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Women and Stress - Take Some Time For Yourself

Updated on June 11, 2010
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First page of art journal
First page of art journal
second page of journal
second page of journal
third page
third page
first watercolor - playtime!
first watercolor - playtime!
Peace Patrol - Original Collage by L. Thykeson
Peace Patrol - Original Collage by L. Thykeson
Magic Fairy
Magic Fairy

Recently I became interested in ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), and in the process I discovered that I wasn't too old for paper dolls! There is a large group of adults out there who love to make highly artistic and decorated paper dolls, fairies, mermaids, and any number of characters you can dream up. This also goes along with the mixed media art I have gotten into lately, so of course I jumped in head over heels.

I joined a NING group, which is like being email buddies with all of the people in the group. The website is called "The Artful Paper Doll", and the woman who started the group is fantastic! She is currently doing a 12 month class on the book "Creative Awakenings" by Sheri Gaynor. If you haven't read the book you should! Even if you aren't into art or crafts, the book is fantastic for building you up and giving you a more positive perspective on life. I believe that Ms. Gaynor is an artist AND a life coach, and it comes through loud and clear in her writing style.

Kelly, who runs The Artful Paper Doll, is posting everyday, at least once or twice, responding to all of the comments we members are leaving for her and for each other. She is so positive and calming, plus very talented artistically, and she is helping all of us learn to take at least 20 minutes a day for ourselves, plus as an added bonus, she is also posting videos for techniques to help our artwork!

The book, "Creative Awakenings", is designed to help you become more focused and artistic, but it's lesson also applies to everyday life. Women rarely take time for themselves. Even I, and I am a housewife and don't work outside the home, have a problem taking the time to do something just for me! The idea is to take 20 minutes daily for a year to totally relax and meditate, listen to calming music, whatever you enjoy, and just let your mind go free. There is more to it than just that, but you would have to get the book and see for yourself. I bought one off of Amazon for $5.00 + shipping. Well worth the money!

The pics I have posted are just a small sample of what I have been doing with my time lately. I haven't been this much into my art since I first started. Now I am right back to that obsessive thirst to do more and more, learn new techniques and practice, practice! Seems as though the lessons of the book are right on! I am certainly rusty, but I am definitely getting better with practice.

If you want to expand your mind, be more positive, and hopefully realize some of your dreams in life, Get the book "Creative Awakenings" and join us on "The Artful Paper Doll". If you like art, mixed media, scrapbooking or any other craft like that, you will enjoy taking the creative journey with us. Thionk you aren't artistic but wish you were? Try this method and see how it works for you. Enjoy!


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    • Laura Thykeson profile image

      Laura Thykeson 8 years ago from Central Texas

      wish I had your attitude epigramman!

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      epigramman 8 years ago

      well I am stress free and I do take time for myself - by reading your hubs!!

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      Laura Thykeson 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hello, hello:

      The whole point is to get over the hump of thinking you can't take at least 20 minutes a day. It's so healthy for you!

      Laura T.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your wonderful advice and dearly would love to but I honestly haven't got five minutes. As it is I can't cope with my workload.


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