Sunday, January 06, 2008

Permission to be Inspired


Permission tickets by Lani

It's a new year! Almost brand new and almost unwrapped! Here's what I think we need to do immediately before the new year gets away from us, give ourselves permission right now to be, do, explore, find, and create! Keri Smith has a great story about sitting in her local cafe with friends and talking about giving themselves permission to do the things that their souls were aching to do. So she created beautiful permission cards just for that purpose. (You could buy hers or you could make your own, which would be even better since you know what your soul aches to do.)

Now just in case you need an example of what can happen when people give themselves permission to do things, let me introduce you to my friend Ellen started Art Journaling about 2 months ago. You can read about the process here and I'll include images from the past two months to spark your curiosity and inspire you to give yourself permission to GO!

If you want further inspiration, remember Suzi Blu creates a new video every week all about making art and living an artful life. (In a recent one she found a puppet theater which she's going to decorate in vintage Parisian style and of course create puppets for. Can you wait? I can't!!!

Then there's ArtFest 2008. I can't recommend this enough! The whole idea of taking time out from normal life, going to new places, meeting new folks, learning amazing new things... It's just the best thing you could do with time and money! Seriously. Just going to the ArtFest webpage and looking through the courses is sometimes enough to get the whole permission thing happening.

If you are the kind of person who likes the structure of art challenges for your art journal, do check out the Artists' Happiness Challenge, starting the 14th of January. Give yourself permission to explore art challenges that are created to make you happy. Get into the upward spiral and create an authentic, playful, happy life. You deserve it.

2 comments:

dogfaeriex5 said...

arent ellen's pages just awesome, you bhoth are so inspiring!
SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN IN A FEW SHORT MONTHS AT ARTFEST!! and julie is taking classes too
..YIPPEEEEEE!
xo

Lani Gerity said...

Ellen is FANTASTIC!!!
I love it!
And I totally cannot wait to see you all again!!!
What fun we will have!