Let’s Abolish “Can’t.”

Within the last two weeks, I started two more e-courses. (I have to admit that since I began taking painting/mixed media/drawing classes, I am totally obsessed with e-courses. Currently, it’s as if I am back in college and taking 18 hours a semester. Oh, the stress that I heap upon myself!) Anyway, it is what it is.

In preparation for the classes, I decided to make cover sheets in the journal for each. Here they are in all their glory:

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30 Days of Grace

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Hello Soul, Hello Mantra

The first course, “30 Days of Grace” is taught by Alena Hennessy, while the second, “Hello Soul, Hello Mantra” is taught by Kelly Rae Roberts. Both are amazing mixed media artists with different styles and processes, which is what I love about taking classes from varied artists. I am learning a broad variety of techniques and approaches, and although I am momentarily overwhelmed with all that I’ve taken upon myself, I love it. This from the woman who 9 months ago, was convinced that I hadn’t a creative bone in my body, and couldn’t draw or paint! I am not saying that all of a sudden, I am an artist, but it does go to show that each of us is creative in our own way. The word “can’t” should be banished from our vocabulary as it prevents us from realizing our true potential. As for the courses, I heartily recommend both of them.

What is your “can’t? I am here to tell you, that you can. Overcoming that limitation, is your gift to yourself and the world. Really!

Blessings, Lydia

All Will Be Well, ~ Julian of Norwich

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I Dared

Lydia's Dare III

Lydia’s Dare III

I’ve always wanted to be a creative, an artist. I don’t mean that I ever wanted to make a living as an artist. I simply longed to explore my “alleged” creative side. Until recently, I simply accepted that there are creatives, and then there was me. So with that in mind, I surprised myself when I registered for the e-course “Daring Adventures in Paint & Life.”  The course is taught by artist and author Mati Rose. As the course description explains, the “e-course is not just about painting, it’s about being daring in art & life! What you do on the canvas mirrors the bold steps you take in your life! This course is for anyone who wants to strengthen their creative muscles, be inspired on a daily basis, and step into their own brilliance and find their magic.” How could I pass up such an opportunity to mine the depths of my inner self as a way to unearth my hidden stores of creativity and magic? I am pleased to report that just two weeks into the 6 week adventure and I know that I choose wisely. The painting above is one of the three that I’ve already created.

At first, it was difficult to get past the white canvas because my thinking mind got in the way. At first, I was more than a little tentative. I mean, I’d never painted before and was unsure of myself.  With much support from Mati Rose and the enthusisam and inspiration from the Facebook group,I dare myself to let go of my fears and the paint brush fly. I know that there will be more for me to share with you. I won’t let the fear keep me from painting.  Whatever fear is keeping you from, do it anyway. Know that the risk will be more than worth it.

Blessings, Lydia