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?

A Year of Words – Day 31

Our good friend Marvin told Will that his “one little word” for the year is attitude.

When I found this quote, I immediately understood why. Marvin is one of those people that always has a smile on his face. He is always greeting you with a hug, listening intently to your story, or sharing his faith with you (even if it’s through a basketball story). His attitude toward life and toward people is one that acknowledges the blessings in life and pushes aside all of the negativity that the world can drag in.

I’m thankful for friends that have “little words” and attitudes that allow me to reflect on the loveliness of life and be inspired.

I’m also thankful that the last day of January brings my favorite quote/ doodle yet!! (… so far :))