Myself

Revive me again

Something swallowed me whole this summer… After changing to highly regimented eating and sleeping habits (including giving up my morning coffee!) and allowing myself to rest when tired, I am coming back to life. If you spoke to me recently, and I seemed lifeless or uninterested, please know that my energy level was at an all time low. It was…

Joy Journal Project Assignment #3

I thought this day would never arrive. I was ready for this last week. Finally! For those of you just joining us, this project has a wonderful mix of experienced art journalers and those that have never approached journaling in this way. I have laid out detailed instructions, but please take the liberty of altering/adding/subtracting to any portion of this…

Quiet

I noticed a theme in our Joy Journal Project class on Sunday. Seems so many had paths as symbols of quiet, paths and nature. We really had a beautiful time, sharing thoughts and discoveries, as we painted and glued and such. While the class was intently working on their assignment, I found myself drawn into my own page, layering deeper…

Progress

Been working on deadlines for several projects. I find a good external deadline helps me to accomplish so much more. Now to find a way to accomplish internal goals with the same perseverance. But… I’m actually in the process of learning to be gentle with myself, planning ahead, but allowing margin for relationship and rest, self care. And I’m getting…

Honor is an action verb

Choosing a word as a theme for the coming year has become a tradition for me. I have found that for each word chosen, the year has unfolded with a deep tie to it’s meaning. This past week I have been rolling around ideas, but the word, HONOR, envelops all the other choices. Honor (verb): to regard or treat (someone)…

Scripture pendants

AEDM Day 15 More soldering. I’m so torn. I love wax, but lately the soldering has won the call. I’m sure nobody noticed that I missed AEDM Day 14. I noticed, because when I slipped into my cozy nest of a bed, I was a bit sad about the end of the day coming before I was done with it.…

Word flow

AEDM Day 8 Today I wrote and wrote and wrote so many drafts for a guest blog post. Several angles sounded flat. My chief editor said, “It has no heart.” (I love his honesty.) Back to the first draft. Swip swap. I find joy in writing. Stream of consciousness is how the words flow. Then piecing thoughts together like a…

Loving self

Art Every Day Month – Day 21 Canvas prep for Faces: All Norah’s online workshop. I am ready to learn. November has always been a stressful month for me. In years past, I struggled with seasonal affective disorder. Last year I was unaffected, and no noticeable signs this year either. I attribute the change to a very proactive stance, progesterone…

Procrastination

Sometimes when something is bothering me, I procrastinate doing what I love best. What would soothe and process upsetting thoughts would be to engage the right side of my brain, but I find so many other things that “just have to get done.” Today I almost allowed my whole day to pass without giving myself the gift of artistic expression,…