Category Archives: Mixed Media

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda…

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I recently began an art journal collaboration with one of my dear friends.  We work independently for one month following a list of prompts and then mail the journal to each other and again work independently in the other persons journal.  This is a wonderful project that really has my brain working overtime creatively and my soul searching through introspection.

The most recent prompt was “If I could do it all again would I change anything?” Hmmm…now this certainly brings up some feels.  I thought a lot about the struggles I’ve had in my life – some small…some not so small.  I know for a fact that I didn’t always handle adversity with an open heart or mind.  My patterns of denial, overwhelming sadness or straight up anger I’m sure didn’t contribute to any kind of internal resolution.  The road to becoming who I am today has been bumpy, winding and most often uphill. But this is my own private road and I’ve learned to navigate the curves.

What good is the coulda, shoulda, woulda game though? I am who I am because of personal growth.  All the bruises that I’ve accumulated along the way have gently molded my soul.  I really feel that 20/20 hindsight minimizes the journey.  If I had a magic wand and could change the past I’d take a pass.  For all the ugly that there has been – the stupid choices, the venom of anger, the sting of regret, the hollow of sadness…there has been immense joy.  The moments where my heart has exploded with love, the chills from feeling the feels, the warmth of pride.  I wouldn’t change one step of this journey.  This journey of growth although sometimes painful is also filled with pure love.  Changing any of the unpleasantness would take away from the hustle.  We are who we are because of the journey.  I worked hard to become this person and I want to feel every second of it.

The Tagged By Kindness Project

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It’s no secret that I love tags.  I rubberstamp them.  I tie them on to packages.  I paint them.  I am currently in a tag collaboration with another artist friend.  Little Known Fact: I also use a new tag as a book mark with every book that I read.  Sometimes I write just one word on the tag.  Or I use some of my washi tape to decorate it. I even doodle on them from time to time.  From this love of tags came the inspiration for the #taggedbykindness project.

I recently began decorating tags and tucking them into my library books before I return them.  I thought this would be a really fun way to spread some positivity through a Random Act of Kindness (RAK).  I always handwrite #taggedbykindness on the back.  Every once in a while I check social media to see if the tags have been found yet.

Tagged By Kindness

a little sample of the #taggedbykindness project

 

In all likelihood I will never meet any of the recipients of the #taggedbykindness project.  I’m fine with this reality.  That’s not the purpose of this project any way.  This is a very small way to send positive energy out in to the universe.  I hope that whoever finds these little tags is inspired to do something positive for someone else.  Oh the many possibilities of paying it forward…

I would love if you would join me in spreading some good vibes with the #taggedbykindness project.  Grab a few tags, decorate them anyway you’d like and spread them randomly in spots where they will one day be found.   We’re not just limited to library books.  I’m thinking coffee shops, dentist appointments (in the magazines).  How about in a restaurant?  Slip one under the tip for the waitress. Half the fun is figuring out where to leave these little pieces of papery goodness.

One small drop of kindness…imagine the ripple.