Up, Up and Away....

I recently found out about a job opportunity that looked like it might be a match.  It matched all that I had been in the past with a little of what I was loving in my present.  It matched a schedule I was used to and it provide a salary I had, in the past become accustomed to.
I applied, and although some/a lot of it was outside of my comfort zone, I continued to pursue it.
I realized that I would have to muster up lots and lots of energy for the responsibilities it entailed.  Where would all that energy come from?  Well, I thought, it would just well up from inside me.  The salary is substantial and I would need to show them I am worth every penny.
This job I knew would have taken every thing I had to give and more.
I would give it my all.
In the end, I did not get the job.  Someone with more experience got it.

In my head..."Yeah!  I am so relieved."
I immediately thought...What do you really want to do? And the answer came...

I want to write and illustrate books for children.


I could use all that energy, I knew I could muster

 to give to the calling that is tugging at my heart.

Being Brave

Being Brave

This year I turned 50.  
I love being 50.  
Something about it makes me think of 
I'm here!

Comfort Zone
Neale Donald Walsh

This is my mantra.

Catching up….Winter Weekend Musings

Hello there....
I hope this post finds you well.
Here are a few things I have been doing lately.
: )
I have really been enjoying being part of The Documented Life Project.  My journal is getting chunky, and I feel like I have only yet begun.  It is nice to have a place to keep track of things but also have it contain bits and pieces of your dreams and beliefs and experiments with new art mediums.  

With this journal, I told myself that I am not going for perfection.
So, it kind of takes the pressure off as I start something....
I just go for it and then live with the results....even if it is not exactly what I had intended.

I sewed a little journal in a pocket to write down inspirational things I hear or read.

A groovy doodle I saved turns into...

a groovy March envelope for receipts.

I have really enjoyed this winter.
It has had all the elements that we imagine when we imagine New England Winters.

Ice skating on ponds, a crunchy coating of ice on top of inches and inches of snow...

The kids at recess are having the best time ever, bundled up in their snow suits and sliding down slick worn down snowy hills.

At night
I have been enjoying reading a favorite children's book, The Willows in Winter by William Horwood, illustrated by Patrick Benson.
I love children's literature...
and my new glasses!
(purchased at Christmas Tree Shop)
: )

I love, love, love the illustrations and the writing is so cozy!

....and here, to share with you
are a few hearts I have found along the way....

I hope, you too, have found some joy this long cold winter.....
I will leave you with this beautiful, inspirational video I found on You Tube....
Happy Weekend!
Love, Lizzy
: )

My Documented Life continues…..

Heart in my paint....

Create a pocket in your journal from an envelope in the mail....

I made two....
In fact, I am going to make one for every month because I always have receipts I need to keep track of!

Doodle border.
This is a saying I found in a darling book I found at a Used Bookstore that I loved....
I will blog about it soon!
: )

 Repeat pattern....

Get inspiration from Pinterest....
Pin from:  Reece Bivens 

My interpretation!
: )

 It's not too late to join!!
I can't say enough about how encouraging and warm the group is!

Have a great week!!
Love, Lizzy
: )

"The Documented Life" 2014 Planner : )

This project has caught my attention and my creative energy....
I stumbled upon this on the internet.
It was JUST what I was looking for.
I love planners, journals, notebooks.....I have several, too many to keep track of.
Here was an opportunity to create my own.

The process so far....

This is on old favorite journal

Loved this quote I wrote inside back in 2000....

As you can see, I was inspired back then to make my own planner.... 

 And was gung ho for awhile.....
(still can't figure out why I had to call a plastic surgeon on the 17th?  : )

 But, then the inspiration petered ...

Another treasure inside...
My son wrote his name on a napkin....
: )

And so the process begins again!!
My first bottle of Gesso!!
Here we go...

I redid the inside cover with some scrapbooking paper I had....
I am trying to use as many things that I already own as possible.
I got the letter stickers from Target for $1.00 : )
I wrote out a favorite quote from one of my favorite meditation masters.
"Bean by bean the bag gets filled."  Davidji

I designed January's calendar much like the old calendar I designed in 2000.  
I figure I will change it if I want as the months pass.

I found a wall for my quote from my old book and put a tag from a place I hope to visit someday.

Crayon and Gesso...

I got the idea for the heart tabs and permission to use her idea
from a girl in
The Documented Life Project group.  
Love them...

My new Gesso-ed cover

Gesso-ed cover with heart tabs...

Transforming my cover....
little by little....

Having fun with my art supplies 
: )

Another favorite quote of mine....

I guess these pages that you attach are called "tipped in" pages?
Here is one of mine with a list that I am sure will get longer and longer.
Reminders of what to check for every day.
: )

I decided to make a recipe page with a pocket!
: )
I copied this recipe off the box and bought the ingredients...
I hope I like it now that it has a permanent place in my year!

More to come....
Hope your year is off to a great start!
Blessings to you!
Love, lizzy : )