Happy New Year! Kissaten Cafe, and More...

Happy 2015!!!

So, I'm 18 days late in wishing the cyber world a Happy New Year, but It's still new month, new year...same, same, right?

2015 is kicking off with a lot of exciting projects taking shape! As mentioned in past blogs, I will be having work showing in different locations, and I've made my new year's resolution to be proactive in putting my art out more this year than previous years. I have so much collected, so it's time to do something with it!

so first things first,

Kissaten Cafe!

Up from Jan-March 2015

Up from Jan-March 2015

You can find some of my originals up at Kissaten cafe at 88 Piikoi Street (Honolulu, Hawaii)


I met with the wonderful Lisa Shiroma who curates a section of the cafe regularly! Kissaten is always looking for new art and talent, so if you're interested in displaying your art in Honolulu shoot me an e-mail, and I'll put you in contact with her ^_^ she's super sweet and easy to work with ^_^

I'll try to get more pictures up as the month goes on! pray for sales and happy customers! 

and now, without further adieu...the

And More...

It's your favorite section!  The "and more" is the nitty gritty of something wild and pretty...
it's the honesty that keep myself (and this blog) interesting.

Today's topic is fitting for the new year: it's all about Goal Setting and New Year resolut-ing

I have taken a hard look at my goal list and have done some updating (especially after my previous "father figure" blog, which so many of you liked--thank you ^_^) Funny thing, I haven't updated the "goals" themselves, but the way I accomplish them...

In the past I broke up my goals and tried to work on them individually, checking things off one by one, in hopes of being a better Winnie. For example, I had separate sheets with the Main goal at the top like: "Pay off Student Loans" with a list of ways to accomplish the goals underneath: "increase monthly payments, use 1/4 tax return and apply it directly to student loan payment..." and what not. The next sheet would say "Get Settled in life" under it would read: "Get married..." so on and so forth...

My goal sheets seemed to be a fail-proof plan, but as we all know, nothing in life (--at least things that matter) are without a bit of failure. I started to notice that I was doing things sheet by sheet, and not looking at a whole picture. I would get caught up on trying to finish my first sheet that I never even glanced at sheet 5 (ya....I have like 8 sheets) 

I also started having mild anxiety attacks after going through my sheets at the end of 2014.  My goals felt like they were in conflict with each other "How can I be a good wife and mother on sheet 4 while trying to start a new business venture on sheet 8? How do i find the time? I can't do it, it has to be one sheet or another. I can't possibly do it all. I want to devote 100 percent into each thing, but I don't have 800% to spare. I mean, let's face it, I barely get up to 50% on most things hahaha...

so...of course, I started crying.

But, after calming down and talking to my husband (who is so logical) he said: "When you visualize your ideal self, you have all of these things? You're a successful wife, mother, and artist with your own non-profit business right?" (Right.) And if you were just one, you wouldn't feel fulfilled...right? (Right.)

"Then you have to look at your goals the same way, and work at them all little by little simultaneously. If you keep breaking them up and working sheet by sheet, you may never get to sheet 5 or 6, and if those sheets are things you want to accomplish to be "happy" then, you're gonna beat yourself up for never getting to them."

He also asked me:" Do you have anything you're looking forward to?" And...after first being very defensive about it, I started to really think about it, and the answer was: "No..."

I get so hung up in the process of goal writing as a task that I completely forget to look up and visualize what it is I'm working so hard for. It has always been about checking things off the list, but never what those checks mean... the whole point of having a goal is to get to something in the end that you were looking forward to from the beginning...and I like completely missed all of that.


For instance, I always write down "Read 10 books" on my goals list, but...why am I reading those books, and what kind of books should I be reading, and what do I want to get out of them. I could just read 10 children's books to check off that goal. know what I mean? But instead of filling my library bag with Truman Capote books, Maybe I should try reading 2 grant-writing books, or 2 books on starting your own non-profit, or 2 business writing books with the emphasis on galleries or art marketing ...something that will further me down the path I keep trudging along.

I also always write down "lose weight" but, until recently I never set a goal weight and i never envisioned myself at this ideal weight and/or WHY I'm trying to lose weight--even if is for something as shallow as to look like the lady from the father figure video...
I recently started to envision a future slimmer self (while pounding on the precor,) and surprise, surprise...I'm losing weight

Even my famous "pay off student loans" or "save money" has always been JUST a task, but after changing my thinking and truly visualizing how nice it will be to be debt-free and possibly enrolling for other college courses without having to worry about adding to an ongoing debt, but possibly having enough money saved to just PAY for school instead of taking out loans...lit a fire under my ass that was never there.

I guess, i took the "why" for granted and figured it was just a given. I'm doing things because...I want to/have to/need to... but once I finally put a concrete vision into the WHY do I want/have/need to do these things, it made my goal list: meaningful, do-able, and gave me *something to look forward to*

so 10 points for my husband, and for me too.. ^_^

to close...

Living is not about black and white. To be alive and to be dead is the black and white, living is everything in between which is grey. be okay with the grey and have a better day.
— Winnie's Words of Wisdom

To infinity and Beyond,





Birdies, Mermaid Merchandise and Giving Thanks...




These happy little tweeters have been floating around my mind this week. My cute designs will be listed on my online stores in the coming days, so that they’ll be able to float all over the globe!
I love these little birdies so much~ thinking up their (sometimes mischievous) personalities is a joy, and makes the art process so very enjoyable.


Speaking of my online stores,


Mermaid Merchandise!

These beauties can all be found and bought here at my society6 page

Society 6 is a fantastic website with great quality merchandise, so if you like my designs, please consider doing any online shopping here! There are promotions all of the time for discounts and/or free shipping! I am especially a fan of the clock and the Duvet cover. I get a small portion of each sale, so please shop away!

Mermaid Duvet Queen Size Cover $99

Mermaid Duvet Queen Size Cover $99


!!! It's like a dream to see my works on merchandise! It'll be a dream come true to see my merchandise in use. :) I'm designing more art  specifically for certain things, so soon I'll have a whole interior line ready ^_^ yay!!!


Lastly, some important closing thoughts...


Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving


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I want to send a warm thanks to all of my family and friends this holiday season. 2014 has been the hardest year of my life, and without the love and support from all of the amazing people near and dear to me, I wouldn’t have been able to pick up the pieces and keep going.

The other day, I listened to the Eurythmics song “I’ve Got a Life” and I started to tear up. I know, crazy selection because it’s a dance song… but, when Annie starts singing “Strong now babe, gonna be strong now babe…” It really touched something deep inside of me.

All year long I was commended on my strength, “Winnie, you’re such a strong person”, “Winnie, we’re so proud of how strong you’ve been…” “You’re a strong mama….”
but, the truth of the matter is, I had no other choice but to be. I’m sure everyone knew, but never witnessed how many hours I spent in my car crying, and many sleepless nights feeling extremely weak. If you could have seen inside my chest, you would have seen a scared child covering her face, verses a tearless fighter who hurdled through doctor appointment after doctor appointment.

But, the strangest thing is realizing that all of those events are considered “the past.”  Maybe it’s because I’m just feeling the full effects of everything now, or maybe it’s because I finally have time to sort through every event and process it all….
But, I can’t explain it…It’s like the speed of sound which trails behind the blinding light of reality, the feelings come later...

And so, with that… to everyone who walked through this major life event with me,  I’m sorry I couldn’t thank you sooner… but, thank you so much for being there with me and for me. I rarely ever reach out, and I always take on many things without crying out for help…but, for everyone who knows me well enough to take a distance but still leave your hand available for me to grab whenever I needed something to grab on to… Thank you so much. Love is too small of a word for what I feel for you…

To end on a lighter note...

One personality trait will repeat itself through every avenue of a person. So, if someone is cheap with money, then chances are they’ll be cheap with their love, and cheap in their thoughts and moral of the story, don’t be cheap.”
— Winnie's words of Wisdom

ha ha ha.


Okay. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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