This week was all about SHINING! I have great opportunities to shine at work and with my art and I need to take advantage of those opportunities as they come. I have so many passions that I am inspired to express and I'm so grateful that I have lots of ways to express them.
I've been waking up early each morning to create in my journal.
For the past few weeks I've been waking up early in the morning to sit in my studio and journal until the sun comes up.
It's is making all the difference in the world as to how my day unfolds.
Each week is an amazing adventure.
This week I had a few medical appointments that went really well because I made some conscious decisions earlier in the year. I didn't like going to my old dentist so I took steps to find a new one this year, it was the best decision ever!
When things don't work for me I usually try to work it out through communication...asking for what I want, negotiate something new, bringing awareness to something to bring about change.
But sometimes even with all that, things don't change
and it's time to move on.
But to tell you the truth...
I don't like to move on
I like to keep at something until it changes
but that leaves me soooo frustrated.
and frustration dulls my SHINE.
So this week I look on doing things that make me SHINE
and letting go of things I've been trying to fix or change...
This week we spent the week prepping for the Juicy Soul Retreat. I had a lot of fun playing with all my art supplies. I pulled out things I don't usually use. It's really good to use all the supplies in my studio and stop "saving" them. I pulled out my number stamps and a date stamper. I added phrases and words using my new Dina Wakely stamps from A Work of Heart and magazine cut outs and clear stickers. I even busted out my Gelli Plate to do some mono printing of the background. I sometimes forget how much fun playing with a variety of supplies can be in the creative process. New tools give a new perspective and spark new ideas. I challenge you to try some new supplies...you already have in your stash. Try to put them to good use in your journal this week. If you have any favorite tools, please share. I'd love to know.
Our next Juicy Soul Retreat is just around the corner! Join us on Instagram for some creative play during our countdown to the Juicy Soul Retreat. Participation is simple. Just post a photo using the count down prompts and add the #countdownJSR to your images for a chance to win some art surprises. We will draw the winner at the end of the Juicy Soul Retreat.
“For, after all, every one who wishes to gain true knowledge must climb the hill difficulty alone, and since there is no royal road to the summit, I must zigzag it in my own way. I slip back many times, I fall, I stand still, I run against the edge of hidden obstacles, I lose my temper and find it again and keep it better, I trudge on, I gain a little, I feel encouraged, I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory. One more effort and I reach the luminous cloud, the blue depths of the sky, the uplands of my desire.”
I chose " Royal" as our word for One Word Wednesday because I kept seeing it everywhere (or words related to it) when I was in New Orleans. I had no clue how it would impact my week and today it hit me...there is no royal road to health and well being. It is a day to day, moment to moment set of choices that yield results and set backs along the way. You just have to stay the course.
Today I start a 30 Day challenge to explore healthy eating. I've been taking better care of my health for the last two years after I got a huge wake up call when my parents experienced some health challenges. In working with my family to find solutions for my parents, I realized how little I know about my own body and health. I discovered family health histories that I had no idea about and suddenly I needed to monitor in my own health profile with a lot more rigger.
I had to stop relying on "experts" to tell me what I should do to take care of my body. I had to get interested in how the human body works. I had to work with my doctors to create a healthier body!
For the first time, I'm learning how my body reacts to specific foods and supplements.
The result is that I am experiencing more vitality than ever before. I'm sleeping better and I have more clarity in the day. My body clock wakes me up earlier.
Taking better care of myself has created more quality time ...for my family and for my creativity.
What lessons have you learned on the winding road of life?
This week's word is Communication.
Allow this word to inspire you in your journal.
Have fun with hand lettering
Photograph the word or its meaning this week.
Post your discoveries on Instagram with #onewordwednesday
We listened, on the edge of our seats, as he shared story after colorful story about his days as a student at the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC We laughed as he told more stories of how he transformed the Parsons School of Design against resistance from faculty and students. He offered insights as to how his roll on Project Runway was never really meant to be and happened almost by accident.
I was inspired and uplifted by his words and his authentic approach to life:
Among the many lessons learned...
1) Do what you love -Through out Tim's discussion I could hear the love he has for art and design. I could hear his passion for teaching and guiding others to be fully expressed in their creativity. There was a deep passion and love there that was electric and beautiful!
2) Trusting talented individuals - There were many times along his journey where he encountered great artists and designers who took an interest in him. They challenged him to go beyond his comfort zone and try new things. He was scared and they didn't let him off the hook. He would die or get over the fear but he was encouraged to move forward and deal with the result. I could see how that approach would build certainty and confidence over time...and allow for more risk taking.
3) Don't take yourself too seriously. It's not brain surgery. - He is incredibly funny. We laughed so hard we were crying. He found humor in the happy parts AND the not so happy parts of his life. He didn't let things get to him (at least not for long). That was truly inspiring.
So I will take those lessons in to the weeks that follow.
and see what new pathways open for creative expression.