Sketchbook Journal 10.23.16

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I have been in such a funk lately, so I asked my husband to read the Bible with me last night (it's been a while since we have). He read a proverbs that said, "Wisdom is sweet to the soul." It was just what I needed.

This whole world wants you to be a certain way, and I want to go deeper.  Reading with Jason reminded me to shake off the dead weight that I've been carrying and pursue the things that make me feel alive.

Has your soul needed some tending to as well?  What verses have been an encouragement to you?

"Wisdom is sweet to your soul.  If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short." 

 - Proverbs 24:14 

Art is Good for the Soul

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Where I work.  My real work.

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β€œThe most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.  These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.  Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

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What have you been struggling with recently?  In your life?  With your art?

Comment below or send me an email.  

Let's take the messy parts of our lives and make beautiful art together.

What's New with You?

I've felt like I've drifted with life stuff over the past couple of months.  Has that ever happened to you?   I miss all of you.  I miss making art regularly.  I miss writing and connecting and sharing with you.

Sometimes it takes some conscious busting out of the day-to-day grind to feel alive, doesn't it?

Here are a few updates on what's been happening in my life lately:

1st, I work at a 9-5 management job, so there's that.  I'd don't like to talk much about it because it's, well.... work.  But I've been out of state, away on training.  I've dealt with good days and stressful days.  I've dealt with pleasant people and grumpy people.  I am thankful for the challenges and the pay; I'm also trying to figure out a good rhythm so that i don't take those stressors home with me.  I'll keep you posted. :)

Secondly, (and totally more fun) the children's book Maggie Likes Monster Trucks is almost published!  I can't wait to share it with you once she is released into the wild.  The author, Natalie Shafer, is working hard to put together the last publishing edits.  Here's a sneak peek:

I'll keep you posted on Maggie's progress as well.

3rd, you all have been amazing me with your Gratitude 52 Journal entries.  I'm a few weeks behind myself, but I think I'll take some much-needed "me" time to catch up this weekend.  I love seeing what you are all thankful for.  I love seeing how each of you record your gratitude differently.  

4th, my daughter started high school today.  high school.  Isn't that nuts?   I'm going to be an aunt this fall too.  I cannot wait.  I'm excited to see what this year holds for my family.

So, I guess the moral of all this is that life happens, the good and bad and the busy.  But art and blogging makes me feel alive.  So I am going to do more of that.  I hope you are doing more of what makes you feel alive too. 

What's new with you?

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