No this isn’t about the band…

This is about the journey I’m on. The one we are all on, I suppose.

Navigating life here on earth.

I have given myself a lot of titles and labels and been given several of them as well throughout the years. And I’m sure you’ve experienced this, too.

Here are a few of mine:

Wife. Mom. Artist. Christian. Friend. Baker. Singer. Musician….

As I watch my life unfold day by day, moving to the beat of the soundtrack in my mind, I see times where I have deeply embraced these titles, and other times where I have neglected some or a few.

This is part of the journey.

As long as I can remember I’ve been making “stuff”. Doodling with paint and crayons, constructing miniature scenes from cookie cutters. Altering clothing, sewing patches, painting on buttons and shoes and canvases. And this has always brought me joy.

I even spent four years of college spending endless hours in dark rooms, standing at printing presses, holding torches and pneumatic hammers, and most of all building, stretching, and painting enormous canvases.

But now, it seems other things have taken priority of these joys. Jobs, laundry, walking the dog, being a wife, mom, and friend…

So, I’ve been on the endless cycle of figuring out how to balance everything. Until I finally realized… that life isn’t about the ability to balance it all. It’s simply about the choices we make each day.

So, I’m making the choice to do something creative every day. (And chronicling it for you, here!)

Even if it’s 5 minutes in the sketchbook or two hours at a canvas when Lucy decides to take a really great nap. I have a feeling there will be a lot of days where it’s just 5 minutes in the sketchbook, but that’s ok!

So, this is part of my journey today.

30 minutes in the sketchbook.

Koi watercolors, Prismacolor colored pencils, and a couple of Sharpies:




4 Responses to "Journey."

  1. jo says:

    this really inspired and encouraged me, in more ways than you know. thank you.

    • janine says:

      Jo, it means so much to me to hear you say that. I’m so glad you were encouraged by this. 🙂

  2. JJ says:

    These are great sketchbook pages! I’ve been prioritizing my time all wrong. My son will sit at the table coloring sometimes and I rush off to do a chore, now that I have him occupied. This post reminds me that those 10-20mins SHOULD be me in my sketchbook too… Us together being creative for even just a handful of minutes. Thank you for continuing to be inspirational.

    • janine says:

      JJ, I’m so pleased that you’re finding inspiration to be creative, but also to spend that time creating with your son! Those are memories you both will cherish! The dishes can’t wait 😉

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