The Artist’s Way – Week 3 Check-in!

Phew… Week 3…

I was going pretty strong weeks 1 and 2, but I have to say this week I did not do morning pages yesterday or today… and no artist date. <hanging head in shame> … Ok, not shame, because that was part of what our reading was about.

However, I did appreciate the tasks I did – some of which were from last week. One of them involved writing down 5 things I loved eating as a kid, and then actually getting one of them.

Mine was pretzels and frosting. I distinctly remember one Wednesday night at Awana Bible club at church (I was a “Spark” level at the time), our leader breaking out a bag of salted pretzel rods and a can of vanilla frosting. I thought it was the best thing I had ever eaten. So I made a trip to the store and got some pretzel rods… I do like the taste of canned frosting at times, but I can’t get over the list of ingredients, when it really just takes butter, sugar, milk and vanilla to make frosting. So I made my own. My kids loved this snack too – complete with multi-colored sprinkles. Sorry, no picture – I took one with my mind, so you’ll just have to imagine it…

In other news… I’ve seen a definite pattern in my morning pages. I write “I should” and “I need to” A LOT. I got kind of upset in one of my entries because I realized how much I feel the need to please people. I feel like I have to explain everything to everyone so no one thinks ill of me. It’s exhausting. That’s all I’ll say right now – I’ll write more once I process this some more.

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To close the weekend… Here’s a look at what we did today! Thanks to Steve for taking all these pictures! My husband is one talented dude πŸ™‚

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We went to the National Cherry Festival air show, which included demonstrations by the helicopters of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, three WWII P-51 mustangs, an F-22 Raptor and finally, the Blue Angels – Navy flight demonstration team.

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Does anyone else find this funny? :

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Frighteningly close:

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The Artist's Way Week 3 Check-In - Ordinary|Awesome Blog

How was your week 3? (Or your weekend, if you aren’t doing The Artist’s Way!)


The Artist’s Way – Week 2 Check-in!

Was Week 2 a struggle for anyone else? Maybe it was just because of all the goings-on in our household right now…

My family was in town for the first time in 4 years! We were all together under one roof! It was great to have them with us.

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{Picture courtesy of Katharine G. Smith Photography}

We had a lot of catching up to do, lots of food to eat, movies to watch… It was sad to see them go yesterday, and my sister today. The time never seems long enough, I think…

I had my artist date today. I wasn’t sure what to do… So I ended up driving to a local nursery/landscaping company to check out their plants and shrubs.

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It was lovely being outside and brushing up on the names of things… Sedum, vibernum, weigela…

The Artist's Way - Week 2 with Ordinary|Awesome blog

I had the place all to myself and the gentleman working was happy to answer my questions, but gave me plenty of room to poke around.

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I ended up choosing this pink coneflower – I’ve always loved coneflowers. And this one’s name was Pow Wow – I just couldn’t resist!

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I still had plenty of time, and wanted to spend some time reading… So I ended up taking a road I’ve never taken (yes, it felt adventurous. Ha!)

So, this might sound nerdy, but I really like our health food store, and most of the time I’m rushing in and out for something in particular and I have the kids with me. So I wanted to walk around and see if I could find anything new and interesting.

I never realized the huge selection of spices they have – now I know where to go to find some of the more exotic spices I need… Northern Michigan grocery stores don’t have a great selection, I’m afraid… (see my curry post!) So there I was sniffing spices I’d never smelled…

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Hey – I was experiencing and sensing. I was obeying Julia Cameron’s instructions. πŸ™‚

Then I took my Kombucha and pepitas outside to read my book for a little bit…

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I rarely get to read more than a page or two at a time, so this was awesome!!

The Artist's Way - Week 2 with Ordinary|Awesome blog

I’m reading The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson. This book. I will be so sad when it’s over. Here’s the description:

Meet five North Carolina women who are about to change the way you think about friendship. For Rhonda, a gritty, fun-loving hairdresser in tight jeans, the sights and smells of Ridgecrest Nursing Center are depressing. But before she can change her mind about working there, two residents glue themselves to her: Margaret, droll and whip-smart, with a will of iron that never fails her even when her body does, and Bernice, an avid country music fan who is rarely lucid. Together with Lorraine, their church-going, God-questioning nurse, and her daughter, April, bright and ambitious, they lock arms in courage and humor for a journey that speaks to us allβ€”of how we live and die, of how we love and forgive.

Read it. You’ll love it. Then we can talk about how much we all love it. <sigh>

As for my morning pages – there was one day – Friday, when I only got one page written before I had to get ready and dash out the door for a meeting… Other than that – going strong!

Tasks, on the other hand… need to do some more.

I hear week 3 might bring out some angst, so take care of yourself! Get plenty of sleep and quiet reflection time if you can.

How about you? Can’t wait to hear how your Artist’s Way journey is going!


The Artist’s Way with Ordinary|Awesome Blog Starts Today!

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Oh my. If I change that title to “The Artist’s Way with O|A Starts Today!” I’ve got a very annoying ryhme on my hands.

Fortunately, I caught that. Ahem.

Well… Here we go! This is going to be a wild ride, I’m sure!

Today is the first day of The Artist’s Way… I’m not sure what to call it – club? group? read-along? But club sounds too exclusive, and group sounds too impersonal. We’re doing more than reading a book so maybe we’ll call this a circle as Julia Cameron suggests in the back of the book. Our Artist’s Way circle on O|A.

Sounds good.

Well, now that we have that settled…

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How To Discover or Recover Your Creativity In 12 Weeks

ow To Discover or Recover Your Creativity In 12 Weeks-

As we get older we tend to express our creativity less and less. We tend to laugh less, color with crayons less, pretend less, play less and overall take less risks. We dream less.

I don’t think this is the way God intends for us to live. God is the ultimate creative being! He made the world, the universe and everything in it! And we are created in His image! So something in us will always have a desire to create – whether that’s painting a piece of art, sewing a dress, programming a computer application, cooking a meal, writing a blog post, building a blanket fort or coloring with chalk on the sidewalk. Personally, I’m ready to recover my creativity.

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3 Summer (Or Anytime) Bible Study Resources I Love

3 Summer (Or Anytime) Bible Study Resources I Love -

I don’t know about yours, but our “official” Bible study for women at our church takes a break for the summer. Which is fine because everyone’s schedule is different, people are out of town, and it’s hard to have a consistent group week in and week out during the summer.

Very often, however, this has translated, for me, in taking the summer off from Bible study entirely. But if the Word of God is essential for life and godliness, then I don’t want to fast from it for 3 months.

So if, like me, you’re looking for ways to study the Bible this summer, here are a few great resources to do that!

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{Winners Announced!} Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

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The randomly selected winners are:

Debbie and Michelle! Congratulations!

You will be contact shortly with your e-books!

Thanks for entering, everyone!Β  If you’d still like to get a great deal on the book, here is the link to the Kindle version for $2.99 through tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

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I started reading Crystal Paine’s blog (MSM) in January (because my word for the year is Discipline, and that seemed to fit…) Then I subscribed to receive her e-book 4 Weeks to an Organized Home (because who doesn’t want that??)

Crystal’s book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life came out at the end of January. I already knew, based on her writing on MSM that she means business when it comes to goal-setting, intentionality and stick-to-it-iveness. Never mind saving money and getting out of debt. AND she’s gracious and encouraging. I promptly put it on my Amazon wishlist because um, yes – I’m in survival mode and I want to get out and I’d like more of each of those things, thank you.

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How I Read the Bible With My Kids

How I Read the Bible with My Kids - A Proverb a Day - Ordinary|Awesome blog

I love reading from Bible storybooks to our kids, especially from The Jesus Storybook Bible.

How I Read the Bible With My Kids - Ordinary|Awesome Blog

Jago’s illustrations are colorful and poignant and Sally Lloyd-Jones’ writing makes me cry almost every single time I read it. Then the kids look at me like I’ve lost my mind. (I’m sorry – is that not a good plug for the book??)

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Anyway, as much as I love these and other Bible storybooks, I really wanted, and thought it was important, that my children hear the actual words of the Bible.Β  Here’s what I’m doing.

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