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I’m wanting to find a balance so that I can be present to my family while also developing myself creatively. Finding this balance has it’s challenges. I’d like to be open-minded and willing to try something different; it might refresh my vision and keep my creative juices flowing. Tonight I decided to experiment by drawing a mandala instead of writing and writing and editing and writing and editing and writing and editing and writing ad nauseum. I used to draw mandalas more frequently back in the carefree days before the young ‘uns came along; as I found a rhythm with my pens, I remembered how nice it feels to doodle. I remembered that there are so many ways to be creative, to let the energy of inspiration flow through me. I remembered to breathe as I drew, and putting color upon the page of my journal became a meditation.

Mandala drawing by Lorine Nemec

So here’s the mandala I made.


It’s my sincerest wish that every being on this planet finds something every day that brings them joy. May we all remember our gifts, and share those gifts with the world. And may we all support each other in this process! Sometimes it is so hard to believe in oneself, to have the courage to change and grow. Let us hold each other up, may we share from our hearts, may we help with the intention to inspire, that we all may realize who we really are.