1. Starting a new art journal for 15 Minutes of Mixed Media©. I love it when I am so faithful to creating random art that I need to buy a new journal. That just makes me happy. I have realized, after a very, very long time, that art makes me HAPPY when other things can not. I always new it made me happy, I don't mean that. I just mean that I have finally convinced myself I NEED art to be happy. It completes me. It is a soothing salve when nothing else is. I am grateful that I can create a little each day, and that I have been blessed with a little corner all my own.
2. Pretty cool when you forget this happened and you leaf through a magazine at the store and see your work on its pages- Pillow Love, Past & Present. This is the newest edition of Somerset Home - 2014. I am in love with this magazine and always so honored when I get to work with their awesome team. You can get a closer peek at what is inside this issue HERE.
3. Working on the computer is NOT my favorite job, but it is a necessary one. I am always looking for ways to make it easier and more organized. Recently I started lining my work table with paper and make lots of notes as I go. When my jobs are complete, I check them off and at the end of computer session will add the important reminders, and checklists to my Action Book. I like this method so far because I don't end up with a ton of extra side notes cluttering up my book.
4. Enjoying those family dinners I talked about here. Wow. They are sometimes tough to organize with so many of us coming and going, but they are so worth it. This week we celebrated the patriarch of our family - Big Daddy. He had a birthday and his special night out was low key, but memorable. We did a lot of laughing, we did a lot of reminiscing, and we did a lot of wishing. Big Daddy deserves so many wishes. He is hard working, and dedicated and faithful to God. He is a Rock. Literally. No matter what befalls our little family, he is there to buffer the sadness. He is a sounding board, albeit a tough one. You do not go to him looking for a yes. You go to him looking for good solid advice, minus the sugar coating. But he is fair and he is loyal and he will never let any of us down. So happy happy birthday Bid Daddy - we love you and hope we have a million more dinners with you!
5. Working on some little tutorials for the blog. I have been so caught up with, i.e. slammed with other things, that time too much time has passed since I have done these. And so I have to make some time- and late nights are okay too, because most likely they will have to be. I was so faithful about sharing mini tutorials with you before and I promise to make more effort at getting back into that mode. I miss it and I miss sharing things with you - so here is to TRYING to stay on track.
6. Loving being there for all the new things that this little human experiences. I am so very blessed to be such a huge part of her life. I will never be able to thank my daughter enough for all the time and love she allows us to share together. Every time this little peanut sees, hears or touches something new in my presence I am overwhelmed with joy. There is no better feeling in your heart than sharing a new experience with someone. I have such vivid and deep rooted memories of my own children and some of their- our, favorite new things, that I thank God every day for letting me part of this phenomenon all over again with a grandchild.
7. Working on some new Documented Life Challenges this week. I can't believe it is already the end of July. Where has this year gone? And why do I feel like I am asking myself this question more and more these days. Time literally does fly quicker the older we get. How is that even possible? Well it is. That's all I know. Maybe because we tend to take more time to appreciate our moments as adults. Maybe we waste less time (either by choice or by life's demands) on those little things like SLEEP. Maybe we are so engrossed in keeping all our moments to ourselves, collecting them and hoarding them away, that we spend less time looking at the clock and more time looking at the big picture. And so time flies. We hang on to all the good and shelve the bad for the days we are strong enough to pull it down and give it some thought. And so when we do slow down for a moment, in our collecting of time, we realize that it is whizzing by. No matter what we do or how we handle it, time is passing. And quickly. So we better hang on tight and enjoy every single moment.
8. Thinking I don't need any paint or ink for awhile....and yet. I love them. I love the different colors and textures of each brand out there. So....I guess if I use a coupon and only buy a color (does a shade of a color count?) I don't have, then it is okay to just get one (or one hundred) more. Right?
9. Putting things in front of me that matter. If I want to do something I need to see it. I am visual in all things. I need to see it to learn it, remember it, and know it. If I want to work in my journals, and I mean all of them, (yes even the sketchbook that I dread and is so dang hard. And yes, the watercolor journal too, also hard and not my friend right now) then I need to see them and remind myself that I will not make progress, I will not learn and I will not be inspired if I don't pick these up and work in them. And so I stacked them up nice and pretty and plunked them down right where I work every day so that I would remind myself, with my own eyes, to pick them up. Work in them. Rotate them. Practice in them. Learn from them.
10. Amazed at what a hit these little bags are. I am flattered and flabbergasted that I can't hang onto them for even one day. I am so happy that so many of you love them like I do and hope that you are dragging yours around with you everywhere you go like I am! ( bursting at the seams I might add - as in I think I need a bag for my bag!)