The choices we make shape our lives. Seven years ago my Dad died, followed a year later by my Grammie. These were both very important people in my life, and I suddenly realized that life was far shorter than I ever thought. So I retired from my accounting career and became a fulltime artist. The monetary paycheck isn't nearly as good, but the rewards are unbelievable. I get up every morning, thrilled to be alive and head to the studio to "play" all day. Life doesn't get much better than that!