Why Art Journal?

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                                         One of the themes of Art Journaling class I lead was ” Your Happy Place”. It was so interesting to see these ladies cut, glue and paint the places that make their soul sing. In essence, these classes we are more like excavating ourselves, finding out what makes us tick in a way. We have talked about our journeys , casting worries to the wind, love letters from God, on the road again…. I feel like I have been excavating myself along with them. The reason I started my art journal was because I had zoned out of my life for periods of time, stuffing down life and putting myself on auto pilot…. not a good way to live and not much in the way of experiencing life. After family deaths brought up much unprocessed grief and painful peeling back of the layers of my life, I knew I wanted to live life to the fullest, as God had intended. So this year I had decided to be more present in my life and journal this year. All I can say is that it has been a blessing for me, not just for myself but side by side with these amazing women who share their stories, colored pencils and coffee once a month. In my night class we drink wine and cheese and I have giggled and teared up more than a couple of times hearing the stories.

This month our theme is ” Every Quilt Has A Story, What Is Yours?” The quilt of our lives… mismatched squares that piece together to make our life. We also will talk about our gifts, what we bring to the table in this life. Are you an encourager, do you love helping the elderly, teach little ones, plant beautiful gardens, paint….. all God given gifts that if used properly, bring glory to our Creator, and help to our fellow man, and especially to us it unleashes our real selves for the world to see. We become more aligned with our Creator and our souls are set free to fly. What wonderment in that!

We do this once a month at Miss Mandy’s if you are interested in joining, or if you see another class that offers this somewhere else, do your self a favor and join in. It doesn’t matter where, just be ready to do some digging and soul searching, and illustrating your wonderful, invincible, beautiful self!   Much love, Suz

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