Monday, November 19, 2012

And the holidays begin. . .

So it begins. I got the dog a Xmas sweater, and hung lots of blue lights on the house, two things that cheered me up.
I somewhat love the holidays, the cooking and gathering, the shopping and wrapping, the lists of cards to mail.
But it is stressful, the parties or non-parties, the wondering if I need to leave the mailperson a tip, the family members who are too far away to see, and others who show up. So this year I am going to look for the magic. Some wonderful hot chocolate and a good movie on TV. I am working with my thoughts to keep everything positive, and when the negative comes along, I gently remind it that it needs to keep on its way, and not start a loop in my head.

And working in my journal does always help me to remember this.
So as the days get shorter, and colder, and the chores pile up, I will stop and breathe, work a bit in my journal, look out the window at the falling leaves, and connect with the beauty that is always in eyesight if you look for it.
"To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live in the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom." --Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Sounds like winding down at the end of the year, but I see your journal entry is looking at beginning, so the transition to the new year begins gradually. Love your journal pages, always inspiring.

  2. I am glad I found your blog :) Scrolling down through your entries, I see an alive and vivid art journal, and am eager to keep up with future entries. I love when an artist is able to evoke their feelings onto the page in such a comforting way... creating art can be therapy to a jumbled mind, but looking at someone else's art can have the same effect :) Thank you.