Wow! What a year. And i mean that ...what a year....both good and bad.
Before i get into a few details lets have a MOMENT OF GRATITUDE for the year past and a !SHOUT OF JOY! in looking forward to the coming year. Now that we've 'momented' & shouted here's my "(SOME OF) THE YEAR IN REVIEW LIST. Take a looksie!
This year in no particular order i:
Watched lots of sunsets from the rooftop with the love of my life
Wrote my first two mini Bible studies (Coffee Break Bible Study Sheets)
Left my heart and soul job of 7 years (Kept going)
Cried a lot - both happy and sad(Kept going)
Felt like theres no use (a lot)(Kept going)
Reached a mental breaking point like no other(Kept going)
Felt like i wanted to kill myself(Kept going)
Tried a few new jobs
Went on lots of walks with Harvey (loving the crispy, cold air)
Celebrated the life of Mr. Walter Smith
Met a lot of awesome new people (amazing to meet people outside of the 4 wall confines of a church building - I hadn't done that in a long time)
Struggled with decisions
Made bad decisions
Made good decisions
Watched a lot of "Impractical Jokers"
Went on a fun family trip to Long Beach (fun beach bike ride - why did Mary turn back, lol?)
Traveled on a wonderful Voluncation to Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, Orlando & more with MY FAVORITE TRAVEL COMPANION and FAVORITE PERSON ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH Mr. Christopher Bean. (loved watching people take their picture during sunset...my favorite time of the day) (Also loved how the Candlelight Processional at Epcot brought everything full-circle)
Blamed others for any dissatisfaction I felt in life(Kept going)
Realized there's no one to blame for any dissatisfaction i feel in life (femininepower.com calls it radical self responsibility)
Started to believe that I could live in this world as an artist (might be amateur level now but definitely committed to growing -dv!)
Painted more pictures than i ever have in years past (childhood excluded)Drew more pictures than i have in years past (childhood excluded)
Was in the room when my great-niece Arielle was birthed
Got mooned on my birthday (now coined as butt-day)
Felt far from God
Felt close to God (tho mostly far)
Let fear lead me
Let love lead me
Kept going... In retrospecting this year right now (this very moment as i write!)...sidenote: I am realizing even in the quick 45 minutes that I've taken in writing this post has been so beneficial in helping me be grateful and reflect on all that has taken place thus far this year. (kind of therapeutic) I humbly suggest you take some similar time to review your own year...it really is quite nice. :) And if you want a little help looking forward to 2014 you can use my "Play & Plan Fun Sheet" as a guide. I'm gonna' do mine soon! ...i realize it felt like a somewhat monotonous year but a lot of amazing things really did happen! i see that i've kept going (small steps are big steps) and in my gut i know I've learned a lot of lessons and grew a lot of character this year.
So my dear loves, my your new year coming up be your very best year yet...may it be blessed with faith & love & beauty & perseverance & creative colors & happiness all stemming from a joyous intimacy with Jesus~! He IS our ROCK!
Just for you, my darling friends, a look back at some of the pictures I created this year:
Hi My Lovely Friends,
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day is filled with extra special, lots and lots, heaps and mounds of love! I'm sure it is. I know there are oodles of people who love you (including me; I think you're fantastic!), I know you're the apple of God's eye and I know He's got great plans for you so, whether you get that box of chocolates or not, allow me to cover you in love one more time, "YOU ARE INFINITELY LOVED!" :)
Moving on, it's kind of cracking me up that this post is gonna' happen to hit on Valentine's Day but yah, it's all kinda' about dying. Dying to self, that is. And becoming alive in Christ.
In the last few days and weeks Holy Spirit has heightened my awareness of all the times I say, "I want this" or "I want that" and you know what, I've kind of become very uninterested in what I have to say. I really don't want to do what I want to do, I want to do what God wants me to do. (easier said than done but still very willing)
In fact today, it dawned on me that when "I" try to figure things out instead of trusting God and resting in His peace, "I" end up making a little mini-idol, false god out of myself. Ugh, I really don't want that.
Anyway, check out these pics - they might help describe what I mean.
Blogglings are quick bites of creativity, information & inspiration. You know, like a little duck is called a duckling - a little blog is called a bloggling! :) Blogglings are my way of sharing my wonderful, random & inspiring creative spurts with you.
Here's my fan club today!
I've always wanted to work on creative projects from home. Many days as I was petting Harvey getting ready to leave for work, I'd sometimes joyfully, but mostly disappointed that I had to leave, say "Thank you God that one day soon I'll be working on creative projects from home with Harvey at my feet." This dream is coming to fruition. Speak your dreams out loud & bless them~
This year before Christmas my awesome, "Martha-Stewart-Watch-Out" sister Lynne gave everyone in the family gingerbread cookies to decorate as their favorite holiday 'characters'. I knew I wanted to decorate my cookie as Jesus; the true meaning of the season. I ended up decorating it like Jesus as a baby, all swaddled up. (My husband decorated his as Jesus on the cross thinking "Merry Christmas"...together, our cookies made a GREAT artistic impact..!) The thing is, the cookie served as a very meaningful meditation for me as I looked at the precious baby face and thought about the power & irony & meaning of God Himself choosing to come be with us in human form...I was inspired to draw the picture on the left which I titled, "The True Heart of Christmas"...Immanuel - God with us. What is your meditation as the new year approaches?
Out of the Box
Sometimes I've felt I'm too clean for the dirty and too dirty for the clean. I've struggled with where a creative soul like myself fits into the churchly scheme of things. This morning as I was wrestling with how this blog was going to fit into the Christ-following & creative sides of me, this message was delivered to me. "Christ can not be boxed in by christianity." Thoughts?
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