Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Live Your Life From Your Heart

The ART  This quote is by Melody Beattie.  She wrote the book, Co-Dependent No More and several other really great books.  I recommend her books.  They have helped many, many people with Codependent issues.

I typed the words in MS Publisher and printed them on a copy machine. The font is one of the free ones from Dafont. Then I used a tape transfer to make them transparent.  This method is packing tape over the words. Burnish the paper really well and then soak the taped pieces in warm water.  The warm water is the key.  The paper just peels off with a little light rubbing.

The hearts are pages from an encyclopedia. They are hanging from some of my stash of fiber.

The background was painted with green paint and then stenciled with yellow, orange and violet paint using a Tim Holtz stencil.  The white streaks were made with a credit card and gesso.

Link to:  The Documented Life Project Art Journal Everyday

FEELINGS In the past 15 years, I have met many people who lived their lives from their hearts. Their stories and their truth did touch my life and help heal my soul. When I was at my lowest, most depressed and anxious, they were there for me.  The showed up and they told their stories sharing their experience, strength and hope.  They showed me that if I just would follow the program and do the work my life would get better.  They were correct.  I thank God for them.

Learning to: act instead of react, mind my own business, love myself and most of all give it to God were the hardest things I've ever done. I'm so grateful that I persevered.


  1. My older sister gave me that book some time ago and another of hers, and they were really good to read...when I was ready to hear what they had to say. It's sometimes difficult to see you have a problem until someone else kindly and lovingly points it out to you. That's what my sister did for me in a round about way. I like what you said (and identify with) "learning to act instead of react". For me it kind of goes hand in hand with minding my own business: it's a part of learning that I am not now, nor have I ever been, nor will I ever be responsible for another person's words or actions. I had a bit of a shocking reminder of that this weekend in fact. Instead of just agreeing with the person (as I would have in the past), I stood my ground, explaining the way I feel and when that didn't work, I chose to remove myself from the conversation completely. Before, I would have said I agreed even though in reality I adamantly disagreed. I feel like we are growing and changing as people, and that is a good feeling!

  2. Way to go, Sweetred Clover. Every time you stand your ground it gets easier.


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