Summer Challenge: Art Journal Every Day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer break starts in a week!  I'm desperately in need of a vacation.  Teaching is hard work.  I come home exhausted every single day.  My creativity is completely gone, and I really need some inspiration.  In order to refresh my artistic endeavors, I've decided to give myself a summer challenge: work in my art journal every single day.  I am giving myself a flexible goal of completing one page per day, but that's not going to be the main focus.  10 minutes a day, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, doesn't matter!  The main focus is just doing it. 

Who wants to join me in this challenge?  I will be officially starting May 25th, but I've already completed a few pages!

I will be posting weekly updates here on the blog, and if you want to be featured, make sure to tag your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter posts with the hashtag #AWMTSummerArtJournal.

Here are some supplies that I plan to use in my journal:

Not sure what to journal about?  Check out these Travel, Technique, Word, and Nature Prompts:

Do you have any more prompts to add?

Don't forget to tag your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter posts with the hashtag #AWMTSummerArtJournal.

Alone with my tea

Travel Tuesday || Sunday Traveler || Repost || PERUVIAN ANTS

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When I first started my blog, I didn't have many followers.  Now that I have a few more, I'm going to repost some of my very earliest posts, especially related to travel.  Hope you enjoy!

These are the coolest ants, ever.  It's such a funny sight to walk upon a row of walking leaves!  We took great care not to step on any of them!  I wish I had a better camera so I could have gotten closer shots!  

(By the way, these are leaf-cutter ants.  They are tiny ants that cut leaves and carry them back to their nest.  They pile them up to make a compost in which to grow fungi, which they eat.  You can read about it here.)

This picture was taken in a village called San Jose, right outside of Pucallpa, Peru.

Alone with my tea

I signed my contract.

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's official.  I signed my contract.  I'm staying here for another year.

With that comes relief, knowing I will continue to have a monthly paycheck, health insurance, 401k, etc.

But I also feel a little bit antsy.

I recently realized that I have moved every year for the past six years.  This will be the first time since college that I will stay in the same place for a second year in a row.

Kinda cool.

Kinda scary...

...Around this time each year I start to think about "what's next."  Where can I go, what can I do, what bigger and better thing is waiting ahead?

As the above quote so accurately describes, I think I will never be content.  I will always wonder what's ahead.  That's just part of who I am.  Some people daydream about babies and motherhood and home decor.  I dream about Bali, and Australia, and Paris, and Egypt.

In the meantime, here I am.  Staying put.  Trying to make roots.  Trying to bloom where I'm planted.  Trying to live a normal life, whether we are here for two or 10 years.  So maybe I'll get a library card.  Maybe I'll order the local paper.  But even as I make friends and settle in for another year, I know I'll always be "haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere."

Alone with my tea