Give Yourself Flowers, New Clothes or Whatever!

Give Yourself Flowers, 28 x 31 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010. For Sale at

There is nothing like getting your first pay check to have an excuse to treat yourself. Returning to the work force does have that one main advantage. Money!
But being good to yourself goes beyond money. It requires a daily examination of what makes you happy, and an action plan to fix it if you are not. Usually what ails us cannot be fixed by money. It takes a deep understanding of what it takes to make your authentic self happy.
Even before I got my first check, I looked around my office, took stock of my surroundings, and thought, “what will it take for me to be happy in this space?” A quilt, of course! Vincent, my personal quilt hanger extraordinaire, was only a phone call away, and voila! My Fulton County Attorney Law Library quilt instantly warmed my office and beckoned for visitors to enter. (I tried surrounding myself with my favorite apple cinnamon fragrance, but they made me unplug it from the wall because allegedly it was a fire hazard). Still feeling a little uncomfortable, (but still broke) I took a cue from daughter India and best friend Roz and filled my desk drawer with colorful ink pens. With my quilt on my wall, my colorful ink pens on my desk, and my memories of apple cinnamon fragrance, I tuned into my Earl Klugh channel on Pandora and exhaled. Maybe I could be happy in this new, somewhat sterile, quiet place (as soon as I get some apple cinnamon diffusers).
So this week let’s resolve to figure out what makes us happy. When you figure it out, then do that thing no matter what!
My quilt Give Yourself Flowers serves as a gentle reminder of our goal this week.

Fulton County Attorney Law Library, 104 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2005.


About ovbrantley

I am a passionate quilter who also is the general counsel for a major urban county in Georgia. I manage to pursue my triple passions of motherhood, quilting and traveling.
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