Newsletter Vol. 4 :: Happy 2018 from Vine & Thistle


We are a week into 2018, and even though my new year started with some winter sickness, I am super pumped about what this year will bring! I, like so many other people, spent the end of December thinking about what my goals for 2018 would be. I spent some time journaling and reflecting on last year: my accomplishments, lessons I learned, what I loved and didn't love about the year & my work, etc. 

But the real fun, for me, is dreaming up plans and setting goals for the year to come. It gives me a lot of hope for the work ahead! I find value in sharing my goals with others - it holds me accountable because I've told someone what I am planning to do, and I think there is something powerful about saying the words out loud, putting them out in the world, manifesting what I want to be. 

In order for me to see them regularly (& have a fun way of sharing them with all of you), I've hand lettered some of my big goals for 2018. 

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One of the goals I mentioned above is to teach online. One way I will be doing this is through Get Messy Art Journal as a member of the Creative Team. I will be regularly sharing tutorials for each themed season, along with many inspiring prompts. Another way I plan to do this is by creating my own Art Journaling E-Course. When I shared my in-person workshop with you and the rest of my community in November, I had a huge interest from people who are not from Portland asking if I would be making it available online. Honestly, being a mama to two little ones and not having my own studio space (outside of my home), online is a perfect place for me to teach! So, I started collecting up the equipment I will need (hello new tripod, new microphone, and new dedicated space for filming), and I am beginning to practice, plan, and write my first online course (it's going to be soooooo good!!!) 

As a part of my practice, I have created an art journaling process video that I am sharing with you FIRST before I release it publicly on my YouTube channel! Keep in mind, it is a bit rough because 1) I am testing out new equipment and a new set up, 2) I have a cold & am running really low on sleep from being sick the last two weeks (with a sick baby on top of it!) However, I'm still sharing this with you. The more I do between now & the beginning of filming for my class, the better it will be for my students!

Click below to see the video!

A Few Goal Setting Resources

Do you have goals for the new year? Are you still working on setting them? I have a few resources I'd love to share with you for setting goals: 

If you need someone to share your goals with - as a way to put it out into the universe - send me an email and share! I'd love to hear what you are working toward in 2018!!

Before I close out, I wanted to thank you for joining me & supporting me here! I appreciate the feedback and emails you have sent me following my past newsletters. I look forward to what 2018 will bring creatively for all of us.

I'm so grateful to be sending you this today! Feel free to hit reply and send me a note back! 

Thank you for your support!

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