Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Book?! Yes, a Book!

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What? I illustrated a book?! Yup I did! It has always been dream of mine to write and illustrate children's books. I am kind of obsessed with them, I have a large collection of children's literature in my own personal library, because I believe books are part of what shapes little people, and whenever I can, it is an honour to give books, to read books, and now to illustrate books.

It all started one day when a new girl showed up in my Vietnamese language class, we were all introducing ourselves and I said I was an designer, artist, illustrator, graphics whatever (I still don't know what to call myself) generally I verbally spew whatever word comes up first, and then keep adding to it- which gets me in trouble sometimes, because then people assume I can do whatever they need- and if it comes to art, usually I can... but I don't always want too, and I often just say, "oh wow that sounds like an awesome project, I hope you find the right person to work on it with you... I don't think it's for me".

I'm always quite leery of who I work with, and what I get myself into, I don't like to be tied down, and I am very particular with whom I share my creativity with. (I've had lots of experience working with creativity draining people...and whomp, whomp, whomp... it kinda kills you a slow death...)

But this day, Christina introduced herself as a Children's book writer, and then she pipes up "Do you want to illustrate my new book" and I said "yes". That yes so easily rolled off my tongue, it surprised me.  But as you know my word for the year was Trust... and I knew that I needed to walk through whatever doors opened... and apparently this one had just opened. I honestly figured at some point we'd laugh about it, and she'd move on and find someone else. She didn't.

And so the rest is history, and we've created a beautiful book, that resonates with me, because it is all about my Husband's birth place, we don't have children of our own to share it with (you can read more about that all throughout my blog, or get the gist on the about me page- which is literally, about me). This book is a fun story of two children who travel... this time to Vietnam and see the sights, experience weird food, and have a blast while doing it.

I'm really excited to introduce you to Aya and Bobby a brother and sister who discover the sights and sound of foreign lands. You can check out their story and read about Vietnam and Thailand here. (more countries, cities, and sights are in the works!)

And if you'd like to purchase your own copy of this very special book, you can do that through Amazon. I am super proud of the work Christina and I have done,  and I cannot wait for you to read it!  If you read it and love be sure to leave an amazon review for me!

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Monday, January 8, 2018


Starting week two of this new awesome year, and I am sure that many of you are feeling like me... I've already blown it.  I've not done enough, I haven't read enough, I haven't created enough, I haven't eaten well enough, I haven't been to the gym enough, I haven't been who I planned on being... enough. Enough. 

When your heart gets overwhelmed by comparing, listening to the negativity in your head, too many tv ads telling you are not enough, then we need to say "enough!".  Enough. 

Let the new day wash over you like the waves of the ocean and know that you are enough.

When you heart gets overwhelmed turn to the one who stills the seas, calms the roaring waves, and whispers... enough. You are enough. 

On this beautiful blustery winter day, quiet yourself enough to hear God whisper, you are enough... 
because you are, just the way you are.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

It's a New Year...

It's a NEW YEAR! Yay, only problem, is me... same old me... I know, I know, we always try to give this giant speech about new year, new you- woot hoot... but in all honesty the only thing that has changed for me, is the last digit in the year... I'm still me. Plain ol' Missie.

Although I know the truth of that to the core, because let's be honest, I've lived a good many new year's resolution lists, and believing that I am a new me, in the new year... only for the year to end and I'm just an older version of the same old me. That isn't a bad thing, I'm a pretty good human, I try to be kind, I try to love others, I try to give... all of that good stuff, and in knowing all of that I still absolutely I love the freshness of a new year- the possibilities are endless.

The hubby and I always create a hopes, dreams, and goals list at the end of the year, for the following year... our 2016 list was knocked outta the park with an impromptu move half way across the world- to Vietnam, our 2017 list was a year of giving, it was really fun. This year is scribbled on the back of a Starbucks cookie bag, and folded up in my purse... a lot of what is on that list has to do with our 2016 list that got sidetracked, and a few new hopes, dreams, and goals.

For me this year personally, I am in a different place... I'm not creating a list to change who I am in so many words, but a list that will better my life, and all of those around me too...

More Art
Less negative/comparative thinking.
More gratitude for exactly where I am right this moment. (This is huge- gratitude is a big part of my life, [it keeps me sane, if we are looking for honesty] looking at all of the moment and being grateful, right here, right now- living in the moment, and not focusing on what I do not have, but instead focusing on what I do have)
More movement.
More veggies.

My word (and work) for the year 2017 was TRUST- It came to me at the end of January, so I am still very much trusting, and pursuing a calmness in knowing that I do not have to be in control, I do not have to 'do', but instead -I have to be still... I need to allow the perfect timing to happen at the perfect moment. I do not need to do anything other than trust, and of course, knock on doors of opportunity, and if they open, walk through them, and if they do not open, move along...

I do not know what my word for this year will be, it may end up being trust again. Trust will always be my word, this past year in a year of ups and downs, moving back halfway around the world into an unknown, trusting the process of illustrating a book (more about this soon, I am so excited to share this!), being more authentically who I am, being transparent with friends and family... there is a freedom in the word trust, not a freedom from consequences of action, or lack of action, but instead a freedom to pursue and walk through open doors, and knowing that if a door closes... it's all good.

So in this new year, same old me... I am in a place of peace... I know that I know... all is well... it will be a year for the books, they all are... and I will with all of my heart, Trust... and walk through open doors.

Do you have a word for the year? Do you have resolutions? is your heart happy?

I don't know what the new year hold, but I do know The Best is Yet to COME!
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Monday, December 25, 2017

DAY 25 Merry Christmas

Today is the celebration of the birth of Jesus... a baby born in a manger... a long long time ago, whose birth changed the world forever. He grew up to be a teacher who spoke about peace, truth, justice for all, and most of all Love.  His teachings have changed my life, and who I am.  I know I am who I am because of Him- through my life, and our experiences, His teachings have given me strength to get through so much.  I daily choose to follow His leading and examples in my own life... If you don't already know of the teachings of Jesus, feel free to read them here.

I pray today, on this Christmas Day, that your life will be transformed by His great love for you... Merry Christmas friends,

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

DAY 24

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