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I'm in Berlin for the weekend! I will return soon with lots of pictures and some lovely stories. Bis bald! (See you soon!)

Beautiful Radiant Workshop



It's that time again, lovelies: my Beautiful Radiant workshop is now open for its second round of registration! I created this course for 21 Secrets in 2011; over 200 students have taken part in it, and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive:
"Ingrid is an amazing guide throughout the videos of Beautiful Radiant. She bubbles over with kind and beautiful words of encouragement.  Ingrid and [this course] sparked a desire for art journaling deep within me that I almost forgot that I had. Thank you!" - Erica
"I am in awe of the soul searching and such meaningful art that has come from this workshop. Ingrid, I have really enjoyed doing the class – thank you so much for putting your heart and soul into it and for guiding me in this most thought provoking way of expressing myself." - Christine
What is this workshop about, my love?
I will guide you through building an art journal page using mandalas, dreamboards, symbolism, and more as we work through deep questions of your self and soul. You will grow in self understanding and widen your art journaling technique repertoire, and these will transform into art journaling page brimming over with what is the essence of you.

This ecourse is taught by video on a private blog, supplemented with a closed community forum and a downloadable PDF.

Why you should join:
  • Gain many new techniques to use in art journaling, all elements of which can be used separately or as building blocks for countless varieties of pages
  • Have access to a private forum in which you can chat, meet other students, share your work, give and receive feedback, and more – all of which will be available to you long after the workshop closes
  • Download, print, and keep a full color PDF of all the techniques and writing and art prompts shared in this course
  • Access 6 private videos of step-by-step instruction
  • All of the course's material is posted up front, allowing flexibility to work around any schedule and the ability to work at one's own pace
  • The website has just been completely redesigned for ease of use and inspiring aesthetics
  • It's just five bucks! (Yes – you read that right!)
Are you ready to join? Sign up below now, and I'll add you to the roster. (Please note that a valid email address is required in order to send you an invite. However, I promise – cross my heart! – to never, ever sell or share any of your private information for any reason whatsoever.) The workshop will open on August 1st and run for two weeks, closing on August 15th, 2012. Have questions? Write me here!

Email address (required)


I so look forward to creating and growing with you!
All my love,
Ingrid

Skyward

A few weeks ago, Connie lost a dear friend and asked us to look to the sky in his memory. Since then, the sunsets here southern Germany have been magnificent, and I think of her often. The photos above were taken within just minutes of each other, a beautiful yet strong reminder of how quickly time passes and things change.

This weekend I am looking up and sending heart wishes of comfort to the families of those who lost their lives in Colorado on Friday.

Polishing and Dusting

Oh, man.. You wouldn't think it, but HTML, coding, and blog design take a lot of time. In fact, I just pulled an all-nighter (and I have a meeting in just a few hours!) to give my blog some more room to breathe, and it still merely looks like I have rearranged a few things. Please don't tell my mother that I haven't slept. Or my boyfriend, for that matter.

It is when I become fully immersed in chasing a design dream, oddly, that I feel most connected to my blog. The restlessness I feel in my waking life, the longing for spontaneity and order and color and a whole simultaneous host of other things overflows into these pages, compelling me to bring about change in one of the least intimidating and complex parts of my life. And, to be perfectly honest, I have a love affair with the night; the stillness of the wee hours of the morning is magical and sacred, and watching the world awaken is breathtakingly beautiful.

Know, loves, that this latest blogging renovation is still in progress. There are links that do not work and I feel a tugging to bring more color to the header, among other things. We shall see. Regardless, there will be some changes in the next days; please have patience with me. 


For now, though, I suppose I should get some rest – as well as address the schoolwork that still remains undone. But let's keep the latter a secret, too, shall we?

The Other Side of the Fence

Last week, as I stood watching cows graze lazily in a pasture just behind my building, I longed to know what – if anything – they were thinking about.

Do animals have that beautiful ability to stay forever in the present, enjoying every single moment as it goes by: completely immersed in the taste of a particular leaf, the birds in the trees, the clouds floating by in a blue sky? Do they dream of things they miss or long for, like a chick, lamb, or calf who has now grown and found a new home? Do mama cows wait with anticipation for the evening's milking, when their swollen udders will find relief?

Sometimes I so long to be a bird, carefree, floating on the wind with sunbeams dancing on my back. I wish for simplicity. I wish to know that wherever I am, I am home. And I dream of what it would be like to exist within a quiet, still mind, in a constant state of meditation, never restless, my senses awakened and absorbing the movement and rich, earthy scent of every tree, root, raindrop, and beetle.

What a life that must be!

With Open Arms

Art journal page in progress.

It is part of being human to question our lives, evaluating how far we have come, what we have accomplished, and where it is we hope to go. It is part of the joy – and the struggle – of possessing the unique gift of awareness of our Selves. We analyze our past and dream of the future, looking for answers about our impact on this world: have we made a difference at all? Whose lives, for better or worse, have we touched? How have we grown, changed, failed, and succeeded in the time that we have spent on this earth thus far?

I realized recently that most of my life, instead of having been focused on dreams, higher education, friends, and my future, was occupied with questions of survival: "How can I survive this unhealthy environment? Will I ever find relief from these demons of self hatred and depression? Will I ever be able to live a normal life?" (Read my story here.)

Now, in my twenty fourth year, having at long last reached out for help and begun the long journey to healing, I know the answers to those questions: I have survived, courageously. I have learned to be gentle, loving, and patient with my Self. I am whole, and I am and will continue to walk a journey of healing. I am not defined by my past.

Knowing these truths, I at long last have the chance to explore the questions that had for so many years fallen to the wayside: what do I want to do? What can I give to the world? What are the things that I most want for myself? What big dreams do I have?

And frankly, my loves, I am at a loss.

But everything new and unknown is difficult. Knowing that the rewards of finding these answers will point the way to a full, happy life, I will continue to ask myself big questions, searching for answers that make my heart sing. And so I continue on this adventure deep within to (re)discover my passions, my joys, and my dreams.

Dear readers, do you struggle with knowing who you are? What are your biggest heart dreams? I would love to hear from you!

All my love,

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