• Graphics, Cupcakes and Compassion Reminders

    Empowered card design by L.A. Kmen

    Create… Today was another computer day, working with already-finished art to create some new digital projects. Feeling accomplished and looking forward to returning to actual paint and brushes in a couple of days. Nourish… Well, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but sometimes you just have to bake. This was my second go-round […]

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  • Journals, Toast and Being Vulnerable

    Ocean September 27

    Create… There was a lot of computer work this weekend – still creative work, but not all that exciting for visuals, so Saturday and Sunday are rolled into one post. My newest project is a series of Art Prayer Journals. Some will be scripture-based and some will use other forms of inspiration. I’m working on […]

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  • The Free Simply You Journal is Ready for YOU!

    Simply You Journal

    “Simply You” is a free, downloadable journal full of seven days of inspirational quotes, art, writing pages and scripture. Ashleigh Maynor and I were paired through a national blogging project to create something collaborative online. Ashleigh posts amazing scripture-based inspiration on instagram at @intentional_u and her website will be up and running soon, as well. […]

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  • Simply You, A Collaborative Journal Project

    Simply You

    Well… it’s been quite a summer. Definitely unique, and some weeks it’s meant real digging for me to get through my own muck to an attitude of gratitude, but one of the highlights was being paired with social media writer Ashleigh Maynor of @intentional_u through the #coLab project online. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our brief time […]

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  • The Wilderness

    Feeling the need for some grounding this week… some stillness in the midst of wilderness. I hope it inspires others in need of some meditative time.

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  • Howl

    Howl by L.A. Kmen

    Around this time last year I was at a yoga class in San Diego. Life had hit a combination of speed bumps and what felt at the time like very giant potholes. The instructor/leader/peaceful beautiful person at the front of the room had us breathing. Basic. Lay on your mat and breathe. My favorite kind […]

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  • I needed a hike!


    “Now, the true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking.

    The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk.”

    Mark Twain, from A Tramp Abroad


    Sometimes I walk for exercise, sometimes to clear the cobwebs from my brain and sometimes it’s just awesome to be in great company.

    After a couple weeks of workdays that somehow mostly stretched from 7 am till bedtime, I really needed fresh air this morning. This is a group (Vegas Hikers) I’d been wanting to join on a hike for a while and a trail I hadn’t tried before, so it all came together. It’s our one cloudy day for the week, which was nice for the cool temps and now that I know where the trail is, I’ll go back in a few days to get some sunny pics.

    Here’s what Kraft Mountain Loop looked like today…

    Kraft Loop 1 Kraft Loop 4

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