Breaking through the barrier

Breaking through the barrier

I’ve now worked at my “new”-ish job for a year. I’ve reached a strange point in my existence in which my pre-pandemic experience is starting to become less than my current reality. More than half of the past year – seven out of the 12 months –...
Creating a life map

Creating a life map

Have you ever thought about how all of the twists and turns you have taken in life have led you to the place you are today? What were the consistent ideals and interests in your life that led you to choose one path over another? And now that you know what happened...
My shimmery, sparkly July art journal

My shimmery, sparkly July art journal

Without a doubt, July is my favorite month of the year. I love the long days, the blue skies and the hot weather. I love going for walks on warm summer evenings, sitting around a bonfire or relaxing on the hammock. This past July, we watched fireflies, hiked through a...
Waiting to get sick

Waiting to get sick

For about a week recently, our family’s activities were on hold as we waited to see if we would get sick. We had minor sore throats. A headache here. Some weird GI problems there. Why am I so exhausted? Are those body aches? Do I have a fever? Normally, we would...
Bees in the backyard

Bees in the backyard

It was a Friday morning about a week ago when I got an urgent text message from a friend about a problem she was having in her backyard. “I heard you all are doing something with bees,” she wrote. “We have a large (probably in the hundreds) bee issue...
My June art journal

My June art journal

I just finished my third month of art journaling since I started my “themed” art journals. This month’s theme was “nature,” and I could not have loved it any more! I feel like I’m starting to find my “voice” in my art...
My May art journal

My May art journal

Last year, at the end of each month, I wrote a blog post about the books, movies and TV shows I enjoyed that month. This year, with all that’s been happening in the world, I’ve barely read any books. I’ve had a hard time finding TV shows that grab my...
Five reasons I love Bible journaling

Five reasons I love Bible journaling

About a month ago, I was talking to a friend about how much I love art journaling, especially during this time of social distancing. She told me I should check out her sister-in-law’s Instagram page to see a similar form of art that she does in her Bible. I...
A lesson from the dandelions

A lesson from the dandelions

I went on a hike with my family Saturday morning at a nearby forest preserve, and I was delighted to find that the trails were covered in dandelions. Most of the dandelions were at the height of their seed stage, with fluffy white balls lining our path. If I had...