New Year 2017

New Year Goals and Plans

January is already half over and I am just beginning to set my goals and purposes for the year.  The holidays were too busy to even bother with what might happen for an entirely new season.  I had to pray!!! My heart was desiring something new (2017), without the complications and constant interruptions of what life has been like for almost two years.  My focus of the year is destiny; what it will look like, how the Spirit will lead me in it, what can I do to help it happen, and renewing my mind and ideas to a “new” thing so I can walk in what I know.

Usually, I start out with my annual “Vision” board full of ideas and themes.  This year I did a small mixed-media painting with basic dreams and inspiration. (See last year’s board below).

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I have high hopes and expectations for this new year.

What is the one word that will keep you inspired and focused these coming days.  I choose one theme word every year like joy, or grace, love, worship, etc. and this year it is the word DARE.  Part of my personality to be pushing through, taking more than risks, and finding freedom in stepping out into the unknown with determination.  I started a new journal for 2017 and one of the first pages I doodled my theme word.

(It reminds my of Brene Brown’s book titled Daring Greatly – excellent read!)

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Bullet Journaling

Something new in my life is bullet journaling.  I’ve journaled most of my life and it has been a wonderful blessing since I can recall all the Lord has spoken to me and seeing my family and me grow in amazing ways!  I love to write!

In journaling though, I was frustrated at times because I had to keep a separate calendar, to-do lists, schedules, and my journaling.  I wanted it to be combined so I could journal thoughts, action plans, quotes, and so much more.  I know I usually come to the party late (meaning I don’t catch on to the latest fad when it starts, but discover things as I go),  and recently I found what I was looking for….Bullet Journaling!

At first it seemed too complex and structured (which I’m normally not) but it kept coming back to me like a boomerang.  People were blogging about it, tons of pins on Pinterest, Youtube videos – literally it was chasing me.  Finally, I looked deeper and I was intrigued by the all-in-one aspect of its purpose.  Going to the website of the originator of Bullet Journaling (bulletjournal.com, click the watch the video button) I wanted to see what birthed this concept.  In watching the video it made me more convinced that I didn’t need that kind of structure in my life, it was so complicated to my way of doing things and said, “I’d never!”  Not one to give up, I kept going in my attempt to understand and watched Kara of Boho Berry’s video: https://youtu.be/QD08sNRQkpk and found a more creative side to all this hubbub, then there is the man’s perspective:  A Dude’s Bullet Journal Walkthrough…Matthew Kent: https://youtu.be/k8tyB7RS284.

You can see Kara’s transition through many months including her second bullet journal, (her life culture is different, but I’m looking at the concept behind the focus re: bullet journaling), and I finally said, “I can do that!”

Not wanting to spend all the money for the supplies that are recommended, especially if I got bored with it, and found out it was more work than I had time for.  So I began by using things I already had (Thanks, Dave Ramsey!).  – a mixed-media art journal with only 60 pages, something limited so I could stick it out to the end (the  paper in this book is heavy enough to stand up to ink bleeds and paint), my favorite pen: Uniball Signo 207 Bold, watercolor paints, stencils, and stamps (so far).  I really am working on my handwriting again, I used to do lots of calligraphy but lost my touch from lack of use, so I get to practice all over again.

Here are a few pages that I have done so far and I’m loving every minute of entries (some pages are edited due to personal information, but you’ll get the content:

This is my old style journaling, with just tidbits of color and just regular journal entries.

 

Sorry, I over edited this page and a cloud screened most of it dark.

January calendar and tasks for the month, Yearly Goals (though it will get longer)!

Three days this week.

I have so many things I want to do in this journal and can’t wait to fill it all in.  Meeting my goals and tasks everyday is really helping me to stay on track and be successful.  I am so happy!!!!  Being accomplished and productive is really healing and inspiring….especially to have more vision and purpose.

Be sure to watch the mentioned videos and know that you don’t have to be perfect, just love what you do .

Journey

On the Road Again

Here is my art journal page for today:

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At times in our walk with Jesus He brings you to a place where you encounter Him at a ‘cross’road. It is a place where decisions and choices are made, especially if He is asking you to trust in His guidance without seeing beyond His words to you. Well, I am at that place, He is asking me to say goodbye. It is a goodbye to the ‘stale bread’ in my life; things that were once easy to maintain and where I had joy, though now those things don’t produce the grace they once did.
He has me on a new journey that requires faith (since it is way out of my comfort zone box) into a glorious new path filled with promise and renewal. I am excited but at the same time is really scary, I really need to be brave. I trust the One who knows me better than I know myself and His love gives me great strength. Bon voyage stale bread!

P.S. I am not saying goodbye to this blog or any artistic endeavors, only the old ways and unfruitful thinking.  It is a joy to to bring you these pages with it’s encouragement and artful moments!!! It is a journey that compels me forward.

Be Brave

Be Brave

This weekend I took a one-day class at a local scrapbooking store, taught by Stephanie Ackerman.  Stephanie is a doodler and artist associated with her Etsy Shop, Documented Faith.  She does awesome work in illustrating art journals and illustrating the Bible. I appreciated her teaching style and her dedication to the purpose that God has given to her.  Really, I had so much fun learning new processes and techniques.

We started with penciling in our designs, then used a fine-tipped marker to outline our work.

Brave pencil

Our next challenge was to fill in every space with watercolors.  I think it gives this piece a little BOHO feel.

brave1At this season of my life the Lord is challenging me with all kinds of new things; things so outside my box that I sit back and ask,”Is all of this really Him?”  I know it is for me, because of the peace in my Spirit and because He asks us to walk by faith.  Yikes! Have you been challenged lately to do new things, to think differently about everything around you, or to associate  with people that you are not normally attracted to as friends?  It is scary but He never calls you to do anything that He doesn’t back you up on, and He holds you tight right through the challenge.

Be Brave!

Go where you’ve never gone before, try new adventures, find new friends, bring life to others, and definitely have fun!  Step out of the boat onto unknown waters.

Go to:

Documented Faith  with Stephanie Ackerman   www.documentedfaith.com  for more information

Illustrated Faith    www.illustratedfaith.com  for inspiration on Bible journaling.