shame-free zone…

Even after all these decades of living, I’m still learning about shame. About the power it can have over us. About how it can get tangled up with guilt, and embarrassment, and how we might not even recognize that what we’re truly feeling is shame.

But one thing I know is this: shame can be destructive and devastating.

When I started to realize how, far too often, I felt shame (even when I thought I was feeling embarrassment or guilt instead), I started to become more intentional and deliberate about being on the lookout for shame – and not giving it a foothold.

As a reminder to myself and others, I took a photo of a small part of one of my much-larger canvases where I play with acrylic paint, and I made a shame-free zone printable.

It’s yours if you’d like to print it out. As with the other printables on the blog (you can find those here – be sure to go back to the “older posts” to see them all) there’s no charge, nothing to sign up for, no strings attached. Just download and print as you wish. The file is in .pdf format, which you can resize to suit your needs.

The link to get it is here.

Or just click on the printable’s photo below to get the file.

Treat yourself – and others – with kindness and gentleness and grace… not shame.

 

the distance is nothing {freebie}…

This freebie downloadable/printable is a Jane Austen quote that hits me every time I read it:

The distance is nothing when one has a motive.

As with the other printables here on the blog, there’s no charge and nothing to sign up for – just download and print as you wish.

The files include one pdf file (you can set the size when you print), as well as jpg files for sizes 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10. These are high quality, 300dpi, suitable for printing to frame, or put on a bulletin board, or use in an art journal – or just have somewhere as an inspirational piece, a reminder, a motivator, an encouragement: The distance is nothing when one has a motive.

Get the pdf file here.

The 4×6 jpg file is here.

The 5×7 jpg file is here.

The 8×10 jpg file is here.

More freebies are on the way, so please check back or follow the blog (you can do that here) so you won’t miss them . Or (this is a new option here!) subscribe to receive blog posts in your email inbox – this link will get you to place to sign up.

 

more journey with joy…

When life throws up a bunch of hurdles and challenges, I have to keep reminding myself that I can connect with joy even if I don’t feel happy about what’s going on or how I’m feeling otherwise.

For me, connecting with joy sometimes means that I have to really, really look for those moments, those little pockets, those little somethings, that bring me joy.

Sometimes it means being very deliberate, very intentional. I have to watch for them, so that I can notice them when they happen, and capture them to bring them into my heart and my day.

Sometimes it means I have to actively do something to connect with joy. To make a deliberate choice and decision to make that connection… Even something simple like pulling up a favorite song to listen to. Or spending a few minutes gazing at a beautiful sky. Or giving our cat some scritches and cuddles.

Sometimes we have to deliberately notice. Or consciously choose.

And I’ve found it’s sort of like a muscle – the more I work this joy muscle, the more often I realize I’m feeling joy.

Even when things are difficult. And even if I’m not exactly happy.

I created this art journaling JOY page two or three years ago. It’s nothing fancy, but if you’d like it as a reminder of JOY, it’s yours if you’d like to have it. Just click below to access the downloadable and printable pdf of the image – as with all the printables here, it’s free.