Looking ahead to this week, I did not anticipate that it would end with pop-up art journaling goodness.
TheIntention Day Retreat, scheduled in the early fall, has been planned for weeks. Several other events have come and gone, and there is a final day of art journaling at the end of December. (If you are a word of the year kind of person, check it out.)
When the request for a Friday morning session came through, I was more than happy to schedule. The result was a rich time of creating and sharing. I felt thankful for the unexpected opportunity to share what I love with new participants.
Thank you to those who showed up today. For those who have considered showing up to art journal with me, this is your invitation. It is easy to reach out and schedule your own event with friends on a day of your choosing.
For now, I settle into bed at the end of a good, full day, with visions of tomorrow dancing in my head.
It came to me while unpacking my Christmas ornaments this year. I pulled a mini Starbucks mug ornament with the word Flourish from the box. It was still in its packaging. I remembered buying it on sale after Christmas last year and saving it for this year.
The ornament never made it out of its cardboard casing or onto the tree. Instead it stood on a shelf in my room inviting me to ponder the word Flourish and what it might mean for me in the new year.
Looking it up, the next step in the process, began to solidify my choice.
to grow luxuriantly, to achieve success, to be in a state of activity or production, to reach a height of development or influence, to make bold and sweeping gestures, an ornamental stroke in writing or printing, a decorative or finishing detail
All of these meanings, and more that were listed, felt true about what I long for in the new year.
Still pondering, I came across an online quiz related to figuring out your word of the year and decided to take it. The result was courage.
I always need that, and in this case, I think finding the courage to flourish is where I landed.
Here is my process in making this year’s art journal page along with the final result. I will keep it displayed to remind me of this year’s intentions.