As a child, teenager and young adult, one of my favourite things to do was to snuggle under my blankets in my cozy warm bed on a rainy day. Fast forward 20 years (or so) – as a mom to 5 and a business owner I no longer have the luxury to stay in bed – there’s just way to much to do. Consequently, every time I would look outdoors and see the rain I would grumble. It would put me in a sour mood – I didn’t like the cold, I didn’t like the feeling of damp clothes when I got rained on, I didn’t like squishing through puddles, I didn’t like how muddy the kids would get, I was frustrated by how frizzy the humidity made my hair, I hated the smell of worms, seeing squished worms on my driveway and the road would gross me out……
Well this summer was the rainiest summer in the history of summers (that I can remember anyways) – every time I looked at the weather forecast it was rain – and each and every time I would get grumpy about it. Well about half way through the summer I decided that I’d had enough of being grumpy and enough of hating the rain – and I decided to start looking at all the good things about rain. Gradually I found my attitude changing – I started actually appreciating the rain, seeing it for the beautiful life giving blessing that it is. There are still things that I don’t like about rainy days, but instead of focusing on those, and letting those things color my attitude, I’m choosing to focus on, and appreciate the beauty of the rain.
When I saw this quote I thought it was the perfect metaphor for life, and how we approach life. We’re always going to experience problems, challenges, bumps in the road, things that get us down – little things and big things – they’re part of life. And we can either learn to walk with them, and appreciate our life and blessings despite what is going on, or we can focus on the negatives and let them rob our joy. So that is the story behind this art journal page.
A few weeks back Ryn from Designs by Ryn sent me her new trickling water stamp which was just PERFECT for this art journal page. I decided to film my process in creating this page and share it as a video tutorial on Paper Crafter’s Library since we’re featuring Designs by Ryn this week. I have included the video tutorial and pdf handout here for your convenience. I do encourage you though to hop on over and check out our PCL feature on Designs by Ryn and enter our give-away as Ryn is giving away a great prize pack!