Ustream Rebroadcast: Audio Book Excerpt and Journal Page

December 13, 2015
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This is a very different Ustream Rebroadcast! You'll be listening to an excerpt from NORMAL Doesn't Live Here Anymore which is a book that I wrote and later recorded as an audio book. It's the story of being an unexpected family caregiver for my elderly parents, how I moved from shock and fear into acceptance and eventually to healing and joy. If you begin listening and you find it difficult for some reason, PLEASE stop the video. In no way do I wish to trigger emotionally charged responses. This is my story and how I navigated a challenging time.

As the excerpt is playing, I'll be creating an Art Journal page based upon what I'm feeling as I hear my words. When I was an active caregiver I used this technique at times to diffuse my overwhelming emotions. I'd never heard of Art Journaling! I just needed a way to release my feelings, so I bought the biggest blank book I could find and some colorful art supplies and I began moving my hand. Years later I discovered that what I was doing had a name – Art Journaling.

My early pages are not pretty. Sometimes my supplies didn't work at all when I put things together that didn't like each other. 😉 The act of putting my feelings on the paper always worked. Sometimes I used words. Sometimes I just used color. (see pages from my journals below)

If you'd like more information about NORMAL Doesn't Live Here Anymore, you can find it here.

Also, check out The Journey Within 2016 – A Year of Handmade Art Journals where I'll be teaching along with many other artists during 2016. We'd love to have you join us. There is even a special Bring a Friend option! Great opportunity.

See you next time.

Remember to Get Creative today! It's Easy!


PS – Be SURE to check back here next weekend when I'll be giving away one membership for The Journey Within 2016!

Journal Pages 














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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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