Take Time to Whoot

Art Journal - Time to Whoot
My art journal page, Time to Whoot

We all need time to nourish our souls. We need to rest. We need to play and laugh. For years, I took care of everyone else. I did not take time for myself. My priority was always my family, my job, my home. I felt guilty if I took even a little time for myself. Eventually, I just forgot who the real me was. I burned out. Finally, a wise woman explained to me that I had to take care of myself so I would be able to take care of everyone and everything else. I was told to do something for myself, something small, every day. It was so hard. So, I started small. I think I did something crazy like buy a bottle of nail polish.

So – fast forward about 15 years. I am so much better at taking care of me now. I take trips with my girlfriends, I take time to make quilts and art, I read, I take art classes and take time to have lunch with my mom and sisters. My soul is so much happier. I have learned to laugh again.

My quilting group, The Nite Owl Whooters, went on a five day retreat. We stitched, we were silly, we talked and, best of all, we laughed. I came home feeling refreshed and ready to face my busy life. My spirit was renewed again and refueled with creative ideas. All of this because I took some time to Whoot with my friends.

So, take some time for yourself and go Whoot! Your spirit will thank you.

Hanging with my Peeps

Hanging with my Peeps Journal PageI’m all packed up to go on a road trip with my quilting friends. We are heading to a Christian Retreat Center in Ellenton, FL. for four days of quilting, chatting, eating and relaxing.  I’ve got my hand quilting, my Ott light, my sewing machine and a prepped quilt I am making for my niece. I always pack way more projects than would be humanly possible to finish. If I’m lucky, I won’t pick up another new project while I’m away. That happens sometimes when I’m with my friends. Lots.

Art Journal - One FriendOther than stitching buddies, these are my Trues. These are the women who know me best. They have been with me through my life for about 10 years now and I have been with them.  We hold each other up, make each other laugh and we are all able to just be ourselves. I am so blessed to have them and am so thankful beyond measure for their friendships.

To celebrate my friends, I painted this drawing of some birds for my art journal.  The birds are like my friends, some are silly, some are shy and some are bold.  They are my Peeps.  I can’t wait to see what adventures we get into this time!

Finding balance

Your Living Canvas JournalIn an online class, Your Living Canvas, with Christy Tomlinson and Art McCracken, we are taught about creating a life that is balanced. I found a few areas that need some work and some areas that I could let take a bit less of my time and still be okay. The goal is to have a more balanced life. This is kind of easier said than done.  The six areas we are discussing in our class are Faith, Fitness, Family, Fun, Finances and Friends – the Six F’s.  To help me remember this lesson and to have some of that Fun, I have made my journal entry to look like balloons. Watching a balloon float sort of reminds me of a fragile balance in the air. That’s sort of how life feels sometimes – in a state of fragile balance.

This is such an inspiring class – artistically and for life. We are learning to live our lives by design, on purpose. Love it.

Journal Start Day

I love journals. There is a little heart-skipping moment when I purchase a new journal to start a new project.  I have never, ever finished a journal. They are where I work out designs, sketch little thought snippets, practice new techniques, play with colors and have so much fun.  I have several journals that are created for a particular project, usually for a class. My desk almost always has one of my journals propped open for display for motivation.

This weeYour Living Canvas Journalk, I am starting a new online class called Your Living Canvas by Christy Tomlinson and Art McCracken. This class is part journaling, part artwork and part life coaching. So I get to start a new journal. Hooray!  After watching the amazing class videos, I am inspired to create my journal title page. I can’t wait to see what our next assignment will be!