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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.

A Book a Week – The Signature of All Things

I picked up The Signature of All Things because of an online book club. I’ve read Eat Pray Love and as opposed to some, I loved it. And I’ve loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk. So I knew I wanted to give this book a try, especially since the reviews were good.

I, once again, decided to listen and not read. I’ve been in the car a lot lately, or doing art, and listening to a book makes me happy. Especially this one as it had one of the best readers ever. It was a British woman and I loved, loved her reading of the book. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

And even though this was the kind of book I would never have picked up on my own, I absolutely loved it. I am smiling right now thinking about it.

If historical fiction is your cup of tea, this one is recommended (especially on audio.)

Savor Project – 2014 – Spread Thirty-Five

Still catching up from the summer.

so happy.


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

An Update on Listening

As we approach the end of the year at neck breaking speed, and I’m being embraced by my new word for 2015, I’ve been thinking about my word and all that it’s brought me this year.

In January, Ali had us all write down our intentions for the year and with our word. Here are some of the highlights from mine:

  • Health: I want to go back to being stronger and making healthier choices.  I also want to experiment with different exercise and eating options.
  • Health: I really want to prioritize sleep.
  • Health: I want to prioritize self-care and set rituals for morning and night.
  • Serene: I want to explore what it means for me to be serene (also in public.)
  • Serene: I want to spend a lot of time in nature.
  • Grace: I will be in photos more.
  • Grace: I want to volunteer more.
  • Grace: I want to declutter.
  • Grace: I want to send emails to people who mean so much to me.
  • Engaged: I want to explore what it would mean for me to be fully engaged in my life.
  • Engaged: I want to show up.
  • Engaged: I don’t want to count the days, I want to live them.
  • Whole: Reach out to others.
  • Whole: I want to participate and speak up more.
  • I want to listen to the things that matter and listen with presence.
  • I want to choose to spend my attention, time, and energy on the things that feed my soul, mind and heart.

In February we set some actions for the year. here were mine:

  • Create a morning and evening ritual.
  • Spend time in nature every week.
  • Get in the photos regularly.
  • Show up (I want to be more engaged, choose to participate.)
  • Choose Nourished over Full
  • Heal (Choose to let go. Release and embrace the light.)
  • Declutter (Clean up one corner each week.)
  • Reach out (and connect with the people I care about.)
In June, I wrote down that I’d like to do some specific practices related to my word like journaling on voices/sounds i heard that day, 5-minute meditation to hear all the sounds around me, and doing one brave thing daily (listening to the sounds of my yearnings.)
So now, here we are halfway through October.
When I look at these lists. Some things strike me as interesting:
  1. Health: I’ve had on and off times but at this moment, I’m actively working on my health. I am doing the whole life challenge. I am eating very healthy daily. I am exercising, stretching, drinking water, sleeping about 8 hours a night, and doing at least some self care. I have yet to establish a morning or evening routine. When I wake up, I go right to exercise. I guess that’s my routine. In the evenings, I tend to lie in bed for a little bit and read or listen to a book. Neither of these are what I had in mind, but they are working for now. This is one I would still like to think about some more.
  2. Serene:  Now that the weather is getting colder and the kids are back in school, I am not sitting outside daily anymore. I am definitely not taking trips to the trees or water. I would like to do more of this. Some kind of recurring routine here would really help me. Serene is one that’s really speaking to me at the moment, maybe because I am feeling impatient inside at the moment. I’d like to embrace being more serene. I want to think about what this means to me.
  3. Grace: I’ve been in photos more this year. Though not taking many lately, I still am doing a better job jumping in. I will do it even more. I am volunteering a lot at the kids’ school but I would like to find another volunteer opportunity for David and me. I miss that. Decluttering daily this week. Feels wonderful. And, I definitely should send emails more. I think I will put scheduled time and reminders on my calendar to do that.
  4. Engaged: Getting better at showing up. But I want to explore what it would mean for me to be fully engaged in my life. This is a big one and I really would like to not ignore it. I’m working on making the changes needed to live my days more.
  5. Whole: I could reach out even more. I feel like the days are passing by too quickly. But I am participating. I am speaking up and being myself. I am getting there.

I haven’t done any of the three things I listed in June. They sound lovely but they are not interesting enough to me in October. So, those, I am going to let go.

Here are some other interesting ways listening has manifested in my life:

  • Audiobooks: I’ve listened to more audiobooks this year than ever before. Probably over 25 of them, which I find to be absolutely amazing. Never really did it with this much regularity before. 
  • Listen and Act: For the last few months especially, I’ve been acting very quickly on thoughts/yearnings/excitement I hear inside myself. I find myself excited by an idea and then I just do it. I start the process of putting it into action. It’s scary but also exhilarating.
  • Listen and Believe: This one is tough for me but I’ve been working hard at believing when people compliment me. When people offer me wonderful things. I’ve been working at saying thank you and letting gratitude wash over me. I don’t get it right each time but I am working on it.

Listen is a tough word for me; I talk a lot. It’s also tough because it’s not something I can do and check off my list. It’s something I have to do every moment of every day. Just like eating healthy, feeling serene, graceful, engaged, and whole. I have to work on these every day. But I’ve decided that these are the ways I want to feel and so this work is worth it.

More than anything, I still wholeheartedly believe in these two statements:

  • I want to listen to the things that matter and listen with presence.
  • I want to choose to spend my attention, time, and energy on the things that feed my soul, mind and heart.

Onward.

Giveaway for Online Class

I know I am due an update from last week’s posts. I will tell you just a few quick updates and then get down to the giveaway and I promise a longer update later this week:

  • I am still staying on top of the Whole Life Challenge. Thirty days down, 25 more to go.
  • I had my meeting, it went well and I stressed for nothing.
  • Life’s a collection of waiting moments right now. I do not do well with waiting.
  • I am really excited about my class starting soon.

On that great segue, I have one spot to give away in the class.

This class is taught by some of my favorite artists: Carolyn Peeler, CD Muckosky, Céline Navarro, Christy Tomlinson, Donna Downey, Frank Garcia, Rebecca Sower, Susan Weckesser, and me. 

Here’s a bit more about the class:
Got paint? Get inspired! Nine mixed-media experts will help you experiment with a diverse array of artistic techniques in this 9-week online workshop.

Mixed Media Studio is like nine different classes in one! Each week, a different artsy all-star will share an exclusive project, a video that walks you through a featured technique, and step-by-step instructions to help you complete the project. Plus, you’ll get to interact directly with the artists via our private classroom message board and gallery.

Would you like to find your groove in the mixed-media world? Try your hand at nine different art styles, all collected into one affordable workshop.

If you know for sure that you’re interested, you can register by clicking here. I confirmed that if you win and you’ve already registered, they will reimburse you.

If you’d like to win a spot in this class, please leave a comment and tell me what kind of classes you’d like me to teach.

I will post a winner on Monday, October 20, right here.

I really hope to see you in class.

ps: All the links are affiliate links as it’s a big part of how I get paid for the class so I would be really grateful if you signed up by clicking through on one of my links :)

Listen with Intent – Week 41

For this week, I picked beginner. As in beginner’s mind. Approaching everything as if for the first time. As if I have no idea what they mean. Hearing things for the first time. Listening with a new fresh attitude. No preconceived ideas. No premade conclusions. Being open and new. A beginner.

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


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

Nathaniel Reads to Mommy – Week 20


Nathaniel Reads to Mommy is a project for 2014 that I am doing with my 4.5-year-old son. You can read more about it here.

Today I Know – Week 40

This week’s inspiration comes from this pin. I used watercolors on this page. I like how quiet it is. but it didn’t turn out exactly as i’d hoped. that’s ok. this is all about experimenting after all.

prompt says: today i know that i am pretty good at…


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