Monday, October 17, 2016

Heart Revolution Week One....Let's GO!

"Broken-Hearted I started climbing..."
-Hilary Weeks

If there is one thing I know...It's Heartbreak. 
We all do, don't we?
Each one of us carries a burden of sorrow and pain
that sometimes, no matter how hard we try to forget about it, to make it all go away...
it doesn't.

It remains, it seems
to torture and tear us down.
And when we are in the middle of all the pain
it's hard to see the Light that's within us.

Not so long ago I was in the Battle of my life. 
I thought everything I had ever known was gone...
for good.
I invite you to read my story before going any further in our class.
You must know my story and where I come from to fully 
appreciate where "Heart Revolution" came from
and how it not only changed my life

While I was smack dab in the middle of all this chaos I would 
listen to this song by Hilary Weeks


I encourage you to listen to this song everyday this week.
it CHANGED my Heart.
It reminded me that I WOULD get through this time in my life.

It gave me HOPE.

Now let me say before I go any further...
My story you just read...
that wasn't the end of my pain...heavens no.
I couldn't even imagine it at the time but it actually got WORSE...
so much pain was yet to come into my families life and I had no idea.
But isn't that the way it works? 
Just when we think things are bad...
they get worse.
Sometimes they get so BAD we don't think we can go on.
We want so badly to 
stop climbing.

That's what our class is ALL about for the next 6 weeks...
Climbing up that mountain.
Opening our Hearts to ALL that's good.
Realizing that, just like Glenda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz says...

"You had the Power all along, my Dear."

Here's how "Heart Revolution" will work...

Each Monday I will share our Song for the week. I am a BIG believer 
in the power of music. There's few hours in my day when some kind of music isn't playing. 
Music is medicine for the Soul.

I will also share our first prompts of the week, photos, etc. each Monday. 
These will all be in one big blog post. 
Throughout the rest of the week you can expect more prompts,
journal page ideas, my thoughts on the subject, my pages 
don't forget about our WEEKLY GIVE AWAYS!
These will mostly be in the form of posts in our FB group.

Each of you participating has a chance at winning an envelope of treasures to use in your journal pages!! There will be a specific FB post where you can add your name to the drawing each week.

You will want a notebook for sure to answer the prompts. 
You may also want an actual art journal.
I am using the YES YOU CAN composition book for most of my journaling along with the large blue art journal on the upper left. Both of these were found at Wal-Mart for under 10 bucks for both!

Here is what the inside of my notebook looks like using pens and a few pieces of ephemera.

You can also paint in these cheap notebooks and they turn out GREAT!

Using gesso to make the pages stronger is the best way to paint and add art journal type treasures in your notebooks. I will show you a step by step process later in the week!

This is the cover of my Faith journal...again just a 50 cent composition book!

Ok so it's time to get to work! 

Listen to our song of the week...and be sure and watch the is sooo inspiring!! 
I have met Mariama Kolon...she is the african american lady in the video. Her story is INCREDIBLE!!!
And one that I will share later in the week.

Answer the following questions in your notebooks...

1. What Heartbreaks have you been through/are you going through? This can be as detailed as you want. I find when I just sit down with pen and paper and start making a list this is the best way. 

2. What comes to mind when you read this quote...

"If you can't fly then run, of you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to KEEP MOVING FORWARD." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Write this quote in your journals and just start writing all your thoughts, ideas and emotions that come up. This would make an excellent journal page as well. 

Ok, that's it for today! I will be posting MANY more prompts and ideas throughout the week in our Facebook Group Mind.Body.Soul.

The weekly blog post will be PINNED to the top and the rest of our prompts, photos, etc will be posted as well as in this file...

Be sure and stop by every day to see what's posted!!

Thank you all so much for being here!!!!1

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Heart Revolution Begins Monday!

Join me Monday, October 17th for "Heart Revolution"!
It's about finding the Power and the Love that's already inside your Heart.

Join me here.

Be sure and let me know if you are playing along for your chance to win 
a weekly treasure-filled envelope of love from me!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Heart Revolution is ALMOST here!

What is Heart Revolution?
It's a FREE
art journaling class 

It's all about turning Inward...
learning to 

October 17th.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I LOVE My Planner!

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” 
― Gloria Steinem

I have been a journal writer,
most of my life.

All those stickers
and papers
make me HAPPY!

I have used everything from simple notebooks
to Stephen Covey.
My Planner these days
is the 
Happy Planner from MAMBI.
I am on my SECOND one!!

I belong to several Facebook planner groups and I have noticed one thing....

I am NOT your traditional planner girl.

I tend to treat my planner more like 
a diary/journal, adding little treasures
that make me SMILE!

One of my favorite things to use in my planners
are vintage images.

These girls just speak to me.

Along with the girls I use and LOVE the quote stickers from MAMBI.
I have every single one!!

Project Life cards work great in my planner, too

I started keeping my Happy Planner a year ago.
It's always SO FUN going back and seeing what we were doing a year ago.

Along with planning and journal taking
I use my planner for fitness, writing down my Dreams,
making lists and favorite quotes that inspire me.

Are you a planner? Be sure and let me know!!

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Power of Art Journaling

I have always been a writer.

It was my dream to write.
And still is.

But I am 
Art Journaling
came into my life.

I think if you take the quote above and substitute art journaling for the word write...
it's the same thing.

Art Journaling does give me strength

 Art Journaling does give me an outlet 

Art Journaling does allow me

I am so grateful for the POWER in Creating!

Art TRULY does Heal.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Leaving the Nest

“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

After nearly 22 years of being a full-time husband and I are Empty Nesters. Our 21 year old son lives in Utah and our 19 year old daughter just moved to Maine. And while each of them have a part of my heart...I am ready for this new chapter in my life. I am ready to explore what's in my ART... my WRITING....spending precious time with my darling husband.

Life is an Adventure...and the past 21 years have been the BEST and HARDEST years of my life. From the time my kids were born I made it my mission to be the BEST Mama...I spent nearly every single day with my children. I chose not to work outside my home but instead spent time playing with Jackson and Emma. We went to the park, rode bikes, had movie nights, days at the pool, read books, used our imaginations, sat on our porch swing playing the "car game", walked to Sonic for ice cream and Big Drinks. There were thousands of hours spent taking them to football, baseball, softball and soccer practices. Our weekends were filled with ball games rain or shine. There were Birthday parties and sleepovers and play practices.

There were also times of great sadness and frustration. Nights spent worrying when they were sick. Times I didn't know where they were and if they were safe.

Nothing can prepare you for being a Mom. Nothing. Not a book. Not a magazine article. Not a parenting class. Being a Mom is your HEART. From the moment you see your new baby and hold him or her...your Heart just SWELLS. It's like that scene in the Grinch when his heart grows "three sizes that day".

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did - that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that - a parent's heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” 
― Debra Ginsberg
 So here I am...watching my children Fly on their Own. It's a different kind of feeling...but I am loving it. I want nothing more for my children but for them to be HAPPY and at PEACE and DOING WHAT THEY LOVE! That is, after all, what we have been preparing them for all along.

My beautiful Prism Moon in front of her dorm in the heart of downtown Portland. I miss my girl but this is her Dream! It's what she has worked so HARD for!!!

“But kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.” 
― Barbara KingsolverPigs in Heaven

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Are you Ready for Heart REvOLuTIoN?

It's been awhile since my last FREE journal challenge.
This one is VERY special and will be amazing...

You won't want to miss this!!
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