Personal thoughts...


Every person is blessed with unique gifts. For me, they are the gifts of creativity and the gift of connection. I have this unique ability to see the end result before I even start a painting or project, and I am blessed to have "never met a stranger" as they say. There are 3 important steps I have learned on my own journey to success and I want to share them with you today.

The first step is to acknowledge the gifts you have been given. When you know, you can use those gifts to make an impact on the world and use them to make a difference.

So I ask you, what is your gift?

Maybe you can write, sing, dance, organize, public speaking....I mean I could go on and on. If you don't know, ask a friend or family member what they think your gifts are. Or ask God through prayer to show them to you.

Maybe you know your gifts but you're scared to show them in fear of rejection....

This post is for you.

Let me just share a small story with you as it applies to my gift of creativity. I grew up always loving art, dance, photography...all things creative. Honestly, they were really the only things I excelled in because if you read my last post you know I basically don't have a left side of the brain hahahaha! I was placed in Senior art as a Freshman in High School...looking back - I was really good. I mean to skip 3 years of art and be placed in a class with students who had 4 extra years of experience was a huge thing. - I just didn't know that then. I thought I sucked, I couldn't take a compliment, and I was intimidated by the art being created around me, I was always comparing....

"Comparison.....the thief of all joy." - Theodore Roosevelt

That was the last year I took confidence hadn't bloomed yet and I missed several years and opportunities to showcase my talent. How sad, looking back!

God gave us different gifts for a reason. Even when we try to push them aside, they will stay on your heart until you acknowledge that the passion never left you.

It wasn't until 2017 that I felt this overwhelming NEED to create again. I pulled out a sketch book and just started to draw. I remember Brian being shocked that I had this "hidden" talent. He was so sweet and encouraged me to pursue it more. He let me turn a corner in our tiny apartment into a studio space and bought me a giant easel. It was the easel that changed it all....I picked up a paint brush and that was it! Passion exploded and I dove back into creating. I remember Brian said to me "Babe, I want to see you do something with this." That's all I needed to hear. Encouragement. Someone to believe in me.

2 years later I was contacted by Conception Art to join their art show. I could have let fear hold me back but I decided to go for it. It was so fun, such an experience to remember.

I have the best people in my life who all showed up to support me! I stepped out of my comfort zone and shared my gift. Thats really the night my confidence bloomed and the start of something much bigger.

The second step is to believe in yourself!! God chose you for this gift and He does NOT make mistakes! When you submit to your gifts God will provide the rest.

I met my friend and Dallas artist Christina Yielding at that first show. I was like wow...whatever she is doing, I want to do. She was painting live and was just exuding confidence. We didn't start to build a friendship until a year later but she often reminds me "confidence is free."

Along with my amazing family, she has become a big part of my support team and I encourage you to keep those who inspire, and speak life into you close. When you believe in yourself and cram yourself with confidence watch how those doors start opening!! It's so cool!

The third step to success is using your gifts for good! Use them to make a difference, to leave an imprint of love on all you do. If your gift is speaking - speak life. If its dance - let your movements spark joy in the hearts of those watching. If its writing - write to inspire. If its being a parent - fill your child with love and encouragement. If its photography - capture moments that will be looked back on with smiles for years to come. Whatever it is, make it priority to use it to to serve other, bring joy, and reflect love.

Finally, I leave you with this... there is no better time to start working towards your dreams than now. I believe in you. You are unique, special, wonderfully made, and entrusted to use YOUR gifts to make the world a more beautiful place. Our pastor Chris Lindberg often reminds us that our life is like a vapor. Here today and gone tomorrow.

So if not now, when?

With love,

Sarah Lynn

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2020 started out with a bang as far as my artwork goes. I was so excited to start the year with one of the largest art shows in Dallas, Chocolate & Art Show. Then Covid hit and several opportunities were cancelled. However, because of so many of you, I was still able to create. So this post is for all of say THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who purchased art, ordered commissioned art, supported me by visiting my first solo gallery, asked me to create art for church events, hung my art in your place of buisness, or even let me paint your entire hallway wall. It is not lost on me how blessed I am to have such loving, supportive, and encouraging people in my corner. My heart is full, I love you all, and I am excited for the new opportunities 2021 will bring for all of us!

Please keep me in mind if you or someone you know is looking for a special piece of art for place of business or home.

With love,

Sarah Lynn

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To say I was a bad student growing up would be putting it lightly. I hated most every subject except anything creative. Math, history, government, science, social studies, economics, to name a few, were literally the worst parts of my week - and basically my entire high school career, ha! It's a joke in my family to say "Sarah only went to school to socialize."

I cant say that's wrong. haha!

Those subjects drained me, left me feeling less than, and at times even stupid because I just didn't get it. I was fully aware that my mind just didn't work that never would, and to be honest, it still doesn't.

I remember crying over school work at a very young age, third grade is when I remember this vividly...telling my mom and teachers CONSTANTLY that I just couldn't do it. I had very few teachers who took the time to sit down and SHOW me the process of a given assignment and allow me to learn visually.

Thankfully, I went to a performing arts high school my junior and senior year, and did have some classes that I excelled tremendously in. Photography, dance, english, art.

I mean, not to brag but I was the only Freshman In Senior Art! I just didn't know that those subjects could be careers. I wasn't ever pushed to pursue what I WAS good at.

Just call me Cher, because I was clueless. ;)

You see, it took me years after high school to realize that I wasn't less than. I wasn't going to fail in life because I barely, and I mean BARELY, graduated high school. I simply learned that I'm a totally RIGHT brained person. I can visualize things as they're being told to me, or before the brush hits the canvas. I see in colors, and at 34 still have an imagination. My intuition is always on point, I can read people very well, and I find myself in awe of the beauty in everything artistic.

Lucky for me, God blessed me with a TOTALLY left brained husband. So together we make one brain! HAHAHAHAHA! Just kidding!! He probably has 2 brains in his head with how smart he is!

It was Brian who saw me casually doodling one day a few years ago and said "I had no idea you were an artist! You surprise me every day with something new."

Those simple words of praise sparked something within me. "Artist?" YES, it hit me, I am an artist!! I started dabbling in more aspects of art and ultimately found myself loving to paint! There is something so wonderful about the endless possibilities of a blank canvas.

My husband gifted me an easel and I'll never forget it, he said to me, "I want to see you make something of your art, because you're amazing." That single gift, that single statement, was all I needed for the confidence in what I always felt I was made to do come to life.

In the past 2 years, I have had my artwork displayed in two art shows in Dallas, sold several pieces, created many custom commissions, been asked to do 2 charity events, painted a wall, had a phone conference with an artist I hugely admire on how to grow my business, I have a meeting this week with my favorite coffee shop who is wanting 7 pieces for their store, and will have my artwork in a local business here soon.

The point of sharing my story with you is to inspire you to listen to your heart and listen to those you trust. Don't try to squeeze into a box that you don't fit into. It's never to late to live the life that you were created for...that maybe no one ever told you that you could live!

If you are an analytical, facts based, logical person, then be YOU! Go change the world in ways only YOU can do! But if you are like me, in a world where the Arts aren't often looked at as a successful path to take...remember that YOU are special, you add color to a black and white world, you will create the future in beautiful ways, and you have a purpose!

Trust God's plan. Trust your heart. And Be-YOU-tiful!


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