A Thousand Leagues

Okay, so I’m not the best writer. You need to go visit my friend over at Together for Good if you’d like great writing! I tend to use bad grammar, run on sentences and ramble. I can’t even guarantee that what I write will make any sense. My strong suite is graphic presentation. Consider this an apology just in case what I write is ever, well, lacking. Just look at the art!

This journal entry was for the second week’s itinerary over at the AJC-2014. We get several prompts to think about, and then we choose those that speak to us. This week, one of the prompts was to use 2 {BE}Mused cards to make a journal page, there was also a quote for the week that really spoke to me.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anais Nin

Let me back up. A few months ago I berating my art and ability (once again), and my husband challenged, “I think it’s safer for you to think what you do is horrible. It’s much safer than actually risk believing that you have talent.” The quote above is EXACTLY what he was saying. It IS/WAS safer for me to constantly put myself down, my ability down. Much safer than daring to think that I was actually good at it. Now, I don’t claim to be anything astounding, but to say that I don’t have any ability is just a lie. Because it’s SAFER to believe that, than it is to put myself out there. He (my husband…who puts up with much stuff from me) was right, as he usually is when it comes to stuff like this (of course, I’m right the rest of the time).

Tangie, our “tour guide”, also wrote this concerning herself:

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I do believe that I am supposed to be learning something, because this idea keeps crossing my path over and over. Maybe I should start listening.

The way the cards are supposed to work is that you choose them at random, however I had already seen a few that piqued by interest, so I went with them. They were: Use 4 mushrooms and use Use a ruler or measuring tape as an element. I also chose a color palette from the cards that I liked and found a quote that I felt not only went with the image and itinerary, but with the issue brewing in my heart.

A  journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath one’s feet. -Lao Tzu

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A Thousand Leagues

Mushrooms are so low to the ground and sometimes so small that their beauty is missed. However their beauty is still there, just for the sake of their beauty. No matter if anyone EVER SEES their beauty. They are easily overlooked, but that doesn’t make them any less unique or stunning. This journey, to value my art and truly love what I do, begins under my OWN feet. It does feel like a thousand leagues, but I’m committed to the process.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

-M

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