A-Z of Mystery Journal – J – Joy

The Mystery of Joy – J in the A-Z of Mystery Journal Joy is one of those things that makes one’s heart sing. The mystery of joy, at least for me, lies in the difference between joy and happiness. They are similar and can be expressed in similar ways, but joy goes deeper. Joy is an emotion of delight and gladness not dependent on circumstances. It expresses gratitude for beautiful experiences and is hopeful for something wonderful. “Joy is the echo of God’s life within us.” – Columba When thinking about how I was going to present the word JOY,… Read More

What Time is it for You?

What Time is it? For you? For me? For us? September often brings new beginnings and a shift in seasons. For many a new year of school begins. It has been nine years since I taught school and my daily times and rhythms were determined by the school calendar. This September is definitely a different one for me. Making a calendar page in my everyday journal is still a therapeutic and consoling process for me. Each month seems like a fresh start, full of possibilities. This month I’ve chosen colors that personally symbolize rest, peace, and hope. Painted papers, Washi… Read More

“Suddenlies” of Good Times… Good News…

Sweet Suddenlies with Family I thought it would be a good idea to give you a bit of a personal update. I have been more scarce than usual online, and here is why. There have been some “suddenlies” that have come as pleasant surprises and sweet answers to prayer. Our two grandsons from Texas came to stay with us for 10 days and we spent wonderful times with our family. We had the best time together!  August has ended up being an amazing family focused month and will continue through the end of this month with our anniversary, a wedding,… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – I – Imagination

The Mystery of Imagination – I in the A-Z of Mystery Journal Imagine is one of my favorite words and finds it’s way into my journals, by definition and illustration. This time I focused on Imagination. Imagination is the ability to form pictures or ideas in the mind, new and exciting things not experienced before. I love that! Seeing imagination through the filter of my faith helps me appreciate how uniquely made humanity is with our ability to hope for things not yet present, discover the unknown, invent life changing machines etc. It makes me glad to be alive, and… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – H – Harmony

The Mystery of Harmony – H in the A-Z of Mystery Journal It’s amazing how relevant the word “Harmony” is for me right now. Some relationships are especially challenging, and I need wisdom and discernment to know how to navigate disagreement, how to be kind and honest, how to love the other person and be true to myself. It takes courage. For me it also takes surrender and dependence on God. I can’t do it in my own strength. Every week seems to bring a challenge and need for courage. This really stretches my “flight” tendency. The verse that jumped… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – G – Glory

The Mystery of Glory – G – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal The meaning of glory has always been illusive to me, a mystery, with a kind of “high & mighty” air to it.  When attributed to God, it sounds authentic to me. When applied to humans it seems unnatural, distracting, and self serving. What is it? Why use the word? Since the word shows up in my verse of the year , it seems like a good idea to explore it. “Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectations of glory. This mystery of… Read More

My New Simplified Bullet Journal

My New Simplified Bullet Journal Snow storm, cancelled classes, cleaning out and organizing studio spaces. For me it goes along with getting my everyday, calendar journal ready for the year. This simplified bullet journal gives me lots of freedom as I begin to live out my word of the year: FREE as in “be free.” By simplified I mean, not a lot of “to-do” lists or coding, unless I want to, but more of a loose design format to happily contain my thoughts, prayers, dreams, and activities of the year. Journal writing and research make up much of my everyday journal, but… Read More

My Hymn Journal – for Honor and Healing

I have sweet childhood memories of my mom playing the piano, and of her, her sisters, and my grandfather singing hymns in harmony while my mom played the piano. Sometimes my grandfather would play cords on the organ or bring out his harmonica to play. I have appreciated those times to such a degree that they have been a helpful in my healing of family brokenness. In honor of my mother and the legacy of her family, I began a hymn journal that I add to every now and then. For the hymns I’ve used so far, I look for… Read More

All of “An A to Z of Me” Moleskine Journal Pages

A to Z of Me… I received a question about pens bleeding through the moleskine pages. I found that many pens, especially colored, bleed through. There are likely many that don’t, but the pens I’m using on these pages that have very little bleed through are Pitt Faber Castell “S” superfine size tip and Prismacolor colored pencils. Here are my pages A to Z from the A to Z of Me Journal Challenge