Beauty in Brokenness: Kintsugi and Coffee Cups

Hi! Thanks for dropping by. This video is a live stream I did on Instagram in which I talk about Kintsugi, the Japanese philospohy that treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise, and how it relates to my faith in God and my recovery from mental illness. Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments. Much love to you. Natalie x

#amjournaling: getting ready for Christmas

This time last year I was very ill with depression and anxiety and Christmas was awful. This year, I am much better mentally, however until recently I was dreading Christmas because of all the bad memories it was starting to bring back, but since doing @mindy_lacefield’s Goodie Gumdrops course, all that has changed. Creating fun pages in my journal in preparation for the season has helped me to relax about it and anticipate the good things about it. I’m not going to go into advent and Christmas thinking that I’m going to make this one the best one ever; I’m just going to go with the flow and be mindful. At the moment I have a gentle sense of hope that all will be well, whatever happens.

Crafting Out Loud: Art Journaling

I’ve been getting into art journaling lately. An art journal is a place to play and practice without the pressure of performance. Sometimes spreads end up looking great. Sometumes they don’t. I did this page with acrylics, which I’m very new to. Pretty happy with the way it turned out.

“Night has always pushed up day,” is a line from ‘After the Storm‘ by Mumford and Sons. It’s one of my favourite songs. It speaks to me of the realities of this life and the hope of what is to come.

#amplanning: motivation

Each month I decide on some goals – things I’d like to get done by the end of the month. Some are big goals and some are little goals. mental illness can make it hard to get motivated some times, but I try not to beat myself up about not doing everything. I try to remember that my bujo is there to serve my needs, not the other way around.