Do it for the process

Do it for the process

The creative process is something that feeds my soul in a way I can’t always explain. Creating, painting, sketching, journaling, doodling – they are all an outlet for me. Some people hit the weights at the gym, go for a long run, or Contra dance the night away. Some folks choose not so healthy outlets – recreational drugs, alcohol, junk food. Some choose retail therapy or a day spa and pampering. But for me, personally, nothing quite matches the satisfaction of the creative process. I connect to a different part of my Self that I don’t otherwise in my typical to-do’s. The end product may not be a finished piece to share with the world – and a lot of the times they’re not! The point is to do it for the process. So I thought I’d bring you into my process a little here and share my five incentives for engaging that process.

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Happy New Year – 2018!

Happy New Year – 2018!

Happy New Year friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and safe new year’s celebrations. It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here, but I’m setting some goals to change that for 2018! I’m pretty active over on instagram, and as a result, I’ve completely neglected my poor blog in 2017. I’m paying good money for this bad boy, so I may as well use it, right?

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Personalized Journal

Personalized Journal

When it comes to my brain having to remember things, I’m an old-fashioned pen-and-paper, hand-to-brain, make-it-stick kind of girl. I’m busy… I tend to take on a lot in my life with my “regular” job, my freelance work, my art, planning projects and keeping track of all those ideas and dreams, my three kids, my husband, my tribe… I have to stay organized and I have to write it down! There are tons of planners and journals out there, some pretty inexpensive, some pretty expansive, but I have my own little system of lists down to my own habits and I really enjoy keeping all of my brain-dumps in one place with my own flair. Continue reading

2016 – Done!

2016 – Done!

Hey y’all! I’m back! Happy belated New Year! How was your 2016?? I guess I blipped off the interwebs for that past year… My bad…

Can I be transparent for a minute? I didn’t do a lot of “artwork to heartwork” in 2016 as I had hoped. You may have noticed? Lots of heartwork, that’s for sure. 2016 was sort of a wash… We experienced a lot of good, but in hard ways. In short, when your mission organization refers you to professional counseling instead of a placement abroad as we had planned, you might get stuck in a hard place.

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