Cherish Flieder - Colorado Native Illustrator and Designer for Fashion Accessories, Gifts, and Home Decor

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your journey so far?

by Cherish Flieder – Licensed Artist, Watercolor Illustrator + Product Designer

As seen in Voyage Denver highlighting local hidden gems.

The most important lesson I have learned is also the lesson I need to remember daily. So, I wove it into my art company tagline – “Something to Cherish®, because life is a gift.” 

Every moment is a gift. No one is promised tomorrow and yet most of us waste too many minutes of today worrying about it. This can lead to anxiety. We can’t change the past, but we spend too much time regretting it. This can lead to depression. We want things to be just perfect, so we embrace fear and delay it. This is the overwhelming reality of procrastination. 

Instead, this is what we should do. First, smile. Take 3 deep breaths and be grateful for everything in your life at this moment. This includes the good, bad, and ugly, as they are the teachers life uses to make us who we are meant to become if we will only let them. Keep looking up, have faith, and reach for joy in every circumstance. Be quick to forgive, mend what you can, and let go of what you can’t change or fix. Never lose your ability to laugh at yourself at the end of the day. Spend more time with the beauty of nature and the mysteries of your Creator. Connect face-to-face and heart-to-heart with your people more than your technology. Listen closely and be kind to others as well as to yourself. Don’t wait to sing your song, dance your dance, give your gift, or paint your dream. Be the authentic, original, and best version of you. Start right now. There’s no time in life for do-overs. The way you do it will be just right for right now, as long as you are willing to adjust along the way.

Right now we hold time in our hands. Right now we can use our hearts, minds, and hands to make a difference. Right now, this present moment, is where eternity past and eternity future intersect. This moment is completely yours. What will you choose to do with it?

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About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.