Being Thankful, art journal page

 Good morning Bloggers- well for me anyway.
I was thinking about what to write about on my blog today.
I know that I am behind on my 30 days and as much as I did not want to
simply list the things this year(I wanted to do at least a paragraph)
life has gotten in the way. Recently a sweet friend suddenly lost her mother to cancer,
perspective changes when something like that happens. Long time readers of my
blog know that a few years back I lost a very dear friend of mine suddenly to C. It brought
back those memories as well. We need to cherish the moments we have with those
we love everyday.  So fast forward to (#20) on my things to be thankful for
I am thankful for life.
Along with that (#19 )I am thankful for  relationships- good and bad they shape us into the people that we are. I am grateful for the time spent in them and sometimes (when they were not healthy) when they were over. (Not all friendships are forever-
but I am truly thankful for those as well.)
 (#18) I am thankful for art  as way to express myself.
Who knew that I would be still be using all those art supplies as an adult! 
It has led me to be create in other areas of  my life that I am passionate about- things like scrap booking, journaling, photography and cards.
Its not because I was passionate about those things,
but because I am passionate about people I care about
and the relationships that we have. I believe it is so important
to document how you feel about people- encourage them.
I have found art and scrap booking can be very therapeutic when you
are going through something. Sometimes someone else is not ready to hear
what you have to say but you need to get it off your chest. Sometimes you
need to vent, or share something important, maybe get closure and I
can do that through art, journaling, scrap booking. Sometimes someone
is on your heart and you need to express that- hence a card is made.

 Which also leads me to you, other bloggers
(and blog readers or stalkers- you never comment but I know you are there! LOL!)
(#17) I am thankful for a community of people I would have never "met"
if it were not for (#16) scrap booking and  (#15) blogger.
I would have never started a blog if it wasn't a requirement to be on a
manufacturer design team! (I really am a private person! LOL)
And I would have never taken the leap into blogging if it wasn't
free - after all I didn't really want to do it in the first place, I didn't think I'd like
blogging- putting all your "business" (quoting my 7 year old) out there! But you know
it turned into something great - being able to "meet" like minded people all over the world-
other creative souls and amazing strong women who are going through or have
been through some of the same things I have/am experienced/ing. 
Which leads me to this...

10 and 20 Random Acts of Kindness
If you have been on my blog you know the drill-
If you have not click on the picture and it will give you the details for my giveaway.
I have them every 10th and 20th of the month. All you
have to do is comment and check back tomorrow to win.
*If you don't send me your address right away I may not be able to get
to the post office right away with the holiday.
I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week.
Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving there is always something to be thankful for.

(P.S. My art journal page was done with gesso,
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Artist pens)
Update - I just saw that ScrapScene just published an acrylic card I made and they
did not post all the pics so I will post them here...

 Made with Clear Scraps "send it clear" cards & sentiment stamp.
Ta da Creative Studios paper.
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink pens,
Staz On Ink, Snow Tex and ribbon.

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