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?

Follow Your Fascination

originally posted on my instagram account

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When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by a ton of things.

I was fascinated by our family history.  I was fascinated by the worn, dusty bible that belonged to my great great grandparents and was stored in our hallway.  I was fascinated by the birds in our back yard.  I was fascinated by Marty Stouffer's television show, "Wild America".  I was fascinated by children's books and Reading Rainbow and poetry by Longfellow.  I was fascinated by ants and insects.  I was fascinated by the bats that flew over our house as dusk began to settle in.  I was fascinated by the night sky and the creek in our backyard.

For the past few months, I've had this phrase, "follow your fascination" come to me over and over again.

I don't know where this thought came from or why it keeps repeating itself to me, but yesterday I decided to yield to it ---  I started a new sketchbook (alongside my Gratitude 52 project) in which the only assignment I have for myself is to explore/record what fascinates me, even if seemingly and totally messy and random.

Not sure what this new practice will uncover or where it will lead, but I'd love to share my journey to who-knows-where with you.  Maybe you'll be inspired to start your own Follow Your Fascination sketchbook too.

This is my first page.

follow your fascination sketchbook

I am fascinated by courage, in which the English word is rooted in the Latin word for "heart."

What fascinates you?

follow your fascination sketchbook

Courage

Watercolor Etsy Print by Jennifer Frith - Courage
Watercolor Etsy Print by Jennifer Frith - Courage

Hi friends.   It's been a while.  I've been active on Instagram & with our Gratitude 52 Project, though, and I am having a bunch of fun connecting with you there.  

These past few months have been one of the most difficult I've ever experienced.   I wish I could share it with you, but I am not at liberty to talk about it.   All sorts of suckiness and heartache.  But,  I believe in hope and courage.   I believe that the sun is always shining, even if we can't see it... even when darkness seems to overtake everything.  I believe that He works all things together for good.  I believe that brokenness can lead to beauty.  

I made this watercolor piece to remind me of that.   It's available on Etsy.  15% off from now until Saturday, 4/23/16.  Just use the coupon code COURAGE at checkout.   

Watercolor Etsy Print by Jennifer Frith - Courage

The worlds is full of suffering.  It is also full of overcoming.  - Helen Keller

I appreciate all of you.