Fresh Start.


I have goals. I have lots of goals floating in my head, one of them is to write more and I have come to the conclusion that I need a space in my environment to make that happen or it just doesn’t. Does it make any sense to you that once my desk top computer got messed with and files arranged in an order that I am unfamiliar with that I have just stopped sitting and typing stories and thoughts? I switched to a laptop a while ago and now that I can write anywhere I don’t. I’m sure there is a theory for that, but I’m going to settle on that my personality needs a place, and it can’t be propped up in bed, or at my studio. Those places already have purposes.

So, last night I rearranged my bedroom and now I have a place. This place is simple and the chair is a vanity stool so that I don’t get to comfy.  My goal is to set a timer and then write again. I have no doubt that most of what I will write will be something most of you will not read, no matter. I just feel compelled to write and the ease of the venue here on WordPress makes me just think this is where I will join my thoughts and key strokes.

Rachel Hollis’s new book “Girl Go Wash your Face” is tucked in my brain space now. In it she writes.. “Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.”

Here’s to a fresh start friends!





a happy monday to ya


The snow is gently falling outside the studio window downtown Albert Lea and it’s a magical Monday morning. The coffee is hot and the new Christmas album by the The Piano Guys is playing softly from the sound bar. I am surrounded by literally hundreds of twinkle lights as I sit here and click away at the keys. If you would have told me even 2 years ago that I would be in this spot I wouldn’t have believed you for one second. God somehow takes my shortcomings and turns them into something indescribably awesome. Like that chicken. It’s my most favorite thing I have created that is still waiting for it’s forever home. I actually have no idea where it came from, yes, I did it.. but in making it was blown away at what actually appeared when I stepped back. I guess there is something to that old  adage, just start, the rest will work itself out.


I have been praying and praying about a group that meets here at the studio that shares in journaling. In my mind, we meet together perhaps once a week or once a month and we’d sip hot coffee or tea and really talk about our lives while meditating on the Word of God. God placed a gal and her amazing husband on my front door a week our two ago and He firmly and gently told me to tell her my dream and come to find out that she leads a bible journaling group in a neighboring town. I can’t tell you how my soul leaped upon hearing this. Her and I are just trying to understand exactly what God would have us do in this space that He is seemingly creating for us together, so stay tuned for that. I can’t help but think there are more folks out there that have heard of this way of studying the Bible and want to join in on the experience, so please be in prayer that when we start to offer this here at the studio that we do it when God wants and that He will bless our time together. I’m confident in only this.. that God is moving.. so we will join Him in whatever way that looks like.


Which leads me to this.. the Lead surprised me for my birthday by getting me tickets to the last and final round in the All the Feels Tour by my favorite band, Need to Breathe. The previous two rounds were loud and dancey and perfect in their own way.  In this third round the band was totally acoustic and everything was magical. God even stopped someone from asking to book the studio so the night would be free! (thats unheard of in December!) I tell people all the time that Need to Breathe is the band they have heard the music of but may have not known the band. Often I get frustrated because soooo many people haven’t heard of them that I run into.. so I murder the song “Multiply” in my own voice to help them realize they have heard of them.. and the lightbulbs usually go off, but only by the grace of God cuz I do in fact murder the song signing it… Anyways.. I thought maybe someday in heaven when my path crosses with Bo, Bear, Seth, or Josh I will tell them that their music and lyrics cut me to the core often. They inspire me to be a better follower of Christ and share the gifts He has given to me to the world. In reality, I’d like to sit and have coffee with their parents and tell them I’m glad they took the time to encourage their boys in the arts… I am way blessed daily because of their years of hard work.

Speaking of work, I’d better stop rambling and get ta getting. I have a pig to create today, and a lovely group of ladies coming in tonight that I’m already giddy about! Happy Monday friends!