As the leaves change color and fall in the swirling wind, it is time to think Thankful thoughts. Some friends are doing daily thanks posts, others do a Thankful Thursday weekly note.
Several years ago I started a daily “journal” where I write down 3 things for which I am grateful. Some days it is profound; some days funny; some days sad.
There are times I elaborately draw, color and decorate my journal page – other days I am scribbling 3 words with an unsharpened pencil stub on a blank white page. It doesn’t matter what I write them with, the point is that I have found a reason to be grateful in that day. Focusing on finding my “3 thanks things” keeps my thoughts scanning for good things instead of falling into finding the bad. I sharpen the focus down to just 3 even on the days that my cup is overflowing. And on those rough days that I struggle to find even one good thought – those days where I am thankful that I didn’t just throw in the towel – the Gratitude Journal lifts me up.
What kinds of things do you do to find encouragement?
Today was the day to draw names for the promised prizes. I used a random number generator to choose the winners whose names were gathered from our blog, our facebook page, and those who joined the site in the last 2 days. The winner of the set of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and tin is Tilly Pacheco. Tilly, if you can contact me and give me a mailing address, those pencils will be flying to you soon. The winner of the Moleskine watercolor journal is Mary Domec. Mary, I will need a mailing address from you also. Isn't this fun?!
We will have lots of fun drawings with prizes from your wonderful sponsors throughout the year. If you have not joined us yet, be sure and do so. And become a follower of our blog here.
Its time to join! The exciting time when The Graceful Artist is opening its doors for registration has finally arrived. On Sunday, September 1, registration will begin. The exciting part about registering on Sunday or Monday (September 1st or 2nd) is that we are going to have a drawing.
OH PRIZES!! And not one drawing, but two! The prizes will be a set of 12 Prismacolor Premier colored pencils in a handy tin and a Moleskine hardback watercolor journal. Signing up for The Graceful Artist site will give you one entry in the drawing. You will get a second entry by following us here on the blog and even a third entry by following us on Facebook. And a fourth entry by following us on Twitter. If you are already following us on Facebook, send me a message and I will make note of that. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, September 3.
The Graceful Artist workshops open February 1, 2014. The instructors are working to create the very best workshops just for you. They are so excited as they prepare for and anticipate your arrival in their virtual classrooms. When you register (sign up) on site, you will be added to the newsletter. Then you will get all the latest news and always know how plans are developing. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Come along with us. Its going to be fun, uplifting, and inspiring.
It is an exciting time here at The Graceful Artist. We are in daily contact with so many fascinating people as we continue building the schedule of technique workshops and creative opportunities for you. What is most amazing is how these talented people are so willing to share their knowledge, skill and training with us! We are truly grateful!
Here are a few sneak peeks to whet your appetite:
Doesn’t that look like FUN! Makes you want to register right NOW, right?! But. . .
Our site opens for membership on September 1, 2013. Mark your calendars and save the page http://thegracefulartist.ning.com!
Our first workshops will open February 1, 2014. We have a talented lineup of instructors who will share their gift and their faith with you through interactive video workshops.
Creativity and faith blended together – the results are always extraordinary and we can’t wait to share them in this new community!
Be sure to visit our blog regularly as we reveal more about the artists and workshops we are featuring. We will also have a few special surprises for you in the coming weeks and months! Some good stuff is coming your way! Subscribe today so you don’t miss a thing!