Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Journal 52 day - week 1

Hi all!

I came across a journaling prompt Facebook group called Journal 52 starting up for the new year and thought I would join in the fun.  There is a new prompt each week - this week the prompt is "Up, up and away."  Pezza decided to join in on this one too (being as how we were having the Xmas break that never ends - thanks a lot Polar Vortex :P)

In addition to the Journal 52 challenge we decided to use something else I made up to help - I made a bunch of product/technique prompts and we turned them all over and drew some to help our work along.

I suggested we draw 6 but Pezza insisted on drawing more.  Here are hers:

She actually had 9 but it got to a point where I was like ok we can only do so much at once.....

She did such a great job!  I try my best to give her as much freedom as I can - offering product usage info and suggestions but I let her make some choices too.

Her background has some subtle shimmer and I love the doodling she did with the gel pens!  She is getting better at stenciling with pastes too.

And here is mine:

I left a few of the tags out!  Six was more than enough!

I was inspired by the sunrise at the bus stop this morning - brilliant pinks, oranges and yellows masked by the cool soft tones of blueish purple clouds.....

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."  ~Helen Keller

Friday, January 3, 2014

Say Yes to New Adventures

Hi all!

One of the things I like most about the life I have lived so far is that I have never been afraid to say yes to new adventures.

One of the things I have been struggling with lately - for some time really - is the lack of new adventures and I am unsure how to handle that.....

Don't get me wrong, jumping headlong into new adventures and living by the seat of my pants could make for some rocky rides, stress and uncertainty so I appreciate the stability I have now......

But oh how I still crave the adventure.......!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Letting Go....

Hi all!

It's a new year...again...SO MUCH PRESSURE! Hahhaha!

I rarely make New Year's Resolutions because I really try to work on things all year and often those things change.  But I did pick a word I am trying to keep in mind for the New Year or at least for now and that is "freedom".   A big step towards freedom for me is letting go and I came across a great list of things to let go of  for the New Year and sort of built on it and re-worded it to fit me.  (You can read the original article HERE.)

In Alcoholics Anonymous we love our quick sayings and tag lines and one of my favorites has always been "You will find it necessary to LET THINGS GO simply because they are heavy."  (In later research I found the source of the quote - C. JoyBell C.)

So simple and yet so tough to do...

But it is something I must remember how to do if I am going to find my way back to freedom....

It takes an awful lot of energy to hold on so tightly to so many things....and it changes nothing.....these are people/places/things I have no control over....

And so this is what I will meditate on for as long as it takes - something I did not wait until the New Year to start and it is gradually helping, a tiny bit of peace, just a glimpse, but I have faith it will grow.

"For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit." (Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition, p. 66)