Sunday, November 6, 2011

Moments of Gratitude

The hunt for the orange sharpie
My friend Deb is sponsoring a "30 Days of Thanks" project at her beautiful blog, Learning As I Go.  For the last week I've been trying to incorporate some thoughts on gratitude and thankfulness in my art journal.

Yesterday morning, I woke up with a relaxed day ahead of me. I knew I would be spending some time in the studio playing around with my art supplies and practicing some of the cool techniques I've seen in Julie Balzer's 30 Days In Your Art Journal Class.  I wanted to finish some lettering on my It Is What It Is piece I had worked on on Friday night so I could add it to the journal page, but I couldn't find my orange sharpie (seen above in its rightful place after the search concluded).

Page before journaling
Don't get me wrong - I have at least three other orange writing instruments - but I wanted that sharpie.  

Now, if you're still reading, you might be thinking - what in the world does this have to do with thanks and gratitude?  Well, the search for that pen...which resulted in me cleaning up my work table completely...which lead to me finding two other supplies I had been thinking about using in my journal but had forgotten about until I came upon them again...which lead to three hours spent devoted solely to creativity...which let me relax and get a load of work done...which let me relax while my sister was here last night so we got to chat and enjoy each other's company.  We are two hard-working women always on the go.  We rarely get to just spend an evening visiting.  

So, I am grateful for the opportunities over the last few days to enjoy my creative side, a quiet Saturday spent relaxing and catching up on all the little tasks of life maintenance, and ... most importantly ... for relaxing moments with family.

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