Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Rebranding




I have not blogged here in about four months. In February, it was just Holiday burn out. Then March came and I started thinking about my blog until April happened. April was one of those months that plow right through. June passed right on by and now it's July. 

However, during all that time off I have been thinking. I read several articles online about our social media impact. About what we post online and the affects it has. Those articles really has me thinking. I might not care today what I post but in tens years, things might change. I don't want too much of myself to be online yet I don't want to give up blogging. So where is the balance? Where do I know to draw the line? More importantly, then what do I blog about? I thought over these questions during my unexpected time off.

To me, a blog is very public, anyone can stumble upon and read. It's a great resource, if use correctly. Blogging can build relationships, give great help articles and be an outsource. However, I've seen one to many blog fall into the negative. I've see them share WAY to many details about their home life and I can see it tare away their personal relationships. I can see the great holes where a nasty person can weasel themselves in. Blogging that way doesn't look good and what's worse, blogging that way is not hard. In fact there is many pins on pinterest to help you follow that way.

I will not be one. I will not let my blog be a place to whine, complain or be negative.  Sure, it's life and it's hard. But that doesn't mean you should write, or spit, out as the tough times rolls. Blog afterwards, when you can turn negative into positive.

With that written, I will be withdrawing all my post written about my life. The people in my life deserve privately, even if they said okay. I don't need to tell their story, it is their and theirs alone. Another thing, I would never want something I wrote to bite me later, even if it seems harmless. The internet is an unforgiving place. Even small mundane stories or photos can be turned and twisted, I have been there and seen it.

That doesn't mean I can't have a blog. Nor doesn't mean goodbye. Just that I will no longer blogging here on this blog anymore. I will be moving to tumblr. Follow me there: http://codydollartist.tumblr.com/
 Also my blogging style will change. I will posting my creative ventures, my art, journals and planners. That is a big hobby of mine and I would love to share that with you all. So make sure to follow my new blog. 

Thank you everyone for following me. I hope you understand. If you don't that's alright. I hold nothing against anyone.


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Take Me Deeper Study // Week Two


Thanks to one of my favorite blogger, Mary Brack, I found Take Me Deeper Study. This isn't really an art group but a weekly devotional that gives you ideas (prompts) to help build your relationship with God through the year. Most of us have decided to respond through art, but it's not required.

The study has a monthly theme that the devotions center around. January's month is all about Transforming. Week One's devotion was about Transforming Willingly. Week Two's devotion was about Transforming Vulnerably. Below is my art take on the devotion and a bit about my creation.

I was reading the study last week, I realized how related the two devotions are (and probably all will be). I decided that since we were still taking about Transforming from the inside that I would continue with the heart from last week. From there I thought about what God was speaking to me.
"Sometimes we have to move past Barriers to open up to God + others" 

Although the study was about being vulnerable, I heard God whispering about barriers and how those barriers can block us or hurt us. That is why I painted a rose bush. Our barriers sometimes hurt us, and others, more then protect. If we learn what the barriers are then we can remove them. Once the barriers are removed, then can we open our vulnerable hearts up to God and to others (like I did last week).  
So far I have been really enjoying this study and creating art for God. It's not the most complicated art but it works it's purpose. I hope that you were able to get something out of my blog or if not at least enjoyed the art. 

Are you creating for God? Are you creating art at all? Share you thoughts or links below!


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Take Me Deeper Study // Week One

Thanks to one of my favorite blogger, Mary Brack, I found Take Me Deeper Study. This isn't really an art group but a weekly devotional that gives you ideas (prompts) to help build your relationship with God through the year. Most of us have decided to respond through art, but it's not required.

Just like my journey with Documented Life, this group also has a monthly theme that the devotions center around. January's month is all about Transforming. Week One's devotion was about Transforming Willingly. Below is my art take on the devotion and a bit about my creation.
 I struggled with this for a week. I couldn't understand why I had a hard time. Usually I can think of something to do for anything. I read the devotion multiple times, still I struggled. So I reached out to the group, through the forums, and asked for some help. It wasn't til another lady asked a few questions that I realized what my problem was, and it wasn't fear of the blank page...

 No my problem was that I having a heart problem with this devotion. It was totally me. I was having a hard time not with the devotion but what God was speaking to me. He was saying that it's all about giving away, to let go, to loose control. Ouch. That wasn't what I was expecting from Him. So I painted it out.
"Sometimes, we forget our hearts aren't perfect so why wouldn't we hand them [to a] God who is?"
This is what God was speaking to me. God doesn't break our hearts, we do. We place dreams, goals, ideas above Him and think all we want will happen but if it's not in His plan, all will fail. God NEVER fails us. Why do we forget that?

This devotion taught me alot about myself, our hearts as humans, and our wonderful God. I can't wait to share with you guys week two. If you are interested, please join in! It's never to late to start with God, or art. haha.

I hope that you were able to gain something or that you least enjoyed my art.



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