Friday, March 23, 2007

My Birthday Wish

My birthday wish is to be one of the contestants on the Food Network Channel and compete in the Sugar/Cake Pastry contests and carry your cake across the table after you finish it :)

Well, I am officially 30 today. You know, I stopped drawing for a very long time and just did not have the passion and motivation for it anymore. But, when my brother, Chuck, died in September, my life suddenly turned upside down and everything around me seemed so hopeless. I felt so lost when he died but then the only thing that made me feel better was drawing. So, I did. I started to draw again and kept on drawing like there's no tomorrow. Illustration Friday came exactly at the right time for me and became my motivation to create, experiment, and de-stress and i'm just so happy for all the wonderful friends i've made as well. This year, I promised myself to work even harder, to forget about the bad times, to embrace the good times, and to keep praying. Life is still a little rough until now, but, I learned that I need to survive it and to survive it gracefully. My wonderful cousin once told me, "Sometimes it's so tiring to hope against what seems hopeless, but, that is what faith is — To continue believing even when the sun isn't shining."

So, here's to my 30th birthday! Lots of donuts and cakes and maybe even a glass of Pinot Noir! Thank you for all the wonderful messages guys! You all have been such an inspiration to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
- Cheers!

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Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Happy Birthday Michelle. I remember my 30th... like it was yesterday... (I wish!). May you have a blessed year with all good things coming your way. May the memories you have of your dear brother be only the best ones, and may you find joy in every day!

3:42 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Ginger! Thank you!! I truly appreciate your message :) SEe ya later...

4:50 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

ooooh donuts! You have really outdone yourself with your work since that sad time. It is cathartic to immerse yourself into a passion no matter what the reason but to honor your brother in the way that you have makes him proud of you and you must continue to grow. 30 is a turning point and I see wonderful and meaningful adventures for you dear Michelle. I hope you get your birthday wish and I wouldn't mind a piece of your fine cake too! Love, Laughter and Live out Loud Michelle!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks Val! Truly appreciate it :)

7:19 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle!Hope you have a wonderful year... thirties are good years to have. And I'm with ya on the giant chocolate cake-- all the way!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Pati @-;-- said...

Awwwwwwwww..! Happy birthday Michelle! :D I wish you a wonderful year full of happiness and candies :d

Turning 30 is nice because you are young and wise at a time :)

9:00 PM  
Blogger mike said...

Another great illo. Happy Birthday!
Thanks you for being so open and sharing where you are at. I'm sure your brother would be pleased about the way you have handled things...

9:09 PM  
Blogger Coloribus said...

Michelle you are a marvellous girl and so talented! I wish you all the happinesses, to cross the storms without being never wounded.
You also you are a source of inspiration for us : We guess all your kindness and your big sense of humor through your illustrations, thank you to share this with us :)

5:37 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thank you so much, Liz, Pati, MIke, and Coloribus! You are all very sweet and kind! Thank you for everything. :)

5:45 AM  
Blogger isay said...

Michelle Happy Birthday! 2 araw lang pagitan natin. nagcelebrate ako nong huwebes. anyway, i hope your wishes will come true and more blessings Michelle.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Sherry Rogers said...

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday Dear Michelle Happy Birthday to you!

Each time I read your sorrow over our brother I just feel so deeply for you. . .I lost mine 7 years ago. . .but the loss of him is still near and dear. . .


Hey by the way. . .My birthday is this next Friday!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Roz said...

Hi Michelle, this is my first time visiting your blog. Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday and many condolences on the loss of your brother in September.
You're art is terrific.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Roz said...

YOUR art is terrific, I meant.

1:05 PM  
Blogger potatomamma said...

wow, michelle
sorry to hear about your tough year. may your new year be really good, and full of happy surprises, and very good friends! welcome to the 30-club ;-)

and thanks for your comment on my blog too... i'm okay, just got busy this month, thanks =)

all the best, and happy birthday!

7:37 AM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

Happy Birthday Michelle!! i wish you the best, you are a succesfull person and you draw soooo beatiful, the best for you

8:42 AM  
Blogger suana said...

Happy birthday, Michelle! I wish you a wonderful year
[and I think, according to the Chinese year the year of the golden pig should be a great year, it only comes around once every 60 years..]

5:36 PM  
Blogger Roland Mechael said...

wishing you a great birthday Michelle! ;)


6:37 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

The wonderful message that you wrote, Michelle, deserves a ton of comments. I hope you continue to benefit from IF. I feel the same as you about IF, only, thank the Lord, I haven't lost a dear loved one yet. But it was my friend, Doug Jones' urging that got me into starting a story blog that became Trowbridge. It has been so tiring with such long added hours each week, yet a great drawing and painting exercise, and very fulfilling.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks guys, truly appreciate it! Thanks Roz, Suana, Astrid, Karla, and Bron! :)

6:19 AM  
Blogger Emila Yusof said...

Happy 30th birthday, Michelle!! God bless! Hope all your dreams come true!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Pati @-;-- said...

...just a little visit to say you that we miss you :')

4:35 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Hi Pati! Sorry for the post delay :) I've been celebrating my birthday for about 3 days now :) Will post something small soon! Hasta Luego!

4:48 PM  
Blogger BINO said...




4:50 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

thanks bino :)

11:39 AM  
Blogger Pati @-;-- said...

Hehehe... nice to know that! BTW, you don't have to apollogize ;)

Keep enjoying your anniversary week!

5:23 PM  
Blogger robert casumbal said...

happy belated b-day! after 30, it just gets better :)

7:44 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Happy Birthday Michelle!

Fancy cake making is one of my secret dreams too.

12:46 AM  
Blogger buep said...

Happy birthday Michelle! It's late, I know... I hope you had a a beautiful day, full of donuts and cakes :)

Keep on drawing! A big, big,big chocolate- hug,

12:35 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks Cecila, Amy and ROBert! I'll post in IF for the next topic.... Thanks again, Guys!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Happy B-day! I hop eyou have a wonderful day with tons of sugary, yummy food.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Courtney...Thank you for the greeting!!! Take care -

7:12 PM  
Blogger Mia (a.k.a."The Great Blogbina") said...

I just wanted to join everyone else here in sending my best wishes to you ... Happy (belated) birthday, Michelle!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Pati @-;-- said...

In Venezuelan Spanish you'd say: ¡bonché demasiado! (it's like "I partied too much!")

That sounds reeeeeeeeeeally good, Mitchie!


8:05 PM  
Blogger glimbit said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your story of using your art to help you through some tough times. Be strong, and know that you do your brother a great service with your work.

30 ain't so bad!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Glimbit, Mia, and Pati :) Thank you so much. Sorry I haven't posted any messages on your blogs - I will get back to it for the next topic! Thanks guys!

5:06 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Nobody said...

Happy Birthday Michelle. Turned 30 last month and hope you are enjoying this beautiful time as much as I am... despite all the hard times. Keep drawing, you have a great talent and you are a great source of inspiration. Happy Birthday again.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

thank you little miss nobody! really appreciate it!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Happy Happy (belated) Birthday Michelle! You are super wonderful, and I hope that all of your B-Day wishes come true.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

aww...thanks pickledog! really appreciate it! thanks everyone!

7:59 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

Hi Michelle, and happy belated birthday! Thanks for sharing your birthday with us. And some tender parts of your life. And I am with you -- I LOVE LOVE LOVE Food Network, but my birthday wish would be to be pampered with a dish from each of my favorite chefs on the network and cook with them! I hope yo had a truly winderful 30th birthday. Keep up the good art!

11:49 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Kathleen!! thank you so much!!!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Paige Keiser said...

Happy Happy Birthday Michelle! And gawd I love donuts, those are my sweet spot--my weakness!

Thanks for the Friday spot offer, I dont know if I'm too late but I would be honored! I'll send along a piece I've been working this week--so excited, that made my day :0)

6:49 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

HI Paige. Thanks!!!
Just let me know which image you'd like..
You can always email me at: - I will post next Friday! Thanks paige!

8:14 PM  
Blogger mike r baker said...

Wow! So mant birthdays this month! Happy birthday!!!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Thanks for sharing your story, and your wonderful, delightful artwork! It's always cheery and uplifting! And some are particularly delicious, like this one.

I have a March birthday too, and I also love the food challenges (and Iron Chef), and think it would be great fun to try and compete.

I pray that your year holds beauty, truth, hope and many blessings.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

aww...thanks Scott....that is so sweet. Thank you!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

OMG.. Happy Belated Birfday, Michelle! I'm sorry I've been out of touch with the internet world lately, so I didn't get to see this:( Donuts will make any bad situation go away.. mmm suuuuggerrr.. You're always so grounded in your blog postings and illustrations.. I can see how this has been such a great therapy for you to get you through the tough times. And I appreciate you sharing your personal stories with us in your illustrations! You're such a sweet, inspiring person! Happy 30th!!!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks Michellie!!!! really appreciate it!

2:43 PM  

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