|Blarney Tower from the Castle above|
One of the things I was hoping to get on our big adventure was a perspective adjustment. Traveling can encourage that. This journey helped me to step back, live in the present moment as the unknown unfolds, and be open to a new view.
|Sean O'Brien took this photo of me at Blarney Castle|
|Carrying my luggage at one of many train stations we visited|
Now is the time to re-enter our familiar life. We've "hit the ground running" so to speak. It wasn't a surprise. Schedules were filled before we left with: a family reunion, wedding, Art meeting for upcoming show, babysitting my grandson etc. Even so, I don't want to neglect the reflection of, "What am I taking away, or rather, bringing home, from this trip?"
|Sean, Merri and I at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin|
|Keith and I still in love after 35 years of marriage - BLESSED|
|Sean, Merri, Keith photo bombing my photo of the entry into Trinity College in Dublin|
|our room key on the island of Iona - the number 4 is Dalet in Hebrew which means "Door"|
The Oregon Open Studios, Washington County Artists on October 18-19th from 11 am - 5 pm, seemed like the perfect opportunity to invite you to participate in the "Door of Gratitude" and discover a key of your own. In addition, there will still be prints, cards, and artwork available for purchase, and of course the famous cookies some are counting on, but now you get to participate even more! I am excited and hope to connect with you!
Here's a link to the Open Studio blog site that has an article telling some of what you can expect when visiting my studio. http://artiststudiotoursofwashingtoncounty.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-chat-with-valerie-sjodin-mixed-media.html
|Photo by Heidi Helser Photography©|
To read about our Daughter and Son-in-Love's travels visit: http://atravelingtwo.blogspot.com/
Coming up next: a journey through some of the highlights of our journey through art journaling