Hello, all my artful friends.
Whew, is it just me or did summer fly by? It could be just life with a one year old. (Someone once told me that with young ones, the days are long but the years are fast. So far, in my experience, the years are fast and the days…are also fast!)
I’m always sad to see summer go. Lots of people say they’re ready for more routine, ready for the heat to go away.
But I’m always sad. I like the endless days, the invitations to linger.
I’m sad to see summer go.
But, I’m also feeling optimistic and hopeful about this new season!
Fall is actually my favorite season. (Just because I’m sad to see summer go doesn’t mean Fall can’t be my favorite season, mm’kay?)
Fall always feels like a fresh start. The time for plans and hopes and dreams.
Reminds me of a line from one of my favorite movies, You’ve Got Mail:
“Don’t you just love New York in the Fall? Makes me wanna buy school supplies.”
Of course, that only sounds as charming as it is if you imagine Tom Hanks’ incredibly charming voice saying it.
Are you imagining it?
Ok, back to business!
Sad to see summer go, but supes excited for fall.
Sad to see summer go because:
We had a great time with our Summer of ABC’s.
It was so fun to dream up challenges for you and think of ways to stimulate the different areas of creativity.
My goal for the summer of ABC’s was really to light a fire under your creativity:
To guide you away from viewing creativity as a chore,
something that is elusive,
or something that you have to be “talented”, “gifted”, or “perfect” to do.
The goal with Achievable Bite-sized Challenges was really to inspire you to have fun.
Because that is what this Artful Living thing is really all about: having fun and being explorers in this life.
Psst: if you are just joining us and missed the super-fun series we did this summer, go here to get started! You don’t have to go through it at the same time we did to have a whole lotta fun!
And to all my artful friends, I’ve put all the challenges on one easy to access page here, so if you want to revisit a week, or send this challenge along to a friend, it will be easy to find.
But…that being said, I’m super excited about Fall, because…
“What’s Next” for the blog just keeps the fun coming…
As I said, my goal for the Achievable Bite-sized Challenges was to light a fire under your creativity,
But my goal going forward is to show you how to make that creative life you dream of a possibility.
I believe everyone is born a creative person.
But life tends to get in the way of that.
Fortunately, we don’t have to let that happen.
We can take steps to make Artful Living a reality.
That’s why this Fall on Adventures in Artistry, you’re going to find:
I believe Artful Living is attainable for everyone, but you sometimes need practical steps to get you from point A to point B.
With our upcoming Simple Living series:
I am going to walk you through the practical steps I took to create a life that a) doesn’t stress me out like it used to and b) has room for creativity -and fun!- in it.
I will continue to bring you ideas for Affordable Artistry:
Whether it’s free or cheap events to enjoy, or affordable ways to bring beauty into your home-life, you will find inspiration for how to live an Artful Life on an Artist’s Budget.
And you will find more how-to’s:
Ideas for simple projects and even easy recipes so you can delight all the nooks and crannies of your creative soul.
In addition to these practical tips for you, you will find:
A peek into my own creative life
I will update you on my progress towards my own creative goals,
and give you more of a glimpse into how I strive to incorporate artistry into my family’s life.
What’s the biggest takeway?
Most of all, I have so many ideas I want to share with you, that I am planning on sharing more weekly content with you.
I will continue to post on Mondays,
And I will also be adding a new ongoing feature:
“Weekend Whimsy” will be a collection of simple joys for your weekend. Film or book recommendations, simple projects, seasonal inspiration, the list goes on…
I want to help you win the fight against the television and inject more fun into your life.
Hence, the Whimsy.
Weekend Whimsy will go live here on Fridays. Be sure to subscribe if you want Weekend Whimsy winging it’s way to your inbox.
But first, a break.
I know it’s traditional to take a break during the summer, but we’ve had a busy summer of productivity as a family, and I’ve been on fire coming up with ideas for the blog.
But now, I need some time to spend some downtime with my family (again, weirdly coming in the fall instead of summer!), and also to start this new chapter in the blog off right.
Because while the early days of this blog have been about laying the groundwork for your creative life,
I want this new chapter to be about making Artful Living your new reality.
Guys, I’m just so much happier now that Artful Living is my reality.
My life is not Pinterest-perfect by any means. I don’t get all the creative projects I want to done, just like any other mom.
But the pursuit of creative living is what has given my life that extra spark.
And I want the same for you.
That’s why I want to take the time to start this new chapter off right.
So, I will be taking a month off from the blog. I will be returning Monday, September 18 with my first post in our Simple Living series!
In that time, I won’t be regularly posting on the blog. However, if I find out about some Affordable Artistry events in that time, I will bop on to let you know about it! If you want to be a part of those updates, make sure you subscribe!
Artful friends, I hope you have loved this summer as much as I have. I have a feeling you’re going to love this new chapter even more!
See you soon.