Thank you so much to everyone who took time to write me joyful and supportive messages on my Facebook post about making it to “ART SAVES LIVES INTERNATIONAL”. Thanks to those who “liked”. I am touched. It baffles me how sometimes a little milestone posted on Facebook can magically appear to be 100 times grander than it probably is, which might be the case here. I have a long way to go. But I am happy (and shall I say stoked!) with the thought that you all most likely “get me”. So much more than the achievement or honor or recognition it brings, it is the opportunity to live my humble dream of communicating important messages through my “heART” that I live for as well as being able to support the causes that resonate with me throughout this journey. That is why I typically and stubbornly don’t make cute and pretty decorative artwork for money or pursue commissioned designs, that is why I suffer, struggle and die a little (truthfully, die a lot) when faced with requests to make art that I can’t personally connect with, no matter how much I am promised to get paid. They are unbearably painful. I digress. My heart still aches, I think it aches even more now realizing that there is so much more to do and so many more obstacles to overcome in order to do all of them. Thank you with all my heart. The love in me recognizes and honors the love in you.