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!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

One Creative Summer :Getting Messy

 All you need is deep within you
waiting to unfold and reveal itself.
All you have to do is be still
and take time to seek for what is within,
and you will surely find it.
Eileen Caddy

When we are little summer means freedom, a break from routine.
We get to sleep in, stay up late and play outside all day long.
It's afternoons by the pool,
sleepovers with friends
and Midnight Ghost until way past dark.

Oh, if only that is what my summer looked like today.
Just because the weather is warmer doesn't mean we 
don't have responsibilities. And it seems my summer
is busier than ever!

That's why I created One Creative Summer.
It's about finding little pockets of time to feel like a kid again.

You can expect at least three creative ideas/prompts/projects a week through for the next 7 weeks.
I will try and post at least one of the challenges here in my blog...
the rest of them in our FB group Mind.Body.Soul Art Journaling and PIN at the top.
Feel free to SHARE your work with us!!

When life is just too busy yet I NEED to creative
the best thing I know to do is to 
"messy paint" 
to PEACE. 

Your art journals are the 
PERFECT place to glue down some papers,
swipe a few of your favorite paints onto
and finish with stencils....

and Washi Tape.

The best part of this creative process is the rhythm you create.
Put on your favorite tunes

No thinking...
just creating.

Take an hour today to get messy.
This is not the time to try something new.
Just do what you KNOW.
 What you LOVE.

"What art offers is space...
a certain breathing room for the spirit."
John Updike

Monday, June 6, 2016

One Creative Summer is HERE!!!

"Pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked."  -Jane Austen

Welcome to "One Creative Summer"!! I am so grateful you are here and look forward to seeing your creations in our FB group Mind.Body.Soul Art Journaling. Be sure and stop by to say HI if you are playing along with us this summer!!

My idea for this challenge came about because I knew the  I would be crazy busy for the next few months working in our family's shaved ice shack. And even though I may not get to spend the time in my studio that I would was very important for me to stay inspired and create. I am just so grateful you are here to join me in this journey!!

Here's what you can expect...

*this challenge is ALL ABOUT working at your own pace
*there won't be any "have-to finish" projects
*finding ways to inject creativity into your days and nights
* a SUPER laid-back approach is what this challenge is all our summer days!

I want you to think about your expectations of yourself when it comes to creating. Are you so caught up in the perfectionism of it that you talk yourself out of doing what you love?

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way says this about perfectionism....

"It is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is a obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get stuck. Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough...that we should try again."

This was view this morning...

I have been waking up an hour earlier so I can enjoy my first cup of coffee outside. I love hearing the birds sing, smelling the beautiful summer air and feeling so alive!

Just a  few weeks ago I would make my coffee then proceed to sit on the couch watching the news for the next TWO HOURS. It was making me feel extremely anxious and tired. The more I sat and watched the more I realized that my life was just passing me by. The affect on the rest of my day was crippling me. It seemed my zest for life was being depleted.

After making that one change to my morning routine I am feeling so different!! I can feel my creativity coming back as the sights and smells of summer awaken my spirit.

This was my studio this morning...

(see my sweet Gizmo wanting to come out and play too!!)

Last week I packed together an "art kit"...a small box full of some of my favorite supplies so I could create whenever the mood struck. And I can take it to Kool Kats with me, too:)

It's filled with a pack of 4x6 index cards, painted papers, Brave Art sayings, magazine images, vintage girl images, a glue stick, one black pen, scissors and a few stamps and one black stamp pad. The pink folder with the typewriter on it (found this at the Dollar Tree!!) has a few more Brave Art quote sheets in it as well as some stamped images my friend Sherry Canino sent me:)

Here is my index card from this morning....

Another one I created during our slow times in our ice shack Kool Kats.

As our Challenge kicks off this week I encourage you to create your own portable art kit. You can use a tote bag, a large zip lock baggie, a small plastic tote like mine...anything you can carry with you.

I look forward to seeing YOUR art treasures in our group!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

One Creative Summer Challenge

"The incredible gift of the ordinary! Glory comes streaming from the table of daily life."
-Macrina Wiederkehr "A Tree Full of Angels"

June has got to be one of the BEST months of the year.
 It's warm summer days and cool summer nights...
I just can't think of anything better! 

Everything just seems better in the summer..
my morning cup of coffee on the patio...
an afternoon spent working in our ice shack...

And long summer nights watching old movies, 
chilling around our fire pit or enjoying dinner on our grill.
This really is the good life!

I love creating in the summer, too...sometimes in my studio
and sometimes outside.
My creativity seems to blossom like my beautiful flowers 
as the weather heats up.

This year I want to encourage YOU to CREATE!
I hope you can join me for our latest Challenge...


Journaling, painting, writing, cooking, gardening...
it's ALL 
our days
and enjoying 
our daily

Throughout the summer join me for inspiring quotes to uplift and inspire our hearts.
There will be journaling prompts, 
easy, peasy techniques
and ideas to jumpstart

The fun begins THIS Monday, June 6th and runs through August 1st.

I hope you will play along in this VERY laid back and 100% FREE Creative Challenge!

Feel free to copy the above image and put on your blogs along with a link to this page.
And SHARE with your friends!!!

"Freshness trembles beneath the surface of everyday,
 a joy perpetual to all who catch its opal lights beneath the dust of habit."
-Freya Stark
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