Happy daaayy my love!

How is this week treating ya?

Over here it has been a rough start. Monday broke in with its best Mondayish style {reads annoying as heck} and as it usually goes brought good insights for me.

One very good one that I often forget because I am just *ahem* a control freak.

I’ve mentioned before that the first thing to go down the tubes on those situations is my health. Pain starts creeping in until the point I am rolling in the floor with tears also rolling in the floor.

It didn’t get to this extreme this time but issues that I thought were long gone decided to show up again that day.

Sooooo….. what’s a girl to do?

Fight back or….


Well, I went with the last one and phew! it is such a hard one for me!
{Any other control freaks out there that can related to this? please tell me I am not the only one! 😀 *blink*blink}

I embraced it this time, I embraced and let it go.

And I turned to what I needed most:


Surrender //


Haha! No seriously, surrendering, letting go and all that good stuff becomes easy when we can focus on something that we really enjoy, right?

Color! Water! Paper! Silence! ♥

Oh, the dreamy joys of those things combined.

So this darling lady started emerging:

Surrender //


{I had no doubt since the beginning that her hair would be pink by the way. 😀 }


Surrender //


And sparkles that are oh-so needed for a pick me up had to be included! Dangling earrings and gold eye shadow totally belong to her, don’tcha think? 😀


Surrender //


And there she is in all her beauty!


Surrender //

What a relief!

What a relief I felt getting immersed into fun-anything-is-possible times while Monday kept acting up and running in circles.

A much better day with way less pain awaited me right after that. Yessss!

But the whole experience once more made me think about how much do we need to be pushed to remember that no, we can not control everything and yes, it is fine to let things roll on their own course.

What signs come up to you when it is time to trust, let go and surrender, my love? How long do the signs stick around before you notice they are there?

I am all ears {eyes} ready to hear {read} about your signs, sweets. ♥  Maybe we get similar ones? Or yours are completely different than mine?

In the comments below… let’s chat! 😀




Hey, love! I'm Raine.👋🏼

Artist, designer and believer that ✨joy & fun✨ are a MUST in our lives. My hope is that my posts will bring you a giggle, a smile, and also remind you {when you happen to have forgotten} of the importance of your own happiness – to yourself and to those around you.

Cheers to this delicious truth! 🥂✨



  1. Paula

    Surrender….The thing I don’t want to do. Last Saturday (June 14th) older brother showed up at my front door with a dog that had been hit by a car. Somehow this was my responsibility because he was on his way to my house when he found her??? I sat with her Saturday night and Sunday and she went to the vet on Monday morning. I about half way worried about her and visited her at the vet’s office (a 30 minute drive one way) because I didn’t know if my brother had been checking on her or not. We found out that the “accident” (you never know if they intentionally hit the dog or not) tore her hips from her pelvis. I started to worry when she lost that determined look in her eyes. We brought her home on Friday (after five days at the vet’s) some thought it was to die, I knew it was to recover. I worried so long about her living that I failed to enjoy having her. When I finally surrendered my worry and stress she began to bloom. Maybe I just noticed it after I quit worrying, maybe she saw that there was no reason to worry. We take it all in stride now and we’re doing better every day.

  2. Jeannie Lee

    My signs are hummingbirds. They appear when I am in a hard struggle. While growing up I had a lot of step-whatevers. But Poppy was my favorite he was always pointing out hummingbirds to me while he dated my mom and later married her.. Now I am a struggling single mom of 3 (not by choice but survival) when I have a really bad day I see hummingbirds everywhere in all forms. I feel its poppy telling me to keep going and surrender to God and let go. Once I do that I only see a humming bird at my back glass door. Surrender sometimes is a good thing. Thanks.

  3. erica rocks

    Oh my goodness… These past two week have been a never ending monday! I was so stressed out and depressed because I had never had enough time to do the things that I was planning! If it rained or there was an accident that delayed me I was trippin! I couldn’t handle losing that hour! It wasn’t until I actually stressed myself to the point where my right eye was twitching that I realized I had a problem. My mother, father, and fiance all knew that there was something OFF with me. I was not my usual sunshine and rainbows. After venting, relinquishing control to my fiance and running my ass off, I am finally back to being Erica Rocks! I need to paint and hate that I have to schedule art time these days, but at least I have a pretty planner!

  4. erica rocks

    oh, and as far as signs go, I was very close with my mom’s mom, Mimo, and ever since her funeral a ladybug has been with me. Its weird how such a tiny thing can give you all the comfort you need. I see them in times of stress, mess, and love. It always makes me smile, it makes me feel like she is still with me, by my side, looking out.

  5. Kai-Zen Doodle

    When my chronic pain strikes like hell I pick up my colors and pens and start doodling. Doing this helps me “forget” the pain for a while.
    You pink haired lady is wonderful!

  6. Karla B

    What a lovely girl!Love her hair!

  7. aimee

    Painting is the perfect remedy. Take care of yourself!! xo

  8. Faye

    Absolutely gorgeous in pink hair! I love the eye shadow. Hope you feel back to par soon.

  9. Linda K

    your surrender piece is LOVELY. For me the signs are there when things just aren’t going smoothly, or something (but not knowing what) just doesn’t “feel” right. I look to my favorite book ‘Animal Speak’ for signs I see in animal/bird/etc. behaviors and appearances because I am such the animal lover. Be well.

  10. clare

    she is great, love the pink hair

  11. Lynn Richards

    I think it is MUCH more brave to surrender than to fight. I’m doing the same. Glad you found such happiness in your lovely painting. Lots of hugs to you!

  12. Nicole/Beadwright

    A great post. I also think it takes more courage to surrender, to let go and see what happens. I love this piece of art.

  13. Gina Sismilich

    I have definitely learned to surrender – although it may take a while. I also end up in pain if I take it all in and try to fix it (as control freaks will!). I would feel great after spending time with your lovely pink haired lady – her gold eyeshadow is just perfect!

  14. Katherine Jeanne Wood

    I’m a “fight it all the way” type of person. I don’t think I’ve ever considered surrendering. Even when I give in to pain, and go to bed, I’m still in fight mode..resisting all the way. You’ve given me a lot to think about, and I’m going to try to surrender next time. Today.

    I hope you’re feeling better real soon.

  15. giggles

    Beautiful pink haired girl….so demure!
    Feel better soon!

    Hugs Giggles

  16. Donna

    Funny I should read this now…I pushed myself last week to the point of brain fry. Now I’m having to surrender to a few days of extreme self care as I can feel my body threatening to ‘make me’ rest…Thanks good the reminder to just surrender! X

  17. Melodie

    I have had 3 back surgeries for an injury I sustained a number of years ago & I have been in constant pain since the last surgery in 2001!! I was on all the major pain meds at one time or another, saw a pain specialist, was evaluated for a spinal cord stimulator but was turned down because the nerve damage was permanent!! About a year ago a friend introduced me to Zentangling!! Now, I have NEVER considered myself artistic in the least, but when I started tangling, a creative bud sprouted!! I LOVE doing it & it is almost Zen-like!!!! I become very relaxed & can release the pent up stress & frustration & just enjoy tangling!!!! When I am done, I feel very relaxed & even have something beautiful to show for my time!! I am then able to face the next set of challenges!!!!

  18. Julie

    Raine, I would like to recommend books by John Sarno if you haven’t already seen them. I have the Mindbody Prescription but maybe Healing Back Pain would be better for you. I thought the book itself was mainly fluff 🙂 BUT extremely helpful in recognizing why I was having so much neck pain – and helping me to shift it.
    best wishes, Julie.


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