One Word

01 January, 2018

Whenever I describe myself to someone, my first thought is to say “I’m a hot mess”.

My house is a disaster (my aunt tells me “it’s just really lived in”). My desk at work is a fire hazard. My finances are in shambles. My purse is like a miniature version of Mary Poppin’s carpet bag and half the time if I don’t have my travelers notebook with me I feel like I am flailing.

Needless to say, not only am I but my life is a bit of a mess.

Every year I struggle more and more to select my word of the year.

Am I picking the best word for me?

Am I able to really embrace the spirit of the word?

Does any of it really matter all that much?

The honest answer to all three of those questions is a resounding “No”.

For me, the purpose of the “word” is to help me focus while at the same time, push me out of my comfort zone. It is to help me grow as the next 365 days pass by. It doesn’t matter if I am able to fully embrace anything right from the start. If that were the case, it definitely would be the wrong word for me.

Last year, while trying to narrow down my word, I made a word bubble of all the words floating around in my head. It worked wonders in getting through the process and really narrowing down what I wanted to “work on”. And when I looked at all the words together, it was pretty obvious that CREATE was at the center of it all.

My word for 2018, however, was a real bitch of a struggle. And to be honest. I’m not surprised at all.

2017 was a mess. It was complicated and complex. It was filled with sadness, heartache and heartbreak, more dark days than I remember having in a very long time. And I shed more tears for more people, more lost relationship, more moments of lost hope than I care to remember.

It was also full of moments where I laughed until I cried, found joy in the little things and had moments of happiness, light and love so strong I thought my heart might burst.

Through all the ups and downs I came out the other end of it a different person. I some ways I am harder, stronger than before. While in other ways much weaker and delicate than I like to admit to, but all of it is moving through this journey of life to get me to the person I am meant to be.

I was reminded of all of this as I worked through the process of picking my word for 2018.

And for 2018, it's time to embrace the mess.

Life is messy and complicated.

Feelings are messy.

Relationships with ourselves and other are messy.

If we don't embrace the mess, are we really living.

It's time to get messy and enjoy the fuck out of this life. 


24 September, 2017

We all know how AWESOME I am at completing projects.


Fourteen Day Drawing

365 Square (crochet project)

BUT! Never quit trying, right?

As I mentioned last week, while I was on vacation, I started feeling artsy again and dug out all my art supplies. I also signed up for a couple of online art classes, one of which I have finished and have been really excited about the progress I have made in just a short time. Taking those classes reminded me how satisfying drawing and creating art can be. It's just a matter of sitting down and actually doing it.

While watching videos on the YouTubes, one of the YouTubers I follow, Inkie Beard mentioned VERY briefly about a challenge/project he wanted to try: Inktober. So OF COURSE I had to check it out!

The project or challenge (I never know what to call these things) was started by Jake Palmer waaaaay back in 2009. Basically, he challenged himself to work on his inking every day for the month of December. Actually here......he can just tell you about it:

Fun, right?! are the basic rules:

Inktober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017

4) Repeat
Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.
That's it! Now go make something beautiful.
Over the next few days I plan on getting my supplies (pens, pencils, notebook, etc.) put together so they are easy to get to and I don't have to spend time hunting them down. I feel like that is my best way to get myself set up for success.

I haven't decided if I will do some sort of a theme for the month or just draw SOMETHING. There is an official set of prompts for the project, but I do tend to do better when I have free reign over a project am able to just let my creativity flow. Thankfully I still have a few days to decide how I'm going to tackle this project. But one thing is for sure, I'm really excited about giving it my best shot and seeing how much I improve over the thirty one days.

Get Inspired: All the Hashtags

17 September, 2017

While on vacation, I had the unfortunately pleasure of coming down with what I like to refer to as The Plague: Lite. Punky enough to keep me on the couch for a few days with a fever but not sick enough to totally knock me out and send me to bed. 

I took full advantage of my down time and decided to haul out the art supplies and take a couple of online mixed media classes. I had the BEST time reacquainting myself with my supplies and learning new techniques. 

It also got me thinking about why I create art and what gets me inspired to do so. Sometimes it's a song or something someone else has written. Maybe another piece of art created by someone else or just some random object around the house. Inspiration seems to pop up everywhere and sometimes in the most unexpected ways.

I was thinking about doing a post of the things that inspire me the most to create my own art. But really, there are just TOO many to try and put them all in one. So, instead I'm going to do a series of posts highlighting what some of those things are.

To start I thought I'd share my "go-to" when I need a little inspiration. There are plenty of times I'm feeling "arty" but struggle with what to do. I'll sit at my table, staring at the blank piece of paper or notebook and become super frustrated because nothing is coming to me. When that happens, I turn to Instagram and search my favorite hashtags. There are also tons of photos of things that

Besides being just plain pretty to look at, flower arrangements are a great way to look at how colors interact with one another. I use them as a bit of a "jumping off"point for painting abscracts of flowers. Just blobs of color on the page to get my brain warmed up. And once the paint has dried, I'll go back in with a pen and add some details.

I think this is my favorite hashtag to look through. I started keeping written journal when I was either 12 or 13 and have been pretty consistent about it. But recently, just writing wasn't enough. It was getting to be a bit "boring". So, I've been using my journals as a way to work out ideas on a smaller scale before jumping to a big sheet of paper. Looking through this hashtag gives me all kinds of ideas for sketches, what papers I can use for writing AND creating. And it's just plain fun seeing how others use their journals.

Next to photography, painting in watercolor is right up at the top of my list of things I LOVE to do. It's is frustrating, finicky and some of the best fun I have when I'm "arting". This hashtag is always full of beautiful paintings others have done and the type or "style" is all over the place which is exactly what I need sometimes. 


What hashtags do you use when you need to find a little inspiration? 

Is This Thing On?!

10 September, 2017

Hey y'all!

Remember this one time that I kind of blogged on a semi-regular basis and then just started to disappear?


Life, man. It's a heavy, HEAVY thing. Lots of ups and lots and lots of downs. But that's just kind of how things go. It is also why I have been absent for so long! Sometimes you need to take a step back and figure somethings out before you can move on.


Recently  I have found myself thinking about this little 'ole blog of mine and wanting to get back to writing. I have really missed writing and having this little spot on the interwebs for being creative and sharing random bits of my life.

And so I'm back!

Not with a vengeance. Let's not get too crazy. We're gonna ease back into this and I thought the best way to do that was with a little update on things!

This spring, I finally decided it was time to officially stop doing Crossfit. I had been going once a week just to keep up with my friends at the box but I wasn't having fun. I dreaded the sessions. I hated everything other than the barbell stuff. It just wasn't worth it. So, I'm back to training solo and rocking it out at the gym with the plus 70 crowd.

The biggest thing that took me away from blogging was caring for my sweet Bandit. His health took a turn for the worse and on June 5th he passed away.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss and think about my big fluffy dude.

With Bandit's passing, I definitely had a dog sized hole in my heart. I took some time to visit local shelters and rescues to find a dog to give a new home to. But because of some life changes with a friend, I was able to help keep one more do out of the shelters and welcomed Sam to the family.

He has been a lot of work, but is one of the sweetest, goofiest, fun dogs I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. And getting to be his human is a great pleasure!

Not much of a big update (we won't even get into the disaster that is my day job), but those were the big happenings in my life while I was away.

I hope everyone has been having a fantastic summer and I'll see you next time!

Sunday Confession: Bullet Journal Vol 1

26 February, 2017

Happy Sunday friends!

Today's Sunday Confessions is a wee bit different than normal.

But it's still going to be one BIG confession.....

I kind of hate my bullet journal.


I know. I know. I mean, I love it. But I hate it all at the same time.

Because this post ended up being WAAAAAAY too freaking long when it was all said and done, I've decided to break it into 3 parts, or volumes as I like to call them. It just sounds more fancy. In this first part, I'll go over what didn't work, the next what did work and the last will be what I'm doing differently!

Hopefully, in the end, it will all make sense and I don't end up sounding like a total nutter.

Here we go.......

The best part about the start of a new year is that we all come up with ALL THE PLANS on how we are going to do things……get in shape, get organized, get our spending and budgets under control, etc.

And then we actually sit down to do all the things and we quickly realize doing ALL THE THINGS is just not going to happen.

I had lofty plans of getting not only myself, but also my house and finances under control and organized. I crack myself up sometimes.

One of the first things I did was set up a no spend tracker and spending log to track how much I spending, where I was spending my money and what I was buying. The ONLY thing this told me was that I buy A LOT of food, so really, not anything I didn’t already know. I’m single, I’m only cooking for one and doing on BIG grocery shopping trip does work for me (I end up throwing food away). So, while in theory it was a GREAT idea to track both of these things, it just isn’t realistic.

I also did a Savings Tracker to keep track of how much money I tuck away each week to beef up my savings account. Again, in theory this was a great idea but no need to really track something that is automatically taken from my paycheck and tucked away for a rainy day. I think if I do something like this again in my next bujo, I’ll track specific savings goals rather than just one giant, general goal.

Next up was the cleaning tracker. Oh, silly, silly Meg. This was a bust from day one! I didn’t think this out enough in terms of marking individual cleaning activities so yeah. It was a waste of 2 pages!

I also tried to do some fancy color coding with my days but that quickly got SUPER annoying when I JUST wanted to write down an appointment or a task and had to dig through my bag ‘o pens to find the appropriate color.

All the above spreads were done with good intensions but sadly, they just weren't realistic for me. I take that back.....the actual layouts for the monthly and weekly spreads are AMAZING and working perfectly for me. It's just the color coding that got really old, really fast that I bailed on.

Thankfully thought, with the bujo you can try something and if it doesn't work, just move onto the next thing!

Which is exactly what we will do in the next post!! Next time we'll talk about all the goodness that did work.

Thanks for reading!