Path To A Happy 2015

Guys, my holidays pretty much sucked. There was no Christmas spirit. There was lots of crying and “woe as me.” There was a WHOLE LOTTA forced merriment. I took my decorations down the day after Christmas, and as each bauble found its way back into storage, I felt a little bit happier, like I was packing away the source of sadness that had plagued me since just after the turkey went cold.

Considering the fact that, in years past, I have been accused of being as jolly as Buddy the Christmas Elf, this is some pretty serious news in and around these parts.

The reason why doesn’t really matter as much as finding my way back to happiness. What’s done is done, the past is in the past, and I’m ready to move forward into a happier, healthier, shinier new year.

Since my day-to-day life has been pretty colorless lately, I pointed my browser over to my favorite blog, Heck Awesome, written by the lovely and talented Carrie Baughcum. She is a daily source of inspiration for me, and though she doesn’t know it, I think of her as the Creativity Queen. And just as she has in the past, with one adorable and heartwarming post, she inspired me to try something new.

Art Journaling.

Finally, a way to combine my “artwork” with my words. (Note the quotations. Perhaps “cartoons” would be a more accurate description?) I’ve found a way to fully express the ideas in my brain. And use my awesome multi-hued felt-tipped pens. It’s brilliant.

And colorful. Did I mention art journaling is colorful? <—-COLOR IS GOOD.

So I decided to start my journal with that nasty holiday depression in mind. What can I do to ensure that my path in 2015 is filled with light, and humor, and happiness? I can accomplish the goals I’ve set forth for myself. I can exercise and let the sunshine in. I can write more and whine less. I can start every day with a positive thought. I can hang onto hope, even when hope seems fruitless. I can smile. I can laugh. I can draw and write and paint and doodle. I can create my own sunshine. I can be ME.

Path to a Happy 2015

It’s not as impressive as other art journal pages I’ve seen as I’ve perused Pinterest, looking for ideas. In fact, it’s downright amateur-ish. But it’s a start. And it made me happy, which was the whole point of the exercise anyway. So I’ll move forward. I’ll draw a doodle every now and then, and add the page to my journal. I’ll draw out my feelings when I can’t find the words to express them. I may or may not share them here, depending on how proud I am of said doodles.

Either way, my toes are off the starting line, and I’m moving up that path to happiness. I know it’s there, waiting at the top of the hill for me. It may be an uphill climb, but I’ll make it. And I’m taking my art supplies with me, because…


(Or, in this case, felt-tipped pens.) (But use whatever works.) (Heck, fingerpaint with pudding if you want to. I won’t judge you if you won’t judge me while I’m licking the paper clean.) (Great, now I want chocolate pudding.) (Mmmm. Pudding.)

To Carrie: You are my sister in creativity. Thank you for continuing to inspire me. XO

3 thoughts on “Path To A Happy 2015

  1. carriebaughcum

    OH ABBY!!!! I am in tears. Tears. Happy smiling, drip down my cheek tears!! I did not know you felt that way about me and my creativity. This is just one more reason I love this space we are part of and I know we are destined to meet some day…hugs I tell you big long hug with tears of happiness I am sure! Ya know when I started drawing (on actual paper on digitally) I was absolutely terrified and I felt the same way about my first drawing as you do about yours but it didn’t matter. It filled me up in a way I had never experienced before and oh the the happiness it gave me! I was also terrified to share it but I did anyway…mistakes and scratch-outs and all. It made me happy, it told my story and to me that is also part of what blogging is for me. I just love this drawing. I love the swirls and visual climb up the hill. I love the most, the tiny details, the hearts, the bumble bee, the apples and the flowers. OH ABBY!!!! You did good!! Let’s keep using the whole box of crayons!!!! XOXXOXO

    1. ThatGabbyAbby Post author

      You’ve inspired me on many occasions, my friend. Thank you for helping me keep that spark alive! And thank you for your kind words about this drawing. I had a wonderful time creating it, and I love that you noticed the details. My FAVORITE part is the sun at the end of the path—full of brightness and light and the promise of good things to come. I’m already planning my next page!!! 🙂 Cheers to a year full of all the colors of the rainbow, my dear friend.

  2. Nagzilla

    Sorry I’ve been away- just catching up and see you’ve been in the same boat I am, so I don’t feel so bad. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who was struggling this holiday season. I just couldn’t get into it. It took me until Dec 15 to put the tree up, and I took it down right away on New Year’s Eve. Meh. Next year.

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