1. Researching how to rebind my Documented Life Planner. I knew it was bound to happen. My book has been getting chunkier every day. I even have been making a conscious effort to keep my pages less dimensional, but I think my planner was too far gone by the time THAT idea popped into my head! So I am going to take it apart and make relieve some of the stress on the spine....even though it will cause my stress level to seriously rise - EEEK! Taking this apart might be one of the scariest things I have ever done when it comes to art. Wish me luck.
2. So proud of this young man. He works so hard and pushes himself to the greatest limits. He was in a golf tournament last week and he did so well - even though he was a bit out of his comfort zone when it came to this competitive play. Now ask him to be part of a school debate or run for President or take 5 AP classes or read ten novels in a week or join every club their is and he is cool as a cucumber. But competitive sports is not in is comfort zone at all. He loves golf and is a fantastic player and even plays for the high school, but that is small potatoes. This was different. Just the fact that he took that leap makes me so proud of him.
3. Remembering that when I have sad days or bad days ART does make me feel better. I do believe it has the power to heal how we feel about ourselves if nothing else. I know that for me, it elevates my mood in such a way to make really yucky days feel not so dang hopeless. I hope that ART makes you feel the same way!
4. Working on this. Lots of new bags to hit the Etsy shoppe soon! I miss stitching when I get busy and don't sew. I am not a seamstress, and my bags are wonky and funky and imperfect, but I love love love them. This time I am keeping some for myself ONCE AND FOR ALL and using them for all of my favorite art stuff!
5. Taking these two little peanuts with me to do errands more and more these days. I love it. It wears me out and works me out, but when they are with me there is no where else I would rather be.
6. Practicing some lettering. Okay so THIS is hard. What the hek? Everyone makes it look so easy. I must be missing that gene, because it is not easy for me at all, but I am not giving up. Maybe there is a trick to what pen you use? Or maybe a brush. I am not finished looking into this and I am not giving up!
7. Filling up another journal with 15 Minutes of Mixed Media© ! This little journal is just the right size for this daily exercise and I love how well it has held up for me. I am NOT super gentle with my journals and I certainly use whatever I want in them, with little regard for paper quality, so for it to be holding it's own says it is just the journal for me!
8. Making more time for family dinners. They aren't always homemade and they aren't always perfect, but they are happening more and more and that is special to me. It is an effort on all our parts to make this happen. Three children are grown and live on their own and two of those have their own little peanuts to take of...two more still live at home but they are always heading one direction or another - and then their are jobs and school and LIFE...so we all take the time to just say yes to last minute invites and late night meals. We ignore the inconvenience of it all and end up laughing our way through a meal where we are all together. Happy and together.
9. Working on some new projects in the studio. I am always happiest when I can be creating for the fun of it and not just for "work." This is the best kind of creating ever.
10. Enjoying Summer trips to the beach. I am being faithful to my love of art on the go and grabbing that bag of simple supplies on the way out the door. Watercolors and sea water. My family thinks I am a complete nut. Most moms are suntanning or reading - not me. I am filling up water brushes with salty water and picking sand out of my watercolors. And I am happy doing it. Isn't that all that counts. At the end of each and every single day I just want to close my eyes knowing I was happy.