Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
Today we are honored to introduce you to Carrie Schmitt of Carrie Schmitt Art and Design.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
Hello, my name is Carrie Schmitt. I paint floral abstracts in our farmhouse on a mountain in Washington. I also paint wedding bouquets for brides to create a lasting treasure from their special day. I love when people send me images of flowers to use as inspiration for my paintings.
I used to be a single mom so I donate a portion of the proceeds from my Fresh Cut Collection to a transitional housing shelter for single moms and their children in Seattle. I also send single moms Fresh Cut paintings with a positive message. If you’d like to nominate a single mom to receive a painting, please contact me at carrie[at]carrieschmittdesign[dot]com.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
I think “doing what you love” takes courage because it might not be practical or easy. I also think “loving what you do” means making a choice to find happiness wherever you are in your journey. You might not love what you do yet, but you can choose to love the process of getting to where you want to be. I love the quote, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I feel that I am a better person because I am following my authentic path—a path where I can’t sleep at night because I’m so excited to paint the next morning, so excited to explore the world to find and share beauty.
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
I am inspired the most by the following—kindness, wisdom, creativity, natural beauty and wonder. I think it is imperative to be surrounded by beautiful things. Plato says, “Children should be surrounded by beautiful things.” (I say adults too.)
I’m inspired by people who endure obstacles and stay positive. What other choice do we have? The alternative—to be negative and hopeless—isn’t so great, is it? I am so inspired by mysticism. I love when magical moments happen that cannot be explained. It creates wonder, allows for all kinds of possibilities and makes me feel like a child again. How fun is that?
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
Dreary days are great reminders to shake things up a little in your life. Here are a few surefire ways that I bring a bit of sunshine into my life.
1. Be a bit of sunshine to someone else. Random acts of kindness are a guaranteed way to bust out your inner sunshine. I used to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, and when I walked out that door I felt so blessed, full of energy, ready to see beauty everywhere and knew not take one moment of my life for granted.
2. Change your scenery. Sometimes all it takes to change the course of your day is going for walk, having a soulful conversation with a friend or getting lost in a book (or bookstore!).
3. Do something new. When’s the last time you’ve done something for the first time? Go do it. By taking a risk and getting out of your comfort zone, you are making room for all sorts of magic to happen. When I do something new, I feel more vibrant and alive.
I’m not a physician, but I’m pretty sure these things release some pretty awesome chemicals inside your body that give you a surge of happiness and energy.
What are you most grateful for?
My family is the greatest blessing in my life. What’s better than loving and being loved?
Also, my health. My heat allergy has made me appreciate how I am healthy in so many other ways. Once you lose a part of your health, you really miss it! I miss being able to be outside in warm weather and being able to play sports, hike and be physically active. So, I enjoy all the things I can still do today because you never know what tomorrow might bring! There was a time when I couldn’t walk up the stairs without having a severe reaction to heat. I am so grateful that I can function more now even if I still have limitations.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Carrie Schmitt Art and Design!