Danica’s top-secret journal. Okay, it’s not really top-secret, since it’s my blog, but ever since I got hooked on Nancy Drews as a kid, I’ve always been a sucker for top-secret stuff. :)

Staying focused on the dream

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in art journaling, Dreams | 0 comments

Pin ItAh, the grand plans of a dreamer… one of the things I noticed about when you dream of doing something big, something always gets in the way. I no sooner launched my art journaling class than a minor catastrophe hit our household. I ended up having to focus at least two hours a day on this situation. Completely beyond my control, and absolutely necessary for me to deal with. On top of that, I had some important book deadlines, some major events happening in my world, and it felt like everything was spinning out of...

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Your Dreams Matter

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in about me, art journaling, Dreams | 6 comments

The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. Some of you were part of my great big huge prayer request and know that I’m stepping out on faith to pursue my dream and start my art journaling business. Coincidentally (HA! Does anyone really believe in coincidences? Thank you, LORD, for aligning everything in such perfect timing), I’m taking the blog challenge with Jeff Goins, and his lesson today was on finding the theme and purpose of your blog. You have no idea how perfect that timing is for me. One of the reasons I...

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My brand new about page!!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in about me, Authenticity, Chickens | 0 comments

I’m totally blog cheating so that I have a post for today’s blog challenge. Okay, not really, but sort of. I went ahead and updated my About page as part of the blog challenge from Jeff Goins, and that took all the time I set aside for blogging (and then some). But I really wanted to create something that spoke to who I am and what I do in a more meaningful way. So tell me what you think of my new About Me page. Do you like it? Does it resonate with you? For those of you who know me well, or maybe not so well, does it sound like...

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Where is your focus?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Dreams, goals, perspective | 0 comments

Earlier today, I was driving to an appointment and thinking about what I’d be blogging about today since I’m taking a blog challenge from Jeff Goins and I need to post daily. But then, something happened, and what was a really super awesome mood is just now, well, meh. I’m feeling a little deflated and a little discouraged. Which is when it occurred to me. Losing your focus is really easy. Maybe that sounds a little too obvious, but sometimes I think we forget. When we have a big dream, it’s easy for little things to...

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The road to your dreams starts with self care

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in about me, Dreams, retreat | 0 comments

I just returned from a wonderful retreat in Park City, Utah. Many of you read my post about my BIG DECISION, and I wanted to share one of the really important components of making that decision. I engaged in a ton of self care. I stayed at a gorgeous hotel in a wonderful suite that had so many things that really nurtured me. Nurturing myself gave me the freedom to really see the future I wanted for myself. One of the most nurturing things my hotel had was a HUGE bath tub. I’m a shower girl if I just want to get clean. But when I need to...

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Taking a leap of faith

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in art journaling | 10 comments

Last night, I asked for prayer about a major decision I was facing. The truth is, I knew what I had to do, and I was scared to do it. After lots of prayer, and hearing from a number of wonderful friends, none of whom knew the decision I was making, that we have to act on faith, I had enough affirmation to know that my fear was not from God, and the only direction to go was forward. So… for those of you wondering about my big scary prayer request.   Some of you know I’ve been talking about teaching art journaling classes for a long...

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Humble Apologies

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So… in my efforts to get rid of a bunch of spammy messages, I messed up something on my site. I can’t find my undelete button, and I haven’t had much luck in finding answers as to how to fix my mistake. Which means I lost a bunch of stuff off of my site. If I lost something you said, I promise, it wasn’t personal. That “delete all” button is way too powerful a button for someone like me (aka easily distracted) to handle. Again, my apologies!! Now, to take our minds off of this dreadful moment, I’m...

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Overcoming Art Journaling Fear

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, imperfection, perfection | 0 comments

As I’ve shared my art journaling passion with others, I’m finding that a lot of folks are afraid to start art journaling because they don’t think they’re very good at art. Even though the idea intrigues them and they’d love to give it a try, they don’t want to take that step toward trying art journaling because they’re afraid they won’t be very good. It’s not about being good! What I love most about art journaling is that anyone of any talent can do it! I can’t draw a straight line or...

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Kindness doesn’t cost anything

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Authenticity, Writing | 0 comments

Pin ItI’ve been thinking about kindness lately, and last night, as I was editing my latest book proposal, I realized that kindness is one of the themes I’ve been exploring a lot lately. A while back, I talked about my own personal kindness challenge, and how I was being more intentional about being kind. I’d hoped to spend the month talking about kindness, but then, I got zinged by someone I once thought of as a friend, and wondered if I really had any place to speak with authority on the subject. In one of my...

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Everything you need to achieve your dreams

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in artist, Authenticity, Dreams | 0 comments

Pin ItWhen I entered 2014, it was with the intention of focusing on taking the steps I need to achieve my dreams. I have a lot of “someday I’d like to” in my life, and I decided that “someday” was no longer good enough. I’ve been studying a lot of different ideas and methods for achieving your dreams and goal setting, and combining that with my art journaling. One of the exercises I did talked about the qualities you want to have when you reach your dreams. Unless you develop those qualities on...

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