The Path of Art Journaling – Exploring My Growth

About a year ago, I started art journaling…I found it a wonderful release of the stress that the day had brought. Since then my mind has opened and the creativity and artistic nature of my personality has unleashed so much more. Today I sketch, I paint routinely, and I dive into free drawings with my pastels when I find I’m struggling to sleep. This #artthursday I took a look back at where I started adding art back into my daily routines…this shows that when we start with just a simple step it can unleash us into many wonderful places as we continue to move forward on our paths.

March 2016: So one of my bucket list to-do’s is to make an Art Journal. I’ve always thought they were so beautiful and such a wonderful way to be expressive. I have seen tons of great ideas online, you can check out some of my fave ideas on my Pinterest Board – Art Journaling.  I want my art journal to be fun, push the limits of formality and tradition. I want lots of color and funky doodles. I try not to conform to one set style or structure, just let myself explore and be free. I’ve found this a wonderful way to calm myself, a unique way to add to my meditations, a place to release. Some pages take thirty minutes, some take hours, some pages are part of one project, some a single thought.  I’m still quite a newbie and cannot compare to some of the beautiful creations I’ve seen online but my art journal is mine, not a following of any one else’s, my own creation, part of my artistic and spiritual journey… I’ll share as I go along, as I evolve and grow, hoping to inspire and stir ideas for your own…

I continue to grow more and more each day, some days I produce more art than others. Some paintings take months to finish and some I finish in a day. Each month, I find myself trying a new medium or a new technique. I have become more free in my expression and pushing past boundaries and limitations I used to hold myself to. I have opened myself up to seeing inspiration in so many more places and it has brought beauty to each moment in my days.

Awaken To Your Calling

It was a calm night but my mind was nowhere near at peace.

The dreams that leave you sitting up at night are the ones determined to not let you go. 

If your heart desires to obtain a goal so much that you cannot fall asleep then it is a sign.

It is calling out to you to set your intentions to make it happen.

I laid in bed thinking of painting and painting and painting.

I dreamed up my boutique and art gallery as if it was coming to life right in my mind.

It was in that moment that I knew that I needed to create a plan.

I needed to start taking steps to make that dream a reality in whatever form I could.

There are a lot of business goals that I have grown off of that calling that was made to me that night.

Each day with focus and intent I am making progress.

Don’t settle for a life you don’t love.

If you are dreaming of a life you don’t have yet, get to creating that life.

Whether it’s through art, business, or owning a little cottage in the country you can make it happen.

Set goals and set a plan to reach those goals.

I sat up and wrote out all of my desires into my journal.

I then wrote out what I needed to do to get to those goals and started planning out the steps.

My calling, my dreams are now turning into a reality as I build a life I love. 

“Awaken”, paintings by LAR

#Motivation Monday – Favorite Quotes

Today was a busy busy day, I apologize for the late night post…today was a day of catch up and surprisingly I still have energy left…this is what happens when you do things you love!!! Today is #motivationmonday – I love days like this! Motivation and Inspiration are key factors to keeping us going. I have several motivators – success, praise, accomplishment, the desire to help and inspire people, set an example for my son that dreams can come true, the desire to live life and be happy…there are just so many reasons to live life and work towards your dreams and goals. I promise I still have down days and sometimes it’s tough but I remind myself that I can always change my outlook and make things better, I continue to work towards training my mind to stay positive.

My Quotes List:

  • “A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you   think it should be.” ~ unknown
  •  “Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
  •  “Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.” ~ unknown
  •  “Work hard. Every day is an opportunity to be better.” ~ Misty Copeland
  •  “Let your past make you better, not better.”
  •  “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
  •  “The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” ~ Bertrand Russell

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Spring is a time of renewal and growth. Allow yourself to renew, grow, and transform.

“Never be Afraid to Bloom”

“And the day  came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

I took a walk around our yard to let the morning’s sun rays touch my face.

I had been battling with a feeling of containment in my life.

I wanted so much more out of this life.

I came across this bloom in our garden and it reminded me of a quote.

“and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

I had reached that moment in my life in where I could no longer remain stagnant.

I needed more. It hurt to not have it.

A turning point in my life when I realized I needed to go for aspirations that had been lingering on my mind for so long.

When you are ready to make changes you will.

You will find a way to bring more into your life no matter what challenges you face.

This was my moment of readiness.