(Some thoughts PLUS a beautiful frame project from Patrice….)
Planning is a funny thing. In someways it makes me feel safe… Nothing better than to cross off something on my list… But what about the things that never get crossed off? What about the dreams and plans that fall through… Plans that run away whenever you call out their names.. “My goodness I hadn’t planned on this happening today” is something we all says when running along the path of life.
When a phone call comes that changes your day. That changes your life. When that little one gets sick. You spend your day taking care of that little soul instead of going to work. Our job isn’t all we had thought it would be. When people disappoint you, or even worse betray you… Our plans are often set aside for another time.
What if we could picture our plans waiting for us to grow into them? What if we could discover that all along the way our path has changed and the dreams of yesterday no longer fit us?
What if we could actually see that our plans changing or our dreams not coming true are life’s journey and not a punishment. What if we could frame our plans in a way that would comfort us and bring us peace instead of a goal or a moment in time to be reached. I have been thinking so much about that lately. I have talked to so many brave girls who feel punished and forgotten along the way when dreams and plans don’t come true. I have thought so much about that in my own life… What do I do? I wait, I pray, I cry, I make bargains with my God… I feel lost and alone. I feel forgotten, I worry…
Slowly day by day, year by year, I have begun to see that my dreams and plans are a beautiful framework to the art of me being me.
My life is the actual art…. My dreams and plans are the frame work of my life. I am not my dreams, I am not my plans. I am ME. My heart and soul can actually jump out of the frame of my goals and dreams and no matter what they can continue to live. It is my choice… My dream today is to live today as if my dreams and plans are just framing my beautiful life. So, even if today is a day that not even one dream or plan comes true my life will still be a beautiful piece of art. Full of love and joy and hope and faith to keep making plans to live beautifully.
With all that said, I have such a fun project to share with you!
All you need to get started on your beautiful frame is basic paint supplies. An old frame and a doily or stencil. A stencil brush. Let’s get started.
Paint frame the color of your choice. Set aside and let dry. Next pick out a few accent paint colors. Lay your doily down onto your painted frame and stencil the doily pattern onto of your first coat of paint. Do this over and over using different colors until your achieve the look you are looking for. That’s it. Just make sure that you let each coat dry before going ahead with the next color. You can use anything you would like to achieve your pattern. Any stencil you love will work beautifully.
From my heart to yours,