How are you guys? xoxo I was in a bit of a journaling funk lately. I get into those moods every now and again. Do you? You would think with a new art space, one would be bursting with new ideas. I was not. I attribute some of that to a new desk.... I was so used to creating from my kitchen table at my old place, that I just didn't feel "at home".
You know what seemed to help? I decided to sprawl out my supplies on my floor and journal from my lap.... My good old lap.
I was much happier. Maybe I need to move all of my supplies to my floor and get rid of the table.
I'm happy to be back to my pages. (I'm excited to be working on illustrations for a second Kona book by author, Erik Ammon too! It's a story called "The Lost Squirrel.")
It feels good to break out of the blahs. I'm on Instagram if you want to peek at some new journal pages in the works. :)
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What are some of your tips for battling the blahs?
Today marks 1 year since my Grandpa J. stepped into Heaven.
I remember him for his generosity. His big bear hugs. His prayers, "Help us to be ever mindful of the needs of others." His classiness. His intelligence. His faithfulness. His cheerfulness. The way he celebrated everyone he met & how he made each person feel like they truly mattered.
This weekend my family & I traveled to visit my dad. He lives in the middle-of-the-mountains, New York. He has a lot of property, and we are fortunate to get away to his place every summer.
There are mountains and hills for miles and miles.
At nighttime, we like to sit by the campfire together, make s'mores, laugh and tell jokes. Afterwards, I like to sit outside on the deck by myself, wrap myself in a big down comforter, lean back, and watch the stars.
There is something incredibly comforting in looking up and feeling the cool of the night on your face. The only sounds you hear are tree frogs, a chorus of crickets, and a few dogs barking in the far off distance.
All of it reminds me of how incredibly small we really are, which paradoxically makes me feel very much alive. My "great big problems" and pursuits fade away when I put them into the perspective of space & eternity.