INTENTIONALITY by Angela Bruch
Although INTENTIONALITY is not my personal word for the year it is definitely a word for our business. It speaks to our belief that yes life happens but we can still choose how we are going to handle it. I cannot allow my feelings to control my activities for the day - lets face it may only “feel” like doing nothing which if repeated daily will result in just that nothing.
I believe when it comes to creativity so many of us say; “someday I will create” and for many years my art was treated just like a hobby done on occasion as a way to unwind from my day job. After all of the things that had been put before my art were stripped away a pivotal point was reached and around the end of 2014 early 2015 the decision was made that I would create every day - either on a canvas or in a journal. What was created was not as important as the fact I was creating attached is a photo of one of my early journal pages - dates weren’t added at first but this is from around 2013. Looking at the page it looks like I took my tea bag and made splatters on the page, certainly a stretch to call art. Now fast forward to the 2019 page colorful paint was used, collage and also writing in my opinion a much nicer journal page. Looking back over my artistic journey both pages are equally important one represents the beginning of journaling the other the continued practice and how improvement occurs.
As we start 2020 perhaps you want to become intentional with your creativity and create every day. A great way to do that is by using the art journaling e-course created with my mentor Matt Tommey. To check out the course visit www.angelabruchart.com and connect on the link. As soon as you pay for the course Intentionality Increases Creativity you have immediate access. The course is broken down into 5 segments and a bonus video you are able to watch the course as many times as needed. Once you take the course I would love to hear feedback on how you put the teachings into practice. Happy Journaling!!
Who has been the biggest cheerleader in your life, supporting a life long dream? For me it was my daughter Kristi, although all of the kids remain supportive it’s not the same. Kristi and I would paint together although with two completely different styles we enjoyed each other’s work. About 8 years ago I began art journaling and if you’ve followed me on social media you may know painted my way back using art journaling.
Although my early journals were simplistic and a little on the dark side she would tell me they were awesome. A copy of the Stampington Art Journaling magazine was pivotal in the improvement of my work. “Mom your work is just as good you should submit your work.” To which I would grumble with no intentions of letting anyone see my work. Kristi was also telling me to “teach online.” I still have the paper where we sat and brain stormed names for my art business.
Kristi was taken from us September 10, 2015 a beautiful soul gone too soon. Fast forward to January 2017 I joined Matt Tommey’s Mentoring program ‘Created To Thrive.” One of my first goals was to get published in Art Journaling magazine realizing my “someday” attitude needed adjustment. My first two journals and articles were submitted in February and around September 8th (right around the anniversary of her passing) received notice that my journal was accepted for publication. I found myself saying “I finally did it honey.” Since then my journals have been published 3 times truly a dream come true and a way to honor my biggest cheerleader.
My next goal became to create an e-course with my mentor Matt Tommey, he had started a series on creating with the Spirit. So in March of 2019 the Art Journaling With Intentionality To Increase Creativity e-course was created and scheduled to launch in July. We ended up moving during that time so the launch rescheduled for September which came and went with no launch.
I am proud to say the e-course launched this December, which may not seem significant but that happens to be Kristi’s Birthday month. Her Birthday is December 29th and she would have been 28. During that time the positive stories and feedback was rewarding and once again confirmed my biggest cheerleader was right. To check out the e-course please visit our website www.angelabruchart.com