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

Journaling a Word of the Year ~ Connections and Community

Community, Connections, and Creativity Journaling with a Word of the Year As I am getting my new journal ready for the new year, it occurs to me that the main reason I begin a new everyday journal each year is because it gives me hope. There is nothing like getting a new journal, pristine and full of possibility. Receiving or choosing a word to focus on throughout the year is a good place to start in the new journal, which is so blank and waiting to be filled page by page. I don’t know if you feel this way, but… Read More

Looking Back and Looking Forward – 2017/2018

’tis the season… Even though this time of year in the Pacific Northwest brings cold rain, short days and long nights, there are things I love about the season. It is a time of looking back, celebrating holidays of gratitude, the gift of God’s presence, and relationships of friends and family. It is also a time of looking forward. One thing I love about this time of year is the finishing my yearly journal and breaking open a new one, pristine and full of possibility. The treasure hunt of my word of the year is underway and with it comes… Read More

My Faith and Art Favorites

Here are three of my favorite resources that encourage me in living out my faith through creativity, help spark ideas, deepen understanding, and experience greater meaning in my life, faith and art. I’ve included some links at the bottom of the post.   For encouragement in living out my faith through creativity I turn to: Walking on Water  by Madeleine L’Engle “Creativity opens us to revelation…” – Madeleine L’Engle Of all the books I’ve read, especially when I find myself wondering why I do what I do, Madeleine L’Engle helps bring me back to my creative calling as an artist and follower of Jesus… Read More

Looking at My Word and Animal Symbol of the Year

Did I choose the wrong word for this year? My Word of the Year, FREE or Freedom hasn’t been playing out how I thought it would. I’ve asked myself, “Did I choose the wrong word for this year?” Now that we are coming to the end of the first quarter, it occurs to me that there might be a few people who are wondering the same thing about their word for 2017. In addition to an annual word, this year, for the first time, I have a word for each month. January the word was clearly Hope. It came full and… 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

FREE – a Hopeful, Surprising Word of the Year

FREE – a Hopeful, Surprising Word of the Year 2017 is a year of Freedom! As this year unfolds, I am focusing on being free – making statements like “I am free to ____________________.” “I am free from _____________________.” “Be free to ___________________” etc. I plan to include these “free” pages throughout my everyday calendar journal, exploring ideas and options without pressure. I have a feeling they will bring enjoyment and fun to the concept of a free art-making process. Such as, I am free to play with Washi tape in my journal… Looking up the definition of my word… Read More

Transition 2016-2017, Disappointment or Hope?

Happy New Year! I love this time of year of NEW Beginnings! What do you do to celebrate? I treat myself to a new journal to write and doodle freely in each January. It comes fresh and new, with pristine pages full of possibility. It always makes me wonder what will fill them in the coming days. One thing for sure is it will include my word of the year. FREE But what if looking back on this year and looking ahead brings a sense of disappointment? Disappointment has been a key factor in my year of personal progress. On… Read More

SURPRISE! … and everything changes…

SURPRISE! … and everything changes… We’ve had a lot of surprises lately. The most joyous one recently came on October 4th. In the wee hours of the morning, I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. Praying for our youngest daughter, pregnant with her first child, I saw the word SURPRISE and a picture of a jack in the box popping out of the box. Other words came and I wrote them down, getting excited for the new addition expected in December. A shower was planned for October 8th and we were asked to write down words for the baby… Read More