As much as my creative life and career is all about teaching, inspiring and reminding, it is about creating a community of creatives and connecting with one another. While Facebook groups and blogs are great, there is something pretty special about gathering together whether it is a three hour class, a day long workshop or a week long retreat. I am terrible about taking photos before, during and after workshops and events but I have some very sacred moments embedded into my heart from the moments I shared with so many of you.
THAT is what it is about. What you create with paper, ink, paint and thread is just a bonus.
I have used the term "it is just good, just really good" to describe the moments I have experienced because I can't find the right words to explain it. I am so grateful, blessed and plain ol' lucky for the friends and friendships that have formed along the way. I treasure our time together. Please do not feel bad if you don't see your face below...this is just a glimpse of the times we have shared in 2015 and there are so many more moments that I don't have on my camera or phone. If you have photos from this past year, I would LOVE to see them and add them to my journal. Please email your photos to email@example.com
Thanks for more than I can say. I cherish the past year and am excited for 2016.
I am excited to tell you that I am part of the line-up for Truth Scrap in 2016 with one of my best pals Lain! Just like last year, it is a weekend long LIVE ONLINE faith based workshop and you can be one of the first to get info by clicking this link to be put on the interest list. Here is the first look at my brand new "Doodling & Lettering" Inside & Outside the Margins of your Bible " workshop:
Make sure to put your name on the interest list here to get the details as they are released.
I returned from Scrapbook N Such in Wichita Falls, TX with my boots, a Target bag of the clothes I bought because I left all of my clothes at home by accident and a very full heart. Thank you to Terri, Debbie, Sue and all of the ladies that came out over the weekend to create, share, snack, laugh, crack up and even cry. I look forward to the plans we have made to return in October 2016.
The photo below is of me standing at the curb at 5:30 am at the airport getting ready to head to Texas with just my boots and my bag. Although I had all of my luggage filled with supplies, I realized that I had left all of my clothes, makeup and personal junk at home. The photo will be printed out and tapes into my Documented Faith journal as a reminder to me of many things. (Example No. 477 of why I created Documented Faith)Texas was my last teaching trip of the year and as I flew home, I felt like I had just finished a year long Marathon (a little exhausted and a little bit of a runners high) and I immediately began reflecting on the past 12 months. As you probably know from IG and FB posts, I take a photo of my feet at the beginning of each trip. I do it as a reminder for me to push through the ick, junk and crap that overwhelms me with leaving home and traveling and to keep walking by faith. The tattoo is a visual reminder for me and maybe even for those who see it..
As I started to type out about all of the amazing adventures, opportunities, crazy mishaps, hilarious "had to be there moments" like this :
it dawned on me what I would have missed had I let fear stand in my way.
Things like this:
If you only read one thing here, it is that you can't let fear stand in your way. I am not talking about the fear that might prevent you from skydiving or bungee cord jumping. For the love of Pete, let that sort of fear get in your way if you want. I am talking about the fear that will try to stand in your way of doing the things that you were created to do.
I hope that makes sense to you.
I believe that it is very important for me to continue sharing my junk in addition to the creative side of life so that you remember that you are not alone in your junk. Even though my junk is different than your junk, we all have junk. My sharing is not to solicit sympathy but as a simple reminder that we all struggle, arm wrestle, deal with and go through junk and how important it is to share so that we can support, encourage and remind each other to be brave, strong, have courage, pray, believe and basically do whatever we can to help one another.