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Jogging to the Journal Page

 

Once upon a time, when I was MUCH younger I would head out my door each morning and immediately start jogging. I’d punch out 3 – 4 miles quickly, get that endorphin rush and head back home ready to attack my day.

Now?

Not so much!

I do head out the door several mornings a week. I cannot immediately begin running. I find my body and brain need a good long walk before we can even consider jogging. (Or wogging as it is now.) This morning I went out and I walked a good 30 minutes before the fog lifted from my mind and the muscles in my legs felt like jogging. I did then jog for 3 or so miles. It felt wonderful. I did get the endorphins and I came back home with a clear head.

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My art journaling has changed also. When I first began art journaling and my artistic journey I would leap on the page, splashing paint and words and just going at it with all my might.

Now?

Not so much!

My life is a bit different. I do not have a bunch of alone time to just sit and journal. I do keep my art table at the ready with my favorite supplies and journal open. I may only have a few moments to put down a layer of paint, or maybe glue down a magazine piece that struck me, or jot down a quote that has been on my mind. I need this journal time.

Those days I do not spend those few moments are more difficult. My art time gives me those artistic endorphins that soothe my soul and keep me sane.

 

What is your art journaling like these days?

 

New Lense

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I wear contact lenses.  I change them once a month.  I’m always thrilled with how clear I can see when I first put the new pair on.  My best guess is the lenses get cloudy during the month and I don’t notice the change until I put the new ones in. And then, WOW!

My life has changed recently.  My job that I’ve had and loved for twelve years recently made the decision to close which means I am now unemployed. Which is good and bad.  I will be able to spend even more time with my family. I will be able to cook more healthy meals in the evenings. (My hours previously were afternoon/evening hours so I rarely cooked at night.) I will be able to have more time for my art. We will have to cut way back on expenses. A large part of my identity and social life was tied up with my job.

I woke up this morning – the first morning I will not go off to work in the afternoon and it is a new way of looking.  Seeing clearly without the lense of work. I’ll keep you posted as I begin to see with a new outlook.

Ignite is LAUNCHED!

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The day has arrived!  IGNITE Spotlight is up and available.  You can download

your free copy of 11 workshops NOW at  Dirty Footprints Studio

These 10 women and I spent the last year together learning and growing.  I am so fortunate to have met them and call

them friend.

Ignite Spotlight

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These fabulous women and I have spent the year together on a journey called Ignite! Our wonderful mentor, Connie with Dirty Footprints Studio led us thru an exploration of who we are as artists and how we wish to serve.  What a wonderful journey it has been.  I am proud to call these women friends and peers.  We have each created a mini-workshop and it will be available Friday, June 29.  I can’t wait and did I mention it is FREE?

Life Changes

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Isn’t it funny how life throws curve balls sometimes? I don’t usually resort to sport analogies but the last year has been a bit chaotic.  So many changes.  After working 12 years at a non-profit music school, I find myself losing that job.  The market just isn’t conducive to keeping it afloat.  And so here I am (middle-aged!) and at a crossroads really.  Do I look for another day job?  I need one that allows me the freedom to be at home with my mom as much as possible. Do I want a desk job again?

 

Do I try to do something online?  I know I love creating.  I know I love connecting with others who like to create.

 

As the dust settles and I find my way I am glad I have my art process to guide me.  I am thrilled to have this new website and I truly hope to make connections with you.

 

How do you deal with major change in your life?