Friday, September 28, 2012

Today :: Celebrate

"...for the first time
since the accident 15 days ago,
I found some of the old me.

For the first time,
I had some focus
and I saw a light at the end of my own perceived tunnel."

Yep, I felt lighter today.
I celebrated it here with lots of beautiful bright colors
and even some sparkly, glittery gold.

Gosh, I do love to play in my journal.

And I love that you visit! Thank you!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Little Walk

Especially because of all of my imperfections,
please help me to
Let Go

Embracing my spininess
and prickles

and Listening


Monday, September 24, 2012

Out of My Way!

I wonder how many times I have gotten in my own way...
but I'm not going back.

The painted feathers came about by using a round cosmetic sponge:

I thank God for listening to me last night and for reminding me
that He is always there...
waiting patiently...
for me.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Sharpie Doodling & Drawing in Journal

Just me with some Pressure Relief through my Sharpie Pens...
I really should draw more. I LOVE it. I loved drawing the keyhole.

May your weekend be all that you need...

Thank you a hundred times over for your thoughts, prayers, understanding,
and for just taking the time to visit, read, and leave a comment.
It means the world.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Love Rocks...and a Finished Journal Page

A found rock...
and last night's page all written.

It just wasn't done yet.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Embracing it

I have experienced many emotions
in a whirlwind these past few days.
I could see the leaves of my confusion blowing and whirling in windy circles.

But with a little help...
...I am finding my way again.

And this time, I don't mind doing it  s l o w l y.

I just began a great new e-course
by Kelly Kilmer:
"Finding My Way"


Monday, September 17, 2012


...starting to journal again
a background begun
with things that speak to me
but everything just is harder...


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Love Journaling...

...from last Wednesday,

...otherwise known as Before the Accident.

Thank you for your kindness and thoughts and prayers.
Hoping you are enjoying your weekend.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Depends Upon How You Look at It

Well, this is the first time I have posted here without a photo...unfortunately my camera is stuck at work, in my tote bag...but I am unexpectedly stuck at home.  So you can decide, if you believe in Luck: Am I really lucky or really unlucky?
I was in my classroom teaching yesterday when the sky fell. Yep, second grade teachers never get to sit down, but I leaned over my desk to jot down a quick note to self, when all of a sudden a 250 pound (more than twice my weight) TV monitor crashed from the ceiling...and hit me.

I am bruised, bloody, swollen, incredibly sore, and have a splitting headache. But no concussion and no broken bones. It missed my head by inches. I caught it on my neck, left arm and back. From the floor, I yelled to my students, "I'm okay!" so they wouldn't be much...but I was nauseated.

Fast forward to emergency crew, school lock-down, gurney, ambulance, x-rays, cat scan...and finally getting to come home to my puppy.

So, I am grateful beyond belief that a student wasn't hurt. I am grateful I don't have a fractured skull, spinal injuries, broken bones. I am shocked. I am sore. I am never boring. (!)

You never know, each and every day, if you will have the kind of day you thought you would. Say "I love you" to someone you love. I am reminded once again, to never sweat the small stuff.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Last Page in This Journal!

Journaling yesterday...
having faith.

Peace to you today!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Writing in my Journal...

I wrote on the right side of this background spread.

~Just finished my first week back at work,
and it was a good one.

It's finally raining here,
so I am hoping to get some time to just read!

Hope you have a good weekend!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 my journal

I wrote on a page of the background spread you saw a few days ago.

I took a morning walk last Sunday, and I loved it.
It was still cool and my town was waking up.
I felt...powerful gratefulness.

If I was a poet, maybe I would be able to better describe
the intense contentment I felt in those moments.


~words i would put into poetry...
if i could.


Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm Really Excited

...I thought I'd be nervous, anxious, "freaking out"
...and I'm not.

I'm excited.
I'm excited!

And even better, I believe it's because of being in the moment,


art journaling,

and your comments of encouragement
and faith in me.

I am so truly grateful.
Thank you,
thank you!

Did I tell you I saw a shooting star
last night?


Sunday, September 2, 2012

September Clarity

My prayers, my thoughts, my goals,
my ever-constant self-talk...

all short and sweet
because, being shy and introverted,
I am never a girl of many words...

okay, except when I teach...
then I feel like I talk all day, non-stop.

Hoping your Sunday is peaceful.
Thank you for visiting!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday in my Art Journal

After a welcome back, several meetings, paperwork,
scheduling, introductions, unpacking, planning,
setting up, and labeling...all this week,

I couldn't wait to open up my journal and play with paints today.

Not sure if it's finished or what I will write.

My brain is tired
but my painted-on fingers are content.

The stamped-on word 'Hope'
was inspired by my goals of teaching my new students well
and trying to be the best teacher
I can be, for them.

I will meet all 23 on Tuesday morning.

Enjoy your weekend!