Monthly Archives: September 2010

colors and dust

i haven’t posted anything from my art journal in months, so i thought i’d share a little bit of what’s been going on lately…

i finished my beloved art journal the other day. i did one last page and then felt like i needed to light a candle to commemorate the year dedicated to this journal. here’s the page i did:

i spent some time reflecting on the past year. i hold so many memories in these pages- times of joy and sorrow, challenges and growth. this life we live is full of vibrant colors and awe, there are such sweet moments of celebration and love throughout the pages. and yet there is a dust that is left behind that fades, but never quite disappears. this year was one that stretched me in so many ways and the experiences will stick with me throughout my lifetime. i have learned so much this past year and know that there is still so much ahead of me. finishing this journal was a mix of feelings: sad, accomplished, proud, nostalgic… but i also could not wait to start what was next. i feel like the process of completing this journal was a great metaphor for where i am in life right now as i finished my undergraduate career and am moving on to pursue my master’s degree.

so as i’m moving on in school and life, i’m also moving on to a new wonderful, beautiful journal.

this beauty was given to me by my dear friend and mentor Kristin Ritzau. it is another Sabrina Ward Harrison journal and the timing for it couldn’t be more perfect. i started this new journal the same night i finished my other one…

i am ready for this new year. the life rhythm that i have completely memorized is beginning to change and it’s a bit scary. but i know that this new rhythm will be full of surprises and great memories. and i also know that so much of what i have learned in the past will need to be re-learned and re-visited. but, i’m off and on my way. i have so much to celebrate in this new chapter- praises for an incredible graduate program, so thankful for this lovely house, blessed by my gracious and beautiful roommates, and this great excitement for all that’s to come.

i guess you could say i am right where i’m supposed to be in this adventure called life…

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update’s GALORE!

well the house renovations continue! this post is filled with lots of pictures of how things are coming along and of things we’ve added to our sweet little home.

first things first- our to do list is getting things crossed off!

i finished decorating the wall around my desk…

Hayley and i made a jewelry wall. we love how colorful everything is!

Hayley hung up her mason jars on the tree in our backyard…

we made a makeshift mantel over our fireplace that doesn’t work :)

like the roses from our garden and the “miss bishop” book?

and the latest addition to our family :) already BBQ’d three times this week!

and a few updates on my planner…

september’s here! can’t believe summer’s over. september brings a LOT of exciting things… i started Graduate School this month. i finished my first week of class and LOVED every minute of it. it is so great to be in a place where people have the same passion as you, know the feeling? i am thrilled and so blessed to be in this program. i’m looking forward to learning a ton and meeting some great future child life specialists :) curious about child life? click on this link.

september also brings about the marriage of another one of my best friends. the lovely meghan will be married to aaron this saturday and i could not be more excited to be a part of their special day. it is so encouraging to see such incredible love between two people. i can’t wait to celebrate the soon-to-be mr. and mrs. morelli!

lastly, september brings the release of my beautiful mentor’s book!! kristin ritzau is an incredibly talented writer, approaching tough subjects with grace and hope. her book is entitled “a beautiful mess”, a perfectly imperfect way of approaching life and it’s many challenges. i’ve had the chance to read the first few chapters and i am so looking forward to reading the rest. kristin’s book is available on amazon. you can also check out her website to learn more about kristin and the beautiful mess.

last but not least, i finally covered the front of my planner…

okay, don’t mean to bombard you with pictures. but you were warned :)

hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend!