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This last year and a half really knocked me out of my art game.  Sometimes life gets richer and more complicated in good ways, but it doesn't mean they're not challenging too.  I'm trying to adapt to a life where a lot of the time I used to have is being parceled out differently.  There's also the emotional ups and downs of having a new baby... again!  (For anyone who has been following me for a while... bless your patience.... that's three now). All that to say, art took a backseat and parenting and house ownership and gardening filled up it's space.

I'm trying to push myself a little extra hard to start making art again. I have to think about projects differently and organize my time (which is not and never has been my strong suit) It's not an easy thing to get through any task without needing to stop several times for this or that. Of course, now that I'm finally making time to draw again there are huge gopher holes in my yard. Really?

So I suppose I just wanted to say, Hello! and Gosh hasn't this year been weird? and I can't wait to share with you when I can. Life is always changing and going up and down and sometimes it just veers way into left field. I love the way I've been blessed and miss things I used to take for granted at the same time. I'm hopeful I'm getting better at things, but most of the time it doesn't feel like that at all.

But before I spend too much of that precious time on this "quick" journal entry I'm going to wrap things up and move on to the next thing. And if you're interested, I'm also posting my artwork on an Instagram account called atimetodraw. I'll probably post more unfinished work there, so look me up!

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I just tried to submit a new journal entry and it went into a DA black hole somewhere.  To sum up, I am alive but very tired.  Having two kids is hard!  It's time to start drawing again, though, that's my new years resolution. 
Also I am addicted to Fallout 4 and that is taking up my drawing time too.  So sorry.  (not sorry) 
I'm going to start working on submitting and responding to folks again!  Looking forward to more great chats!
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Well hello!  Has it been about six months since my last update?  I think so, because that's how pregnant I am right now. 
Yup, we're expecting another little girl around the beginning of June, and I currently feel like I am carrying a small planet around and not a tiny baby.  I also look like that.  We're very excited over here, but let me tell you, the first trimester was ROUGH.  Like, constant nausea for weeks rough.  The kind where you don't want to do anything but sleep until it's over?  So naturally all drawing projects came to a screeching halt while I wussed out on the couch in the fetal position.  Once I finally got my energy back I needed to focus on other things, what sort of life stuff do I need to get done before this baby comes?  Getting our office converted into a bedroom, cleaning out junk and storing other junk.  Finishing touches on a children's book I have been working on for a lady who is self publishing (I will be posting more details about that as soon as they are polished up and ready to share.  So exciting!)  We started house hunting in our area which has been about 30% exciting possibilities and 70% sucking the soul out of my body. 
I'm also just wrapping up another 8 week set of art courses at the charter school where I teach.  Though this time around they asked if I could "throw together a middle school class."  Just THROW TOGETHER an 8 week curriculum for kids at an age where the only thing that appeals to them is TOTAL CHAOS. 

And I had a week and a half to prepare. 


Oh yeah, and I have a two year old too!  Let's not forget her!  She's still awesome and fun and sweet (and she talks so much, she honestly keeps getting funnier), but she's also getting more independent and has waaaay more energy than I do right now.  On good days we're having fun exploring the world together and teaching her to be a civilized person.  On bad days I'm just trying to keep her from digging through the cat box.  We have a lot of both days. 

So basically, what I'm whining about is, look how impressive it is that I finished another page of Arlana's story!  LOOK.  I still draw sometimes!  I wish I was drawing more but you have to measure success differently depending on what's happening in your life at the time.  That's been a good but tough lesson I've been learning throughout my life, but especially as a mother.  I've never wanted to be the "do it all" woman, but there are THINGS I want to make sure I don't let fall by the wayside.  And just taking the time to do a little sketching here and there are helping me make sure I don't stop drawing all together because I'm too busy or not motivated, or what have you. My husband is also so supportive of making sure that I have time to do my art, I can't emphasize enough how important that is.  Don't stay with someone who doesn't appreciate and support what you're passionate about (as long as it's a healthy passion, you know?  I'm really passionate about eating chocolate too but we try to keep that in check.) 
Having you cool people to share it with is also so motivating and keeps me accountable.  I'm sorry if I haven't responded to some of your wonderfully thoughtful comments, I think I kept holding out until I had something to upload.  Now I'm going to try to go back through and answer those. 

Hope to hear how some of you are doing too!  Thank you for your patience, all the favs, and all the comments!
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Ooh La La

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    Guess who enabled me to prettify my Journal??  THESE GUYS *thumbs up at anonymous core membership donors*  I know it's not perfect (because I know squat about coding) but I couldn't even try it out if it weren't for their gifts.  I had been meaning to say something for awhile but I've been drawing!  Which, I believe, was really the point.  Here's a nice thing, draw more please.  But all the same, I really wanted to mention how surprised and pleased I was.  That made my birthday pretty special.  <3

    I hope to have the next Joining Ritual page up pretty soon.  That is another page that is mostly drawn and ready to go.  It's the page after THAT that's going to take a little while.  I have a pretty specific vision for it, and although it is also mostly drawn I haven't executed everything I want in it... but when it does show up it's going to be a doozy.  I'm so excited to share that with you.

I also want to mention that I really do try to answer almost all the comments, especially the ones where you guys put a lot of thought into them.  It's taking me a little bit longer because uploading more pages at a time means more comments and, well, you know how that goes.  I have a pile.  But I will get to them. You guys are the best! 

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