4 Habits That Are Dragging You Down (And how to turn them into SUCCESS)

It was once said that it took 21 days to form a habit. Soon, that was lifted to 30 days and just recently it was discovered that it actually takes approximately 60 days to form a habit! There are a lot of habits that are easy to form and then stick with us for a very long time. Unfortunately, the easiest ones to form, also seem to be the not-so-good ones; you know, like not getting enough sleep (guilty here!). And… once these have become “normal”, they can be the most stubborn things to uproot.

Sixty days may seem like a long time (I mean, two months!), but in retrospect of an entire lifetime, it’s really quite small. In this post I’ll list 4 major (and very common!) habits that are very easily holding you back, and show you how to nix these habits so you can be well on your way to being the successful and creative person you were meant to be . Continue reading “4 Habits That Are Dragging You Down (And how to turn them into SUCCESS)”

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Top 10 Posts of 2017

Happy New Year, ya’ll! I’m super excited about 2018. I’m not much for ” new year resolutions” since I always fail them within three days. However this year, I’m doing something a little different. I’ve written down all my goals for 2018. Being able to look at the list as something to work towards rather than to change myself for is a much more inspiring focus! 🙂

2017 has been a great year over all. Yes, each year holds it’s own trials and troubles, but they dim when compared to all that we’ve learned, accomplished, and experienced. While I want to get on with the new year, I thought it’d be great to take a peak at the most loved blog posts of 2017. Which ones made it into the top 10? Check them out below!

Anabaptist Orchestra Camp

#1 | Anabaptist Orchestra Camp {Pictures}

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Elnora, Indiana for the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp (AOC). It was an incredibly inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing weekend both musically and spiritually. I came back a changed person. It was a blessing to see the passion and dedication in each person there at camp. Each person put forth their best for the benefit of others and the glory of God… Read Post

The Day I Finally Gave Up

#2 | The Day I Finally Gave Up

I had hit the bottom. Literally. For weeks, I’d been struggling, trying to balance a myriad of responsibilities, financial problems, and a ton of various pressures (both perceived and real). Most of the time, I was able to keep up-beat. But every once in a while, exhaustion over-whelmed me, and I would spiral downward into a pit of despair… Read More

My Testimony - The Fully Version

#3 | My Testimony – The Full Version

I may be only sixteen, but God has worked so much in my life. I have seen his power and felt his love in a true and personal way and I want to share that story with you. I’m not sure how to describe it all, but I’ll do my best. I’m sharing this, because I hope to shed some light into someone else’s life. I don’t have a really amazing or especially spectacular story like some, but it is still beautiful. Because every life that has been touched by the Master’s hand is beautiful… Read Post

 

Self Portrait: The Younger Me

#4 | Self Portrait: The Younger Me

Finally, I got around to doing a portrait of a little (ahem), I mean small girl. Or, more precisely, me when I was about five. I didn’t count the hours, but it probably took the longest of any picture I’ve drawn. I had great fun applying some new techniques to the hair, that I had learned through observation… Read Post

Rebekah Graphite Portrait

#5 | Rebekah – Graphite Portrait

For the fun of it, I’ve added the original picture after the drawing. Can you recognize her? And for all of you who are wondering who she is and if I know her, I don’t. It’s  a picture I found on a photo website. Her smile is just so sweet, I had to draw it!! 😉 I named her Rebecca and already feel that I know her! For all of you who wonder how many hairs are on a person’s head, believe me, it’s thousands. Quite literally! 🙂 Doing this picture gave me a glimpse into that fact as I had to apply hundreds of strokes. Quite fun actually… Read Post

The Influence of Mothers

#6 | The Influence of a Mother

Sunday was Mother’s Day. Perhaps you may think this post is late, but it’s really not. Because, hopefully Mother’s Day prepared you for this post. All across America, and probably other countries too, people were celebrating the gift of motherhood. At the same time, others are sitting back wishing they had a mom to celebrate with. I feel for you. But I have a little challenge for you. Celebrate her, even though she isn’t with you. The fact alone that she brought you to this world has had the deepest impact on your life… Read Post

The Long Hair Family

#7 | Finds From the Old Notebook: The Long Hair Family

The story of a really good family written by a six year old. 🙂 I’m going to warn you right off that this story will bore your socks off. So if you don’t have too much patience, then this one isn’t for you. It quite accurately shows though, what type of writer I was when I was  six and seven. Actually, it’s slightly embarrassing. 😉 But back then, I thought I was the best writer ever and wrote simply the best stories(!)… Read Post

Art attempts From Before I Became an Artist2

#8 | The Dustbin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist

Every artist has a story of how they got where they are. Some are natural prodigies who paint beautiful pictures from age eight. For many of us though, our pasts are marked with more failures than successes. I was convinced that I would never become an artist. I wanted to, but I didn’t “have what it takes” or so I thought. And indeed, I am certainly no prodigy! I thought it would be fun to share with ya’ll where I come from. Starting when I was about six, I’ll lead you through the years right up to the present. 🙂… Read Post

God's Hurting Child

#9 | New Song: God’s Hurting Child

We have heard of God as a Father and we as his children (the “sons of God”). How often do we think of it in that way in our hearts? Many know a Father as someone who doesn’t particularly care about them and perhaps is even angry and abusive. They don’t know what the real love of a dad can look like. When it comes to God, they don’t understand how he could be so good and be like a father… Read Post

Unashamed to Speak

#10 | Unashamed to Speak

I’m going to be bluntly honest: being a blogger can be difficult at times. There’s the temptation to ignore things God has laid on my heart to share that I know might not go over well with some people. I might get better stats on my blog if I do things my own way and avoid certain subjects. But really, what is the purpose of this blog? To give you all the same things that you’ve already heard a million times?… Read Post

 

There you have it folks! I hope ya’ll have an amazing year!

Best wishes,

Melody

A Peek into My Life…

While today was supposed to be scheduled for another How to Draw episode, I thought it would be fun to interrupt with a sneak peak into what life looks like through my eyes and a “Quote of the Day”!

In addition to being a blogger, artist, singer/songwriter/composer/pianist, and the occasional dabbling with photography, I’m also a farm girl. Yes, I was born and raised on an organic pastured chicken farm. Quite the adventure! Like yesterday morning when I was milking the family cow, and she knocked the milker over and milk started spewing everywhere! 😛 Which brings us to the profound “Quote of the Day” that came to me after this particular incidence. 🙂

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I’ve selected 10 semi random photos to share with ya’ll. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?! Continue reading “A Peek into My Life…”

4 Tips for Creative Art Journaling

Art journaling can be so much fun; a creative outlet of expression of the heart. It can be a completely personal and private thing, or something to share and shed light into someone else’s life; the perfect thing to do on a cozy winter evening, curled up in your favorite spot with a cup of hot tea.

Perhaps the best thing about art journaling is that it never has to look perfect. It can be something that is scrawled in five minutes or precisely drawn in 2+ hours. Whichever way, it’s fun.

Since you’re reading this, you probably wish to start art journaling or give an existing one a bit of a face-lift. I would love to share some simple tips that will help you to create something both beautiful and meaningful, to stay focused and inspired, and to find time to do it. Continue reading “4 Tips for Creative Art Journaling”

How to Draw: Ears

Ears… they aren’t just blobs on the side of everyone’s head and neither are they just C-shaped attachments. They are something that is different on each person. They have a lot of character, though not nearly as much as other portions of the face. As I said in the last post of the series (you can find it here), this is going to be the easiest to draw of anything that the human face comprises.

If you are new to this series welcome! You can find the rest of the episodes on this page. I’m covering how to draw all the subjects of the human face so that you can enjoy drawing portraits with confidence and ease. These skills and techniques are also very important for landscape pictures that may have people in them. And the first two episodes are actually the very base foundation which all of the pencil drawing world rests upon – whether you’re drawing portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, or anything! Continue reading “How to Draw: Ears”

This Little Life of Mine

This Little Life

This little life,

I live on this earth below,

So often torn and filled with strife.

The rugged cross once stood so tall,

It carried the burden of the world,

For Jesus was dying, dying for all.

Oh such pain he had to bear!

Alone with two thieves,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

And then triumphantly he rose. Continue reading “This Little Life of Mine”

How to Draw: Eyes

“Eyes are the window to the soul.”  I’ve always heard that quote, but it wasn’t till recently that I realized just how true it is. We can hide anything by acting, dressing, or talking differently yet our eyes will tell the truth. Eyes are the most fun and beautiful thing to draw of a human face. They’re not really all that complicated, yet they add such depth and meaning to the portrait. Eyes communicate so much! This is not to scare you out of drawing eyes because you think you’ll flub it up. You are a human, and naturally carry the intuition necessary to subconsciously pick up on the little things that make the eyes their own personality and draw it. As you continue to grow in your drawing, the “drawing it” part will become easier. Continue reading “How to Draw: Eyes”

How to Draw: Sketching and Shading

In the first episode of this How to Draw Series, we learned what tools we need to draw with. Now I’m going to share my top secrets to sketching and shading. Secrets?? Oh yeah, there’s lots of secrets! Ones that I wish I’d known a long time ago, and I’m going to reveal them to you so that drawing no longer has to be such a mystery.

The next best thing to having the things to draw with, is knowing how to use them in a way that really puts a picture together (pun intended).

Using a Grid:

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How to Draw: The Drawing Tools

This is the first post of a series about how to draw. In the series, we will be covering anything from noses to ears to hair. By the time we get through them all, I am confident that you will be quite prepared to draw a beautiful face! But first things first, we’ve got to start with some tools in hand. A portrait can be drawn with just a regular pencil/eraser/paper, but the results will not be half as pleasing. I see most of the following items as the artist’s most essential items.

The great thing about graphite (pencil) drawing, is that the prices are way lower than painting. Good news for the beginner!

The very most important thing in an aspiring artist, is not the tools, but passion. A love for drawing, not particularly a very developed love yet, but one that doesn’t give up easily. Continue reading “How to Draw: The Drawing Tools”

The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist

Every artist has a story of how they got where they are. Some are natural prodigies who paint beautiful pictures from age eight. For many of us though, our pasts are marked with more failures than successes. I was convinced that I would never become an artist. I wanted to, but I didn’t “have what it takes” or so I thought. And indeed, I am certainly no prodigy!

I thought it would be fun to share with ya’ll where I come from. Starting when I was about six, I’ll lead you through the years right up to the present. 🙂 Continue reading “The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist”