Friday, November 16, 2012

Venturing Revisited (part 1 – the GRANT!)

you might recall that my word-of-the-year is “VENTURE” – you know- stepping out, trying new things, taking risks, etc.  i’ve kept a venturing journal to document ideas as well to list the venturing i have actually done – both big and small things.   it’s november and 2 things have happened this week prompting me to realize how my little venturing efforts have unfolded….  

 early in the year, i had an idea for what i called the inside out project (“discovering what’s inside and bringing it out.”) my goal was to get art journaling kits into the hands of women who were dealing with difficulty and to help them in getting started with this potentially healing activity. 

 i really had no idea how to go about this.  i bought some simple art supplies and put some journaling kits and prompts together.  i did a workshop with some teens in a homeless shelter and gave them the kits.  somewhere along the way i discovered (actually a friend tipped me off at exactly the right time!) that there was a grant available that could fund a project like this and could actually PAY me to do it!  that was in february and i submitted my application in march.

 after a loooong wait, i found out yesterday that i GOT THE GRANT!!!! starting in january, i will be teaching art journaling to a group of women veterans living in a transitional housing unit not far from here.  wow.  i’m humbled, honored and, yes, a teeny bit nervous as well.  it runs for a whole year…. i’m sure i will be learning right along with the group.  looks like another year of venturing may be in store!!

 i realize these pics don’t have much to do with the subject…. except they represent another VENTURE and that is instagram (all edited with iphone apps) 

 stay tuned for part 2…


  1. oh my gosh , how wonderful, they are so lucky to have you, this is amazing news for all concrned1

  2. OMG!!! That is amazing news...congratulations!! I am so happy for you! Can hardly wait to see how it all goes here on your blog in'll do great!! Congrats again!

    Ps...your photos are soo beautiful in this post!!

  3. patty!

    this is just simply incredible .... you...ARE simply incredible.

    what a gift you will bring to this women in who you are.

    you continuously inspire me

    so much love

  4. I am soooooo happy for you, Patty! Most of all I am happy for the people whose lives you will touch, and make a huge difference. A huge congratulations. hugs, Donna

  5. that is wonderful!!! congratulations! it's going to be a super year ahead! :)

  6. Patty, I remember the hopes and wishes you had put in this project, and I am so very happy for you that you got the grant. This is fantastic, and I know that it will turn out way better than you might anticipicate right now. It sure is a challenge, but it fits perfectly into your venturing. You are such an inspiration!

  7. Big, big congrats Patty, this is fantastic and I'm looking forward already to follow your project! Love your instagram photos.


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