Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I finished the pages about the Valentine card making party the other day. You never know what I will add to my journal pages and this one has the recipe for the lovely soup we had. YUM!
I also have been working on some backgrounds. I can paint on them or print them out to use in my journal. I'm not sure what I will do with them yet but they are just pretty to look at for now.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Here I am working on the journal page above. Can I just say, I love to work in my journal. I would do it all the time if I could. I really need to have journal parties at my house where all you do it sit around, drink, journal, laugh and talk about life. Any takers?
My dear friend Karin who hosted the party, made the most yummy soup and bread combo for lunch. Thanks Karin, you are the best!!!!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I'm really loving how short it is. Since I can't take a picture of the back of my head, and that would not be very exciting anyway, just take my word for it that it is really short.
My husband and I took a drive down to Sacramento, CA this past weekend. It was about a 12 hour drive for us. We took two days to get down there and one to get back. Let me tell you, I was glad to get out of the car when we got home. We went down there to check out a program called The Genesis Process. It was designed for people with addictions but it doesn't take you long to figure out that we all have unhealthy coping behaviours that affect our lives and basically are addictions. I learned so much about how the brain (limbic system) works and why we do what we don't want to do and don't do what we want to do. So basically, if you have habitual coping behaviors to deal with work, sex, anger, relationships, anxiety or fear and food that are self destructive then you have an addiction. This particular program has raised the success rate to 80% in areas that previously only had 5% success rates before. I am totally stoked about this program. If you want to check it out go here. They explain the process much better than I can.
Friday, January 15, 2010
We are on the road, heading through the mountains in northern California and it is such a beautiful day.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Yesterday I cleaned out the bathroom which included six drawers and two cupboards. I made it through three drawers and the two cupboards and cleared off the counters. Plugged in the air freshener and washed the rugs. Today, I will finish the remaining drawers. The clearing out and cleaning up just feels so good. There is something very freeing to have the space you live in be welcoming and smell and look fresh.
Some fun stuff going on around here: I got my hair cut really short. If I can get a decent picture I will share. Love it! I also got to spend a few hours art journaling with my niece. I didn't get much done but she organized my art bag. It is much more functional now. I am such a clutter bug and I can take any space and clutter it up in no time. She keeps me in line. I'm sure this won't be the last time I ask her to help me out with organization. The only way to keep the clutter at a minimum is to not have much to work with. I have seriously thought that I should limit my art supplies to what fits in my carrying bag. Just get rid of everything else and be forced to work with a limited amount of stuff. I don't know if I can do it though. I'm sure my studio will the last room I de-clutter for this very reason.
My verse for today:
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful :) Colossians 3:15
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
My verse for the day:
So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs. Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong. Heb 12:12
PS If anyone is looking for an awesome bible study to start the new year out with, I have just the one for you. Into the Word by Anne Graham Lotz. It is a 52 week study and I am loving it.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Back in November I had prayed about 2010 and thought it would be fun and good to have one word that would help me focus for what would be coming down the road. SIMPLIFY was the word that I was given. I held onto that word, knowing how necessary it was and yet not knowing how it would play out in my life.
Then, I bought Jamie Ridlers Soul Reflections workshop knowing that I needed to have purpose and direction in my art pursuits. As it turned out, the workshop was wonderful but it turned out to be a springboard for developing my life goals for this coming year not just my art. I was so surprised about what appeared in front of me that I sat in total silence almost in unbelief at what I was looking at. So I prayed some more and wrote out my 2010 goals.
Then as a final sealing of the deal, God gave me two verses to hold onto this year. To remind me of my focus and purpose. The whole thing was incredible and precious and encouraging to my wounded heart of 2009. It would take pages to tell it all and I wouldn't do that to you but here are the goals and verses that will be my foundation for the coming year.