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Week Three Art Journal Challenge Beauty

Art Journal Week Three Beauty

 

This is the third week of January. We’ve had snow, bitter cold, winds..and today? A high of 43 F. Feels like summer. Okay, I’m stretching it a bit. It’s time for Art Journal Week Three. My prompt was: beauty.

Week Three Prompt Beauty

Who came up with these prompts? (Me.) What was I thinking when I wrote down beauty as a week challenge to art journal beauty?

Art Journal Week Three Beauty

Start with a Face

When I thought of beauty, I first thought of the quote “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and then I thought of an attractive person-a female. I decided to draw a face. When I painted the face in, choosing white color, I paused. I was going to dabble and doodle all over the face, but decided to leave it blank.

Your Idea of Beauty

Later in the week, I decided to add pictures to demonstrate what a different point of view would find beautiful. A hot sports car. The Mona Lisa. A field of tulips. Everyone has a different vision of beauty. A mother holding a newborn. A trickling stream in the woods. The Milky Way.

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Quotes

I looked for a few quotes on beauty to add to the page. This one resonated with me.

Art Journal Week Three Beauty

 

Week Three Wrap

How did I think week three went? Eh, okay from a creativity viewpoint. The page seems a bit unfinished. I’m going to leave it for now, let it percolate. Onto Week Four!

Week Two Art Journal Challenge Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal

 

I’ve been pretty fascinated with bullet journals. I’ve “pinned” many pages on my Pinterest account.

Although very interesting, they seem like too much work for me.

When my little pen landed on “bullet journal” I pondered what to create for one week.

Week Two Art Journal Bullet Journal

Since I have been reading much more this year, I decided to go with “Books to Read” on the right. I listed my all time favorite books on the left.

Bullet Journal Books to Read Page

That still left the lower left quadrant. What to list?

Podcasts

Since I am a podcast junkie, I decided to list my favorite podcasts in January, then revisit my page in December and list my favorites, to see if there is any overlap. Sometimes my podcast attention span changes rapidly, so it will be fun to see what topics I have migrated to eleven months later.

Podcast Bullet Journal Page

On to Week Three!

My Word for 2018

 

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My word for 2018 is HEALTH.

I usually go with a verb, embrace, try, improve. But I recognize I need to place myself in the order of priority, so HEALTH is the word for 2018.

Three Components of Health

Physical Health

Three Areas to Focus On:

Weight

Obesity is a big HUGE problems in the United States. Being obese is a huge inidcator of Type II diabetes. I’m obese. Now, I used to be obese/borderline overweight on the old BMI Chart, but I used to be an endurance runner too and getting lots of cardio exercise. Now I’m obese, not a runner, and, at a high risk for Type II diabetes..or pre-diabetes:  People who are overweight or have obesity have added pressure on their body’s ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, and are therefore more likely to develop diabetes.

5.7 lbs lost in December. Yay! I’m glad I went back to Weight Watchers.

Knees

My right arthritic knee affects me. Why not get a knee replacement? Well, it’s not that easy. One, it’s major surgery. Two, the company that I work for requires surgery to occur at a “Center of Excellence” which means it’s not going to be local to me. Meaning, right now, I’m not even going down that road to explore.

The best way to improve my knee is weight loss. See Focus Number One.

Blood Sugar

I tested my blood sugar earlier in December.

It was 108. That is not good people.

A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 7.0 mmol/L) is considered prediabetes. This result is sometimes called impaired fasting glucose.

It doesn’t matter how badass I think myself, my body is a 52 year old fat female, with danger signs pointing to future problems if I don’t start taking better care of myself.

Mental

Mental health is tied into emotional health for me. Cognitively I think I am fine. I have started playing “Words with Friends 2” to keep working on thinking.

Emotional

I am still struggling with not being an ultra runner. Or a plain old runner. Maybe it is taking me longer than others to give up their passion and hobby and identity.

New Hobbies

Biking

Biking is taking over the endurance factor that I crave. I like biking. Maybe I even love biking. I love biking in the terms that it takes me to new places that I haven’t seen before, I’m still out there exploring, sans just now by mechanical means.

Art Journalling

This started via smash books, the 30 Days of List Challenge. I’ve enjoyed making and exploring different types of art mediums. I can be creative besides words! Who knew? When you are not running, there’s much more free time in the day.

Art Journal Welcome Page

So here it is 2018, and I am going to improve my HEALTH!

 

 

 

 

Health has been staring me in the face.  I gained weight after my knee surgery. No big deal, I will get that off when I get back to running.

But I didn’t get back to running. In fact, my depression and inability to accept not being a runner lead to a deep apathy-let’s call this depression-about my weight gain. I frankly just didn’t care about my weight for most of the year.  My bike ride helped, I did train for that, but after the bike ride, sometimes I would work out, but most days I would not.

Pants were getting tighter so I bought a bigger size. Then I went on hormone therapy because I’m menopausal and I literally gained ten pounds in one month. My fat pants were getting very tight and now my tops weren’t fitting. All this weight was settling right around my abdomen.

 

 

52 Challenge Art Journal

 

52 in 52 Art Journal Challenge

Happy Birthday to Me! I turn 52 this year. There are 52 weeks in the year, so you know what is coming…some sort of weekly challenge!

Art Journal Challenge

What to do? Something different each week? I turned to an art journal challenge. I’ve been dabbling in smash books the last few years. Smash books are free form scrap books, full of paper, pictures, other remembrances and souvenirs. I made one for both our New Zealand vacation and my CO-GAP bike ride last year. It was fun to create.

My C&O GAP Bike Tour Journal

My C&O GAP Bike Tour Journal

New Zealand Vacation Smash Book

New Zealand Vacation Smash Book

New Zealand Vacation Smash Book

The original idea was to use a different type of art media each week, but I realized I needed some ideas to create with the different form of media.

Create a new art journal page based on prompts each week

I randomly created these prompts.

52 challenge premise

52 Challenge Prompts

The plan is to just grab a pencil, close my eyes, and stab a prompt, that will be the prompt for the week. One week gives you plenty of time to work on the spread.

It’s My Birthday So I will Cheat

Except for Week One. Week One is my birthday week, so the prompt is “birthday cake”.

Art Journal Birthday Cake

 

Christmas Movie Reviews

Christmas Movie Challenge

 

I am a bit behind have been keeping up with my Christmas Movie watching! Here are my reviews from Week One:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

All time favorite Christmas Movie

I love it. I love the Claymation, the Bumble, the dogs that jump on Yukon Cornelius sleigh, Burl Ives singing.

I’ve noticed this for quite a few years. Santa and Donner are DICKS to Rudolph.

Charlie Brown Christmas

All time favorite Christmas Movie

Another special I love love love. It’s funny, even in 1964, the commercialization of Christmas was an issue. But Linus always slays with his monologue:

Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation Movie Review

This movie was okay. Meh. A very young Juliette Lewis playing the daughter. I realize my husband drives like Clark Griswold! It was okay. I was wrapping a few presents, it was something different to view besides Property Brothers.  Watch it again? Probably not.

The Santa Clause

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This movie was pretty cute. I watched most of it while putting up my Christmas tree, so it helped both activities-decorating the tree and getting a bit into the holiday spirit. Would I watch it again? Probably not.

On to Week Two!

Planning Your Next Adventure

Planning my adventure

For some of us, it is the winter season in the United States. If you are not a skier, this may be considered the “off season”.
This is a good time to start dreaming and plan your next adventure.

Brainstorm

Now is the time to write stuff down! Everything you can think of that you would like to do.  Take an art class? Ride a Ferris Wheel? White water rafting? Visit a new park or city? Bike tour? Run a race? Here’s a cool list or try this list for some ideas.

Big Adventures

Is this the year of big adventures? Will you travel to another country..or another state? Make a list of what NEW things you could encounter in a different town or city to try.

Small Adventures

Is this not the time for a big long epic wildlife safari? Then it’s micro adventure time.  But there still needs to be a bit of planning for these. Life does get in the way, let’s make sure adventure time happens too.

Life Moves Pretty Fast

 

My 2018 List

My 2018 is going to be split between hiking and biking. I want to log more miles on the Buckeye Trail, and I want to take several biking tours.
Our big vacation this year will be visit the Caribbean island of Grenada, where lots of adventure will occur.

I also have to look at my work schedule weekends. For example, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 2018 occurs over my work weekend-scratch that possibility.

Ohio to Erie Trail

I meant to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail  this past fall. I let life get in the way. I am not going to let this happen again! I’m going to ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland, or vice versa. This will happen in the first six months of 2018!

Other bike tour possibilities: Erie Canalway Trail; Katy Trail 237 miles. Shorter, but farther away.

Other Outside the Comfort Zone Adventures

Polar Bear Plunge? Karaoke? Karaoke after a polar bear plunge?

Keep your List Handy

Keep your 2018 Adventure List out in the open where you can see it. Then it won’t be suddenly August and you haven’t clicked off any fun or maybe “not so fun” adventures off the list!

adventure list

 

 

Holiday Comfort Zone Challenge: Christmas Movies

Christmas Movie Challenge

I’ve been stuck in a rut with Christmas movies.  This means I  have not watched a new Christmas movie since “Home Alone” and “Die Hard”aka 40 years ago. I’ve never fully watched “Elf”, “A Christmas Story.” Or even National Lampoon’s “Holiday Vacation”.

Why Bah Humbug

Working retail, I kind of hate the Christmas season. It’s shoved down our  throats from Halloween on. If you only visit stores, your exposure is rather small. But spending ten hours in a store? You become rather immune, then rather allergic to the whole concept. You can’t wait for all the noise, all the fan fare, to just GO AWAY.

Challenge

Christmas Movies

My Holiday Challenge is “to watch a holiday movie or “special” that I haven’t seen, every day, until Christmas.” The impetus came from a flyer I picked up shopping at Kohls, which advertised a different holiday movie every day. I don’t plan on blogging on each one; maybe just a weekly recap, on what I watched, on what I thought, and my rating on the candy cane enjoyment factor.

candycanerating

So, on Dancer! “On, Donner! On, Blitzen! On, Chewy! On, Tavo! C’mon, Becto” **

**Probably need to be old to understand this…