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Today I Know - Week 43

This week’s inspiration comes from this pin. I used pen and watercolors. This is the last page in my book. But I wasn’t ready to be done yet so I think I will be glueing extra pages to finish out the year.

prompt says: today i know that feel ready to let go of…


Today I Know is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – The Golem and the Jinni

I read about The Golem and the Jinni again and again in several different “best of” lists for last year. I was reluctant to read it despite all the lists saying it was really wonderful. The plot didn’t seem interesting enough. Actually it seemed downright weird. I’d never heard of the author. I had no reason to pick it up just because the “lists” said it was good.

But then I finally decided to listen to it on audio.

And am I glad I did!!

It was absolutely fantastic. Completely unlike any book I’ve read. I fell into its world and got wholeheartedly lost in it. I could not stop listening to the magical story that was beautifully read. And when it was done I felt really sad.

It’s not often a book surprises me. I’ve had a few over the years like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Night Circus where I picked it up and was immediately lost in the story, the magic, the joyful uniqueness of it all. This one was one of those. I am so so glad I read it.

If you’re up for something different, I recommend it.

Savor Project – 2014 – Spread Thirty-Seven

And finally all caught up to the fall!!

so happy.


Savor Project is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Remember This – Week 40

Life Book week 36 was an assignment from Tam. It was all about intuition and just doing what came naturally to you. As I listened to Tam’s meditation, I kept seeing balloons. I kept seeing them let go. So I decided to write “brave” and then have it look like the balloons were cut to go free.

It says: it is time to be brave and release: let it go.

it’s really shimmery:


Remember This is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Listen with Intent – Week 43

For this week, I picked deliberate. To be careful and aware, I need to be more deliberate. I need to be deliberate about what I am listening to and what I am not listening to. I need to be deliberate about what’s being said and not being said and listen to all the layers in a conversation. I want to be this way all the time to be honest. If I were more deliberate, I would be so much more articulate and a more powerful listener.

Here’s the pin where I got the lettering..


Listen with Intent is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Today I Know – Week 42

This week’s inspiration comes from this pin. I am such a fan of paperfashion and thought i could never ever ever do justice to the pin but i still like what i ended up with. This is all pencil, pen and watercolors.

prompt says: today i know that self care and joy makes me feel beautiful…


Today I Know is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Pondering

Apparently all I am capable of lately is just updates that are dumps of my current thoughts. So I figure it might still be better than nothing at all. I hope I am right.

Here’s some of what’s on my mind at the moment. In no particular order:

  1. I’ve been thinking nonstop about my December Daily because I want to do something different this year. Something wildly different. I wanted to do something that involved mixed media or something. But I wrecked my brain day after day and I surfed for ideas all over, but I couldn’t come up with anything. Nothing seemed to really click for me. Finally, today, in the car, on the way to pickup the kids, I came up with an idea I am excited about. I am not sure at all if it will work but at least it feels interesting to me. It will mean a lot of work up front for my prep pages but I’ve decided to give it a try for the next 2-3 weeks and see if I can make it happen. I will judge the idea around November 13. Which is long enough for me to see if it comes to fruition and short enough to have a fallback plan.
  2. What made the December Daily situation even more complicated is that I will be in Zurich the first week of December. I think this might be the only time so far, I’ve been away during December without my family. And the only time I’ve been away right at the beginning of the project. For such a long time. This was freaking me out a bunch. Having to come back and then play catch up right away. But I am not freaked out anymore. It’s all going to work out. I know that if I say it will, it will.
  3. I’ve been reading about Ali’s upcoming Week in the Life plans and I’ve been telling myself I wasn’t going to do it. I’ve done this project a few times but it never really sticks with me. So I wasn’t crazy about doing it. But then I realized that I’ve been taking very very few photos in the last few months and that maybe this project could be a nice kick in the pants for me. I can even couple it with my Savor Project and get it printed in the same book. So now I am considering it. I have to see if I can design some digital format for it over the weekend. I’m still on the fence about it but learning towards doing it ….I think.
  4. I’m in a transition period for the next two weeks and like always, I hate transitions. I just find myself uninspired during this time. Unwilling to jump in the new pool yet but already feeling out of place in the old one. Alas, it’s only two more weeks and then new things begin for me. Here’s to hoping I made the right decisions.
  5. I’m still doing the Whole Life Challenge. As of tonight, I’m 41 days in. I’ve been pretty consistent at keeping to my schedule and commitments. Part of that is due to the relatively consistent schedule I have but a lot of it is just due to my commitment to make it work. I have 14 more days and it ends. I’ve been thinking about what life after the WLC looks like for me. What practices I will continue. What foods I will bring back. How I hope to maintain the wholeness of my diet and the consistency of exercise. Thinking, thinking…
  6. I’ve also been thinking a lot about 2015. What my projects will be. What I want to learn. How I want to feel. I know my word, but I think I want to do the Core Desires exercise again and see what comes up for me this time. I have some ideas of the projects I will do for sure but then others, I am not sure about. Each time I sit to plan it, I feel a bit uninspired which is not the place from where I want to make these decisions. Like December Daily, I am hoping it will just come to me as I let my subconscious ponder it for a while.
  7. It’s been a long week with four extra trips to school and one to work. Everything is good, and I am thankful for that, but I am ready for things to be a bit quieter. I am one of those people who really thrives on routine.
  8. The Mixed Media Studio class I am part of has started. You can still register for six more days. My week starts next Thursday. Not like it’s intimidating coming right after Donna Downey or anything.
  9. I’ve been going to sleep 8-8:30 every night as I find myself completely exhausted each night and I’m making an effort to listen to my body. One wonderful benefit to WLC has been being able to fall asleep almost instantly and wake up completely rested. Quite nice.
  10. I can’t believe there are only 10 weeks left in 2014. How did that happen?

So here’s where I am. I usually go into deep pondering/planning space during October/November and this year is no exception. I hope to feel all organized in the next two weeks so I can start testing out some of my projects for 2015. First, I have to decide what they are.

A Book a Week – Lowland

I read, Lowland for another book club. And yes, I listened to this one, too. What can I say, I am on a roll.

I didn’t like the reader for this at first, but maybe cause I loved the one for Elizabeth Gilbert’s so much that I had a hard time switching gears. Nonetheless, I got into it pretty quickly and thanks to a day filled with art, I finished this one in a weekend.

However. I am not sure I liked it.

I normally love Jhumpa Lahiri. I was actually the person who recommended this to book club but even though I like so many of her books, I was “meh” about this one.

If you’ve never read her, I’d say start with one of the other ones first.

Savor Project – 2014 – Spread Thirty-Six

Still catching up from the summer.

so happy.


Savor Project is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Recipient of the spot in Mixed Media Studio

As promised, the random picker tells me the recipient of the spot is Ange! Ange, please email me karenika@karenika.com and I will send you the instructions on how to claim your spot.

Thank you for all your thoughtful responses, I am really grateful and I wish I could give all of you free seats!

I hope to see you in class.

Listen with Intent – Week 42

For this week, I picked alert. To be careful and aware, I need to be alert. I need to pay attention. I can’t multi-task. I can’t be paying attention to something else. I can’t listen half-heartedly. I need to really be there, be present, be on. Here’s to being really alert all week.

Here’s the pin where I got the lettering..


Listen with Intent is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Today I Know – Week 41

This week’s inspiration comes from this pin. I was really worried about getting this one right but I liked how it turned out. It’s all pen and watercolor background.

prompt says: today i know life is better with…


Today I Know is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.