i've been spending a little time in my studio lately. making stuff, just for the sake of making it. that makes me happy. i've also been working on a mini-book that goes way back. i came up with the concept a LONG time ago...but fortunately it's still relevant. i'll be offering this mini as a class at the loft very soon. i'll announce the date and details in the next few days. here are a couple of peeks-
as with the past classes i've had, this will also be a small, hands-on class with lots of one-on-one time.
another fun creative thing i have to share is this:
this book is the brainchild of the talented, brilliant artist, claudine hellmuth.
here's my little contribution :)
i honestly love what i'm doing. i love that i'm able to create every day. whether it's via my camera, or paper and glue, or canvas and paint....i just love that i can do what i love every single day. what do you love? i am envisioning that some of you love to sing and have to sing every day...we all have something we're passionate about. for the good of your soul, if you don't know what your passion is, figure it out! stop going through the motions of life, be conscious and LIVE your life, in the way God intended. He didn't put these desires in our hearts for nothing. get after it!
"Trust in the Lord and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him." (Psalm 37:3-5, 7a)
i used to sort of fight the "desires of my heart", thinking it was selfish of me...now, i see that it's just a part of the equation of life. if the desires are unhealthy, or become an obsession above my faith...then i should be fighting them...but if they are a healthy part of who i am, then i think God blesses these desires. better to be fulfilled and satisfied by healthy passions, than by unhealthy thoughts and actions, right?
in my quest for balance, i'm trying to make time for exercise. it's one of the first things to go, when my schedule gets interupted. i was dressed and ready for a workout yesterday for hours, before i actually got the workout in. i was going to take a walk to the thrift shop, as incentive to get some cardio...but somehow one thing after another happened and i didn't get it done. finally, at dusk, i made it out for a walk/run (yes, i'm even able to run a little now!) and then i came home and did my pilates ab workout. when i woke up this morning, my first thought as i rolled over was, "oh yeah, i feel that". ouch. my abs hurt so much, i'm almost nauseous! i love that kind of pain. reminds me of my bodybuilding days. i literally always had an aching body part. i know those days are long gone...but i am thankful that i'm still able to workout and feel good about it. my body is FAR from the way it was back in the day, but i am okay with the imperfections. my body paradigms have changed dramatically. i appreciate my imperfect body for how it has served me and continues to do it's "job". i have energy and recognize what an amazing thing it is to still be able to rely on my body to do what i need it to do. does that make any sense at all?
i'm looking so forward to our weekend! we have tons planned...some in celebration of valentine's and some not relating to it at all. but it should be lots of fun! and i plan to have my camera with me. i've been slacking on that lately, so i'm saying it here, so that my friends will hold me accountable.
take care of yourselves, my dear blog friends....and God bless you!