How do you make time for yourself?
In my lunch bag this week, I packed some art supplies (including my favorite little Japanese watercolor set and Artgraf watercolors pictured above) along with fresh fruit for breakfast and yummy salads for lunch.
I decided that this week, I would see what inspiration I would find and record it in my journal. I started by shuffling a deck of Virtue Cards and asking, "What message do I need to hear and what virtue will guide me?" The card that I pulled was, "Steadfastness."
You know, it was just the message that I needed to hear. This week I pulled phrases from the card, recording some as written and rewording a few.
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I have moments when I begin to question all of my hard work. Am I on the right track? Is it going to pay off?
It really is true that STEADFASTNESS grows whenever we rise to a challenge.
Keeping a STEADY PACE is something I definitely need to work on. I've been going full on, non-stop. But, this summer I've already started to slow down. Now I need to find a good pace and be selective on my commitments so I don't over commit and over schedule myself.
My favorite spiral motif makes for great wave patterns.
Perhaps all of the journal blocks, this one has the message I needed to hear. Am I willing to hang in there and be PATIENT? Will I see this dream of mine through no matter how long it takes?
I found this cute illustration on iStock.com. When the storm of my emotions run full on, I shall be a ship and not waiver.
I'll leave you with this pledge that I'm making:
I will remain true to my purpose. I pace myself. I don't allow doubts or tests to blow me off course.
While working on these pages, I felt my stress lift and transform into hope. May these journal pages and their messages inspire YOU to be STEADFAST and stay true to your purpose.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva
PS - The Tree Mandala in the first picture was created as part of my latest 100 Mandalas Challenge theme. Do you love trees? Check out this post featuring 150 tree illustrations.