Monday, April 1, 2013

Sweet Jeanne and a GIVEAWAY!!

via Jeanne Oliver
I am possibly more excited about this post than I've been in a long time.  Jeanne Oliver, who so many of you already know and admire, is about to begin another creative course, here.  She is lovely, talented, and inspiring, and there is no doubt that everyone who participates will be blessed immensely.  She has a big heart and she is generously offering five of my beloved LMM readers a space in her upcoming class, "The Journey of Letting Go; Creating Beauty from Ashes."

I don't know about you, but letting go is always hard for me.  I hold on to everything, thinking I can fix it, or make it better, and so often letting it go is the answer.  So often, my letting go process painful, other times it's necessary, but there are times I can't look ahead and see what good can possibly come from laying something down and letting it go and it holds me back.  I've gotten better with age, and seeing that God always has a plan and if I yield things to Him with an open hand, rather than a tightly closed fist, it always works out in the end.  I'm all about imperfect progress in that area.  Jeanne plans to walk us through a creative course that promises to inspire us in letting go of burdens, past regrets, and other things that weigh us down.  Regardless of your perceived skill in the arts, this will be a class with step-by-step instruction and guidance that is sure to build your confidence. 
Via Jeanne Oliver
Below you will find a short video where Jeanne gives a wonderful description of the class.  It's only about three minutes long but I promise you will be nodding your head and wanting to hug her by the time she's done talking.  (Or maybe that's just me.  I'm kind of that way with everyone.)

She says, "This is a four week, online, art course. It is full of truths about the freedom of letting go.  Art will be our companion as we explore the beauty that comes into our lives when we lay down the things that have become so heavy." 
Her course begins on April 8th and is a four week course. 

The Journey of Letting Go Trailer from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.

Jeanne is one of my sweet sidebar blog sponsors and you can visit her site anytime by clicking this button (above) or over to your right.

To be entered to win one of the five spaces she is giving away here, please simply watch the video (if you are able) and leave a comment about the letting go process.  Maybe share something you have let go of, and how it bettered you.  Perhaps, something you struggle to let go of, or even something you are afraid to let go of.  (I'm going to want to respond to everyone's comments, as I always do, but time will tell if I can squeak that in while the hoodlums are home on Spring break.  Just know I ALWAYS want to... and of course I always want to have a big group hug with you girls after posts like this.  Ha!)

I will announce the winners on Wednesday!   (And of course, if you want to register for it immediately, you can always do so here.)


  1. How fascinating! I am always in awe of the creative process, and how art springs up from such interesting places.

    As far as "letting go", I have in my memory cemented the following poem that I happened upon in college. I still have to tell it to myself often.

    As children bring their broken toys
    with tears for us to mend,
    I brought my broken dreams to God
    because He is my friend.
    But then instead of leaving Him
    in peace to work alone,
    I hung around and tried to help
    with ways that were my own.
    At last, I snatched them back again
    and cried "How can you be so slow?"
    "My child," He said, "what could I do?
    You never did let go."

  2. What a great idea. The last couple weeks have been a bit tough to me ... I am always the kind of person who holds things in and tries to work it out myself. Well, that doesn't seem to be working these days. What a journey this life is! Always learning and growing and changing!! Oy!

  3. Love Jeannie's art courses. Being a mom with four grown children, I'm still finding it hard to letting go and keeping my advice to myself. Why is it that "us" Mom's have such a hard time letting go. Something I'm working hard on this year.

  4. You're right that I would like to reach right in there and hug Jeanne after watching her video. I'm strugging to let go of many things; past hurts that affect me to this day, my daughter's teenage years that have us all on an emotional roller coaster, and my disenchantment with this ugly world we live in. Would love to participate in this art therapy!

  5. The last few months have been brutal. I am the type of person who holds everything inside, but sometimes things are too big to fix myself! I would love to participate in this course!

  6. I've just watched the video and I am excited about the faith/art connection Jeanne mentions - I would love to take this course and give my creative muscles a more disciplined {scheduled} workout - and explore the idea of letting go. I think there are many times when I don't even know what I am hanging on to, or why! Thank you for this exciting opportunity to win!

  7. I love everything Jeanne Oliver she's a blog/artist crush of mine. I would love to participate in this course.
    I need to let go of alot of things bothering me and focus on me., I am ready to let go and begin a new journey

  8. If I won, I'd give the class to one of my besties who is a youth minister, mom to a beautiful 16 month old girl and child of God. She is going through a very hard time right now and I think a course like this where she could unleash her creativity would be a balm to her hurting soul. I know there are things I need to let go of myself but I'd offer her up before myself if I was one of the random winners. Prayers sent and fingers crossed! Thanks for sharing LMM & Jeanne Oliver!

  9. Just over a year ago, my family and I came home from an evening church service to our 1860 victorian home filled with firemen and all the lights on on all three floors. To make a long story short, there had been a fire in the kitchen and our neighbor who saw the smoke ran home to tell his wife to dial 911 and then ran back to our house to kick in the front door to save our animals. He became our hero that night. But I can tell you that coming home to that scene will be forever etched in my mind. Because the Lord showed me how much i had been holding my home as an idol in my heart.
    My family was safe, even the pets were OK. But the terrifying fear that gripped me over the coming weeks of "what I could have lost" was unreal. The Lord showed me that I'd been full of discontentment, always dreaming of a BETTER kitchen, more functional,etc...(we even applied to be part of an HGTV makeover show the year prior!). Were those desires unfounded? No...there's a lot that could be done to make the space work better for our family. But through the events surrounding the fire ($5000 smoke damage and having to send our girls to grandma's to live for over two weeks) I realized what really mattered. Was the world going to end because I had 5 doorways in my kitchen that made it impossible for any counterspace? Was life over because I don't have this or that? No... He had spared everyone I loved and taught me a be C.O.N.T.E.N.T no matter what situation I was living in. I can't tell you how happy I was to repaint those kitchen walls from red to fresh, crisp white. Just painting was all the makeover I needed to be happy with the space.
    Now would I ever turn someone down if they offered me second hand cabinets and a weekend of labor? NO! But for now, I am completely at peace and I can't tell you how many more meals I've cooked in that kitchen as a result.
    God is good...all the time. He helped me to lay down my discontentment...literally through the ashes of a fire.

  10. How awesome. The list of things I need to let go of right now is mile long: perfectionism in myself, past hurts, resentment, anger, brokenness in my marriage, troubles with my teenagers, disappointing, expectations, I could go on and on.. but you get the idea. Thanks for sharing this with us Sasha.

  11. Would love to win.I have yet to understand when to let go and when to keep moving forward with something.

  12. This REALLLY looks like something I would love to do!! I am just now getting into mixed media and have ideas in my head that are bursting to get out! Problem is that I cannot draw well....but I want to try. Oh man, I am sending up prayers that I win.... so exciting!! Blessings!

  13. I would love to take this course! Jeanne is so inspiring and I would love to learn how to really let go!

  14. i am wondering if this course is for me. i am at this incredible place in my life where i am getting freed up from all these ideas i had in my head. one idea i had was that art wasn't valuable - since i couldn't find any practical use for it. all of the sudden it almost seems like the only thing of value to me. i am not sure where that idea came from - that self-expression wasn't of value but now that i'm becoming free i want to let the artist within me come to life. i haven''t explored the many types of media and i feel like such a beginner in the world of art but i am beginning to write and paint ~ it's exhilarating! the letting go...

  15. This sounds like a wonderful way to feed your creative soul. I am learning to let go of the fact I turn 44 this week and my son graduates from high school in June. Neither one are in my control but both together make me realize I am in a stage of transition in my life. Letting go of my children needing me and embracing a new chapter in my life with my husband. Thanks for the chance to let go with this creative course.

  16. Letting go...hmmmm. are we allowed to let go? As a mom, wife, teacher, I think sometimes I hold things TOO close....mainly for fear that if I loosen my grasp, somehow it will all unravel! I would love someone to give me permission to just let let my hair blow in the breeze without thinking of the laundry, to paint the flowers in my garden without worrying if I have any painting talent, to write a gardening article without worrying if the words flow smoothly, or if anyone will like it....or ultimately, me. To me letting go must mean to free one's self....and I would love this feeling.....

  17. I am so inspired by all the wonderful art I see on various blogs, ETSY, Pinterest, etc. What I struggle with is actually starting the process. I need to learn how to just let go and BEGIN. Would love to be involved in this course.

  18. "letting go & letting God" was a pervasive theme He repeated over & over throughout the decade of my 20s. now in my early 30s, i still hear the echos of this necessary lesson, which i'm never done learning. in the past, i have let go of two dear ministries that i poured my heart & life into. it was heartbreaking, but it was right. and now, i'm at a crossroads about whether i need to do it again with my current ministry. in the past, i've had that moment where God spoke & i knew. this time, i haven't had that yet. so i'm waiting. and trying to let go of worry, control, & anger in the process...

  19. Hi Sasha! I so love your keepin' it real blog, and this wonderfully different giveaway. I need to continue freeing myself of grief, anger and guilt. Several years ago, I lost my mom and step dad in a tragic car accident. During that time I also suffered a third miscarriage. It's been a long, painful journey but with God's grace and the birth of my third child (at40!)I have been slowly regrouping. As the mother of a 23, 17 and 3 year old, life is crazy busy and I rarely have time for creative outlets. How fun it would be to try something new and start "blooming" again! Thanks for your beautiful blog and encouragement!

  20. Allowing my daughter to find her dreams 10 hours away . Letting her go towards her future has been so hard...I like her but God has shown me not to be the mud on her wings. Easy to say and so hard to do. Letting go of my children that so many years ago I had prayed and longed hard to let them go.

  21. For's letting go of the thought of wanting to run life the way I want it to go. I lost a brother 3-1/2 years ago...and now we find out that my youngest brother has melanoma. I know the Lord has a plan and I know HIS way is the BEST way. It's just letting go and letting Him. It's rough.

  22. Wow, letting go has always been hard for me. I have had to work on it my whole life. Probably the one that was hardest for me was forgiving my ex-husband for the physical and emotional abuse that took place during our marriage. It was 18 years ago that I finally got the courage to take my babies and leave. It was hard to let go of the hurt, but when I realized that the anger was only hurting me that I finally let go of it.

  23. sweet sanctuary haiku ~

    at times we remain
    between the shadow and light
    mantled from the pain

    each morning i write haiku (above being a recent one). this past year has been one of many losses and i find myself "stuck" between the shadow and the light - hidden. with the coming of spring, i hope to begin again, to move forward, to let go. the opportunity to participate in your generous offer of the e-course would help me on the journey. thank you for your insights and your kind offer.


  24. I'm ready to let go of my 'stuff'! The 'stuff' has become extra clutter in my life. And it's stopping me from getting to create. It's been too long. I use to do it all the time. I sure miss it.
    And one that is extremely hard to let go....the 'plans' that I have for me. I'm definitely not where I thought I'd be in life right now. But God sure has blessed me in ways I never thought. I need to just 'let go and let God'. :)

  25. I have much to let go of. Time to stop trying to be in control of things that I couldn't possibly even begin to control. Art is so healing to my soul. What a great opportunity!

  26. wow do I need this course - so much to let go of and look ahead instead of behind at what has not happened or what "should have been"!!! Love your LMM - I look for it everyday!!! Bring a smile to my face!!
    Thanks for all you do!!

  27. I love Jeanne's work and it was neat to 'hear and see' for the first time. I loved that the course it sub-titled 'Beauty from the Ashes'!! I had to learn to let-go a couple years back. Our baby daughter unexpectedly went to Heaven three years ago and I was heartbroken. Even though she was not with us anymore, it took me a while to 'let go.' I am so glad that I serve a patient and caring Savior that loves me and didn't let me walk through that process alone. I have never done anything 'artsy' to mark that journey, except journaling and blogging, so this may be a course I may be ready for.

  28. Would love to participate in the art projects. Am forced to let go of certain things as time moves on and as people and situations grow and change. Art can be a kind of therapy.