For this year's creative Easter project, I wanted to write a poem. I haven't been writing a lot lately but felt compelled to describe Christ's love. Happy Easter and rejoice in our living Savior.
I was sitting in church this past Sunday and enjoying the sermon about living our life in love. Many ideas for art emerged as well as one relating to this post. Jesus's sacrifice for us was described as a pleasing aroma to God and this had me thinking about the magnitude of love and living love out. I think God can not only see and feel love but he can smell the scent of love. Think on this, if love was a scent, what would it smell like? My 4 year old daughter once told me a white rose smelled like laughter. It would be interesting to hear her thoughts on this as well as yours. Share your comments below.
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"Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God." -Ephesians 5:2 NLT
I decided to play with watercolor painting with the wet on wet technique for this year's Easter Project. What fun it was to create this monochromatic piece and to see the watercolor transform. Happy Easter! Get the free prints at my shop if you plan on doing some shopping or for a quick download click the file below. Print it as many times as you like, but you cannot resell, redistribute or profit in any way from this design. If you would like to share this with your online viewers, friends and family, please direct them to this post and encourage them to download the card directly from my website.
"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness." -John 12:46 NKJV
For those not familiar with the rich history of Cambodia's greatest traditional festival and national holiday, here's a bit of information about Cambodian New Year which is celebrated at the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor which falls on April 13th or 14th. It can be a 3 day or week long celebration and everyone wishes each other and their families peace, happiness and success. I remembering growing up and celebrating Cambodian New Year in San Diego, where everyone in the Cambodian community would get together at local parks and enjoy drinks, food, games and bbq. The celebration was open to everyone of any background and to this day and in certain areas in the United States it is still celebrated. Wishing all of my Khmer peeps and those that celebrate this New Year, a year filled with bountiful harvest, prosperity, good health and great happiness.
Hey lovely folks! It has been a busy new year and my family and I are finally settling into a new place to call home. Downside, unpacking. Upside, we have a nice home with plenty of backyard space for my kids to be kids. Hubby and I are taking on another home flip project so I am excited. While getting over colds and figuring out how to get back into the flow of homeschooling (as I catch myself sometimes questioning if I am making the right decision but having such a fun time with my kids, getting to spend a lot of time with them and truly getting to know them), I still manage to carve out a little time for art. I'm hoping to really add more educational art products for my Teachers Pay Teachers shop and find myself really enjoying coming up with art resources that will encourage creativity and nurture a love for art. This year I hope to focus more on educational products and projects, while planning on launching my personal shop sometime this year. Stay tune. During this time of transitioning, I've learned that fears are not that scary (stay tune for a print of this). And in God's grace of carrying me through these changes and challenges, He has shown me that life is far from perfect but rather, life is a messy gift.
Hey there! It's been awhile since I have written anything in my visual journal (read about it here) and felt it was important for me to express my thoughts in words. If you're like me, setting goals is exciting. It's part of my personality to keep busy, to feel productive and sometimes I jam pack my days with busyness that I find myself overlooking the fun part about creating and that is the process. I realized that it was imposstible to give 100% to anything if there were so many things to do or goals to be met. Goals are important but learning to set one goal at a time will be my new goal (hah! the irony). I had this exciting goal a few months ago to announce and launch my new personal shop that will be directly on my website. It would be a shop filled with some of my favorite creative projects (digital downloads of cards, clip art, printables and photography). It was quite an ambitious goal considering the fact that this season of moving and renovating was a lot of work. In order to keep myself sane, especially during the last 3 months, I started working on my website's shop; determined to reach my goal but really stressing out about the business aspect of it which is quite intimidating. I pushed through and was determined to have my shop and products listed after Thanksgiving.
Then life happened in unexpected moments, the waves of grief about the recent lost of a close friend to cancer, my house being sold quickly and moving by the end of this month, packing and accepting the reality of moving, being diagnose with carpal tunnel (which really encouraged me to eat cleaner and to slow down!), all the while trying to make sure my little ones had some form of homeschooling was a lot to handle at times. I wrestled with being distance from God and feeling overwhelmed as slowing down and being patient with myself are some of my biggest challenges. I struggled with sadness as I knew I couldn't spend as much time creating because resting my hand was a priority. I struggled with anger, anxiety and fears that are rooted in a hard childhood and I faced unexpressed feelings of grief, anger and pain, and felt feelings of uncertainty because , heck, moving away from the only place I have known for 35 years of my life is SCARY.
There were times I wanted to just crawl in a hole and not get out. But God had other plans, packing needed to be done, kids needed to be tended to, my hand and my heart needed time to heal, and my time needed to be given to friendships and family that I would miss tremenduously. During these challenging moments and with Christmas right around the corner, my negative perspective started to shift to feelings of hope, excitement, and gratefulness because I can be assured that no matter what I am facing, I have the love of my Savior, Jesus Christ, who has always and will always continue to sustain me. I am deepely grateful that He is relentlessly patient and gentle since learning to trust Him is difficult for me, and even if my trusting Him is filled with questions and fears, if I follow Him then I guess that is good enough. In this journey of dealing with my illness, I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn to slow down as well as to still be able to create something. I'm learning that although I cannot create art or work on my computer as much as I hope to, there will always be room for creating and healing will happen one day. Although, I didn't reach my goal in launching my shop this month, I can at least share ideas and freebies for now. Although my time in creating seems limited, I feel that I'm more focus on what I would like to accomplish and I'm realizing what is most important to me; so in a way, being limited is giving me more freedom to focus on what matters the most in my life. I ask myself, if I was never able to create again, what then? Who I am is deeply rooted in being creative, so what then? I'm learning that my identity is not in me being an artist, but in me being love by Jesus, and knowing what is most important than anything I can create is my faith, my family, my friends and my health.
Therefore, I wish everyone of you a Christmas focus on love and healthy relationships, especially one with Jesus! I wish you a Christmas filled with the realization that the birth of Jesus propelled us to a gracious love nothing in this world could ever truly fulfill. ~Love Saroum
“All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ."
Her curiosity makes me curious, her smile makes me smile, her laugh is infectious. She has my heart. My sweet girl (as well as my precious son) are constant reminders to me to slow down, pay attention and live life right now. I've grown to appreciate more of life's sorrows and blessings from being a mom. I appreciate my craft more and work on a heart full of gratitude. In the midst of the chaos in raising little ones, ironically, life has become more simple through the meaningful days of chores, play and work. May all of you find your simplicity and are inspire to create.
It was a challenging week and I wanted to share something encouraging and thought the quote below said it as short as I could express since my words tend to be long. We are not immune to pain in life: tragedies and death are part of our existence. Sometimes we encounter these experiences with anxiety, fears or hope. I'm learning to encounter these experiences with authenticity; to feel them, to experience them, to walk through them with an understanding that I have been given one life and that I have the power to choose. I've been given a life to live, a life to move forward, a life to inspire and to be inspired. Therefore, whatever you are experiencing as you are reading this, I pray that you'll have the courage to make today the day that you live, and remember that your definition of living will be different from mine. Today for me, living is spending time with my kids but also finding a moment to have time away from them, finally pulling out the carpet of my bedroom (yuck), being better at self-care (hooray), drinking spearmint tea with honey as I write this post...and so on. May you live your life with simplicity and hope. Forward love.
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." -Joseph Campbell
Titled: "In the Midst," 2015. Pencil and Color Pencil on Paper
(from my sketchbook)
Visual images are just as powerful as words when confronted with overwhelming emotions. It has been over four months since my last visual journal entry and I wasn't sure where to begin. I decided to write and share. The piece below is a private piece I did in the midst of grief where tears overshadowed words. May it be encouraging to you as much as it was healing for me while creating it.
When there are no words to describe the pain, let art guide you through the journey and healing, and in the process may you create beautiful art out of the ashes.
In case you are wondering, my name is pronounced sa-rome and welcome to my visual thread of art and photography. I'm excited that you've dropped by! My days consist of the lovely chaos of caring for two little ones (if you have any running around at home, visit my learning corner for art resources. Read more about me here. Happy Sweet Inspirations!
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