Art Therapy

In an attempt for my husband and I to keep our sanity through Lil’ Sophie’s journey we’ve made a point to allow each other personal time each week to get a break. My nights of escape are Wednesdays. Although I often struggle with what to do during this time. Hello? Guess that would be a good time to actually complete a blog entry for the post a week challenge? Hmmm… I’ll have to keep that in mind.

Those of you who know me more intimately are aware that I’ve spent the better half of my life doing one art project or another. Some of you know that I’ve kept journals over the years. But January 20th 2010, these artistic outlets came to a screeching halt and have since left me creatively paralyzed. They have been replaced with appointments, learning medical terminology & equipment, surgery stays, and a host of conversations with doctors and nurses.

So one Wednesday a few weeks ago, I found myself lost in my freedom. Wandering around, I forced myself to go into an art store – a place that used to be my personal playground. This time I numbly walked around, praying to God to awaken my creativity and inspire me. And then my eyes landed on this book:

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The Journal Junkies Workshop

 

As I thumbed through it, I found myself getting excited again. Eric M Scott and David R Modler have put together this amazing book that beams artwork from their own journals. They talk about how to get started – overcoming the fear of putting something on a blank page. They also include techniques on how to use different mediums with step by step pictures and instructions. I’ve been newly motivated to begin combining my love for art and journaling together. The result during this difficult time will hopefully become art therapy.

Check it out for yourselves: The Journal Junkies Workshop. Eric and David also have a blog to inspire and motivate other artists by participating in the Journal Fodder Junkies Challenges. Now we all know how well I do with weekly challenges – Epic Fail!! But this is extremely therapeutic for me so I grabbed my art supplies and went to town. I’m not finished with this page, but it is the beginning of documenting Sophie’s heart surgery and liver transplant journey. More to follow – hopefully!!  So please stop back again. Maybe I’ll actually finish something I’ve started.   😉

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My First Entry - Sophie's Medical Journey

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About Jenny Bagwill

You know those milestone moments in your life where the course you were going completely jolts you into reevaluating all you think or believe? Mine came in 2010 along with a precious baby girl. My healthy pregnancy, produced a baby with many internal defects unveiling themselves after birth like a stack of falling dominos. We lost track of her surgery count once we hit double digits. By the grace of God, our little fighter has survived an open heart surgery as well as a liver transplant along with a myriad of tests, blood work, and medical visits. She’s doing quite well, and we share her journey here: http://www.lilsophie.wordpress.com I hope you take the time to read about our girlie and possibly leave a word of encouragement. My milestone moment (that has continued over the last 2 years), presented many idle hospital hours where I used my time to make hair clips for our little girl who battled to live. It also crossed my path with numerous families in many heartbreaking situations. This is when I decided to use my creativity to do what I can to help others. I try to use my God-given talents to encourage and inspire others which you’ll see me blog about here. I also make a lot of custom pieces to raise awareness of illnesses, syndromes, and diseases that may hit close to home with you. As you’ll see my pieces often contain encouraging words – things hard to say to others in the midst of their dark place. You can view, shop, or place a custom order at here at my JeWeL 4U Etsy Shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/jewel4u And because our Lil’Sophie has had a liver transplant I always encourage others to consider registering to give the gift of life: http://www.organdonor.gov View all posts by Jenny Bagwill

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