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A Bit Stuck

Ever get to a point where you feel a little stuck? I’m feeling that way lately. I think it’s because I am working on some things (not ALL) that are dragging me down a bit. There are some projects that I would prefer to focus on, but certain projects get in the way. I’m a bit behind on these projects and I’m not able to focus on just one or two. So they all suffer. One of them is my taxes. We filed an extension this year which I HATE doing, but it was necessary. I’m trying to get all the junk together for it. NOT fun.

Also, Lucy was diagnosed with vestibular disease late last week. It’s essentially doggy vertigo. And that’s become a priority for me right now. We don’t have kids which makes her my “kid”. She’s doing much better, still a little wobbly, but we’ve seen so much improvement in the last few days.

With all of this, my art journal has been a little lonely. I jumped into The Paintless Journal last night to do some doodling and journaling. Here are the results:

Getting back to it was good medicine. But I need to continue. These pages feel a bit lack-luster.

Art journaling not only helps me through creative ruts, it saves me.

Reader Comments (7)

Oh yes, I can certainly relate to "feeling stuck" especially with art journals and with the feeling of my pages not being quite up to my own internal idea of standards. Heartening to read that someone else feels that way too sometimes :) I like the idea of a paintless journal. I must go back and look up more about it's origin on your blog. I'm tempted to start one myself, now you've planted the seed of an idea. Your pages and blog posts are definitely inspirational. Pxx

08.13 | Unregistered CommenterPaul B

Dawn I have a cat with vestibular disease. She is now an indoor cat only, she has good times and times when she has a flair. She walks with a bit of a crooked head at times, and there are times her balance is off. She is no longer falling over...that was scary.

I love viewing your pages!

08.13 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Paul, I will be teaching The Paintless Journal in an online class here REAL soon!

Mary: Our vet told us that some pets are able to be "cured" of it, but I have a feeling she'll be on the meds for life. Does your cat take meds for it?

08.14 | Registered Commenterdawndsokol

Dawn, she is not on meds. I had some (same as I took when I had vertigo) but was told unless she could not hold any food down not to give it. She has had a few episodes where she is a little more off balance, but overall she is fine.

08.14 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Hi Dawn: Our dog (who is no longer with us) had 2 attacks of vestibular disease when she was 13.5 years old. Terrifying to see her not be able to stand up and go through that. It took a bit of time, but 4 weeks after the first attack she was as good as new! After the second episode she had a bit of a head tilt, but it never seemed to bother her. I'm sure Lucy will come through it just fine. My dogs are my babies too, so I can totally relate! Hope all goes well.

08.14 | Unregistered CommenterLoretta

I LOVE these journal pages. I don't find them lack-luster at all. I love the detail and variety, and the pale colours suit them.

08.15 | Unregistered CommenterSusan King

Thanks all for your encouragement and good thoughts about Lucy! And Susan, I appreciate your sweet words...THANK YOU!

08.18 | Registered Commenterdawndsokol

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