Amazingly Awesome Days

I’ve been reading a book by Pam Grout in which she suggests starting every day with the thought that something amazingly awesome will happen today. What’s cool about this is that you begin to look for amazingly awesome moments in each day as a result. As the old saying goes, “Seek and ye shall find.”

I’ve been having so many amazingly awesome days ever since I started doing this.

Here’s a photo of one such moment: a kookaburra that “adopted” me while I was in Australia. It would land right beside where I was sitting and we would have a “chat”. If I moved to the back verandah, it would follow me there. If I went inside the house, it would hop along the railing so it could see through the open door and watch what I was doing. It would fly down and land beside me as I was hanging laundry.

Amazing…and awesome 🙂

What amazing and awesome things have happened to you recently?

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My new best friend! ~ Photo by Julie Wise

Today I Choose Joy Over Fear

I’m not American. I don’t live in the United States. I didn’t vote in the election. In fact, right now I’m on the other side of the globe.

However, I did hear the collective gasp that reverberated around the world following the election results. And I continue to hear fearful comments today.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to focus on joy and possibility. Find it within yourself, your day, your world. Cherish and appreciate the moments of joy and beauty. Share your joy through images and words so that others may feel uplifted and inspired.

We are all connected. Let’s choose to make the connection a joy-filled one. And, yes, it does make a difference.

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A joyous moment under blue skies


When you look at the photo, what do you see?

A page that is empty?

Or a page that is FULL … of endless possibilities?

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One hand, one pen, one imagination = endless possibilities!

Rekindling the Passion

This week, just for the fun of it, I started doodling again. Adding a little more detail every day.

No plan.

Just play.

Because it slows me down, opens up my mind, and sparks my creative thinking.

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Play in progress. ~escherly design


Sometimes when my thoughts become muddled, or my feet lose their way, relaxing into non-thinking is exactly what I need.

How do you keep your passion alive? What do you do to reignite the spark?

Leave a comment. I’d love to know!

Tuesday’s Joy

I find it’s the simple pleasures that bring me the greatest joy. Today, for example, it’s snowing and blowing outside. Quite pretty actually…if you don’t have to walk or drive in it.

So today’s joy is being inside, warm and cosy, looking out at the beauty of the falling snow.

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From the inside out

What brings you joy today?

Joy and Gratitude

I’m filled with joy and gratitude today. Someone wonderful wants my pencil case 🙂 As a designer, there’s nothing more exciting than finishing a creation and finding out that someone else loves it as much as you do!

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Colorable pencil case

Thank you!

Oh Christmas Tree!

Here’s another card design. I’m having a lot of fun creating them! Can you tell?

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Tree of Love ~ escherly 2015

By the way, I design under the name “escherly“. It’s a tribute to M.C. Escher, the Dutch graphic artist who has been an inspiration to me for years. If you’re not familiar with his work, do check out the link. It’s amazing.


Intuitive Design

Recently, a friend asked me to create a design intuitively, with her in mind.

This is the result.

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Land of the Rising Sun ~ jw designs

I thought of her, and let my intuition guide me. The design came together quickly, and has a different feel from my other designs. When I look at it, I feel joy, possibility and lightness.

What do you feel when you see it?

The Joy of Friendship

I’m so lucky. I have wonderful friends.

Last week, two of them brought me these flowers to celebrate my latest successes: the design and production of my new pencil case, and the launching of my shops on Etsy and on ArtofWhere.

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The Gift of Friendship

Friends who support and encourage your dreams and creativity are such a gift, aren’t they?

Who motivates you to keep dreaming and creating?