I’m no artist…

… that’s been made abundantly clear in the past month and a half. However, I am thoroughly enjoying my journey through A Year of Words. (Learn more about my thoughts behind this project/ challenge/ resolution/ whatever it is here.)

I’ve learned that I’m an imperfect person but also that I am extremely loved.

I’ve learned that I don’t need other people’s approval to be satisfied with myself but also that I eagerly await it.

I’ve learned that putting a pen or brush to paper is therapeutic and makes me super happy but also that I’ll never get any better with the craft if I just stalk the Instagrams of gals that are way better at it than me.

I’ve learned that January was a nice change of pace but also that doodles alone aren’t what I want my blog to host.

I’ve learned a lot. But also have a long way to go.

Thanks to those of you who have been so encouraging, especially with words… (I like words? No way!)

I wanted to share with everyone my first doodle gift. I think it might become a thing so if you have a birthday coming up and want a specific quote in a specific color or style, go ahead and drop that hint. Otherwise you’ll just get what you get!

John Wesley

I made this for my grandaddy for his birthday. It’s a quote by John Wesley that is just beautiful and a great reminder of how to live daily with Christ.¬†As I scribbled the quote with my watercolors, I was so overcome with excitement… because that’s what words can do when you share them. I was excited to see the finished product. I was excited to see my grandaddy’s reaction to his gift. And I was excited to share with him a daily reminder that is so powerful.

Words, words, words. They’re so important. How will you use your words today?

#53 – Give other people presents on my birthday.

I am typically an awful present giver. I do alright with receiving (spoiled much?) but I always lack creativity, funds, or time to make gift-giving special.

It’s not something I’m proud of.

But this birthday I had an opportunity. A chance to take an area of weakness and give it my best effort. The funds are still low (we’re paying for law school after all) and the amount of free time isn’t significant (but when will it ever be?)… But I do think I got points in the thoughtful/ creative category.

I knew that on the evening of my birthday I would be surrounded by some of my favorite people at the dinner table. So I made a point throughout the week leading up to my birthday to think of small yet thoughtful gifts for each person that would be around me. Some candy for Daddy & Grandaddy. Cutesy fall decorations for Mom and Ooma. Expo markers for Will. (We have a dry erase board in our living room, people! Law school!) And a homemade cd for Fenn.

Small. Almost nothing. But I made special name tags for each, wrapped them all in a bag, and (here’s the kicker) kept a secret for over a week! Haha. All little things, but done with much thought.

And while the gifts weren’t huge and I didn’t/don’t expect any praise or thanks for pulling them together, my heart was full. Little tangible “I love you’s” to six people who show me their love tangibly all year round.

All of the gifts and cake and celebration in my honor was nice, but my favorite part of the day was celebrating THEM. That’s what birthdays should really be about. Not “thank me for being born”, but “thank YOU for making my life so full year after year”.