This week I needed a reminder to rest and take care of myself. To stop and find joy in things that would help me heal and get well. I had been working so hard over the Holidays and launching the new workshop that I had run myself ragged. You think I could learn this lesson. So this week I’ve been laying low and finding the joy in just being.
When I pulled these papers they were literally the first ones I came to…and I had no idea what I would do…. These messages always show up when I need them.
I was inspired by the beautiful bird images from the Vintage Birds Collage Pak. I also wanted to work on three canvases to show how quickly you can make a series of art! For the colors, I was inspired by this beautiful tissue paper I found at a recent Target shopping trip. And being the tissue paper lover that I am, I HAD to find a way to incorporate this into my art! It also goes to show you that you don’t need expensive materials to create beautiful works of art! I also love to have words on my journal pages or other artwork, and the “Words, Words, Words” stencil is my favorite for that. I thought since it was the New Year, it would be nice to have some encouraging words that I would like to focus on for 2018. I hope you enjoy the video tutorial and that you have a year full of love, hope and joy!
I love Christmas and all the fun that comes with it but the most meaningful part to me is it’s true meaning and I like to remind myself of it even in my art. I have several trees in my home for Christmas and this little sentiment is a good reminder to not get too caught up in the lights and fan fair but to look to the brightest light that is not on the tree.
As I began this journey of purposeful living, of stepping outside my comfort zone to grow and learn more about myself and the world around me. I made a plan to try something new each week.
Well, this week got away from me, with the business of the business and a friend coming into town… I suddenly realized that I’d not done anything new this week.
What happened next took be by surprise.
I felt such guilt and really kind of beat up on myself. Partially because I’m a list or a rule follower in much of my life, if I don’t check the boxes I get that anxiety feeling and the other reason is I have this accountability with you now too.
But I had to stop and give myself a talk, just like I would with you or anyone important to me. I had to remind myself that this journey is not about some list that I have made up in my head,
but this is my heart journey and that should be a freeing thing not burdensome. I had to remind myself that there are lessons, growth and beauty in today. Each day is a blessing and to stop, look around, and find the beauty in the day to day, in filling orders, in creating blog posts in… whatever. And I did! my peace always, always comes from creating and every time I create I learn something new.
I pray that you find your beauty today. That you realize what a blessing today is and that creating a beautiful story starts from being grateful for the small things.