happy wednesday!

Last Friday I went to an Art Walk in Fond du Lac, WI with some of my girlfriends...

me, Kelly, Jamie, Sara & Jill
Lucky for me, Jill is friends with the owner of Jennabee Art Gallery & Studio and introduced us. Last night I stopped by the gallery and dropped off 4 of my paintings! Fingers crossed that I sell something :) There's also an art contest that the gallery is having in February that I need to enter and we discussed the possibility of doing an art show in March or April! Which is beyond exciting to even think about!

Jamie owns her own salon and after I made her a wedding gift...

mixed media painting for Mr & Mrs King

she's asked if I could paint a canvas or two to go in the salon. Which would not only be fun to paint, but give me a lot more exposure, too. Things are looking up in the art department of my life :)

Oh, and last but not least...
grades just posted for this semester!


I've been quite busy during my blog break... I've finished fall semester at Oklahoma City Community College and I've been accepted to University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I will be getting my B.A. in Sustainability Studies. I'll be taking all online classes for Spring semester, which starts on January 22nd.

I finished moving most of my things from Oklahoma to Wisconsin, including my puppy, Frankie.

I've been diligently working on handmaking pretty much all of my christmas presents and I have a few commission paintings that have been keeping me busy. I've snapped a few pictures and once the gifts are in the possession of their recipients I will post a few pics of my craftiness (although I can't take full credit... Pinterest was a huge inspiration!)

Here's a few of my latest paintings...

I actually made a new blog for my Creative Writing class that features all of my poetry that I wrote for class this past semester. It's published for anyone who would like to see it... I got 250 out of 250 points and my professor asked if he could use it as an example for upcoming classes :) Look Again

Hopefully now that I'm not waking up to homework, I will have time to start blogging a few mornings a week and get caught up on all of my favorite blogs that I miss so much!

Happy Holiday Week!


fresh paint

well for a while it seems as though I had so many thoughts that I had nothing to say. I had too much time and not enough motivation.

Now my thoughts are still running rampant, but rather than dwelling on the past, they are looking into the future. Now I have too much to do, and not enough time. The less time I have, the more I want to do... figures.

So I have a part time job now... I'm a Marketing Assistant/Intern and work 20-25 hours a week. I'm still taking 4 on-line classes (and maintaining my 4.0) and am drowning in homework. I bought a car last week... yay! I also have been painting and hanging out with my friends...

on a pier on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI w/ Miranda

my latest... 12"x12"x1.5"
And now off to get ready for work! This is only my second week and I'm hoping to get a schedule down so I can start blogging regularly again!

I hope you have a beautiful day :)


if a picture is worth a thousand words

I find it incredibly difficult to focus on sitting inside on my computer doing little things like blogging (and homework!) when there's so much beauty waiting for me outside...

hello fall!
my style in footwear has slightly changed...

early morning sun




horse love
this is why I love fall


so tiny, but so loud!


my favorite tree
because I love laying under it

absorbing it's beauty

maybe this is why I love painting trees

home sweet home :)

starting some seeds for my cold frame!

seeds I ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

freshly picked

pumpkin muffins.... yum
washing cherry tomatoes

pickling cherry tomatoes
Lots of pictures, I know... I didn't feel like doing homework and went a little camera-crazy :)
The pictures just seem to sum up my day more so than words.

One more tidbit.... Thank you Steve Jobs for your innovation, creative genius, and inventing the amazing MacBook Pro sitting in front of me <3
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." -- Steve Jobs @ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.


thank you thursday

So it's been a while since I've acknowledged my thankfulness on a thursday, so here it goes....

Thank you Permaculture Institute. The permaculture design classes I have been taking are so inspiring... not just the knowledge I'm gaining, but the experiences and stories shared by my classmates gives me hope for the future. Here are some great permaculture articles.

Speaking of the future, thank you to Miranda for suggesting a wonderful Sustainable Studies bachelors degree at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. My application is in the mail and my fingers are crossed!

Thank you VH1 for bleeping out the words gun and bullet from Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. I might be negatively influenced and shoot someone.

Thank you to the guy who works with my dad who gave him the fresh honeycrisp apples and thank you to my dad for passing them along to me... they are delicious!

Thank you to Jonathan Tropper for writing This is Where I Leave You, which made me laugh and cry. It was also the first book I was able to read completely since To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeil, which is a tough book to follow. Now on to Work by CrimethInc.

and perhaps the biggest thank you to all of those who are gathering across the country to stand up for freedom and liberty.

I saw posts on facebook talking about Occupy Wall Street. Then I read this article in Yes! magazine. Please read and share... it's a great article and really captures the spirit and purpose behind this movement. People all over the country are uniting and standing together to occupy their cities... I am following Occupy Madison, Occupy Milwaukee, and Occupy OKC and hope to attend each of them at some point within the upcoming weeks. I'm feeling kind of sporadic and if I had the money to get to NY I'd be there right now.

Happy thursday!


turn, turn, turn

So little by little I'm starting to get back to feeling like myself. I'm sure everybody has those days, right? Where you can't quite explain it but you just feel off? That's kind of how I'm feeling... except it's more like a season than a day. Reminds me of The Byrds song Turn, Turn, Turn!

I did have a wonderful weekend hanging out with my friends for a bachelorette party...

Jill, Angela, & I

Miranda & I
Nothing quite compares to a night that starts off in a short bus with jello shots in syringes and ends up in Milwaukee on a dance floor! Drinks and dancing are better (and way cheaper) than therapy :)

So on a more responsible note, I'm in my 4th week of classes. With the move I had to change around my course schedule and I'm now taking all on-line classes (Modern Humanities, American Federal Government, Biology & Creative Writing: Poetry). I'll have to post some of my poems I've been writing :)

I'm also still driving back to Oklahoma each month to complete my Permaculture Design course. If you're interested in learning more about Permaculture, I highly recommend the book Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway. It's practical and has simple steps for utilizing your yard in a way that it will benefit both you and the environment. I'm planning a few upcoming posts to focus on some easy permaculture principles and how they can be applied.

I've been reading a lot of Thoreau lately... A LOT. There's just something about the flow of his words that sooth and calm me. Right now I'm reading All Nature is my Bride: Passages from Journals.

Now back to studying... but I'll leave you with this because I found it on pinterest and I loved it...



and so it is...

Looking back on the post from the morning as I entered my 29th year, I am amazed at all the changes that have happened since then. Maybe even more so amazing is the fact that I am still sane (somewhat) and able to get out of bed each morning.
I have been meaning to click on the blogger bookmark on my mac for days... weeks... but in the midst of a whirlwind of emotions, I was at a loss for words. I am slowly starting to gain back a little more spunk with each passing day and hopefully I'll be able to get back in the groove of blogging weekly, if not daily again.
As I write this, I am laying on a bed on the 2nd floor of the house in central rural Wisconsin where I grew up. A room that was once painted a pale pink and full of my dolls. It's now full of clothes that were carelessly and quickly crammed, unfolded and now wrinkled, in canvas shopping tote bags. A stack of books, carefully chosen from what used to be hundreds, sits in the corner of the room along with this semester's textbooks. It's amazing that a whole life can fit in the backseat of a vehicle when the questions I have could fill a skyscraper. It's amazing that words can be so hurtful and that years of love can be smashed in the matter of minutes. Perhaps what is most amazing is the love of my family and friends that has carried me through quite possibly the toughest month I've ever faced.
So here I am... 29, single, and living with my parents? 29 came in with a big loud BANG! and I'm interested to see where it leads me....


29 years

29 years ago today, I was born into this wonderful, crazy world.


Birthdays have been stressing me out since I turned a quarter of a century old.... but I'm trying to embrace entering my last year of my twenties! I'm actually pretty excited to see what this year will bring... finishing my permaculture certificate, implementing the lessons I'm learning, and getting 2 semesters closer to graduating!

A big giant thank you to all of the people who have inspired, encouraged, and supported me throughout the last 28 years on my journey to where I am now... I can only hope for continued love and support throughout the rest of my journey!

and a big thank you to Taylor Lynn of Perfectly Sensible Nonsense for passing on this lovely award to me :) If you don't follow Taylor's blog, you should! She's a wonderfully talented writer and also has an Etsy shop! Thanks Taylor!


1. Thank the giver and link back to the Blogger who gave it to you!

2. Reveal your top five picks, and leave them a comment telling them you've awarded them!

3. Copy and Paste the award to your own blog.

4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers!

5. And most of all...have Bloggity-Blog Fun!!!
and the nominees are........... 
Katie of Katie's Karma

Thanks for taking the time to write lovely posts that I enjoy reading very much :)
I hope you all have a beautiful day and take a few moments to stop and truly enjoy it!
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monday morning motivation

Yesterday I returned from an adventure that most certainly has and will continue to change my life.

As most of you know, I enrolled in a 4 month, weekend course on Permaculture Design. To better explain, Permaculture is a design system based upon observations and principles of nature, applied to the human environment. I'm in the process of reading Gaia's Garden, which was recommended reading material for the course, and I highly suggest checking it out from the library. Permaculture is taken from the the words permanent agriculture or permanent culture and first used by Bill Mollison. Scott Pittman, my teacher, actually was taught by Bill and worked with him for many years.

There's no way I could write about everything in one post, so I'll try to sum up my first day and include a few pictures.

I woke up early and drove an hour and thirty minutes north of Oklahoma City. I knew I was in the country when I turned onto a gravel road. I followed the directions to the Pond House and was greeted by Ann, one of the sisters who runs the farm/retreat. She directed me down the road about a 1/4 of a mile to the centennial farm house where her sister, Pat, lived and where I'd be staying.

I was surprised at how at ease I felt. The day was already warm but it felt as though my body, unaware, had been going through a nature deficiency and was eagerly absorbing the sounds, smells, and sights around me.

the farmhouse front porch

I pulled up to the farm house and was welcomed by Pat. She showed me the house and I took my bags in. The farm house has been in their family for over a hundred years. It has a beautiful wide front porch and as I walked up the path to the porch, grasshoppers leaped in front of me like syncronized swimmers. Being inside the house reminded me of the house I grew up in and I immediately felt at home. But I didn't have much time to look around because I needed to get back to the other house and prepare for class to begin.

one of many grasshoppers

At the pond house, people and cars were starting to pour in. There were 28 people in our class, of all different ages and walks of life. Most were living in Oklahoma City, but some drove as far as Dallas/Fort Worth to be a part of the first ever Oklahoma Permaculture Design course. After we all gathered our waters, coffees and teas, we took seats around a long rectantgular table. I was immediately impressed and shocked that not a single person had a bottle of water. Everyone was drinking out of a mug or a stainless steel or plastic container they had brought  with them.

We took turns going around the room introducing ourselves. What was unique about this process is that Scott didn't want to know the typical, who you are, where you live and what you do. Instead, he asked us to share our name, where we were born, where we live now, our job, our passion, why we were taking the course, and one thing we hoped to learn. I thought it was interesting and fascinating listening to the passions and reasons for taking the course. Here were a wide variety of people who shared one major passion... caring for the earth and trying to find a way to live harmoniously without damaging our home. It was deeply touching and as the weekend went on, I was able to have conversations with most of my classmates and each time, I could feel their passion through their actions and words. It's not often that you get 28 people crammed in a room with a large wasp flying around and no one screams, freaks out, or tries to kill it.

The first day we learned about the principles of Permaculture. I'm going to save this for another post, because this is already long... After class, a group of us went to a mexican restaurant in a neighboring city. The food was delicious and I had the opportunity to listen to Scott talk about his ideas and adventures in some of the 28 countries he has taught permaculture to.

morning sun shining through my bedroom window
After dinner, we went back to the house and I settled in a little cozy room upstairs that was filled with books. I set up the cot I was sleeping on, which takes me back to my childhood, and talked to my housemates. There were 3 of us staying with Pat, I had my own room, Shauna and Christine were friends and sharing a room. They both volunteer and organize Sustainable OKC and I immediately felt comfortable around them.

I know this isn't my typical monday morning motivation post, but I hope that by sharing the beginning of my journey inspires you to take the first, or another step, in the direction towards something you're passionate about. As I continue sharing my weekend and things I learned, I hope I can convey the feelings of excitement and passion, as well as share with you very valuable information, in the form of lessons, books, videos, and inspiring leaders/innovators.

You know that feeling... when everything clicks and makes sense? When you have this peace within you and everything feels, for a lack of a better word, 'right'? That's the feeling I've had since the moment I heard about this course. I wish I could bottle that feeling and share it with others because it's so powerful, yet so calming at the same time.

Thanks for letting me a share a tiny part of my weekend... there will be more to come and more pictures, too! I'll probably be revamping my blog, too. I want to slightly change directions but I haven't quite figured out how I should go about doing this. I'd like to shift my art slightly, if I can find time for art in the middle of a two page reading list I acquired over the weekend, and find ways to make it more sustainable. I'd also like to share permaculture information and thoughts as I experience them and apply them to my current situation. My ultimate goal is that I would like to teach permaculture design. I feel that's the best way to utilize the information my brain is absorbing... to pass it on. I'd also like to apply it to graphic design and possibly get a degree in environmental science once I complete my graphic communications degree. The more knowledge, the better equipped I will be to help others, which has always been a goal of mine. So those are just a few of the thoughts bouncy around in my head. It feels good to get them out and share them... like one more step closer to accomplishing them.

Thanks so much for reading this, I know it's unusually long! I hope you have a beautiful and fulfilling Monday!


thank you thursday

Today I am especially thankful because I am on my way to Turtle Rock Farms in Red Rock, Oklahoma to attend the very first Oklahoma Sustainable Design certificate course! 

My bags are packed and I'm ready to check out my room in the farmhouse...

and get settled in before class, which is from 9-5. I'm not sure if I will have cell phone reception or internet access, but I packed plenty of notebooks and my camera to I can record everything and share it with y'all! I also packed a few books and I'm definitely looking forward to those nice, quiet, relaxing evenings after class! I haven't been in the country for a while and I'm so used to all the noises of the city... this will definitely be a nice break from the hustle and bustle.

I hope that you all have a beautiful weekend... I will catch up on all of your blogs when I return to civilization :)


what i'm into

So I'm back after a little blog-break. My posts might be kind of sporadic over the next couple of weeks as I try to relax during my summer break and sort out the millions of thoughts in my head.

I would like to thank all of you for your supportive and reassuring comments on my last post regarding my grade freak out....
The day after I posted that, my professor emailed me back and said that my essay must have accidentally been deleted off of the system and said if I submitted it before Friday that he would grade it without taking any points off. Ready for the best news? I checked my grades yesterday and I received A's in both English Comp 2 and US History :) all that freaking out for nothing... at least all my hard work paid off! Thank you again for all your support and listening to me vent... I so so appreciate it!

what i'm listening to... Safetysuit has stolen my heart.

what i'm reading... I just finished reading To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal. It is a beautifully written book about the power of first love and it completely captured me. I read it in a few hours. Now I'm reading The Next Eco-Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who Are Saving the Planet by Emily Hunter. It is full of inspiring stories about how people around the world are making a difference. When I'm done with that I'm going to start on The Urban Homesteader by Kelly Coyne & Eric Knutzen.

what i'm craving... peace and quiet. cooler temperatures so I can actually enjoy being outside. a hammock, lazily swaying in a cool breeze, where I can read and nap without a care all day long.

what i'm watching... I've been a little tv obsessed lately, which is abnormal for me. It's just been so easy to stare at the tv, only half watching, and day dream. I've been catching up on all my DVRed shows... So You Think You Can Dance, Big Brother, Criminal Minds, True Blood, Real Time with Bill Maher, Project Runway, House Hunters International, and Design Star.... out of control, huh?

what i'm dreaming about... jeans and sweatshirt weather, an ice cold Tecate with a lime slice, & being on a boat.

what i'm looking forward to... It's birthday month!! On August 11th, I will turn 29. I'm looking forward to seeing what my last year in my twenties has in store for me!


confession (day 71)

Acknowledging your flaws is a good thing right?

Because I realized last night (while in the middle of a panic attack/nervous breakdown) that I am 1. completely obsessed with my grades and 2. slightly over-dramatic when it comes to the world ending because of my grades.

Maybe this is because I'm a Leo (yes, there are a lot of things I blame on when I was born, I can't help things out of my control :) )... I like to be good at things. Typically, I was always good at whatever job I was doing. Now that I do a job a 5 year old could do, I like to be good at school. I go to great extremes to be good at school and spend more hours every week working on schoolwork than I spend doing anything else.

As for the slight issue of being dramatic... I try not to be dramatic in day to day life. But when something happens that I feel like I can't control, I panic and think it might just be the end of the world. 

And last night, the world almost ended.

Both of my classes this summer are online, so I was on the college website taking my history practice exam (4 times... just to be certain)  when I decided to check on my grades. I looked at history first... my average is a B. My heart raced a little. So I spent a few minutes doing math (which I despise) trying to figure out what grade I needed to get on my last test and my final in order to get an A. 

Then I checked English... My average is a 92.1 % and I still have to hand in 2 more essays, both which I feel I did a pretty good job on. But as I was scrolling through, I noticed there wasn't a grade next to my 2nd essay. So I checked the submission page for it, no submission. I checked the overall grade average for the class... nothing next to my essay 2. Panic had officially sunk in.

But I worked soooo hard on that essay!!!

Is there a computer glitch and it's just not showing my grade? 

Is it possible I forgot to submit it?

If so, how will that affect my grade?!

I frantically wrote my professor, who happens to be younger than me and a real stickler for deadlines, asking if he could check on my grade for me. But he's in the process of moving and hasn't gotten back to me yet.

I tried drinking a beer. I called my mom while drinking a beer and she told me to stop being so dramatic and not worry until I heard back from him. I talked to Miranda while I drank another beer, who told me to take deep breaths and see what he says. 

I feel slightly better, but there is still that tight feeling in my chest that will either go away or extremely intensify when I get his email.

I actually feel a little better admitting that I'm kind of a freak about it...

Hi, My name is sara and I'm obsessed and over-dramatic when it comes to my grades.

I wonder if there's a support group for this? :)

Thanks for listening to me rant and panic... hope you're all having a wonderful wednesday!

Day 71 - A picture of your favorite piece of jewelry

 I got this matching necklace and earrings set from my mom for my birthday last year :)