You Only Live Once

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Truth told from the heart and mind of a free-spirited young girl. Oh, to realize the truth in every waking moment, every exhaled breath.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Sky Library

Golden light shines off the dark wood floors.

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Books line every shelf. [Read more…]

Art is a Lie

scarf-sketch-tasra Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
—Pablo Picasso

Sometimes, the only answer is to create.

Quiet the mind. Still the body.

The question doesn’t matter when you focus on the process.

It comes in waves with each sketch of the pen, each splash of color, each part of the art.

Release.

Relief.

When was the last time you created?

Artist Note: Fashion sketch created with watercolor paper, pencils, and watercolor crayons. Sketched then painted. Framed and signed in PS6.

What are You Putting on Repeat?


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I used to think that if I could just get it right this time, then I’d be set for life. An older, wiser person (or just myself a couple years later) would have told me that life doesn’t work like that.

Your life isn’t made up of the few big moments when you did well; it’s made up of your everyday: work, sleep, food, and everything in between.

The big events are like sprinkles on top of your ice cream – they make it look nicer and add a little flavor but no matter how much you add, it’s still called ice cream.

I’m beginning to realize how much of my life is made up habits – the things that I do over and over. Nicole Krauss describes habits in the book, Man Walks Into a Room:

“Without habits, we’d be unidentifiable.
We’d have to reinvent ourselves every minute.”

I was struck by the truth of that statement. My habits paint a picture of who I am and what I believe in; when I change my habits, I am reinventing myself.

Well, talk about pressure – and I thought my daily life was something I could just forget after a week or so passed. Seriously, can you even remember what you did two Wednesdays ago? My daily choices are in some ways even more important than the big ones. It’s the small things that are repeated.

I suddenly want to write up a list of daily habits for each area of my life:

  • Run six miles.
  • Drink a gallon of water.
  • Serve in a homeless shelter.
  • Write a book…

Okay, just kidding.

Reasonable Daily Habits

  1. exercise for 15 minutes
  2. drink a cup of hot tea
  3. read a chapter of a book I like
  4. eat dinner with my family
  5. start my morning with prayer

These things are small and may not mean much by themselves, but little things add up.

Being intentional about my habits also helps insure that I’m living the life I desire for myself. Even if I can’t remember what I did last week, I’ll know that it included my daily habits – actions that I can be proud of and stand behind.

What are you doing with your daily life?

Art Journal: A New Chapter

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I’ve admired the work of art journalers for a long time. In fact, I even wrote about them in my book, Real Women Scrap.

Yet, I always found a reason that I couldn’t make one. Since I’ve been on sabbatical, I’ve been digging up art supplies and going through the ones that inspire me to create. I’m finally diving in and creating pages. Random pages that I someday hope to combine into a book. For now, they are bits and pieces of art, chalk, paint, watercolor, and words.

It just became time to dive in. Are you ready to dive in?

100 Tips for Nurturing Your Best Self

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Seems there is a lot of talk about self-care lately. What it means, why it matters and whether or not you’re doing it.

Have you heard the hullabaloo?

One of the resources I stumbled across was at Seek Your Course where they are creating a list of 100 tips for nurturing your best self. I thought 100 tips would be great seeing as how when you’re at a low point the last thing you can do is think of something self-caring to do.

So I added seven of my favorite self-care tips. Do you do any of these? What would you add?

SEVEN SELF-CARE TIPS

  1. Take vitamins.
  2. Take supplements to boost brain activity or calm nerves.
  3. Listen to audiobook or audio Bible.
  4. Curl up with heating pad, hot cocoa and chick flick.
  5. Go through old photos and share them with others.
  6. Update screensaver.
  7. Update computer background.

LIVE INSANELY GREAT!

What are your top tips for how YOU care for yourself?

Exploring Art Journals

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My creativity is being re-ignited. It’s started in small ways and showing up in areas long forgotten.

All of a sudden I have recollections of coloring for hours on end when I was young (and not so young). I remember the calming effect coloring had on my mind and heart.

Here’s what I want to know…

  1. Why is it that so many coloring books are created for children?
  2. Where are the coloring books for grown-ups?
  3. Why is it that once we get older, we must create our own pictures to color?

Makes me think.

This is a close up shot of my first art journal page. I’m starting a new book, bringing in my writing, scrapbooking, and photography to create a new chapter.

What about you? Have you ever created an art journal?

Stop Avoiding Mistakes

mistakes I screw up all the time. 

You don’t have to get it perfect.

You just have to get it going.

—Marie Forleo

Video for Photographers: Dark Side of the Lens

“Fires of happiness. Waves of gratitude.
Do something worth remembering… a photograph or a scar.
I may never be a rich man… I dig the thought of that.”

What does this video spark in you?

Will the message stay with you long after you’ve seen it?

Can you feel your heart connecting with his words? Images?

Seek the Mountain View

blue-ridge-mountain-top-light When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new.
This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb,
and to seek the mountain view.

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia may have been what Ella was describing when she spoke of men seeking the mountain view. Women too, by the way. For this weekend, ten brave and restless women have been spurred on to climb, to seek a greater height, and satisfy a craving. The art that will proceed may change the face of the earth. Such is the way of the creative soul.