Moving over to Tumblr

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It’s obvious to me that I’m not a written word type of gal.  I want to blog to stay connected with folks and my intention has always been to do so here on a regular basis.  Yet I’m always stressed about it – that’s just not fun.  I’m much more visual and casual about blogging.  I’m finding it much easier to just put up quick photos of things I like through Instagram, things I’m working on or thinking about, moments I want to capture in my life, and that I like to share with all of you.  These things are so much easier to share over on tumblr.com – so if you want to stay in touch or just take a visual peak at what is swimming around in my head space, art space, or life space you can pop on over to Seeking {Sense} Art Journeys.  You are most welcome to join me there. Thank you <3

Houses on Stilts

Little mixed media exercise from Danielle Donaldson – Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows workshop.

SLC Friday

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Joining Cynthia Lee at Spirit Uncaged and The Scattered Life Collective today to reflect back on my week.

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Current time:  9:10 a.m.

Nourishing:  do people eat Sushi for breakfast?  I have some waiting for me downstairs and I’d love to actually have that for breakfast this morning.

Outside:  lovely, delicate snow flurries today… hello Spring?  The days are a little goofy around here – there is definitely a power struggle between Winter and Spring.  I’m enjoying the sunshine when it’s available though – I have a great window that I can look out during work hours and the sun loves to say hello.

Reading:  I cannot get through Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell.  I haven’t struggled so much with a book before.  I’m still working through Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley, so I haven’t added anything new to my read pile.  Perhaps a trip to the local bookstore is in order?  Or maybe we should finally get our library cards?  Any recommendations?

Listening:  to Tessa Violet aka Meekakitty first album on iTunes called Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled.  I love supporting new artists and I feel Tessa is on her way to good things with her music.

Watching:  ReMoved – spreading awareness for the very real need for foster parents.

Smiling:  enjoying my art practice each day | getting to the bottom of the laundry hamper | celebrating my husband’s birthday this weekend | talking to my mom on the phone <3

Finding:  Jet Pens & their Uni-ball Signo UM-153 10 pack |  Paper by FiftyThree | My cousin Heather’s beautiful family photography | My Aunt June’s Lightworker group | National Farmer’s Market Directory

Focusing More on What’s Good

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I was told this morning that I’m never nice, I’m always angry, I’m never happy.  It was a good punch in the stomach for sure.  I suffer from untreated depression (I have an issue with medicating) so that assessment is true and I’m probably all three at any given time of the day.  Still didn’t make it hurt any less, knowing this about myself, especially when it is coming from the mouth of my soul-mate.  I can only imagine that he’s tired, frustrated, and at his wits end living with someone that suffers from depression.  Guess what?  I am too.

Today I decided to focus on little projects to show myself and, if he’s interest, my soul-mate that even in this crazy roller coaster life together there are still happy moments, still many things I’m grateful for, still times when light does shine through – they sometimes feel tiny and few to us. I believe it is our nature to focus on the negative, most likely they are much bigger and occur much more than we think.  And serendipitously I happened to be reading a blog post by Cynthia Lee at Spirit Uncaged and she was sharing a format of blogging a post each Friday reflecting a bit on what she has been doing.  A bit of a retrospective of her week.  I like the format so I’ll be joining her and The Scattered Life Collective.

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I’m also starting #100happydays and posting on Instagram.  If you’re interested you can follow me there.  It’s a challenge to see if I can be happy for 100 days in a row.  I believe I can!  I start Saturday, March 15.

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My youngest loves to tell silly jokes and take selfies. I obliged. <3

This weeks reflections (in the future these will be in a separate post) -

Current time:  1:39 p.m.

Nourishing:  crumpets with local produced honey from SE Michigan.  I had originally purchased it at the Springfield Township farmers market the last time we visited my folks last year.  My mom hung on to it until she could hand deliver it to me when we vacationed together on the Gulf Coast in Englewood, Florida this past December.  It ended up crystallizing, but it tastes even more fantastic – makes a lovely spread that way.

Outside:  it was really gorgeous outside the last few days, so the snow had a chance to finally melt here in Minnesota.  The sidewalks are finally visible and I believe I’m going to start walking during the morning before the office of our business opens at 9 a.m.

Reading:  still plugging along on Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell.  I’m struggling to get through it and find myself re-reading many pages before I understand what is going on.  I’m determined to get through it since I enjoyed the movie adaptation so much.  A book that I’m really enjoying is Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley.  It’s lovely and filled with great advise on and techniques for intuitively painting with acrylics.  I can tell I’ll be coming back to it often.  I have an art crush on Flora.  Take a look at her site Brave * Intuitive * Living and you’ll know why.

Listening:  this artist is new to me.  Mari Boine a Sami musician/singer from Norway.  In the song below I believe she is singing about the Spirit and letting if fly free.  Enjoying her work.

Watching:  Eat Your Kimchi – love following Martina & Simon.  They are Canadians living in Korea.  They post videos about their interests in music, food, and their Korean life.  It’s purely for fun and it’s a bit like living vicariously through them.  I don’t recommend it for children.

Smiling:  sweet, spontaneous hugs & kisses from my youngest – just because <3 | the lovely, fresh warmth of a quilt straight from the dryer | singing along to random songs popping up on my iTunes | art journaling again

Finding:  Eldad Hagar and the good work he does through Hope for Paws.  |  You can have your child (grade K – 12) submit a Doodle to Google  |  Freelancers Union  |  3.14 Day  |  Mad Libs online

Spectrum 2014: Visual Journaling Workshop

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I started a new online art journaling workshop on March 1, 2014 called Spectrum.  It’s a collective of artists brought together by the very lovely and wise Hali Karla of Hali Karla Arts.  I’m looking forward to learning much more about myself and exploring what the following mean to me:

  1. Opening
  2. Pulse
  3. Inspire
  4. Desire
  5. Activate
  6. Nourish
  7. Release
  8. Innervate
  9. Sense
  10. Flow
  11. Closing

I started my journal cover last night using a collage of magazine clippings and Mod Podge.  I’m reusing a contractors blue book that was outdated and headed for recycling anyway.  It will take a bit of work to make it a useful journal since the pages are thin and will need to be Mod Podged together and gessoed before I can use them.

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I’m finishing my journal cover using acrylics and a metallic sharpie.  I may add more to it later if I feel called to do so.

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Now it’s time to work on the word “Open” and start the inside of my journal.