Push forward…

As I begin to push 2020 out of the way, I am feeling some excitement. 🎉

Much like everyone else around me, I am so done with 2020 and can’t wait to ring in the New Year with so many things I want to experience. Some are new and some are renewed.

Every year, I begin by creating lists…. Lots of damn lists… 😔

My Planner Page

There are “to do” lists, workout program lists, meal plan lists, goal lists, book lists, budget lists. This is simply too much. Sometimes baby steps are needed. Quite often, small changes are more effective and lead to better habits without even thinking.

For example, one small change I made last year was substituting a scoop of protein powder instead of cream or sugar in my coffee. Guess what? It resulted in less of an afternoon crash and not feeling “hangry”. Why? because protein fills your fuel tank and makes you feel full. Sugar absorbs quickly and makes you want more. The wonderful result of a small change was more muscle.

Reflecting on this past year no matter how much it hurts, has to be done.

Growth needs to happen. If you never planted a seed last year, your going to fall on your face this year. 🌴 Bet me!

Your love gives me Hope. Welcome to 2021, its going to be grand!

And there it is….. This was my project for lesson 2 of Layering techniques 1 and my inspiration came from my readers. Enjoy! 💘

Are you ready for 2021 …..

Wow! I am really enjoying these creative art classes. Here is my first project.

I incorporated my daily planner into my Altenew Academy Lesson 1 assignment.

I tend to think outside the box a little and I am loving that I can use my planner in other ways.

The assignment requests a double layer effect. Here is my version, on my planner page. I love the way it turned out.

All About Layering 1 (The Planner Version)

Discovering an old love 💘

Its seems as though many of these “stay at home” orders are not going away anytime soon.

I have decided to dust off some of my tools and direct my creative energy into learning something new.

Being able to sit down in the evening and reduce my anxiety by simply coloring, organizing my planner or just writing was proving to be therapeutic.

I have decided to take on some art classes at my own pace and time.

While some weeks get really crazy with work, some weeks I end up with more time than I know what to do with.

Check in frequently to see what I may be getting into and what crazy things I may be doing. You just may find something that you want to try yourself.

Coloring with Copic Markers

Welcome…

Thanks for dropping in.

This is intended to be a blog to share stories, experiences, creative energy and my life.

Though, it may not seem like much right now, great things are about to happen.

As we close out 2020, the disaster as it was for many folks, we have to push forward. You simply cant go backwards and staying where you are isnt possible.

Stick around, check in frequently and lets support each other on this journey. The world is changing rapidly. We don’t know what is up ahead. Lets grab it like we own it and move on.

Is sleep overated?

Why can’t I sleep?

     For me, this was gradual. I slowly went from 6 or 7 hours a night to maybe 1 if I was lucky. I have since learned to practice better sleep hygiene, as the Docs call it. Its simply a routine that gets your body and mind ready for sleep. I allow myself an hour every evening before bed for journal writing and papercrafting.

Sad to say but, my life isnt this beautiful sometimes.

     There are no set plans or ideas. I just simply reflect on my day and plan to have a better day tomorrow. Write down thoughts and ways I can improve. It keeps me on track and lessens my night time anxiety.

     Over the next few weeks I will share some of my creations as well as some tools that has worked for me.

We all make mistakes.

  This card began as a mistake. I was trying a technique that creates a background with the appearance of pre printed paper. The background was stamped with a single heart stamp in several colors. This looked great, the only problem was I adhered it upside down. The tape i used was so sticky that I damaged the paper trying to remove and replace it. Its pretty much hidden but I really can’t use it for my project submission.

The result…. I don’t waste things. I finished up with my new “pawfect friends” stamp set from Mft stamps. It turned out impressive and will be ready for a new home. Most of my projects are mailed off to someone who just needs a smile.