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13/52 Portraits – Balance

Finding balance in my life has always been a challenge for me.

My nature is such that I tend to focus really hard on one thing at a time (blogging, art, spiritual exploration, work) and let everything else go by the wayside. My bipolar condition also trips me up on occasion… self-care goes down the drain and unstructured times are difficult for me when I get depressed or anxious. I have spent years learning how to balance my life.

Right now I am juggling my artistic exploration, emotional and spiritual recovery, remodeling the ranch house and developing a healthy and fit lifestyle. I’m doing pretty well actually, and luckily my dog Cooper keeps me on schedule each day. He reminds me to eat, take exercise breaks and get up and go to sleep at the same time each day.

I’m a lucky girl to have a husband who likes to work hard AND play! I forget to play sometimes (besides doing my art). It’s important to get out of the studio and house. To illustrate this I took a portrait of myself in the reflection of hubby’s helmet, on the back of a motorcycle ride last week.


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Motorcycle rides are such immediate sensory experiences. I feel exhilarated at the speed. I enjoy the visual delights I see that I don’t in a car. My mind travels to all sorts of places and the silly daily chatter blows away. It is also an exercise in trust… I fully trust and love my dear husband to keep us safe and sound. The whole experience is delicious joy, bringing more balance into my life.

I love that this post is about balancing my life, and we are balanced in the photo… on two wheels!

Thank you my pooch and hubby for helping balance my daily life, and my online community for keeping me honest, inspired and on task. How do you keep your balance in your life?

I’m so glad you stopped by. Have a great day!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

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7/52 Portraits – Love of My Life

It’s week 7 of 52 weekly portraits. The subject? The love of my life!


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It’s my goofy motorcycle riding engineer. My Prince Charming in overalls. My kind, generous, irreverent husband Tim.

We met on Chemistry.com. On our second date Tim took me on my first motorcycle ride… at a stop sign on the ride I desperately asked if there was booze where we were going… we didn’t have another date for 2 years… 😉 I invite you to read the post Biker Chick which I wrote in 2013 that highlights our early romance.

This is a typical photo of us… why have a serious portrait when we can be the goofy kids we truly are?

I’m so glad you stopped by. Serious portrait? Goofy portrait? or something in between for you and your sweetie?

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

Get Messy | Season of Happy | Relation-ships

It’s Week 2 of the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’m exploring the ‘happy happy joy joy’ that my deepest relationships bring me. And all but 2 images are my relations… Relation-ships… get it? 🙂


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In my first double page spread I brought my family (and BFF soul sister and fur family) together. For the background I tried a painting technique using watercolors and blowing the wet paint with a straw to represent connections. If I were to do it again, I’d either use more subdued colors or cover the intense colors with a thin layer of gesso to mute them. Although I like the vibrancy of the color and motion – my relationships are vibrant – I wonder if it takes away from the images. Too busy overall? What do you think?

I had fun with the dictionary pages and whimsical children’s drawings.


For my second double spread page this week I was inspired by the suggestion to doodle. I remembered that I had a treasure trove of ‘ephemera’ of my hubby’s and my courtship. Of all things, by bringing a small plastic file box with my ‘important papers’ with us in the motor home I was bringing three huge plastic folders full of xoxoxoxox stuff. (I didn’t bring the over 50 snail mail cards he sent me though… no room in the file!)

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When we were courting in 2011/12 we spent 6 months making the 2 hour drive to see each other each weekend alternating his place/my place. During the week we deliriously texted and emailed.  And I printed out and saved it all. The images you see are drawings I made on my kindle riding the bus back home after a weekend at his place. I sent them as digital images to Tim, and eventually made them into little pieces of art. I love that Tim always sent me home on the bus with a bouquet of flowers…


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So my second art journal page turned out to be a Valentine’s Day present for Tim and me. It’s got text messages we wrote (don’t worry, I didn’t include the sexting… giggle), passages from emails, the way Tim addressed some of his cards for me. And the collection of my drawings. And of course sequins… you can never have enough sparkle. 😉


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Happy Valentine’s Day Timothy, My Sexy Engineer in Overalls!


Although this romantic page is also busy, the idea of doodling in your journal with lots of text is by nature a messy happening.

I wish you all a happy weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.