Sunday

Going Deep

As I had not a single acceptable translation job offer since the beginning of the year, I have more than enough time to work in my 2 new journals and for other stuff.

Although the lack of jobs makes me a bit nervous, I'm really thankful for this time with less outside and much more inside work.

Art journaling makes me go deep, always. Or I don't see any sense in spending time and supplies for it.

It feels like this year might become a turning point in the life of me and my 2 youngest kids.

And these 2 year long art journaling projects are helping me: one of them mostly to deal with the past, the other - to make decisions for my next future.

These are some of the pages I have worked on during the last week.





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Saturday

Loving The Process

So, I have participated in those 2 free year long art journal projects every day so far: pondering the prompts, selecting images, shooting pics, gluing, painting, brayering, layering, doodling, writing, interacting in the respective Facebook groups, and, generally, having much fun. :)

Yesterday, I even stumbled upon this great material about the therapeutic benefits of art journaling.

This is, how my covers and first spreads look for now.








(Sorry for the funny direction of the last one, but blogger wouldn't flip it back :D

As far, as I know me and my style, I'm pretty sure most of them aren't finished yet. And I'm taking my time, as I really love to be in this process again. :)

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Friday

Hooked And Happy Again :)

As my loyal followers know already, I had a dry period for about 1/2 year in my creative life. After a couple of months of feeling really depressed, I could at least start knitting again in September, but I still couldn't touch any paints, papers or canvasses, except for very short episodes now and then.

By the end of 2013, ladies in a Facebook group started to share about these two FREE year long art journaling projects some of them wanted to participate in:



And I totally got hooked! After I stopped art journaling in March 2012, now, I am preparing 2 altered books for these projects and picking up unfinished paintings whenever I can!

This is, how it looked in my creative space on January 1.

YAY! I'm feeling alive again! And hoping it lasts!

And you know what? You can still join me and the others, if you would like! And, if you feel a bit lost in those crowded Facebook groups, you can join the small one I have created on Facebook for a more intimate experience.

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Wednesday

A PIECE A WEEK - DECEMBER 24 - 31


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Congratulations! We have reached the final week!
And this is my last post about it here.

It has been quite a journey with ups and downs and loads of lessons to learn.

Thank you so very much for being my companion and supporter even if it was for less than the whole year!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!

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P.S.Sorry for the delay of this post! All the holidays made it hard for me to remember, which day of the week it is. :D

Monday

Your Calling and Your Ego

One of my Facebook contacts shared a link to an article by Shelley Prevost today. It resonated too much with me not to share it with you. So, here you go!

"Your ego and your "calling" in life can look surprisingly similar. Both pull you toward the realization of your desires. Both can completely consume your waking (and sometimes sleeping) hours with frenetic thoughts and sparks of brilliance. They can also manifest very similar outcomes--money, fame, and power. And they can both leave you feeling exhausted.

Ego is necessary and important because it does the work to assemble your personality. It manages your fragile identity while you figure out who you are. It protects you from the onslaught of societal expectations and motivates you to work hard and achieve great things.
But ego alone can also skew you toward thinking that hard work and achievement are the goals in life.
If your ego is what assembles your personality and manages your identity, then your calling is invested in making sure it's authentic--who you really are--not just a persona you show the world.
Here are some ways to decipher which one is really driving your work.

Continue reading

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Wednesday

My Share for Today - The Other Kind of Meditation

Image courtesy: www.mindbodygreen.com

This morning, I stumbled upon a link to this article. Nothing new for me, but really well written and scientifically proven.

I call it the other kind of meditation and use a lot, as sitting for hours with closed eyes is not for me. :)

How about you?
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Tuesday

My Share for Today - The Flow of Receiving

Today, I received a newsletter from Pamela & Gerrit from the www.jeshua.net.

This paragraph from a new channeling really captured my attention:

"Imagine that in your solar plexus lives a small figure, a man or a woman, a figure that represents your ego, and look at it very objectively. Does that figure reach forward and try to order everything? Or does that figure back away because it is all too much, too overwhelming, and calls up too much fear within it? Look what movement your ego is tempted to make, toward or away from. Finally, imagine that your ego is balanced and that this figure in your solar plexus is in an upright, standing position. It is connected with your soul and the Heavens from above, and with your body and the Earth from below. Feel how supportive and liberating that is for your ego, for your personality. Everything becomes freer and more fluid. It is a gentle flow of unconditional love. Allow this flow to happen, and allow it to uplift you."

I tried to apply it, and it really worked! I felt much better right away!

So I read the whole channeling "The Flow of Receiving in Your Life" under the tab "Earth speaks". It was a bit long, but, oh, so worth reading, as it really resonated with my heart and soul so perfectly, and with my Ego! :)

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A PIECE A WEEK - DECEMBER 17 - 23

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Saturday

She Can Be Back Any Time

Since July, there was a dry period in my creative life. For the first couple of months, I felt really blue.

I wasn't even very surprised about that after a pretty stressful first half of the year with my youngest son graduating and preparing for the art school.

In September, I could at least knit again. But all those months went by almost without painting or collaging.

And I felt pretty bad about all the papers and supplies laying around here and just taking space. It felt very probable, that I could never get back to it. Even this morning.

But, lo and behold! This afternoon I re-started to paint and collage again! And it felt like I would have never stopped!

I'm not sure, if it is back as a daily practice for me or just an episode. But there is something I want to remember for every moment my muse is hiding:

SHE CAN BE BACK ANY TIME!

I would be really happy to hear about your experience with your muse? Does she sometimes hide from you? And how do you handle it?

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Monday

A PIECE A WEEK - DECEMBER 10-16

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Let's share and inspire each other! Adding your link to the pool is easy-peasy: just follow the instructions! And if you want your blog visitors to see all your pieces together don't forget to tag your posts with apieceaweek!

If you'd like to steal the badge, you don't have to. It's for free! :) Just save the image from  my side bar to your machine and connect it with this link wherever you put it on your blog.

Everybody is welcome, but only with post related to this challenge, OK?

Do you like to connect and chat?

Join our closed group on Facebook and let's see, if we are the right match!

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