Ta-da. Instant conversation.

When momma’s happy, everyone is happy. Go ahead, 
be selfish. Take 20 minutes a day to do something for you.
I like to take a brisk walk. The fresh air and wide open 
space clears my head and gives me renewed energy to 
tackle my increasingly long to-do list.

Smile at strangers. 
When you look happy you are happy. 
Pass it on.

Make it a great day!

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Lisa Vogt Glass Artist